Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > TV Talk
Reload this Page >

Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

TV Talk Talk about Shows on TV

Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

Old 01-21-21, 10:49 PM
  #1  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 2,103
Likes: 0
Received 19 Likes on 15 Posts
Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

Sad news to report to B5 fans, as Joe Straczynski confirmed tonight that Mira Furlan (Delenn) has passed away..
Old 01-22-21, 02:27 AM
  #2  
DVD Talk Legend
 
B5Erik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Southern California
Posts: 11,752
Received 140 Likes on 114 Posts
Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

Yet another Babylon 5 actor has passed away far too young.

Mira Furlan, Delenn on Babylon 5, passed away on the 20th. Apparently, her health had been failing for a while. She was only 65.

She came from war torn Yugoslavia, often risking her life traveling to do stage plays. She brought a unique voice to Babylon 5 as Delenn, and was an amazing part of the cast.

After B5 she had a recurring role on Lost.

This is yet another shocking, premature death for a Babylon 5 cast member. Andreas Katsulas, Richard Biggs, Michael O'Hare, Jeff Conaway, Jerry Doyle, and Stephen Furst have all passed away, most by the age of 60. (Furst was the oldest up to now, passing away at 63.)

Old 01-22-21, 04:25 AM
  #3  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Warren, MI
Posts: 5,786
Received 39 Likes on 32 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

For a series that isn't that freaking old, the cast has been completely decimated.
Old 01-22-21, 07:42 AM
  #4  
Enormous Genitals
 
Bandoman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: a small cottage on a cul de sac in the lower pits of hell.
Posts: 34,820
Received 199 Likes on 117 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

Well damn.
Old 01-22-21, 10:12 AM
  #5  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: MA
Posts: 6,377
Received 124 Likes on 90 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

I really liked her in Lost never got into B5. Sad news indeed..
Old 01-22-21, 11:47 AM
  #6  
DVD Talk Legend
 
spainlinx0's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: NJ
Posts: 17,570
Received 237 Likes on 146 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

Damn, were the costumes and makeup for the show made out of lead and asbestos?
Old 01-22-21, 12:11 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Legend
 
B5Erik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Southern California
Posts: 11,752
Received 140 Likes on 114 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

Originally Posted by spainlinx0 View Post
Damn, were the costumes and makeup for the show made out of lead and asbestos?
You do realize that's a low res picture, right?


Besides, a memorial thread is hardly the time and place to take a shot at the production values of a show.
Old 01-22-21, 12:21 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Legend
 
spainlinx0's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: NJ
Posts: 17,570
Received 237 Likes on 146 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

Originally Posted by B5Erik View Post
You do realize that's a low res picture, right?


Besides, a memorial thread is hardly the time and place to take a shot at the production values of a show.
I wasn't making fun of the production values of the show. I am a huge fan of B5. It was more a comment about how the actors all seem to be dying so young.
Old 01-22-21, 12:23 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Mike86's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 22,210
Received 547 Likes on 445 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

I never really watched Babylon 5, but itís definitely an odd trend that so many of the cast members have passed away relatively young.

It does make you wonder a bit about it being something related to conditions on the set when itís multiple cast members passing.
Old 01-22-21, 12:40 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Legend
 
B5Erik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Southern California
Posts: 11,752
Received 140 Likes on 114 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

Originally Posted by spainlinx0 View Post
I wasn't making fun of the production values of the show. I am a huge fan of B5. It was more a comment about how the actors all seem to be dying so young.
Ahh.. Got it. My bad on the misunderstanding.


Originally Posted by Mike86 View Post
I never really watched Babylon 5, but it’s definitely an odd trend that so many of the cast members have passed away relatively young.

It does make you wonder a bit about it being something related to conditions on the set when it’s multiple cast members passing.

Well, Andreas Katsulas smoked himself to death. Jerry Doyle drank himself to death. Jeff Conaway had drug problems (brought on initially by a back injury and an addiction to painkillers). Stephen Furst had diabetes. Richard Biggs had a heart defect.

Nothing related to the show or production, just REALLY bad life decisions or bad luck.
Old 01-22-21, 01:37 PM
  #11  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Tom Banjo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Auburn, AL
Posts: 4,681
Received 243 Likes on 143 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

Damn it. Is it too early to start saying fuck 2021?




The following users liked this post:
Bandoman (01-25-21)
Old 01-22-21, 02:13 PM
  #12  
DVD Talk Legend
 
B5Erik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Southern California
Posts: 11,752
Received 140 Likes on 114 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021



From Bruce Boxleitner...

Yesterday, I was brought to my knees.

She was one-of-a-kind. Although she had endured much heartache in her life, she always seemed to find a place in her heart for others and was especially passionate about causes.

She was a living contradiction: a beautiful, graceful, compassionate soul with a strong, fierce, commanding courage. My wife has always described her as ďangelic.Ē I canít think of a better description in one word. Her welcoming aura was felt by anyone who had the privilege of being near her.


We have lost a light in our galaxy, but another has gained one. I will miss our talks, our laughs, our deep discussions about Hollywood and life. I will miss our dinners and trips abroad. I will miss the way her eyes sparkled when she smiled. I will miss her captivating voice and contagious laughter. I will miss sharing with her one of the most gratifying experiences of my life: the relationship between Sheridan and Delenn.

