What the cast of Battlestar Galactica looks like today

It's been years since Sci Fi's (now known as Syfy) Battlestar Galactica reimagining concluded. Ronald D. Moore developed the series, and it won numerous awards under his supervision. Despite high-quality TV shows having debuted since the series ended in 2009, it still ranks among the best TV shows ever created. It undoubtedly boosted the careers of its leading actors and actresses. Here's what they look like today.

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos has been living it up in Hollywood. It's difficult to narrow down his impressive resume to just a few parts, but if we were to determine his most memorable roles, Admiral William Adama would undoubtedly be on top. For years, all Olmos wanted was to be "the biggest thing on the West Coast," and his initial plan to do that was to be the lead singer in the band Pacific Ocean. When that didn't pan out, he made the jump onto the big screen, starring in films such as Wolfen, Selena, Zoot Suit, Saving Grace, and more.

Before he hit the big time playing Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver, a role that earned him Oscar praise, Olmos made a name for himself playing Lt. Martin Castillo on Miami Vice. He received both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the gig. That started what would become a long-running career on television, which of course includes Battlestar Galactica.

When the famed series concluded, Olmos went back to starring in small roles in movies such as The Green Hornet and 2 Guns. He even snapped up a few recurring roles on television, in shows like Dexter and Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. Now, in addition to playing a military figure in Shane Black's The Predator in 2018, Olmos will be reprising his role as Detective Gaff from Ridley Scott's original Blade Runner film in Denis Villeneuve's upcoming sequel, Blade Runner: 2049 (via Bleeding Cool), due out in late 2017.

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell got her start by appearing in the soap opera As the World Turns in the early '80s before later landing a recurring role on E/R — not to be confused with the iconic medical drama ER, which is another series she starred in. But the two-time Academy Award nominee took a break from television in the late '80s to prove her acting chops by playing Stands With A Fist in Dances with Wolves and May-Alice Culhane in Passion Fish. Then, she returned to the small screen in 1995 with a recurring role on High Society. That was around the time her career really started to take off.

McDonnell boarded a number of high-profile productions in the '90s and early '00s, such as Blue Chips, Independence Day, and Donnie Darko, while also starring in several TV movies, like 12 Angry Men, A Father's Choice, and The Locket. Then, along came Battlestar Galactica. McDonnell made a name for herself by playing President Laura Roslin in the hit sci-fi series.

Once the show ended, she recurred on The Closer, a role that garnered her an Emmy nomination. She must have liked playing Captain (later Commander) Sharon Raydor on the crime drama, for when The Closer ended, McDonnell reprised the character in the series' spinoff, Major Crimes. The show has been renewed for a sixth season.

Jamie Bamber

English actor Jamie Bamber got his big break playing Lee "Apollo" Adama in Battlestar Galactica, the son of Edward James Olmos' Admiral Adama. But before he boarded the Syfy series, he got his start guest-starring in numerous TV shows. His biggest pre-Galactica role was portraying 2nd Lt. Jack Foley in HBO's critically-acclaimed miniseries Band of Brothers. He was one of the many actors, including Simon Pegg, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender, who appeared in the WWII series prior to achieving fame.

While Bamber appeared in a few guest-starring roles on other TV shows during his stint on Battlestar Galactica, in 2009 he landed one of the leads in Law & Order UK, the first British spinoff of the iconic crime drama. Due to casting changes, Bamber left the police procedural after two years for a job in Chelsea General Hospital, playing attending neurosurgeon Dr. Tyler Wilson in the short-lived TNT series Monday Mornings. Though he hasn't landed another role quite as long-running as he had on Battlestar Galactica, Bamber currently has a recurring role on NCIS, playing Jake Malloy.

James Callis

After graduating from the London Academy of Music and Art, English actor James Callis pursued theater acting. He appeared in several West End productions before joining the cast of Battlestar Galactica. He even tried his hand at directing with the appropriately-titled drama Beginner's Luck in 2001. But everything changed when he took on the role of Dr. Gaius Baltar, a role for which he received a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor.

