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Terry Carter, ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and ‘McCloud’ Actor, Dies at 95


Terry Carter, who played sergeant Joe Broadhurst on the TV series “McCloud” and detective Colonel Tigh on the original “Battlestar Galactica,” died at his home in New York, N.Y., Tuesday morning. He was 95.

Born John Everett DeCoste in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 16, 1928, to parents of Dominican, Argentine and African American descent, Carter would go on to become the first Black TV news anchor for Boston’s WBZ-TV Eyewitness News, where he also became their first opening night drama and movie critic. He was also one of the first Black regulars on the 1956 TV sitcom series “The Phil Silvers Show,” in which he played Private Sugarman.

Carter’s other credits include the 1970 TV movie “Company of Killers,” in which he starred alongside Van Johnson and Ray Milland, and the 1974 film “Foxy Brown” with Pam Grier.

In 1979 Carter formed the Council for Positive Images, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing intercultural and interethnic understanding through media. Under the organization, he produced and directed several documentary programs for PBS focusing on cultural and historical topics.

In 1988, Carter produced and directed the Emmy-nominated TV musical documentary “A Duke Named Ellington,” about the jazz titan.

Carter served two terms on the board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He was inducted in 1983 into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and he served on the documentary committee and the foreign films committee for the Oscars. In 1985, Carter was awarded a Los Angeles Emmy for “K*I*D*S,” a TV miniseries he created, directed and produced about a diverse group of teenagers who struggle to navigate the intense conflicts confronting American youth at the time.

Carter was twice widowed and is survived by his wife Etaferhu Zenebe-DeCoste, and his two children Miguel and Melinda.