Battlestar Galactica and McCloud star Terry Carter dies aged 95

Virgin Radio

24 Apr 2024, 08:06

Terry Carter

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Terry Carter, best known for his roles in McCloud and Battlestar Galactica, has died aged 95. 

The sad news was shared on Terry’s official website, which revealed the actor had “died peacefully” at his home in New York on Tuesday (23rd April). 

Known for his roles in the 1970s, Terry starred as Colonel Tigh in the original Battlestar Galactica series, before starring as Sergeant Joe Broadhurst in detective series McCloud.

Originally from a theatre background, both on and off-broadway, Terry got his telly start in the likes of The Phil Silvers Show and Breaking Point. He was also the only black actor to have a role in World War II drama, Combat! Other major projects include Foxy Brown and Company of Killers. 

In the mid 1960s, Terry started as a weekend newscaster in Boston for WBZ-TV, becoming one of the first black news anchors on TV.

He also began his own production corporation, Meta/4 Productions, which made educational films for the government, with many movies being distributed to network PBS.

In 1989, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Informational Special for a documentary, titled A Duke Named Ellington, all about the life of the infamous jazz star. 

Tributes have been coming in for the actor and filmmaker on social media. Production designer Dave Blass wrote on X (formerly Twitter): “Terry Carter always had a way to mix humor and gravitas with every performance.  He was perfect as Colonel Tigh. Sad day for Galactica Fans.”

Terry is survived by his wife Etaferhu Zenebe-DeCoste, his two children Miguel and Melinda and Mrs Zenebe-DeCoste's daughter, according to his official website. 

The thoughts of everyone at Virgin Radio go out to Terry’s friends and family.