Mira Furlan, the Actress best known for her roles in Babylon 5 and Lost, died Wednesday, January 20, 2021, from complications due to the West Nile Virus. She was 65.
From 1993 to 1998, Ms. Furlan was one of the stars of “Babylon 5,” a space opera that followed the relationships, politics, interspecies tensions and galactic conflicts aboard a United Nations-type space station in the mid-23rd century. Her character, Ambassador Delenn, represented an alien race, the Minbari, on the space station.
Ms. Furlan twice won a Sci-Fi Universe Award for best supporting actress for her work on the show, which also starred Bruce Boxleitner and Stephen Furst. She appeared in all 111 episodes and in two “Babylon 5” TV movies.
From 2004 to 2010, she was seen in the recurring role of Danielle Rousseau, a scientist often referred to as just “the Frenchwoman,” on the popular ABC drama “Lost,” about a group of survivors stranded on a remote mysterious island after the crash of their jetliner, from 2004 through the show’s final season, in 2010.
Mira Furlan was born on Sept. 7, 1955, in Zagreb, Croatia, where she was a leading actress in theater, film and TV and was part of the Croatian National Theater.
Amid civil war in her homeland, she emigrated in 1991 to New York City with her husband, Goran Gajic, a writer and director. She lived in the city and worked as an actress until moving to Los Angeles for “Babylon 5.” In addition to her husband, she is survived by their son, Marko Lav Gajic.
Her other acting credits include appearances on “NCIS,” “Law & Order: LA” and more than 25 films. She most recently appeared in another science fiction series, “Space Command,” playing a former archaeologist.
Jeremy Bulloch, the English film star who suited up as the fan-favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died, according to another actor who played the character. He was 75.
Bulloch first wore Boba’s weathered green-and-white helmet and armor in 1980′s “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” and returned as the character for 1983′s “Return of the Jedi.”
Boba was originally voiced in “The Empire Strikes Back” by Jason Wingreen, but a 2004 re-release of the film had Temuera Morrison provide the vocals instead.
Despite the character’s lack of screen time in those 1980s movies, Boba became wildly popular among “Star Wars” fans due to his cool looks and reputation as a fierce bounty hunter.
The jetpack-wearing character seemingly died in “Return of the Jedi” when he was knocked into the pit of a Sarlacc monster, but it has since been revealed that he survived. Morrison now plays the character on the live-action series “The Mandalorian.”
Bulloch also appeared on British series “Doctor Who,” “Robin of Sherwood” and “Law & Order UK.”
No cause of death has been announced.
Good news for Orville fans! Like other productions, filming on The Orville was put on hold when Hollywood went on lockdown in March. Shooting on the third season had started in October 2019 and they were a bit shy of halfway done at the time of the halt. According to a source with the production, cameras will start rolling again in the first week of December.
Prep work for restarting season three has already begun, with some people already at work on the Fox lot in Century City, CA. Most of the cast and crew are expected to be on set after Thanksgiving weekend for rehearsals and to do some pick-up shots. Production will continue through December until the Christmas and New Year break, and then restart in early January.
It is expected that work under strict COVID protocols to complete season three will take five or six months in total. Production will restart on the Fox lot, with location shooting in Southern California also being planned. The Orville creator/executive producer Seth MacFarlane and executive producer Jon Cassar will continue to split directing duties for the rest of the season.
As of now, there isn’t a target date for The Orville season three’s debut on Hulu, but the team’s hope is to start the season before the end of 2021. Season three will consist of eleven episodes, each of which will have a longer runtime than episodes from the first two seasons, which aired on Fox Broadcast Network.
Happy 33rd Anniversary to the RISFC! On September 28, 1987, we gathered for the first time in a friend's home to watch the beginning of a new SF series, Star Trek: The Next Generation!
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