Actor turned political radio talk show host Jerry Doyle passed away at his Las Vegas home on Wednesday July 28th at the age of 60. The cause of death is not yet known, though an autopsy is expected in the coming days.
Jerry Doyle is best known to international audiences for playing Michael Garibaldi in both the original pilot and all five seasons of syndicated science-fiction series Babylon 5. He also starred in a number of Babylon 5 TV movies that were produced for TNT in the late 1990s, including A Call To Arms, which laid the groundwork for spin-off series Crusade.
Doyle, originally from Wall Street, came to acting in his 30s. After a handful of small guest roles, he landed the regular part of Garibaldi on J. Michael Straczynski’s Babylon 5. Following the conclusion of the sci-fi series, he guest starred on a number of TV series including Sliders, Martial Law, JAG, NYPD Blue and Canadian series Republic Of Doyle.
He was also set to star in a revival of Babylon 5, in the form of the short-lived straight-to-DVD series The Lost Tales, but his episode, which was to follow Garibaldi’s actions as CEO of Edgars Industries on Mars, was cut due to budgetary restrictions. Series creator J. Michael Straczynski had stated that he hoped to film the “Garibaldi-centric” episode for the second DVD. That never happened, however, as JMS walked away from producing further DVDs after Warner. Bros refused to increase the budget – despite the fact that sales for the first disc exceeded expectations.
As word of his death started to spread today, a number of Doyle’s surviving former co-stars, including Bruce Boxleitner and Claudia Christian, took to social media to express their grief.
I am so devastated at the news of the untimely death of my good friend @jerrydoyle. During the B5 years, he was a great pal, RIP Garibaldi.
— Bruce Boxleitner (@boxleitnerbruce) July 28, 2016
It is with incredible sadness that we say goodbye to Jerry Doyle. He was a brilliant man, a joy to work with and… https://t.co/GLRuGotoeC
— Claudia Christian (@ClaudiaLives) July 28, 2016