Cult TV

Jerry Doyle passes away aged 60

Cult Faction is sad to announce that its favourite ever head of security, Jerry Doyle, known for his role on the science-fiction TV series Babylon 5 and for founding EpicTimes, has died at the age of 60 years old.

The sad news was broken by his family via twitter:

Doyle was born on July 16th 1956 and was raised in Brooklyn, New York, the eldest son of a police officer and a housewife. He spent the first six months of his life in an orphanage before being adopted. He graduated from Pope John XXIII Regional High School in Sparta, New Jersey, in 1974, where he played varsity football and basketball. In 1978, Doyle earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, while also receiving his flight training.

Doyle spent years as a corporate jet pilot but then changed his career to a Wallstreet Stockbroker. After a decade on Wall Street, in 1991,  he moved to Los Angeles and decided to give acting a go.

His first television role was on the series Moonlighting,  this was followed by The Bold and the Beautiful and Reasonable Doubts. Then in 1993 came the role that would forever fix him on the Cult Faction radar – security officer Michael Garibaldi on Babylon 5.  Doyle has quipped that on Babylon 5 he was a “Mick from Brooklyn playing a Wop from Mars.”

As well as starring in Babylon 5, Doyle clocked up appearances in Homefront, Renegade, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Captain Simian & The Space Monkeys, Sliders, Martial Law, Beverly Hills, 90210, Storm Watch, JAG and NYPD Blue amongst others.

Doyle also launched his own production company to move into production television and independent films, which he described as an “experiment”. Other work included a series on the aircraft of the Second World War entitled Keep ’em Flying, alongside producer John Copeland, who Doyle had previously worked with on Babylon 5. Doyle was a frequent guest on Newsmax Media TV, primarily on the program Midpoint with Ed Berliner. He had also been a featured guest on Fox & Friends.

Television was not the only medium that Doyle was a success at. His radio show The Jerry Doyle Show aired on the Talk Radio Network and was the sixth most popular talk radio show in the U.S.A., with an average of 3.75 million listeners on a weekly basis by early 2012.

Doyle was announced as the replacement program for The Savage Nation in Talk Radio Network’s lineup in October 2012. The Savage Nation, at the time the third most-listened-to radio talk show in the United States, abruptly ended its run September 26 when host Michael Savage won a lawsuit against TRN. Doyle replaced Savage on all of Savage’s approximately 300 affiliates except for those who chose their own replacement programs. He launched the new media content platform EpicTimes in February 2013, which served as a “one stop shop” for both hard hitting news of the day as well as entertaining “water cooler” type pieces.It was subsequently banned within China.

At the time of his death Doyle had been working on a new movie known as THE CIRCUIT – a multi genre anthology show that aims to be the most fan interactive film the industry has ever seen. It is a cross genre of Hollywood style production and fan fiction.

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