Stopping for a moment to pay tribute to a talented actor and dear friend Don S. Davis (Stargate's Major General George Hammond, Twin Peaks' Major Garland Briggs and The X-Files' Captain William Scully, among numerous other roles). You will always be remembered and are still very much missed. Thanks, Don, for all the wonderful interviews, dinners, on-set chats, plenty of laughs and for always making me feel welcome! Here's a passage (circa 2006) from one of the many interviews with Don that I had the pleasure of writing.
A former theatre teacher at Southern Illinois University, Don S. Davis moved to Vancouver in 1982 where he continued teaching at the University of British Columbia. It was this job that helped pave the way for him to be cast on Stargate SG-1. “The theatre department insisted that during the summer I do something related to acting and/or theatre, so I got work as a film extra,” says Davis.
“In 1985, the TV program MacGyver came to town to film. There’s a wonderful gentleman named Dana Elcar who played MacGyver’s [Richard Dean Anderson] boss, Pete Thornton, on the show. Dana and I are physically very similar, so I was hired as his photo double and then became his stunt double because of my background in athletics and the military. This eventually led to the producers giving me my first guest-starring role in one of the episodes. After that aired and was favorably received, every series in town started offering me guest-spots.
“When casting began for Stargate SG-1, Richard [SG-1‘s Jack O’Neill] and his business partner/co-executive producer Mike Greenburg [MacGyver producer] were already familiar with my work and had me read for the part of Hammond. I auditioned here in Vancouver and then again in Los Angeles before being lucky enough to be chosen for the role.”
As noted above, photo courtesy/copyright of Joseph Mallozzi, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any kind. Thanks!