In the note to ‘Friends, Family and Fans’, Colette Simon said:’ It is with unimaginable sorrow that I share with you that my beloved husband, Cliff Simon, passed away at 12:30 pm on Tuesday March 9, 2021 He was in Topanga Beach, California, and sadly passed away after a tragic kitesurfing accident.
“He was known to most of you on this page as the villain you loved to hate, Ba’al, from Stargate SG-1. But like he said, “playing is what I do, it’s only part of who I am”. And he was so much more – a true original, an adventurer, a sailor, a swimmer, a dancer, an actor, a writer. There’s a gaping hole where he once stood on this earth. He was loved by too many to mention and had a great impact on so many lives. He was a wonderful and much loved brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend.
His wife added, “A small saving grace to this tragedy is that he was doing one of the things he loved the most and died on the beach near the water, which was his temple.
Born in South Africa, Simon was a veteran actor and the author of the book Paris Nights My Year at the Moulin Rouge.
Simon qualified as a swimmer for the British International Olympic Team in 1984 as a swimmer. He was offered scholarships to further his athletic career, but work won out and he decided to join the South African Air Force.
A chance encounter at a resort hotel led him to perform as part of a troupe in various stage productions, eventually leading him to the Moulin Rouge in 1989.
He then modeled and after winning a competition he was offered an audition on the hit TV series Egoli – Gold Square. He would become a household name for his six-year run.
Moving to Los Angeles, he landed a guest starring role with Don Johnson in the hit TV series,Nash Bridges. Soon after, he acquired the recurring role of guest star of Ba’al on Stargate SG1 ′. The character was popular with fans and enjoyed a recurring five-year run. He also played Ba’al in the movie Stargate SG1, Continuum, ‘which was released in 2008.
His other roles recently included hosting the Into the unknown series for Travel Channel and appearances on NCIS, castle, Days of our lives, and 24, among others.
No information was immediately available on survivors or memorial plans.