The Man Behind the Ba’al

Posted July 13, 2016 by The Argonaut in This Week

“Stargate” actor Cliff Simon has quite the story to tell

Before he was a villain in “Stargate,” Cliff Simon danced at the Moulin Rouge

Before he was a villain in “Stargate,” Cliff Simon danced at the Moulin Rouge

Cliff Simon may have played the evil overlord Ba’al in the sci-fi franchise “Stargate,” but did you know that he could also dance?

Before pursuing acting, the South African model-actor spent a year dancing at the legendary Moulin Rouge in Paris. In his new memoir, “Paris Nights: My Year at the Moulin Rouge,” Simon recounts auditioning for the Moulin, going to can-can school and ascending from swing dancer to principal in the dance “Formidable.”

Simon speaks about his adventures in the City of Lights — on stage and off — during a book signing event this weekend in Santa Monica.

“My year at the Moulin Rouge in Paris was the best year of my life, as I was completely free,” Simon said in 2005 interview with The SciFi World. “Working with all those people from all over the world was a great experience. … It was my highlight of my dance career.”

— Christina Campodonico


Cliff Simon signs his memoir at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Diesel Bookstore, 225 26th St., Santa Monica. Call (310) 576-9960 or visit



    Cliff Simon is very talented in many fields. He is also a very adept swimmer. He was once in line to go to the Olympics with the British National Team. He kite boards in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, acts as an ambassador for Dog Rescue groups and is a really nice guy.


    Definitely be there. What a truly unique story


    Was great fun to work with Cliff on his adventure/memoir. Felt like I was back in Paris.

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