Simon was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, the fourth child of Emmanuelle and Phylis Simon. Both of his parents are of Ashkenazi Jewish descent from Poland and Lithuania. From a very young age, Cliff aspired to be the first South African swimmer to win an Olympic Gold medal.…more
In 2005 he gained his U.S. citizenship.
Cliff Simon's favorite charity are Animal Anti Cruelty (including California Wildlife Center) and Hospice. His favorite colors are blue and earth tones. His favorite movie is Scent Of A Woman (1992). His favorite music is Underground Tribal House.
He has 3 sisters.
In 2004, his mother sadly passed away.
He has been stated as saying that he would like to possibly do theater, if given the chance.
He worked on Egoli: Place of Gold, where he was a permanent cast member for six years.
Cliff moved to the United States with his wife Colette in 2000.
He worked in Europe for twelve years as a professional model and dancer.
His favorite Stargate SG-1 outfit is the one he wore in the episode "Reckoning."
He has a white Bull Terrier named Harley.
He was an acrobat dancer.
He moved from South Africa to London to finish school.
He has joined the official 2006 Stargate convention tour.
Cliff is Jewish.
He worked at the Moulin Rouge in Paris for one year.
He was in the South African Air Force for two years.
He enjoys kite surfing.
His wife's name his Colette; she is South African.
He won the Mr. South Africa title in 1992.
He was an international and Olympic qualifying swimmer and a national gymnast.
Cliff Simon: (about getting the part of Ba'al on Stargate) After meeting with the executive producer about 8 months before the character of Ba'al was created we decided to wait until the right character was written into the story for me, so Ba'al ended up mine and I was very lucky.
((2006) about rumors that he would appear in Stargate Atlantis)
Cliff: I think I should clear up any rumors. I have been saying that I would love to go across to Atlantis, now that SG-1 is coming to an end. I know a lot of fans have started to write to the producers about seeing Baal in Atlantis, which is awesome of them. But as I said I have not been approached nor have there been any meetings involving me about Atlantis. Obviously I hope I do.
Cliff Simon: I do enjoy them as far as, what I said to the fans and the viewers, without them we wouldn't have a show. So I'm always appreciative of the audience. I will never not sign an autograph. I will never be rude to somebody, because I'll never forget that. I've been in the business for a long time. I've seen a lot of actors become like that. And it's just terrible because you don't put yourself where you are.
Cliff Simon: Your viewers put you there. Your fans put you there. You can never forget that.