Battlestar Galactica & The Flash Actor Donnelly Rhodes Passes Away

Donnelly Rhodes on Battlestar Galactica

Donnelly Rhodes, the actor perhaps best remembered for his role as the gruff Doctor Cottle on the Battlestar Galactica reboot, passed away Jan. 8 at age 80. A representative said he passed away after a battle with cancer at Baillie House Hospice in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.

A Winnipeg native, Rhodes began his acting career in the mid-1950s, and appeared in guest roles on such classic television series as Maverick, Cheyenne, Wagon Train, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Wild Wild West and Mission: Impossible. He went on to land starring roles on Soap and on the Canadian family-adventure series Danger Bay and the drama Da Vinci's Inquest.

From 2004 to 2009, Rhodes had a recurring role on Syfy's revival of Battlestar Galactica as Sherman Cottle, the fleet's prickly, cigarette-smoking chief medical officer.

He also guest-starred on Smallville as Milash, an antiques dealer hired by Lex Luthor to examine a cryptograph, and, far more recently, on The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow as Agent Smith, a National Security Agency operative who oversaw contact with the alien Dominators in the "Invasion!" crossover.

Despite his six-decade acting career, Donnelly had relatively few film roles, including 1969's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and TRON: Legacy.

He's survived his wife Sarah and two children.

(via Deadline)

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