His biggest role since Battlestar Galactica ended was playing Dr. Trevor Grant on Syfy's other hit series, Eureka. Since then, he's appeared in only a handful of guest-starring roles, such as The Dodger on The CW's Arrow and Pat Gueterman on Rick and Morty. But the last time audiences saw him on screen — on any screen — was reprising his role as Tom in Sharon Maguire's Bridget Jones's Baby in 2016.

Tricia Helfer

Battlestar Galactica had a number of twists and turns, but from the very beginning, we knew Tricia Helfer was playing one of the humanoid Cylons. Her role as Number Six in the re-imagined series has become a defining part of her career. But long before she decided to pursue acting full-time, Helfer was an established supermodel. She appeared in ads for Chanel, Victoria Secret, and Christian Dior, among others. In 2002, she decided to retire from modeling to make the jump to Hollywood.

Her first major role was Battlestar Galactica, but once the series ended, she had become one of the faces of science fiction television. That newfound prestige put her in a prime position to take up guest-starring roles on shows such as Warehouse 13, Human Target, and The Librarians.

Aside from appearing in random TV shows here and there, Helfer had main roles on Dark Blue, Tron: Uprising, and Killer Women. Her latest project has been playing Lucifer's mother on Fox's Lucifer series, based on the Vertigo comic of the same name.

Grace Park

Grace Park hit the big-time when she joined the cast of Battlestar Galactica in 2004. Her character, Lt. Sharon Valerii, played a central role in the story, eventually discovering that she was actually one of the humanoid Cylon models. But before she became Number Eight, Park graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in psychology. Instead of pursuing a career in science, though, Park chose to take up acting.

After appearing in a number of guest-starring roles in shows like The Outer Limits, Dark Angel, and Stargate: SG-1, Park got her big break by playing high school student Shannon Ng in the Canadian soap opera Edgemont. She had a leading role in the series that aired for five seasons in the early 2000s. And when it concluded, Park jumped right into Battlestar Galactica.

While the hit Syfy show was on the air, Park continued to branch out. She nabbed a few main roles in short-lived shows like The Cleaner and The Border, but it wasn't until Battlestar Galactica ended that she moved on. In 2010, she landed a leading role in CBS' Hawaii Five-O remake, playing HPD Detective Kono Kalakaua, a role that she continues to play to this day. With seven seasons under her belt as the police detective, people might soon start to recognize her for her role in Hawaii Five-O instead of Battlestar Galactica.

Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff has appeared in several leading roles — on both TV and in movies — but she will always be remembered for playing Lt. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on Battlestar Galactica, a role for which she received multiple Saturn Award nominations and one win for Best Supporting Actress on Television. Before her stint on the Syfy series, though, she got her start with recurring roles on Undressed, The Fearing Mind, and The Education of Max Bickford.

While she was still playing Starbuck, Sackhoff continued to star on other shows, such as Bionic Woman, Nip/Tuck, and even Robot Chicken. When the show ended, though, that's when she landed a series regular role on 24, during the hit show's final season in 2010 (before its revival in 2014). She played CTU analyst Dana Walsh, who Jack Bauer later outed as being a mole. Aside from her live-action gigs, which includes movies such as Riddick, Oculus, and Tell, Sackhoff branched off into animation.

She played Detective Sarah Essen in the DC film Batman: Year One, as well as voicing Death Watch lieutenant Bo-Katan Kryze in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. It's safe to say Sackhoff has experimented with several different genres, but her biggest role since Battlestar Galactica's conclusion has been playing Victoria Moretti in the neo-Western drama Longmire. Netflix has renewed the series for a sixth and final season, which is set to premiere sometime in 2017.

Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan is one of the most prolific actors out there, especially among those who starred in Battlestar Galactica. His career goes back to shows like The Littlest Hobo, The Little Vampire, and even The Twilight Zone revival from the '80s. And that's all alongside him High-Ballin' it as Reggie, and appearing in movies such as Stella, The Cutting Edge, and I Love a Man in Uniform. Hogan's extensive resume includes numerous television appearances, but that all changed when he boarded Battlestar Galactica in the early 2000s.

