Most of the time, when I watch the news and they talk about this celebrity or that celebrity, I really don't care what's going on in their lives. Angelina and Brad and their babies? Phfft. Good for them, but I. Don't. Care.
But there have been two people who have recently died that have made me regret I never had a chance to meet them. One is Tim Russert. The other is this man:
Don S. Davis. His acting portfolio is varied, but what I remember him best for is his portrayal of General George Hammond on Stargate. He was one of my favorite recurring characters on the show and I missed him when his appearances were curtailed. His last role was on the upcoming Stargate: Continuum movie that's being released on DVD at the end of this month. It'll be a bittersweet experience, watching that movie.
Joe Mallozzi posted a very touching tribute to Don on his blog yesterday. When I read it, I was pleased to discover that the man I thought Don was, based on my observations of him, was really the kind of man he was. Gentle, gracious, and loyal to his friends above any consideration to himself.
Rest well, Hammond of Texas. I wish I'd known you.