Several news agencies are reporting the passing away of veteran actor Maury Chaykin today, his 61st birthday.
Stargate SG-1 fans will recognize him as Nerus, the fumbling Goa’uld scientist under System Lord Ba’al’s employ, but the actor has played many parts over the last 35 years, his last project being Barney’s Version, which will be premiering in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Chaykin was born in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York, but made his home and career in Toronto when he moved there in 1974. He made appearances in films from both Hollywood and Canada, and was recently seen in the HBO productions Entourage and Less Than Kind. To name but a few of his projects: Dances with Wolves and The Postman with Kevin Costner; Heavens Fall, which is currently available on Hulu; and appearances on television shows such as Eureka, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Andromeda, Due South, and, of course, two episodes of Stargate SG-1.
His performances have been recognized with several nominations and wins, including Canadian Comedy Award for Less Than Kind in 2009, Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series for At the Hotel in 2006 and one in 1998 for La Femme Nikita, Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Whale Music in 1994, among others.
Chaykin is survived by his wife, actress Susannah Hoffmann, and their daughter. Solutions extends our deepest condolences to Chaykin’s family and friends.