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Veteran character actor Paul Koslo, known for roles in The Omega Man, Robot Jox, and Stargate: SG-1, dead at 74

By Christian Long
Paul Koslo in Roots: The Next Generation (Getty Images)

Paul Koslo, a veteran character actor who appeared in The Omega Man, Robot Jox, and The Incredible Hulk TV series  (and many others) passed away on Jan. 9 at the age of 74. Deadline reported the news today based on a statement from Koslo's family.

Koslo started acting in the mid-1960s, landing parts in cult films like The Losers and House of Zodiac before landing his first big role as Dutch, acting alongside Charlton Heston in the 1971 sci-fi classic The Omega Man.

Throughout the '70s and '80s, he showed up in a number of genre shows, often playing the villain in shows like Mission: ImpossibleThe Incredible Hulk, Galactica 1980, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. He later appeared in the CBS superhero drama The Flash in 1990.

Some of Koslo's more prestigious roles included a concentration camp survivor in the 1976 war movie Voyage of the Damned, Mayor Charlie Lezak in Michael Cimino's epic 1980 western Heaven's Gate, and his portrayal of the ruthless Earl Crowther in Roots: The Next Generation (shown above).

The German-born actor, who was raised in Canada, also played opposite heavyweights like Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, and Charles Bronson throughout his impressive career. His last credited TV role was a 2000 episode of Stargate: SG-1, and he bowed out of acting altogether after appearing as himself in the Godfrey Winters biopic Breaking the Fifth in 2004.

He's survived by his wife, Allaire Paterson Koslo, whom he married in 1997 after the two met while working on a play together, and their daughter, Chloe.