The South African actor,Cliff Simon, best known as the villain Ba’al on Stargate SG-1, is dead aged 58 as confirmed by his family.
In a statement by his wife, Colette Simon, she explained that her husband died after being involved in a kiteboarding accident at Topanga Beach in California earlier this week.
She said in a post on Facebook: “He was known to most of you on this page as the villain you loved to hate, Ba’al, from Stargate SG-1.
“But, as he said, ‘Acting is what I do, it’s only a part of who I am.’ And he was SO much more – a true original, an adventurer, a sailor, swimmer, dancer, actor, author. There is a gaping hole where he once stood on this earth. He was loved by too many to mention and had a great impact on so many lives.”
Simon moved to the UK with his family as a teen and trained as a swimmer with the hope of representing Great Britain at the 1984 Olympic Games.
At the age of 17, he left UK, move back to South Africa, and joined the country’s air force.
His wife expressed: “A small saving grace to this tragedy is that he was doing one of the things he loved most and passed away on the beach near the water, which was his temple.”
Simon became an actor after an opportunity meeting at a resort hotel gave him the chance to perform as part of a troupe in various stage productions.
He went on to perform at the Moulin Rouge in 1989, prompting him to write a book about his experience titled Paris Nights: My Year at the Moulin Rouge.
He also did modelling work and later appeared in the South African TV series Egoli – Place of Gold for six years.
The South African actor’s TV credits also included appearances in NCIS, Castle, Days of Our Lives, and 24.
He secured the biggest role of his career after moving to Los Angeles. His portrayal of villain Ba’al on Stargate SG1 was popular with viewers and the character enjoyed a five-year run.
Simon reprised his role for the Stargate: Continuum film, which was released in 2008.
Last year, he presented the Travel Channel series Into The Unknown, which saw him explore the world of the paranormal by hiking and swimming in the wilderness to find answers to myths and legends.