Trevor Goddard (14 October 1962 – 7 June 2003) was an English actor. He played Kano in the first Mortal Kombat movie and Lieutenant Commander Mic Brumby on JAG.
On 7 June 2003 Goddard was found dead in his home in North Hollywood (a suburb of Los Angeles), California, aged 40.
Initial reports indicated that Goddard was in the process of getting a divorce and that suicide was suspected. An autopsy later showed that Goddard died from a drug overdose of heroin, cocaine, temazepam and vicodin.
His death was ruled accidental.
Goddard was born in Croydon, Surrey, England, in 1962. For much of his career he claimed to be of Australian descent and often played Australian characters.
He appeared in cameo roles in many television shows prior to 1995. In that year Goddard played Kano in the film adaptation of Mortal Kombat.
He would go on to act in other movies such as Gone in Sixty Seconds and Hollywood Vampyr. Goddard also played in the television drama series JAG as Lieutenant Commander Mic Brumby and was also featured in TV commercials for the Hoover FloorMate.
He made his last on-screen appearance in the 2003 movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
‘JAG’ Star Found Dead at Home, Possible Suicide
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Australian actor Trevor Goddard, who played Lt. Cmdr. Mic Brumby on the long-running CBS series “JAG,” was found dead at his North Hollywood home of a suspected drug overdose, authorities said on Monday.
Goddard’s girlfriend discovered his body lying on a bed at about noon on Sunday, Los Angeles County coroner’s office spokesman Craig Harvey said.
A preliminary investigation indicated his death was a possible suicide by an overdose of as-yet unknown “illicit, illegal” drugs, Harvey said.
Notes were discovered at Goddard’s home, but investigators did not characterize them as suicide notes, he said. “There was nothing in the notes indicating that he meant to take his life,” Harvey said. The notes were addressed to a friend.
Investigators think Goddard died sometime after 9 p.m. on Saturday after having a telephone conversation with a friend from his home, Harvey said. An autopsy is set for Tuesday.
A former professional boxer, Goddard was “discovered” while competing at a light-heavyweight bout and asked to appear in a series of beer commercials, according to his Web site.
He built a career on portraying villains in many of Hollywood’s top action movies, including tough-guy Kano in New Line Cinema’s “Mortal Kombat.”
He was best known to U.S. audiences from his recurring small screen role as Mic Brumby on the military drama “Jag” from 1998 to 2001. Goddard had just completed work on “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” with Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom.
“JAG” Actor Found Dead Mon Jun 9, 7:40 PM ET
By Marcus Errico
Trevor Goddard, the Aussie actor best known for playing a Yank military man on JAG, was found dead over the weekend in his apartment of a suspected drug overdose.
The 37-year-old’s death may have been a suicide, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said Monday. An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday.
Authorities believe Goddard died late Saturday night. He had talked to a friend on the phone around 9 p.m. and wasn’t seen again until noon the following day, when his girlfriend found his body in a bed.
Although no suicide note was found, Goddard had apparently been struggling through a divorce and custody battle over his two sons.
In a posting on the Officially Trevor Goddard Website (www.trevorgoddard.com), a message attributed to “Wiseguy…Brother” and titled “Trevor…In a Happier Place” says, “Trevor simply died of a broken heart.”
A former boxer, Goddard first made a splash in Hollywood playing the heavy Kano in 1985’s Mortal Kombat. A string of mostly forgettable C-grade movies and teleflicks followed until he landed on CBS’ hit military series JAG in the recurring role of Lieutenant Commander Mic Brumby, a role he played from 1998 to 2001.
“We considered Trevor a member of the JAG family and are deeply saddened by the news. Our condolences go out to his family, ” the show’s producers said in a statement Monday.
Aside from JAG, Goddard’s credits included the 2000 Nicolas Cage vehicle Gone in Sixty Seconds, the 2001 TV movie When Billie Beat Bobby with Helen Hunt and Ron Silver, and commercials for Hoover’s Floor Mate vacuum cleaner (as a strapping Aussie bushman with the catchphrase, “I clean that floor, mate”).
He recently finished working with Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom on Disney’s would-be summer blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl playing an undead buccaneer named Grapple. The film opens July 11.