Mira Furlan, best known for her roles as Delenn in “Babylon 5” and Danielle Rousseau in “Lost”, died Wednesday. She was 65.
Her Twitter account broke the news Thursday and “Babylon 5” creator J. Michael Straczynski posted a tribute to the actress later that evening.
– Mira Furlan (@FurlanMira) January 22, 2021
Although a cause of death has not yet been revealed, Straczynski said the cast and crew of “Babylon 5” had known for some time that Mira’s health was deteriorating. “We were hoping it would improve,” he wrote. “In a group email sent to the distribution a while ago, I heard that it could improve.
However, Straczynski said he later got a call from “Babylon 5” co-star Peter Jurasik that Furlan’s husband, director Goran Gajić, would “bring her home.”
“Mira was a good and kind woman, an incredibly talented performer, and a friend to everyone in the cast and crew of ‘Babylon 5’, and we are all devastated by the news,” he wrote. . “The cast members she’s been particularly close to since the show’s end will need room to deal with this moment, so be nice if they don’t respond for a while. We have walked this route too many times and it only gets more difficult.
It is a night of great sadness, because our friend and comrade had taken the road where we cannot reach her. But as with all things, we’ll catch up with her in time, and I believe she will have lots of stories to tell us and lots of new roles to share with the universe. pic.twitter.com/HyQlqyC19v
– J. Michael Straczynski (@straczynski) January 22, 2021
Furlan was born in the former Yugoslavia, where she played a number of stage roles and was part of the Croatian National Theater, and emigrated to the United States in 1991. She joined the space opera “Babylon 5” in as Delenn, Minbari’s ambassador to the incumbent. space station, in 1993, and would continue to star in the series for its full five seasons. In 2004, she made her debut in ABC’s mega-hit “Lost” as Danielle Rousseau, a scientist who was shipwrecked on the show’s mysterious island 16 years before the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. She returned throughout the series over the next few seasons. .
Furlan continued to act over the past year and racked up dozens of credits through film and television throughout his life. His film credits include “When Father Was Away on Business”, Oscar nominated by Emir Kusturica, “Beauty of Vice”, “Three For Happiness” and “In the Jaws of Life”.
She is survived by Gajić and their son, Marko Lav Gajić.