I will miss her.

Bruce
The following users liked this post:
Bandoman (01-25-21)
Old 01-22-21, 05:55 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 2,103
Likes: 0
Received 19 Likes on 15 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

Originally Posted by B5Erik View Post
Ahh.. Well, Andreas Katsulas smoked himself to death. Jerry Doyle drank himself to death. Jeff Conaway had drug problems (brought on initially by a back injury and an addiction to painkillers). Stephen Furst had diabetes. Richard Biggs had a heart defect.

Nothing related to the show or production, just REALLY bad life decisions or bad luck.
And Tim Choate (Zathras) died in a motorcycle accident I think. Just tragic.
Old 01-22-21, 07:19 PM
  #14  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Josh-da-man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: The Bible Belt
Posts: 36,459
Received 808 Likes on 593 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

Originally Posted by B5Erik View Post
Well, Andreas Katsulas smoked himself to death. Jerry Doyle drank himself to death. Jeff Conaway had drug problems (brought on initially by a back injury and an addiction to painkillers). Stephen Furst had diabetes. Richard Biggs had a heart defect.

Nothing related to the show or production, just REALLY bad life decisions or bad luck.
It's really unsettling when you consider that the show has had, over its run, seventeen members in its main cast, and seven of them have died young.

Compare that with Star Trek, which had three shows in same 90s time period, and they have only lost one main cast member, Rene Auberjonois, at age eighty.
Old 01-22-21, 07:51 PM
  #15  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: long island, ny
Posts: 643
Received 11 Likes on 8 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

So sad.
glad I had the opportunity to meet her at a con a few years ago.
She was so nice
Old 01-24-21, 10:15 PM
  #16  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Pa
Posts: 11,953
Received 12 Likes on 11 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

Originally Posted by Josh-da-man View Post
It's really unsettling when you consider that the show has had, over its run, seventeen members in its main cast, and seven of them have died young.

Compare that with Star Trek, which had three shows in same 90s time period, and they have only lost one main cast member, Rene Auberjonois, at age eighty.
Two as far as I know for 90s Star Trek. Aron Eisenberg who played Nog died in 2019. He was 50.

I'm familiar with her work from lost but I still have not been able to get to B5. Is it streaming on any channel? RIP.

Edit: Now that I am thinking about it the actor who played Worf's son died as well. Jon Paul Steuer.
Old 01-25-21, 10:21 AM
  #17  
DVD Talk Legend
 
B5Erik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Southern California
Posts: 11,752
Received 140 Likes on 114 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

Originally Posted by DthRdrX View Post
Two as far as I know for 90s Star Trek. Aron Eisenberg who played Nog died in 2019. He was 50.

I'm familiar with her work from lost but I still have not been able to get to B5. Is it streaming on any channel? RIP.

Edit: Now that I am thinking about it the actor who played Worf's son died as well. Jon Paul Steuer.
But of Star Trek TNG, DSY, and VOY, only 1 has died from the main cast. Nog wasn't part of the main cast. He was a recurring character.

And, either way, the point stands. B5 has had horrible luck with it's main cast members dying prematurely. It's really very depressing.

As far as the show streaming, it actually starts on HBO Max tomorrow. So you can start it then!

(Just remember, the first season is the weakest, and doesn't match up, quality wise, to seasons 2-4. Seasons 3 & 4 are the show at it's peak, just amazing stuff - but it won't make nearly as much sense without you watching the first two seasons before you watch seasons 3 & 4.)
Old 01-25-21, 01:35 PM
  #18  
DVD Talk Legend
 
spainlinx0's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: NJ
Posts: 17,570
Received 237 Likes on 146 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

Are the movies going to be part of HBO Max as well? That's great news. My friend and I were just discussing that it's been a while since we watched the show so I was thinking of doing that again.
Old 01-25-21, 01:46 PM
  #19  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 2,904
Received 79 Likes on 69 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

Originally Posted by B5Erik View Post
(Just remember, the first season is the weakest, and doesn't match up, quality wise, to seasons 2-4. Seasons 3 & 4 are the show at it's peak, just amazing stuff - but it won't make nearly as much sense without you watching the first two seasons before you watch seasons 3 & 4.)
Whenever I do a rewatch, I usually skip season 1. Too tedious to watch on a second and subsequent viewings.

On such rewatches, I start with the "In The Beginning" movie and go straight into season 2. I stop at the end of season 4, and don't bother with season 5.

Nevertheless if one has not watched this show before, one should first start with The Gathering movie and then into season 1.
Old 01-25-21, 01:55 PM
  #20  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Josh-da-man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: The Bible Belt
Posts: 36,459
Received 808 Likes on 593 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

There are still a number of season one episodes that need to be watched because they set up things that will pay off in later seasons.

But at least half of them are skippable.
Old 01-27-21, 07:36 AM
  #21  
Enormous Genitals
 
Bandoman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: a small cottage on a cul de sac in the lower pits of hell.
Posts: 34,820
Received 199 Likes on 117 Posts
Re: Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) 1955-2021

They remastered the show! I just (re)purchased it on iTunes so I have it forever. It looks a lot better than the DVD set.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.