If you don’t know the name Michael Hogan, you definitely know his face if you’re a genre fan. Most famously, he played Col. Saul Tigh in Battlestar Galactica, as well as showing up in 12 Monkeys (the series), The Man in the High Castle, Teen Wolf (the series), Fargo, and dozens upon dozens of roles. However, as this seems to be the year for the most tragic sorts of news, Michael Hogan is paralyzed after a fall and will likely never work again. Also, because of the strict restrictions in place to prevent further spread of COVID-19, the actor’s family cannot visit him. His wife Susan has been able to visit, but socially distanced and while constantly wearing a mask. Michael Hogan is in dire straits, and his friends and family set up a GoFundMe page in order to raise money for his care and his family.
The injury happened much earlier this year in February. Since then, he’s been moved to different facilities in order to recover as much as he can. Since June, he recovered his speech and is “largely coherent.” However, he still needs help to get out of bed, and he’s currently confined to a wheelchair for mobility. However, despite being paralyzed on his left side, Michael Hogan is a fighter, and he and his wife are working to help him regain as much of a high quality of life as he can. Once he’s released from the facility where he’s currently convalescing, he will need wheelchair lifts, overhead lifts, and in-home medical care. Even in Canada, such things are almost prohibitively expensive, and thus friends of the actor and his wife turned to those of us who’ve spent our lives enjoying his work.
As Susan Hogan wrote on the GoFundMe page:
“On Feb. 17, 2020, everything changed drastically in our world. Michael was in Vancouver participating in a Battlestar Galactica convention, and at dinner following his day’s work, he fell and hit his head. Hard. He went to bed that night not realizing that the impact had caused a massive brain bleed…. The accident left him with complete paralysis on his left side, memory loss, cognitive impairment and an inability to swallow. Then things became incredibly more difficult during the COVID pandemic with visits by family being restricted then denied and no care team (physiotherapist, OT, speech therapist, etc. ) allowed in.”
Susan also wrote about how she and Michael would go to the same coffee shop every day, talking with each other and their fellow patrons. She remarked that people would be surprised that the couple, who met in the 1970s at the National Theatre School of Canada, seemed so very much in love. Now, she’s facing her seventh month separated from him during the most difficult time in both of their lives. She admits, sadly, that even if he makes as full a recovery as they hope, he will unlikely be able to work again.
Though he’s currently paralyzed on his left side, Michael Hogan isn’t out of the fight yet. If you wish to help donate to his recovery, click the GoFundMe link here.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.