Saturday, May 16, 2009

Battlestar Galactica's James Callis was on Numb3rs last night.

Did you recognize James Callis on CBS's Numb3rs last night in this season's final episode, "Angels and Devils"? I did. Recognized more as Dr. Gaius Baltar of the SciFi Channel's Battlestar Galactica, Callis showed again what a good actor he is as his character challenged Don (Rob Morrow) and Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz), the show's main characters.

Callis, who was born and raised in Great Britain, is often confused with another actor raised in Great Britain, Alexander Siddig who played Dr. Bashir on Star Trek Deep Space Nine.

I confess that I've confused the two, Callis and Siddig, before. The last time I recall seeing Siddig on television, he played Hamri Al-Assad, a suspected terrorist on Fox's 24. (Siddig's official website.)

I double checked at IMDB to make sure that I was not confusing Callis with Siddig again last night on Numb3rs. In the episode, Callis plays a crazed maniac who thinks he's some kind of Messiah. Is the actor being stereotyped? His appeared a little nutty on BSG and later in the show led a cult, but it turned out that Gaius Baltar really was connected to God and not just insane.

The name of Callis's character on Numb3rs was Stephen Duryea. The madman kidnaps Charlie's girlfriend, Amita, but all ends well.

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