Babylon 5 changed lead actors between seasons one and two with actor Michael O’Hare stepping down as Jeffrey Sinclair and being replaced by Bruce Boxleitner as John Sheridan.
For twenty years, the creator and producer of Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski has been mum on the details of why O’Hare decided to step away from the franchise. But at this weekend’s Phoenix Comicon’s 20th anniversary celebration, JMS revealed why O’Hare left.
According to JMS, O’Hare suffered from delusions and paranoia due to mental illness.
That was the real reason he left the show after only one season. Straczynski explained how O’Hare struggled, how he was barely able to come back for a two-parter to close his character’s story, but above all, that O’Hare wanted people to know the truth after his death.
And the most important truth of O’Hare’s struggle with mental illness is that he loved the fans, that they were what sustained him during the difficult times in his life.
In case you missed the panel that reunited many of the actors from the beloved space opera, we’ve got it for you below.