Playing Admiral Adama's second-in-command, Colonel Saul Tigh, catapulted Hogan's career. But once the series ended, he went back to starring in small roles on other TV shows, such as General Slade Wilson on Smallville, Gerard Argent on Teen Wolf, and Otto Gerhardt on Fargo. This is all in addition to the dozen other guest-starring roles he landed. One of his latest jobs, though, was playing Hagan, a resistance officer, in Amazon's acclaimed series The Man in the High Castle, something that shouldn't have been difficult for him to get into the groove of considering his past with Galactica.

As if movies and television weren't enough, the creative actor also dabbled in video games, namely voicing Doc Mitchell in Fallout: New Vegas, Commander Samael in TERA Rising, and General Tullius in Skyrim, as well as Captain (and later Commander) Armando-Owen Bailey in Mass Effect 2 and 3.

Aaron Douglas

Before he got the gig playing Chief Galen Tyrol in Battlestar Galactica, Aaron Douglas took up dozens of guest-starring roles on shows such as Stargate: SG-1 (his first credited role ever), Smallville, and The Dead Zone. He even appeared in the background for movies like X2: X-Men United, I, Robot, and The Chronicles of Riddick — all science fiction productions, which Douglas attributes to the fact that he lives in Vancouver. But along came Battlestar Galactica and a character that put him on the map.

After the series ended, Douglas went back to taking small roles on television, something he knew best. The reason for that is because guest-starring is how he got into the industry in the first place. "I was a reader for auditions," Douglas explained, "so I read the other side of the dialogue from whoever is auditioning, and so a lot of times you get to the end of the session and the director looks over and says 'You know that cop role with three lines, do you want to do it?'…It's as simple as that. I get lots of work from being a reader. Built my resume on it for sure."

Aside from taking roles in virtually every show on television, including fan-favorites such as Falling Skies, The Flash, and Once Upon a Time, Douglas branched out into video games, voicing Adam Kane in Dead Rising 3 and Jordi Chin in Watch Dogs. He currently has a recurring role in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, co-starring alongside Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett.

Tahmoh Penikett

Tahmoh Penikett appeared in a few short films in his early days, while also landing guest-starring roles on 24, Dark Angel, and Stargate: SG-1 (seriously, who didn't appear in this show?). Then came his big break in Battlestar Galactica. His character, Lt. Karl "Helo" Agathon, was supposed to die at the end of the 2003 miniseries, but the producers decided to keep him on for the long haul. They even promoted him to Captain at one point.

Although he was a series regular on Battlestar Galactica, Penikett still nabbed a few roles on shows such as Smallville, Cold Squad, and Whistler. But once the Syfy series ended, he took up another series regular role on Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.

Unfortunately, the show only lasted two seasons, which left Penikett without work. That didn't bog him down, though. Ever since Dollhouse's finale, the actor has picked up jobs on Arrow, Continuum, and Supernatural, among many others, while also dropping in on DC films Man of Steel and Justice League: Gods and Monsters.

Nicki Clyne

When Nicki Clyne first landed a part on Battlestar Galactica, it was as little more than a glorified extra. Producers soon took a liking to her spunky performance, however, and her part grew, transforming Crewman Cally from a dedicated deckhand into a tragic love interest.

Since her character's untimely demise, Clyne has put her Battlestar bona fides to good use, hosting the SyFy web series BlastrTV and traveling the convention circuit extensively. She even dusted off her old uniform to hit the floor of the New York Comic-Con in 2015.

These days, when she isn't blogging on her website, she's starring on the web series Personal Space alongside fellow genre standouts Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica), Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), and Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager).

Recently, she published an interview on her website that she'd conducted with close friend and former BSG co-star Hatch, who passed away in 2017 from pancreatic cancer. As she described it, "it was written in February of 2011, yet his answers are timeless." So say we all.

