Michael Kopsa appeared in The X-Files in 1997 (Picture: Fox)
The X-Files and Smallville actor Michael Kopsa has died aged 66 from a brain tumour.
The Canadian actor, who also appeared in Fantastic Four and Highlander, died earlier this week, his ex-wife announced yesterday.
‘The great Michael Kopsa, my dear friend and the father of my child, Nora, passed away Oct 23 2022 of a brain tumour,’ Lucia Frangione shared.
She continued: ‘He was an incredible stage and screen actor, voice actor, carpenter, musician and painter.
‘Most importantly, he was a loving and richly present father.
‘I will miss you fiercely my dear friend and co-parent.’
Voice actor Peter Kelamis paid tribute on social media, writing: ‘I lost a friend today. Many of us did. A friend who was admired and loved.
‘I shall always cherish the memories in acting class together. It was always great to do scenes opposite those piercing eyes and booming voice.
‘Soo much talent attached to such a kind soul. You leave behind many who shall miss you.
‘Your fight was long…and you deserve to rest. Until we meet again. Love, your friend.’
Fans and friends paid tribute to the actor (Picture: Rich Lam/Getty Images for FOX)
Canadian actress Shea Hampton wrote: ‘Today the great Michael Kopsa lost his physical battle. My heart goes out to his family on such a staggering loss.
‘Many years ago he graced my classes as he moved more from theatre towards film. Anyone who met him will remember his tremendous energy, power and incredible talent.
‘Many times over the years I’d get the call “Can I come in and do some cold reads? Give me something juicy”. Then he would show everyone exactly how it should be done!
‘He commanded the scenes and left jaws hanging open in awe. He was simply the best – and he knew it! Mike was a true creative gift and I loved him dearly. Until we meet again, safe journey home.’
He’s remembered for his ‘incredible talent’
Over his career, Kopsa had an incredible 227 performance credits, and west best known for his role as Rick Culver on The X Files and General Kerrigan on Stargate SG-1.
As a voice actor, he also worked on films including Dragon Ball Z, Mobile Suit Gundam, Action Man, X-Men: Evolution, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Planet Hulk Alien Racers and Princess Castle, as well as played roles in Apollo 18 and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
He also appeared in TV productions Fringe, The Net, Dead Zone and The Sentinel, as well as Hallmark films It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas, Love in Winterland, Marrying Father Christmas and Valentine in the Vineyard.
Hallmark posted on Instagram: ‘A friend and colleague to many, today we honor the legacy of Michael Kopska. Always in our hearts.’
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His ex-wife paid tribute to the ‘incredible stage and screen actor’.