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ernie90125 September 21st, 2018 09:25 AM

Russell "Tony" Swartz (Jolly) passed away in 2016.

Russell A. Swartz, 73, of Kansas City, died Sept. 27, 2016. He is survived by wife, Helen, daughter, Kathryn Rees (Nick), and brother, Dan Swartz.



ernie90125 September 21st, 2018 10:26 AM

Re: Russell "Tony" Swartz (Jolly) passed away in 2016.

Tony (Russell A.) Swartz, 73, died on Sept. 27, 2016 from complications due to a lung biopsy done in May of this year.

Tony had many roles in life, but he will be most fondly remembered for those of husband and father. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Helen; daughter, Kathryn; son-in-law, Nick Rees; and brother, Dan Swartz. He is preceded in death by father, Russell H.; mother, Elaine M. (Pickrel); and sisters, Suzanne Behal and Judie Lester.

Tony was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa and a graduate of New York University School of the Arts, with BFA and MFA degrees. From there he pursued an acting career in theatre and television. He was a member of Screen Actor’s Guild and Actors’ Equity Association. His numerous theater credits include productions with The Tyrone Guthrie Repertory company in Minneapolis; Broadway and off-Broadway shows in New York; and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. His television credits include roles in “The Golden Girls,” “Kojak,” “James Michener’s Dynasty,” and, most notably, a series regular role as Flight Sergeant Jolly on 1978’s “Battlestar Galactica.” He appeared in the feature films “Lover Boy,” “Xanadu,” and “Won Ton Ton,” among others.

In 1989, Tony relocated with his family to Omaha, Neb., and moved behind the camera as a producer, director and editor for clients such as ABC/Tokyo productions and The Americana Television Network. He worked on many television commercials, industrials for Paramount Studios’ Boy Scout/Cub Scout Home Video Library and Union-Pacific Railroad, music videos for new-age artist Mannheim Steamroller, and behind the scenes on locally filmed movies “Election” and “About Schmidt.”

Tony was an avid reader, history buff, New York Times crossword fiend, and accomplished chef. We will dearly miss him (as well as his cooking).
His passing leaves a hole in our hearts. He was beloved.


Senmut September 21st, 2018 04:28 PM

Re: Russell "Tony" Swartz (Jolly) passed away in 2016.
"Well, if the Commander's buying, I'm drinking."
"If anybody's buying your drinking, Jolly!"

Gunstar Aries September 22nd, 2018 02:29 PM

Re: Russell "Tony" Swartz (Jolly) passed away in 2016.
Sorry to hear this. Thanks for sharing. Always enjoyed his work.

May choirs of angels sing thee to thy rest, Tony!

Punisher454 September 24th, 2018 10:54 AM

Re: Russell "Tony" Swartz (Jolly) passed away in 2016.
What a loss. I always really liked his portrayal of Jolley in the series, reminded me of one of my uncles.

So many of the actors I've grown up watching have been passing on lately, makes me feel old.

Charybdis September 24th, 2018 12:40 PM

Re: Russell "Tony" Swartz (Jolly) passed away in 2016.
I remember seeing something recently that said that Tony had passed away and I don't recall hearing this back in 2016. He was a fun guy on BSG and I liked his character...

Jayworld October 16th, 2018 07:22 AM

Re: Russell "Tony" Swartz (Jolly) passed away in 2016.
That's a shame. Tony was one of just a handful of the cast that I have never been able to get for my autograph collection. In fact, I've had a "4-in-1" 8x10 with Dirk, Richard, Herb, and Tony all on that was only missing Tony's signature.

Yurien82 November 2nd, 2019 11:42 PM

Re: Russell "Tony" Swartz (Jolly) passed away in 2016.
Really? I know this thread is from 2018 but i didn´t know that. That´s sad. Rest in Peace! :(

JLHurley November 24th, 2019 08:58 AM

Re: Russell "Tony" Swartz (Jolly) passed away in 2016.
I think I missed this thread too, Yurien82. Rest in peace, Tony--and thanks for your contribution to a beloved series!

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