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Date of Birth 6 May 1952Chicago, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 28 September 2012USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameRobert Michael O'Hare
Nickname Mike
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Michael O'Hare was born on May 6, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Robert Michael O'Hare. He was an actor, known for Babylon 5 (1994), One Life to Live (1968) and Babylon 5: The Gathering (1993). He was married to Ruth Ivy Ballam. He died on September 28, 2012 in the USA.

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Ruth Ivy Ballam (4 April 1998 - 28 September 2012) (his death)

Trade Mark (1)

Gravelly authoritive voice

Trivia (7)

Played the unflagging Col. Jessep in the Broadway hit, "A Few Good Men".
Michael O'Hare is proud and grateful to have been the first white actor nominated by the Black theater community of New York for the AUDELCO AWARD for the Best Actor for his performance in the play "Shades of Brown" which examined the saddening effects of apartheid in South Africa.
Active member of New York theater groups.
Attended Harvard University (where he majored in English Literature) and studied at the prestigious Julliard School of Drama, as well as with Sanford Meisner.
Has appeared in lead roles on Broadway three times: as "Lt. Col. Nathan Roy Jessup" in "A Few Good Men", as "Geoff" opposite Fred Gwynne in David Williamson's "Players" (Williamson also wrote the feature film Gallipoli (1981)), and as "Hector", with George Grizzard and Philip Bosco, in George Bernard Shaw's "Man and Superman".
By the time O'Hare passed away in September 2012, he hadn't had a role in over a decade, nor had he been seen out in public for years, fueling speculation he was gravely ill for the last several years of his life. Only upon O'Hare's death (and at his request) did close friend and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski confirm that he had, in fact, been battling an increasing debilitating case of schizophrenia. Straczynski also confirmed that O'Hare's difficulty with the illness was the primary reason he was forced to leave Babylon 5 at the end of the first season, a decision which was mutual and very amicable. JMS even went so far as to delay the filming of the series several months to try and accommodate his condition, but O'Hare declined, citing that the delay would adversely affect the rest of the cast & crew, and insisted that they should continue without him. O'Hare would eventually return for a brief cameo in the second season, as well as a guest role in the third season that concluded his character's story in the series.
He died only two days before his Babylon 5: The Coming of Shadows (1995) co-star Turhan Bey.

Personal Quotes (2)

When asked if he regretted leaving Babylon 5 (1994): No. I regret not seeing my old friends, particularly Mira Furlan and Bill Mumy, but that's the nature of our line of work. You come together, you work close and hard, and the time comes when it's time for you to leave.
On working with Jerry Doyle and Bruce Boxleitner: They're both good guys. I enjoy Bruce Boxleitner a lot, he's a real professional and we had a good time working together. We had very good chemistry and it was a shame we couldn't do more scenes together.

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