Cliff Simon, the actor who gave life to the villain Ba’al in ‘Stargate’ and who has also appeared in other series such as ‘NCIS’ or ‘Castle’, has died at the age of 58 victims of an accident. As confirmed by his wife Colette through his Facebook account, the South African actor was involved in an accident while practicing kitesurfing on the Californian beach of Topanga Beach on Tuesday, March 9.
Colett describes the loss as an “unimaginable pain” and wanted to share the news with the actor’s followers: “Most of you knew him on this page as the villain they loved to hate, Ba’al, from ‘Stargate SG-1’ But, as he himself said, ‘ acting is what I do, it’s just a part of who I am .’ And he was much more: an original person, an adventurer, a sailor, a swimmer, a dancer, an actor, an Author”.
Cliff Simon was born in South Africa, but in his teens, he moved with his family to live in the United Kingdom. There he set his goal to become a professional swimmer and fought to compete in the 1984 Olympics. However, at just 17 years old, he gave up that dream and returned to his native country to join the military.
A true adventurer
Colette Simon says in her Facebook post that “a huge hole was left where it once stood on this earth. It was loved by too many people to mention them all and it had a huge impact on many lives. A little joy in the midst of this tragedy is that he was doing one of the things he loved the most and he died on the beach, near the water, which was his temple. “
Cliff Simon came into show business by chance
Cliff Simon’s arrival in show business occurred by chance, as a chance meeting led him to join a theater company. Then, in 1989, he began to perform at the Parisian Moulin Rouge, an experience that led him to write a book. Additionally, she worked as a model before making her first television appearance on a series in South Africa.
It was not until the actor moved to Los Angeles that the role of his life, that of the villain Ba’al, appeared in ‘Stargate SG1’, a performance that launched him to stardom and that he also repeated in the 2008 film ‘Stargate. ‘. In addition, as published by the BBC , he participated in other projects in front of and behind the screen, as he was a true adventurer.