Carmen Argenziano Dies; Stargate SG-1 Actor was 75
Carmen Argenziano is a versatile, legendary actor with hundreds of acting roles under his belt.
He is best known for his roles on Stargate SG-1 and in The Godfather Part II.
On Sunday, Carmen passed away. He was 75 years old.
Even Horizon Talent released the sad news about Carmen Argenziano with a deeply personal statement.
“It is with a heavy heart and more sadness than anyone can realize right now,” the statement begins.
The statement continues: “that I announce the passing of client Carmen Argenziano at the age of 75.”
“His acting career began in the early 1970s and included a turn in The Godfather, Part II,” the announcement acknowledges.
“Carmen worked steadily over more than 40 years,” the statement notes. “And was a staple character actor on our televisions throughout that time.”
The announcement continues: “including on series such as ‘Cheers,’ ‘Melrose Place,’ ‘ER,’ ‘CSI:NY’ and many others.”
Carmen did this “while also lending his talents to films both tentpole [expensive major motion picture] and intimate.”
“To genre fans,” the statement continues. “He is best known for his role as Jacob Carter/Selmak on the series ‘Stargate SG-1.'”
Genre is sometimes used as a euphemism for interesting media such as science fiction and fantasy.
It was “a role he relished and recurred in for seven years.”
“While Carmen was a client,” the announcement notes. “He was also a good friend.”
“While he was a class act and a consummate gentleman at the events he was booked for,” the statement says. “He was also a caring and generous person.”
“While I had known him for more than a decade,” the statement reads.
It continues: “It wasn’t until the past three years as a representative for him that our trust and friendship grew and blossomed.”
“He truly treated me like family,” the announcement affirms. “And that sentiment was returned.”
“Please join me in sending thoughts and prayers to Carmen’s family and loved ones during this difficult time,” the statement asks.
This heartbreaking announcement confirms: “Godspeed, my friend.”
Carmen Argenziano had 227 IMDB credits under his belt.
As the statement mentions, Carmen is best known for the twin roles of Jacob Carter and Selmak on Stargate SG-1, which he played from 1998 to 2005.
Portraying two characters sharing a body isn’t easy, but Carmen made the role very natural.
He was introduced in Season 2 of the series and remained a returning character.
Because Jacob Carter was the father of main character Samantha Carter (played by Amanda Tapping), Carmen appeared in 25 episodes.
(That’s more than a season’s worth, and means that he appeared in nearly one out of every eight episodes of the long-running series)
Ultimately, his character died in a moving episode, “Threads,” during the show’s eighth season.
One often overlooked role of Carmen’s was his appearance on “Knives,” a pivotal episode of the science fiction classic Babylon 5.
He has also appeared on murdery mysteries and in films, including Angels and Demons.
More than once, he was cast to portray a priest, a role that he portrayed with dignity and nuance.
Actors and fans alike are still reeling from this news.
(Just last Friday, I was watching some of his work and wondering what he’s been up to lately)
Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time.