Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Actor Maury Chaykin Dead

Sad news yesterday that actor Maury Chaykin has died at age 61.

Chaykin had roles in SF productions such as the movie Blindness and various series including Stargate: SG1 and Lexx.

But I think I'll remember him more for his non-SF performances, like the suicidal commanding officer at the frontier fort in Dances with Wolves, or Desmond the hermit musician in Whale Music. My favourite Chaykin role though, was when he played FBI agent Frank Capella in The Art of War. I love how he muses to his much younger partner about the murders and conspiracy they're investigating being like pro wrestling: part reality, part acting, part bullshit, combined with big scary guys from parts unknown in dire need of psychological help. The line itself is great, but the performance was masterful.

Rest in peace, Maury.
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