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'Battlestar Galactica' Actor Donnelly Rhodes Dead At 80 (Photos)

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Donnelly Rhodes, an actor best known for his roles on "Battlestar Galactica" and "Soap," died of cancer at the age of 80.

Rhodes, a Canadian actor, was best known for his work on cult hit "Battlestar Galactica," on which he played the role of Dr. Cottle.

The actor's talent agency, Northern Exposure said that Rhodes died of cancer at Baillie House Hospice in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada, according to Deadline.

Rhodes had a 60-year career as a character actor, during which he appeared in more than 160 films and television series.

The actor, who most recently appeared in "The Flash," was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, and became an actor after completing training to become a warden in the National Park Service and joining the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airman-mechanic.

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Rhodes received several awards and honors during his acting career, including a Gemini Award for his role as Detective Leo Shannon in "Da Vinci's Inquest" in 2002, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

Another of Rhodes' notable roles was playing escaped con Dutch in the soap opera spoof "Soap," which aired on ABC from 1978-81. The actor also appeared in numerous other notable shows, including "Mister Ed," "Cheers," "Taxi," "Hill Street Blues," "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.," "The X-Files," "Smallville," "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour," " Murder, She Wrote," "Golden Girls" and "Tron: Legacy."

"Battlestar Galactica" creator Ronald D. Moore paid tribute to Rhodes in a tweet after news of his death broke.

"Just heard that Donnelly Rhodes, Galactica's own Doc Cottle, has passed away," Moore wrote. "Very sad. He was a lovely man and I so enjoyed writing for him. Admired his work ever since 'Soap.' He will be missed."

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A number of fans and followers responded to Moore's tweet.

"I just watched an old episode of Davinci's Inquest last night and there he was," one follower wrote. "Loved his performances where ever he was...such a broad spectrum.  First saw him on Danger Bay as a kid. Loved that show. I thought he was the handsomest man ever."

"I first saw him on 'The Young and the Restless' [Young & The Restless] back in the 70's when he played Phillip Chancellor," another user added. "What a fine actor! So sad he has passed! Prayers for his family and friends."

"Just completed a re-watch of the series after 14 years," one fan responded. "Not only does it hold up, it’s better somehow. The casting (along with the writing of course) was inspired. He was wonderful in the role. So sad to hear of his passing."

Sources: DeadlineRonald D. Moore/Twitter / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: The CW via Deadline, Ronald D. Moore/Twitter

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