Sebastian Roché

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Sebastian Roché
Sebastian Roché.jpg
Roché speaking at an event in 2013
Born (1964-08-04) 4 August 1964 (age 50)
Paris, France
Occupation Actor, writer
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Vera Farmiga (m. 1997–2005)
Alicia Hannah (m. 2014)

Sebastian Roché (born 4 August 1964) is a French-Scottish actor known for his roles as Kurt Mendel on Odyssey 5, Jerry Jacks on the soap opera General Hospital, Thomas Jerome Newton on Fringe, Mikael, the father of The Originals on their series and The Vampire Diaries, and Balthazar on Supernatural.

Life and career[edit]

Roché was born in Paris, France. He is of Scottish and French descent. He is also fluent in four languages: English, French, Spanish, and Italian.[1] On General Hospital, he spoke in Russian, Spanish, and French, and on the pilot episode of Odyssey 5, he spoke in French. He has extensive classical theatre background and credits, notably in Salome with Al Pacino, Titus Andronicus and The Green Bird with Julie Taymor, Hamlet, Arms and the Man, Macbeth, Mirandolina and Trainspotting. As a teenager, he lived for six years on a sailing boat with his family, travelling from France to the Mediterranean, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. He is a graduate of the prestigious Conservatoire National Superieur d'Art Dramatique of Paris.

Roché studied at the Cours Florent, the Conservatoire de la Rue Blanche (ENSATT) and the CNSAD. Upon his graduation from the Conservatoire National d'Art Dramatique in 1989, Roché started working in French theatre, films and television with such actors as Michel Serrault, Isabelle Huppert, and Béatrice Dalle. He moved to the United States in 1992 and has since worked extensively in the U.S., collaborating with Al Pacino, Julie Taymor, and Mark Lamos, among others. His many television and film credits include: Law & Order, New York Undercover, Sex and the City, Merlin, The Crossing, Touching Evil, Charmed, Alias, CSI, The Unit, Never Get Outta the Boat, We Fight to be Free, and General Hospital. He also starred in What We Do Is Secret with Shane West, New York City Serenade with Freddie Prinze Jr, and Beowulf with Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, and Angelina Jolie.

In 1997, he took the role of Longinus on the FOX television series Roar, starring Heath Ledger, until its cancelation the same year. In 2002, he took the role of Kurt Mendel in the sci-fi television series Odyssey 5. He remained in the role until the show's cancelation in 2004. He appeared on General Hospital as terrorist/criminal Jerry Jacks, although, when the character reappeared, he was going by the pseudonym James Craig. In April 2007, it was announced that Roché had been signed to a contract on General Hospital, keeping his character around for the foreseeable future. His first contractual airdate was 23 April 2007, which was also the date that his character's true identity was revealed. By 2009, Jerry had a minimal role and was eventually written out. Roché returned to the show on a recurring basis between July and August 2009. He returned again to the role in December 2010. From August 2012 to October 2013, he again returned to the role in a recurring capacity.[2]

In 2009, he guest starred on The Mentalist as Shirali Arlov, and as John Quinn in both 24: Redemption (2008), and the 2009 season of 24. He appeared in Happy Tears with Demi Moore and Parker Posey, and in 2011's The Adventures of Tintin, directed by Steven Spielberg.[3] Roché also starred in the sixth season of the CW series Supernatural as Balthazar, a rogue angel and longtime friend of fellow angel, Castiel.[4] On the TV series Fringe, Roché was cast as a recurring character Newton, the leader of an army of shapeshifters from a parallel universe. His character recurred in some episodes of season 2 and 3; Newton died in the episode "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep".[5]

