Cliff Simon, the South African character actor who starred as the villainous Ba’al in the sci-fi series Stargate SG-1, died Tuesday after a kiteboarding accident at the age of 58.
A report posted to Simon’s Facebook page by his wife said the actor died after the fatal accident on Topanga Beach, near Malibu.
These are the message his wife shared with friends and family, “It is with unimaginable heartbreak that I am sharing with you that my beloved husband, Cliff Simon, passed away at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. He was at Topanga Beach, California and sadly passed away after a tragic kiteboarding accident”.
“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.”
His wife added, “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.
Things To Know About Cliff Simon
Cliff Simon was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 7 September 1962. Both of his parents are of Jewish ancestry from Poland and Lithuania. He was thrilled to become the first swimmer to win an Olympic Gold medal at a very young age. Because of his incredible performance, he got a scholarship to continue his athletic career, but the grind got to him, and he decided to enter the South Africa Air Force.
A prospect meeting at a resort hotel led to him acting as part of a troupe in various stage productions, eventually leading him to the Moulin Rouge in 1989. He later modelled, and after winning a contest, he was offered an audition on the successful television series Egoli – Place of Gold.
Moving to Los Angeles, he landed a guest star role with Don Johnson on the hit TV series ‘Nash Bridges. A short time after that, he acquired the guest star recurring role of Ba’al on Stargate SG1′. The character was popular with fans and enjoyed a five-year periodic run.
Stargate: Continuum (2008) – An Honor to Serve Lord Ba’al Scene
May his soul rest in perfect peace! 😢