Count Baltar

Count Baltar

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Count Baltar

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In the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica television series, Count Baltar was a leading antagonist character who betrayed the human race to its enemy, the robot race of Cylons. He was portrayed by Canadian actor John Colicos.

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In material deleted from the final broadcast of the episodes, it is explained that Baltar was originally a colonial military officer who led an expedition to discover new sources of tylium for mining. After discovering a particularly rich tylium deposit on Carillon, Baltar decided to go into business for himself, leaving the military. He falsified records, declaring Carillon too minimal for mining, and set himself up with the Cylons and Ovions, who were also mining Carillon.


Towards the last years of The Thousand Yahren War between the Cylons and the Twelve Colonies of Man, Baltar acted as a liaison between the Twelve Colonies and the Cylons, and arranged for a peace conference that would bring an end to the war. Unknown to the Colonials, however, Baltar had made a deal with the Cylon Imperious Leader: Baltar would conduct the peace conference to lull the Colonials into a false sense of security, while the Cylons prepared for a massive attack on the Colonial military and the Twelve Colonies. In return, the Imperious Leader promised Baltar that his home colony would be spared from the attack, and Baltar would be installed as its dictator....
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