David Hewlett

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David Hewlett
David Hewlett at the
2007 San Diego Comic Con
Born David Ian Hewlett
(1968-04-18) 18 April 1968 (age 46)
Redhill, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Other names David Hewlitt
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Soo Garay (2000–2004)
Jane Loughman (2008–present)

David Ian Hewlett (born 18 April 1968) is an English-Canadian actor, writer, director, and voice actor best known for his roles as Dr. Meredith Rodney McKay on the science fiction TV shows Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe, as David Worth in the 1997 Canadian psychological horror film Cube, as Grant Jansky on the 1996 Canadian TV series Traders, and as Douglas Hunsiker in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Early life[edit]

Hewlett was born in Redhill, Surrey, and moved with his family to Canada at the age of four.[1] Hewlett became a regular on the series Traders and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and starred in the film Cube.

Before his acting career took off, he ran Darkyl Media, a web site design firm,[1] and also founded Fusefilm.com, a now defunct internet community for filmmakers.[2]


Hewlett got his first computer in his mid-teens and became a self-described "computer nerd". While attending high school in Toronto he launched his acting career, starring in student films by Vincenzo Natali.[3] He dropped out of high school in his senior year to pursue careers in acting and computing, beginning his acting career in 1984 at the age of sixteen.[4]

Hewlett has appeared in many low-budget horror films, such as The Darkside and the minor cult favourites Scanners II: The New Order and Pin. He also guest starred in several television series. In 1996, he landed one of his better-known roles, as Grant Jansky on Traders. In 1997, Hewlett worked again with Natali, starring in the critically acclaimed thriller Cube as Worth the architect, a role that saw the rise of his stardom due to the commercial success of the low budget Canadian film.

David Hewlett in the conference room at Bridge Studios, Vancouver, during a break in filming Stargate Atlantis episode 5.18 "Identity"

Hewlett, an avid science fiction fan, has been quoted saying that Doctor Who, a sci-fi program in his native Britain is what first sparked his love for the genre[5] and that he made science fiction when he was younger in Britain on his 8 millimetre camera with friends. Hewlett more or less had his early dreams of working in science fiction made into a reality when he first had a four-episode guest role on Stargate SG-1 as the Stargate expert Rodney McKay, which eventually grew into his starring role on Stargate Atlantis.

In 2007, Hewlett appeared as a guest star in the first episode of the TV series Sanctuary, a show produced by and starring Stargate actress Amanda Tapping. He played Larry Tolson – a patient suffering from a form of psychosis, who was shot and wounded before being taken into custody by police as a murder suspect. There were no plans for him to reprise this role.[6]

In 2006 he wrote and directed A Dog's Breakfast starring himself, his sister Kate Hewlett, his dog Mars, and Stargate Atlantis costars Paul McGillion, Christopher Judge and Rachel Luttrell. On July of the same year David Hewlett created a YouTube channel named Fanatical [7] 2014 directed the supernatual Horror Science-Fiction film Debug, with Jason Momoa, Jeananne Goossen and Adrian Holmes, in the leading roles.[8]


Year Film Role Other notes
1987 The Darkside Chuckie
1988 Pin Leon
1989 The Penthouse Joe Dobson TV film
Dead Meat
1990 Where the Heart Is Jimmy
Deep Sleep Terry
Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel Deadpan Winchester
1991 Scanners II: The New Order David Kellum
The First Circle 'Ruska' Rostislav TV film
1992 A Savage Christmas: The Fall of Hong Kong Walter Jenkins
Quiet Killer Myles Chapman
Split Images Gary Hammond TV film
1993 Blood Brothers Detective Trayne
The Boys of St. Vincent: 15 Years Later Steven Lunney age 25
1996 Joe's Wedding Rob Fitzgerald
1997 Cube David Worth, the Architect
On the 2nd Day of Christmas Mel TV film
Elevated Hank Short
Bad Day on the Block Andrew
1998 Clutch Martyn
Milkman Martin/Soldier's Voice
1999 Survivor Le médecin TV film
The Life Before This Nick
Blind The Victim Short
Autoerotica Gord Short
Amateur Night D.J. Short
2001 Chasing Cain Bud
And Never Let Her Go Gerry Capano TV film
The Triangle Gus Gruber TV film
Century Hotel Michael
Treed Murray Murray aka Get Down
2002 Made In Canada, Volume 1: Best of the CFC Himself
Cypher Virgil Dunn
Father Lefty Father Gregory TV film
2003 Nothing Dave
Foolproof Lawrence Yeager
Friday Night Roger Short
2004 Boa vs. Python Dr. Steven Emmett
Ice Men Bryan
Darklight Anders Raeborne TV film
2006 A Dog's Breakfast Patrick
2008 Helen Frank
2009 Splice William Barlow
2010 The Whistleblower Fred Murray
2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Douglas Hunsiker
Morlocks Dr. Radnor TV film
2013 Haunter Olivia's father
Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Edison Twins Howard 1 episode
1988–1994 Street Legal Dave Lister / Tim Woolrich 2 episodes
1991–1992 Katts and Dog 2 episodes
1992–1993 Beyond Reality Tom 2 episodes
1993 Shining Time Station Ted Typo 2 episodes
1993–1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Dr. Nicholas Elder 13 episodes
1996–2000 Traders Grant Jansky 73 episodes
2001 ER Mr. Schudy 1 episode
2004 Without a Trace Fred Watkins 1 episode
2001–2007 Stargate SG-1 Dr. Rodney McKay 7 episodes
2004–2009 Stargate: Atlantis Dr. Rodney McKay 100 episodes
2010–2011 Hellcats Dr. Eagan 2 episodes
2011 Stargate: Universe Dr. Rodney McKay 1 episode
2013 State of Syn Aslin Kane 8 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Nothing story
2006 A Dog's Breakfast story
Year Title Role Notes
2006 A Dog's Breakfast also played Patrick
2011 Rage of the Yeti also plays Mills
2014 Debug Director only


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