Cliff Simon, the actor who played the evil System Lord Ba’al in TV series Stargate SG-1, has sadly passed away in a kiteboarding accident.
Simon was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He immigrated to the US in 2000, arriving in Los Angeles. Simon secured an agent, and landed a guest star role with Don Johnson on the TV series, Nash Bridges. A short time after that, he landed the guest star role of Ba’al on Stargate SG-1. Ba’al became a fan fave for six seasons and was also in the 2008 Stargate movie Stargate: Continuum.
His wife said, “It is with unimaginable heartbreak that I am sharing with you, that my beloved husband, Cliff Simon, passed away at 12:30pm on Tuesday March 9, 2021. He was at Topanga Beach, California and sadly passed away after a tragic kiteboarding 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 as he said, “acting is what I do, it’s only a part of who I am.” And he was SO much more – a true original, an adventurer, a sailor, swimmer, dancer, actor, author. There is 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 an amazing and much loved brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend. He was and always will be the love of my life and there is unimaginable heartbreak. A small saving grace to this tragedy is that he was doing one of the things he loved most and passed away on the beach near the water, which was his temple. I know this is a shock and will hit hard but we hope you can respect our need for privacy at this time.”