“SG-1, you have a go.”
With those five simple words, Gen. George Hammond sent the heroes of Stargate SG-1 through a portal to adventure every week for eight years, before his character moved on to working directly with the White House and “Homeworld Security.”
The man who played Hammond was Don S. Davis, and according to the fan site GateWorld, which quoted his representative and wife, the actor died Sunday at the all-too-young age of 65.
In addition to his role on SG-1, which ceased production last year, and an appearance on its spinoff Stargate Atlantis, Davis played a coach in the 1992 film A League of their Own and a dog show judge in 2000’s Best in Show. He also portrayed FBI agent Dana Scully’s father in several episodes of The X-Files. (His character was fond of Moby Dick, and his nickname for Scully was “Starbuck” after the first mate in that novel.)
Davis can be seen later this month in his final appearance as Hammond in the SG-1 direct-to-DVD sequel Continuum.