Canadian actor, known for playing the irascible Doc Cottle on the reimagined died yesterday at the age of 80. He passed away after battling cancer, according to his talent agency.
Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Rhodes served the Canadian Air Force before becoming one of that country’s most prolific character actors. He started with small roles in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and the “Mission: Impossible” television series.
He memorably played escaped con Dutch Leitner in ABC’s “Soap” in the late ’70s. Then came dozens of cameos in shows like “Cheers,” “Taxi,” “Golden Girls,” “The X-Files,” The L Word,” and “Smallville.”
Rhodes perhaps made his biggest mark as gruff Doc Cottle on Syfy’s “Battlestar Galactica.” He mostly recently appeared on The CW’s “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow.”
He is survived by wife Sarah, a daughter, and a son.
His “BSG” colleagues paid tribute to Rhodes on Twitter:
Just heard that Donnelly Rhodes, Galactica’s own Doc Cottle, has passed away. Very sad. He was a lovely man and I so enjoyed writing for him. Admired his work ever since “Soap”. He will be missed.
— Ronald D. Moore (@RonDMoore)
Saddened to hear of Donnelly Rhodes passing. Loved working with him on BSG. A lovely man who made a terrific Doc Cottle. RIP.
— Tricia Helfer (@trutriciahelfer)
The Battlestar Family has lost our Doctor. Donnelly Rhodes has passed away. I have so many hilarious stories about this amazing actor & man. RIP Doc Cottle.
— Aaron Douglas (@theaarondouglas)