John Colicos

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John Colicos
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Born (1928-12-10)December 10, 1928
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died March 6, 2000(2000-03-06) (aged 71)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cause of death Heart attack
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1950–99
Mona McHenry
(m. 1956; div. 1981)

John Colicos (December 10, 1928 – March 6, 2000) was a Canadian actor.[1] He performed on stage and television in the United States and Canada.


Colicos was born in Toronto, Ontario, to a Greek father and a Canadian mother.[2]

In 1957 he appeared in Mary Stuart at the Phoenix Theatre in New York City and in 1963 he appeared in Troilus and Cressida at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.[3] His other New York theatre credits are King Lear (1956), The Devils (1965–1966), Serjeant Musgrave's Dance (1966), and Soldiers (1968).[4] Mr. Colicos' skill in acting resulted in his being chosen to play the title role in a memorable and first-ever production of King Lear (1964) at the Stratford Festival.[5]

He appeared as Monks in a television version of Oliver Twist for the DuPont Show of the Month series in 1959. He also gave memorable performances in 1966 on the CBS soap opera The Secret Storm; as the unscrupulous Thomas Cromwell in the 1969 movie version of Anne of the Thousand Days; and as the governor of Umakran in the episode "The Goddess Calabra" from the 1973 TV show The Starlost.

In 1982 he ventured into educational TV with TVOntario's award-winning production of Prophecy with John Colicos. The writer/director, Dr. Robert Gardner, recalled his initial meeting with the actor. "I had seen him scores of times in movies and television and I was very nervous. In truth, though, he was a joy to work with. Once he sensed that you were prepared he was thoroughly professional. His presence in the ninety-minute production was the main reason it went on to win the prestigious Gold Medal at the Atlanta International Film Festival."

On American television, he established himself as a science-fiction villain icon, portraying both the Klingon Commander Kor in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Errand of Mercy" (1967), as well as playing Count Baltar in the original Battlestar Galactica movie and television series. Over a quarter-century after his initial appearance in the Star Trek franchise, Colicos reprised his role as the 140-year-old Kor in three episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, telecast between 1994 and 1998.

Aside from his science-fiction roles, Colicos appeared in seven episodes of Mannix, and as Mikkos Cassadine in August through September 1981 on General Hospital's "Ice Princess" story arc.

He also appeared numerous times in episodic television throughout the 1960s, including the portrayal of the villain on no less than three episodes of Mission: Impossible. He appeared in four episodes of the eight-episode CBC docu-drama The National Dream, as the "railway general" William Cornelius Van Horne. Several years after his Battlestar Galactica tenure, Colicos again ventured into science fiction. He portrayed power-mad Mikkos Cassadine, a demented scientist bent on freezing the world on the ABC soap opera General Hospital during the height of the "Luke and Laura" frenzy. He also was the voice of the X-Men villain Apocalypse/En Sabah Nur (1993–1995) in the Fox Kids animated X-Men television series in the nineties, and twice played rogue alien Quinn in the first season (1988–1989) of War of the Worlds.

He also appeared in TV commercials during the 1990s for America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses. Colicos' final acting appearance was his reprise of Count Baltar in the concept demonstration trailer Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, aired at many science fiction conventions in 1999.

The last person shot and killed in the television series Gunsmoke (1955–1975) was Judge Flood, played by Colicos in episode 631, Hard Labor.

Personal life[edit]

He married Mona McHenry in 1956 and they divorced in 1981. They had two children. Colicos died on March 6, 2000, at the age of 71, after a series of heart attacks in Toronto.[6] His son, Nicholas Colicos, is also an actor.[7]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "John Colicos". BFI. 
  2. ^ Moskos, Charles C. (1989). Greek Americans: Struggle and Success. Transaction Publishers. p. 150 – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ League, The Broadway. "Mary Stuart – Broadway Play – 1957 Revival – IBDB". 
  4. ^ League, The Broadway. "John Colicos – Broadway Cast & Staff – IBDB". 
  5. ^ "King Lear (1964, Stratford Festival of Canada)". Internet Shakespeare Editions. Retrieved March 17, 2018. 
  6. ^ "John Colicos". The Guardian. March 7, 2000. Retrieved March 17, 2018. 
  7. ^ Nicholas Colicos - IMDb

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