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July 02, 2008

Actor Don S. Davis Dies

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Don S. Davis, an actor who often played military commanders, including General Hammond on Stargate: SG-1, died June 29 of a heart attack in Gibsons, Canada. He was 65.

A native of Aurora, Mo., Davis graduated from Southwest Missouri State College, served in the Army and then received a masters in theater from Southern Illinois University. He began acting while teaching at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. In 1987 he left teaching to devote himself to the pursuit of an acting career.

Davis appeared in dozens of TV shows, including a regular role on Twin Peaks, and had recurring roles on such series as Madison, Slick Air and Broken Badges. Other episodic television credits include NCIS, The West Wing, The X Files, Northern Exposure, L.A. Law and Knots Landing.

Also appeared in numerous made-for-television movies, including Fire on the Mountain, In Cold Blood and Prisoner of Zenda.

Davis appeared in several feature films, including A League of Their Own, Best in Show, Look Who’s Talking and Con Air.

Although he retired in 2007 to undergo surgery for his heart condition, Davis had recently appeared in the films Tale of Two Sisters, Search and Rescue, Vipers, Burn Up and Wyvern.

He is survived by his wife, costumer Ruby Fleming-Davis, and a son.

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