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Cliff Simon (1962–2021), actor who played Ba’al in “Stargate: SG-1”

by Linnea Crowther

Cliff Simon was a South African actor who played the villain Ba’al in “Stargate SG-1” for six seasons.

Acting career

Simon joined the cast of “Stargate: SG-1” in its fifth season in 2001, and his character became so popular that he remained through the show’s 10th and final season, becoming its longest-running villain. In 2008, Simon returned as Ba’al in the movie “Stargate: Continuum.” His other roles include guest appearances on “Nash Bridges,” “24,” “The Americans,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” and “Castle.” Simon’s most recent project was hosting the 2020 series “Into the Unknown,” exploring myths and urban legends.

Simon on “Into the Unknown”

“I was always interested in [the supernatural.] Not only are we dealing with paranormal activity or the supernatural, there’s a whole adventure side to it as well.” —from a 2020 interview with Hollywood Soapbox


Tributes to Cliff Simon

Full obituary: Variety

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