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RIP - Jerry Doyle has passed away at age 60

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  • RIP - Jerry Doyle has passed away at age 60

    This isn't a confirmed account so I can't be sure it's legit.

    ETA: from TMZ

    Jerry Doyle -- best known for his role on "Babylon 5" -- died Wednesday.

    Sources tell us ... a call was made to his Las Vegas home yesterday afternoon after he was found unresponsive. It's unclear how the political radio talk show host and actor died ... but we're told no foul play is suspected. An autopsy is pending.
    I've just confirmed it with a close source. Sadly it's true.

    Last edited by Jan; 07-28-2016, 08:59 AM.
    "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization we're seeing now.

  • #2
    Oh crap... really sad news.
    Captain John Sheridan: I really *hate* it when you do that.

    Kosh: Good!


    • #3
      JMS' statement on Epic Times:

      B5 Creator J. Michael Straczynski's Statement On the Death of Jerry Doyle
      Jul 28, 2016

      When it came to politics, Jerry Doyle and I disagreed on, well, pretty much everything. Politically, Jerry was just to the right of Attila the Hun. There is a line in Babylon 5 where his character, Michael Garibaldi, suggests that the way to deal with crime is to go from electric chairs to electric bleachers. That line is quintessential Jerry Doyle. I say this with confidence because I overheard him saying it at lunch then stole it for the show.

      Despite our differences, when Jerry ran for congress as a Republican not long after Babylon 5 ended, I donated to his campaign. Not because I agreed with him, but because I respected him; because there was one area in which we agreed: the vital intersection between the arts of acting and storytelling. In that respect, Jerry was a consummate professional.

      Regardless of whatever was going on in his life, whether it was marital issues, a broken arm, forced couch-surfing with Bruce and Andreas or other problems, he never once pulled a prima donna on us; he showed up every day on time, knew his lines, and insisted that the guest cast live up to the standards of the main cast, to the point of roughing up one guest star who showed up not knowing his lines. Trust me when I say that after Jerry got done with him, every day he showed up, he knew his lines. And then some.

      He was funny, and dangerous, and loyal, and a prankster, and a pain in the ass; he was gentle and cynical and hardened and insightful and sometimes as dense as a picket fence...and his passing is a profound loss to everyone who knew him, especially those of us who fought beside him in the trenches of Babylon 5. It is another loss in a string of losses that I cannot understand. Of the main cast, we have lost Richard Biggs, Michael O'Hare, Andreas Katsulas, Jeff Conaway, and now Jerry Doyle, and I'm goddamned tired of it.

      So dear sweet universe, if you are paying attention in the vastness of interstellar space, take a moment from plotting the trajectory of comets and designing new DNA in farflung cosmos, and spare a thought for those who you have plucked so untimely from our ranks...and knock it off for a while.
      Because this isn't fair.

      And Jerry Doyle would be the first person to tell you that. Right before he put a fist in your face. Which is what I imagine he's doing right now, on the other side of the veil.

      J. Michael Straczynski
      Executive Producer
      Babylon 5
      "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization we're seeing now.


      • #4
        Jerry Doyle has died

        Oh no

        Just read that Jerry Doyle, our Mr Garibaldi, has passed away.

        Confirmed by his family on twitter.


        • #5
          I just got a new phone and when it was activated a text from a friend popped up giving me this news in the middle of the store. Absolutely crazy! I can't believe it.
          Susan Ivanova, "I'll be in the car."


          • #6
            So young, that is terrible indeed. RIP Jerry.
            Understanding is a three-edged sword: your side, their side and the truth.
            John Sheridan


            • #7
              Very sad news. I hope the rest of the cast & the creator live to be 100+ years old to make up a little bit for so many losses at such young ages.


              • #8
                Damn. Not that much older than I am (turning 59 in a couple of weeks)...

                Lee Whiteside
                B520 ( )


                • #9
                  Very sad indeed. I actually put an order for the CNN videos just yesterday because I remember enjoying Jerry's commentaries for certain episodes. Who knew it would be one of the last if not the last thing he did involving Babylon 5. As JMS has said, please stop taking our beloved cast.


                  • #10
                    I love and admire his comment while on a panel

                    I won't try to even paraphrase it, maybe someone here remembers it, but it went straight to saying he makes an effort to not miss out on any sunrises.

                    So, yeah, he's a quintessential B5 person, and has some important things in common with JMS.

                    RIP, beyond the rim.


                    • #11
                      Another candle goes out and we are diminished by your absence.

                      Rest in peace Jerry Doyle, you had an amazing life and did more than most people dream of.


                      • #12
                        Found out last night when I was scrolling through Facebook in a pre birthday ingress celebration. Kinda knocked me sideways
                        I couldn't be, like jms, further apart politically than him but he always engaged. I recall him raking over from the frankly useless moderator at phoenix comicon
                        Sadly missed
                        "There are no good wars. War is always the worst possible way to resolve differences. It degenerates and corrupts both sides to ever more sordid levels of existence, in their need to gain an advantage over the enemy. Those actively involved in combat are almost always damaged goods for the rest of their lives. If their bodies don't bear scars, their minds do, ofttimes both. Many have said it before, but it can't be said to enough, war is hell. "


                        • #13
                          Same here. Miles apart politically, but he was very funny, and an excellent actor. What he brought to Garibaldi helped define B5 in profound ways. Another terrible loss.
                          Jonas Kyratzes | Lands of Dream


                          • #14
                            Rest in peace Jerry Doyle.

                            I would be lying if I said I knew Jerry particularly well. Somehow I never wound up discussing politics with him, which was probably a good thing. But there ...

                            Jerry Doyle

                            I would be lying if I said I knew Jerry particularly well. Somehow I never wound up discussing politics with him, which was probably a good thing. But there was one thing I really enjoyed, and that was writing for him. It’s odd that someone who effectively backed into the acting profession and did not hesitate to fabricate stuff in order to accomplish that (he listed a stint as a performer with the Dance Theater of Harlem on his resume and no one ever questioned it) was so damned good at it. I will never forget the scenes I wrote for him in “Soul Mates,” particularly the ones with him and Keith Szarabajka, and how they just crackled when the two of them went at it over the affections of Talia (Andrea Thompson, Jerry’s wife at the time). He was always a fun presence on the set and his fellow actors just adored his company.

                            He will be sorely missed.

                            Last edited by Dan Dassow; 07-29-2016, 07:42 AM. Reason: Post munched


                            • #15
                              From Claudia Christian:

                              Originally posted by Claudia Christian
                              If you would like to listen in or call in this evening at 5:30 PST I will be on Jerry's radio show.... just go to the "listen live" link:
                              "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization we're seeing now.