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• Alec McCowen, one of the most respected British character actors of the past century, having performed to acclaim both on stage and screen, passed away yesterday. He was 91.

One of his best-known stage appearances was a one man show that essentially was a performance of "St. Mark's Gospel." And while his film roles included Alfred Hitchcock's late-career thriller Frenzy, as well as The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner and Travels With My Aunt, he is perhaps best known for playing the "Q" role in Never Say Never Again, the non-canon James Bond movie that featured Sean Connery's final appearance as 007.

• Richard Hatch, who played different roles in the two TV versions of "Battlestar Galactica" - hotshot fighter pilot Captain Apollo in the late seventies original, and then political leader Tom Zarek in the recent reboot - passed away yesterday at age 71. The cause was pancreatic cancer.
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