Say Farewell to an Icon, Fellow Geeks: Robin Sachs Dead at Age 61

Here Be Dragons | 06 February 2013 | 0 Comments   

Robin Sachs 1951-2013

British actor Robin Sachs, famous for his roles in multiple TV shows, films, and video games,  died of so-far unknown causes on February 1st, 2013.

Mr. Sach’s official website reads, “This is a post we never thought we would have to write…

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Robin Sachs.

Please join us in raising a glass to Robin – goodbye, dear friend. Thank you for all the laughter and the cookies. We will miss you so very much.

Di, Sharon and everyone at”

You folks might remember Robin as Ethan Rayne, the kick-ass and (in my opinion) under-used villain of several episodes of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”.  He was responsible for turning Buffy into a helpless 18th century damsel, distributing magic-laced candy throughout the adults of Sunnydale, and transforming Giles into a Fyarl demon.  Also for giving Buffy a kick-ass (if demonic) tattoo that she sadly had to have removed.  Seriously, you’d think the guy might be better off going for a career as a tattoo artist, considering how often he got his ass whipped.

“Look, a box full of farm-fresh chicken.”

But Robin was more than Ethan Rayne (much though that would be enough).  Try mentally adding some green makeup, scales, and antennae.  What do you get?

Oh fuck yes.

Yeah, he was Sarris from “Galaxy Quest”.  What else?

…he had a thing for scales, didn’t he?

The “Babylon 5″ curse has struck again.  Robin Sachs actually played THREE roles on B5: he was Hedronn in “Points of Departure” and “All Alone in the Night”, Warleader Na’Kal (pictured) in “Walkabout” and “The Fall of Night”, and Na’Tok in “Movements of Fire and Shadow” and “The Fall of Centauri Prime”.  That last was in the fifth season, but we shouldn’t hold that against him.  Anything else?


Yes, that’s Murdock, mayor of the village of Redcliffe, from “Dragon Age: Origins”.  Robin Sachs actually supplied a myriad of voices for that game, also including Lord Pyral Harrowmount, one of the candidates for the Dwarven throne.  In fact, he did a LOT of video game voice acting in recent years, especially with Bioware.  Wanna know what else?


…yeah, guys, sorry, Zaeed is dead.  Robin Sachs was him too.  I honestly didn’t know how much this guy did for the sci-fi community until now, but it was a friggin’ lot, and he deserves to be mourned.

I’ll be raising a glass to you tonight, Mr. Sachs. Rest in peace.