Michael Trucco

Any character that can win the heart of Starbuck was sure to win over the show's fans as well. That's why Michael Trucco—a TV vet by the time he was cast on BSG, having popped up on everything from Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman to Beverly Hill 90210became a fan favorite following his second season debut. It also may be why he's had one of the most successful runs of any actor from the show post-BSG.

Whether it's guest starring on hits like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Big Bang Theory or Scandal, or starring on series like Grandfathered and the new Netflix comedy Disjointed, Trucco has never stopped working. That streak is even more impressive when you factor in the nearly fatal car accident the actor suffered in 2007 when the Ferrari Trucco he was riding in on the Pacific Coast Highway flipped, fracturing four of his vertebrae.

Thankfully, Trucco made a full recovery, and is even ready to strap the old uniform on again if called. That's right: if Battlestar even returns to television, Trucco would be the first to sign up. As he told E!, "I would love a chance to get to revisit those characters. It would be amazing."

Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani may not be a household name, but if you've ever watched a movie or TV show shot in Vancouver, you've probably seen him show up for a line or two. That ubiquity is how he ended up on Battlestar Galactica as tactical officer Felix Gaeta, and it's how he's continued working in the years since the show left the air.

Over the last decade, Juliani has appeared on The Magicians, Fringe, The X-Files, the SyFy miniseries Alice, and played a recurring role as Sinclair on the CW series The 100. He also has the odd distinction of having played Dr. Emil Hamilton on The CW series Smallville and then playing a bit part opposite the same character in the blockbuster Man of Steel.

Juliani isn't a man of meager talents. When he isn't filming, he's a mainstay of the Vancouver theater scene as an actor, sound designer, and singer. He's won multiple Jessie Awards (Vancouver's answer to the Tonys) for his work on stage and behind the scenes. He even sang opera in a composition by BSG composer Bear McCreary for the spinoff series Caprica.

Kandyse McClure

South African born Kandyse McClure was already well known to Canadian television viewers by the time she booked Battlestar Galactica, thanks to parts on the teen drama Higher Ground and post-apocalyptic Showtime hit Jeremiah.

But it was as lovelorn Dee on BSG that she'd make her name, thanks to her remarkable beauty and heartbreaking exit from the series. McClure has kept busy over the last few years, starring in the Syfy remake of Children of the Corn and the 2010 NBC summer series Persons Unknown.

In 2016, McClure portrayed Canadian civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond, often called the Rosa Parks of the Great White North. As she wrote for the Huffington Post, she was "honoured to give voice to a woman whose only crime was the expectation of being treated not as black or as a woman, but as a human being."

Still, if McClure is known for anything outside of BSG, it's probably her work as the mysterious Dr. Clementine Chasseur on the Netflix cult hit Hemlock Grove. But that may change soon. She's picked up a key part in the new Syfy series Ghost Wars opposite Vincent D'Onofrio.

Donnelly Rhodes

Donnelly Rhodes had 40-plus years of acting under his belt by the time he strapped on the uniform and sparked up his trademark cigarette as gruff Dr. Sherman Cottle on Battlestar Galactica.

For decades, Rhodes has been a mainstay on television screens, popping up on everything from Bonanza to The Young and the Restless, Murder She Wrote, and The Golden Girls. He even had a bit part in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

So it shouldn't be a surprise that the esteemed thespian has kept just as busy since BSG went off the air. He appeared in Tron: Legacy and starred opposite a talking dog in Marley & Me: The Puppy Years. He's even become a part of the CW DC Universe as Agent Smith, as an arrogant NSA operative who's appeared on The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.

But we're guessing that all pales in comparison to the honor he received in 2009, when the Union of British Columbia Performers awarded Rhodes with the Sam Payne Award for Lifetime Achievement. Ever humble, Rhodes told the Vancouver Sun, "I really think there should be an award for the best actor in a lousy script. That would be worth winning. Basically, it's about the script. If you have a really good part, any decent actor is going to look pretty good in it." Here's hoping he keeps getting those good scripts for years to come.