Don Sinclair Davis, August 4, 1942 – June 29, 2008
Man, this sucks. He was in bad health, which was why his cardiologist told him he needed to leave SG-1, so this isn’t entirely unexpected. But nonetheless it sucks.
You may recall that Sci-Fi Girl and I got to meet Don and talk with him back in Episode 7. You only saw the stuff that we filmed in front of the audience, but he was exactly as warm and friendly when the cameras weren’t rolling. Hours before what you saw on film, I was in the hotel in Chicago scouting out shots, when down the hall I spot Don S. Davis walking my way. He saw that I recognized him, and without my saying a word he walked over and shook my hand and asked me my name. It was like he was there to see me. None of this standing in line and paying for autographs bullshit; he came over to me and thanked me for watching. I’ve never experienced that with a celebrity before nor since. And when I mentioned that my little sister was a big fan, he walked over to her, shook her hand, gave her a big hug and thanked her, too.
What a hell of a guy. I’ve met a few celebrities over the course of my life, and with the possible exception of James Doohan, none of them have come anywhere close to being as friendly, approachable, and personable as the Stargate SG-1 cast. These people are great, and meeting Don S. Davis was like meeting a grandfather I never knew I had. This is a big loss for me personally, and for all the Stargate fans out there. This guy was one in a million.