It is with a heavy heart that I write this post, I learnt on Monday morning that Carmen Argenziano had passed away. It has been an emotional few days, as I remember some of the special moments I had with this amazing man. A wonderful gentleman who made you feel comfortable and important no matter who you were. He always knew how to make you laugh too.
I only had the honour of meeting Carmen twice in person. Once at a convention in 2007, who he attended alongside another man that is no longer with us, Don S. Davis. I saw Carmen again in 2010 where I got to meet Amanda Tapping for the first time. I’m so thankful to Carmen and partner Eileen Grubba who made that moment less nerve racking for me. Since I already knew them and we had that history, I was already comfortable with them. That allowed me to loose some of my nerves and be able to speak with Amanda confidently.
To some people it might not seem logical to grieve and be so upset over the passing of someone you’ve only had brief encounters with. But someone like Carmen it is hard not to be sad and to grieve as he was such a lovely person. Who in those brief moments made such a huge impact. I have so many great memories from those encounters that are special.
I have posted some of these before, but I want to reminisce as a memorial to Carmen.
Don & Carmen Photoshoot
Don and Carmen were getting photos taken together at the start of the event and we were lining up to get photos. The two of them together were hilarious and entertained us as they took photos together. The two of them together were like two mischievous little kids. They both had so much love to share, giving hugs to all those who came to meet them.
Vegemite Girls Attack
In 2007 it was convention tradition to ask guests to try Vegemite on stage and Carmen did not disappoint. With his chance to taste test he had everyone laughing, he squeezed the Vegemite directly into his mouth. Then followed it up by drinking a bottle of water and tipping the rest over his head… following by a mentos.
Upon expressing his love for his beautiful partner Eileen, whilst on the stage, he got down on one knee and begged for her to join him on stage. To which she did, as we all laughed and generally enjoyed the moment. For more details regarding this moment you can see my post: Tok’ra – Tauri Summit
I love my sandwich photo between Eileen and Carmen, two beautifully amazing people who I felt comfortable with from the moment I met them. In fact the only reason I spoke to Amanda at this convention was because Eileen pushed me too.
When Carmen first got Facebook he added me as a friends, and the very first photo he uploaded was one of mine taken after the event in 2007. He followed it up with some more and whenever I commented on them he would respond. This is how he always made me feel pretty special he was just such a gentleman.
Watching Criminal Minds
I only got into watching Criminal Minds in 2011 after I had met Carmen and there’s an episode he stared in called Demonology where he played a serial killer priest who was killing through exorcism, and it was an emotional episode for my character. Carmen’s acting was as amazing as always but it took me a few time to watch it without sniggering.
REST IN PEACE CARMEN
You are already missed by so many people. Everyone in the Stargate community has been effected by Carmen’s passing, he was a brilliant actor and an even better person. For those who had met him he was a friend, someone who made you feel comfortable, loved and special. My thoughts are with his friends and family in this sad time.
Share your stories and memories of Carmen too: Carmen Argenziano – A celebration of his life