I actually heard about this a couple of days ago, but haven't commented because I just didn't know what to say, or how to say it best.
Mr. Katsulas was a fine actor, and I can only imagine that he was a fine human being as well.
I can think of no other explination for his nuanced, sympathetic and honest portrayal of G'Kar, the vengeful revolutionary turned religious icon. G'Kar was a character on Babylon Five. He began as a petty, self-serving, bitter ideologue and ended as a symbol of reformation, hope, compassion and forgiveness.
Mr. Katsulas made you feel exactly how you were supposed to feel about G'Kar every step of the way. He made the unsympathetic sympathetic, the unbelievable believeable, and the alien unmistakably human. He did it with grace, wisdom, and a percieved ease that can only come from painstaking and unrelenting craftsmanship.
He died of lung cancer at the age of 59.
"There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers and principalities, it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. The future is all around us, waiting, in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain."
--G'Kar -Babylon Five