Roché is currently directing his first feature-length documentary titled Machine Gun Preacher, on the life of Sam Childers, a pastor who opened an orphanage for orphans and child soldiers in war-torn south Sudan.[6] In 2011, Roche appeared as the recurring character Mikael, an original vampire and the father of The Originals, on The Vampire Diaries for the The CW.[7] From 2013 to 2014, he reprised his role as Mikael in the spin-off series The Originals.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Roché met American actress Vera Farmiga while starring together on the television series Roar.[9] They eloped to the Bahamas after the series ended in 1997. They separated in 2004, and were divorced in 2005.[9] On 31 May 2014, he married Australian actress Alicia Hannah in Mercuès, France.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Murders in the Rue Morgue Henri TV movie; Uncredited
1987 Bonjour maître Jerry Miniseries
1988 Adieu je t'aime Thierry
La queue de la comète Joachim, le frère d'Alice
1989 La grande cabriole William Miniseries
La révolution française Le Marquis de Dreux-Brézé Segment: "Années Lumière, Les"
1989–91 The Hitchhiker Glenn Birch 2 episodes
1990 La vengeance d'une femme Le dealer
Counterstrike Unknown Episode: "Escape Route"
1991 L'huissier L'ange Gabriel TV movie
1992 The Last Mohican Martin
Le Lyonnais Unknown Episode: "L'argent flambé"
Loving Peter Rogers
1993–99 Law & Order Clarence Carmichael
Ken Taylor
Episode: "Discord"
Episode: "Patsy"
1993 South Beach Boronsky Episode: "Diamond in the Rough"
Household Saints Jesus
1995 Loungers James Also writer
1996 New York Undercover Domenick Rallo Episode: "Smack Is Back"
Swift Justice Tony Jacks Episode: "Sex, Death and Rock 'n' Roll"
1997–2000 Roar Longinus 11 episodes
1997 Liberty! The American Revolution Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette Episode: "The World Turned Upside Down"
Feds Domenick Rallo Episode: "Somebody's Lyin"
Dellaventura Van Kelk Episode: "In Deadly Fashion"
The Peacemaker Hans the German Backpacker
1998 Sex and the City Jerry Episode: "The Turtle and the Hare"
Merlin Gawain
Naked City: Justice with a Bullet Marco TV movie
Into My Heart Chris
1999 The Hunley Collins TV movie
2000 Baby Rebel Clark TV movie
2001 15 Minutes Ludwig the Hairdresser
Big Apple Vlad 4 episodes
Haven Johan Ritter TV movie
2002–03 Odyssey 5 Kurt Mendel 19 episodes
2002 Never Get Outta the Boat Soren
Benjamin Franklin Vicomte Miniseries
2004 Touching Evil Stephan Laney Episode: "Slash 30"
Legend of Earthsea King Tygath Miniseries
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Josh Frost/Moriarty Episode: "Who Shot Sherlock"
Charmed The Sorcerer Episode: "Carpe Demon"
Alias Willem Karg Episode: "Echoes"
Sorry, Haters Mick Sutcliffe Uncredited
Seagull Sebastian
2006 The Unit Colonel Leclerq Episode: "The Wall"
The Namesake Pierre
We Fight to Be Free George Washington Short film
2007–13 General Hospital Jerry Jacks 315 episodes
2007 Beowulf Wulfgar
Beowulf: The Game Wulfgar (voice) Video game
New York City Serenade Noam Broder
What We Do Is Secret Claude Kickboy Bessy
2008 24: Redemption John Quinn TV movie
2009 The Mentalist Shirali Arlov Episode: "Paint It Red"
24 John Quinn 2 episodes
Happy Tears Laurent
Shattered Glory Matt Taylor
2010 L.L. J.J
Fringe Thomas Jerome Newton 8 episodes
Supernatural Balthazar 6 episodes
2011 The Vampire Diaries Mikael 5 episodes
The Adventures of Tintin Pedro
2012 Safe House Heissler
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! Chef Frank Didier
Criminal Minds Clyde Easter 3 episodes
Unforgettable Victor Cushman Episode: "Heartbreak"
Grimm Edgar Waltz Episode: "Cat and Mouse"
2013 Burn Notice Roger Steele Episode: "Things Unseen"
Wer Klaus Pistor
2013–present The Originals Mikael 10 episodes
2014 A Walk Among the Tombstones Yuri Landau
In Lieu of Flowers: The Final Days of Michael Hastings Lucas Short film
Scandal Dominic Bell/Mikael 2 episodes
Molly's Method James George Short film
Phantom Halo Warren Emerson Post-production

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IMDb Bio". 
  2. ^ "General Hospital Shocker: Jerry's Back for More Mayhem, and [Spoiler] Isn't Far Behind!". TV Line. 4 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Kevin Jagernauth (29 April 2012). "Sebastian Roché Joins 'The Devil Inside' Director William Brent Bell's 'Wer'". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Matt Richenthal (7 August 2010). "Sebastian Roche to Play Shady Angel on Supernatural". TVFanatic. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Mickey O'Connor (22 October 2009). "General Hospital Vet Signs On to Fringe". TV Guide. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Ian Urbina (27 April 2010). "Get Kony". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Mandi Bierly (10 August 2011). "'Vampire Diaries' casts Sebastian Roche as mysterious vampire hunter". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "'The Originals' casts 'Vampire Diaries' patriarch Sebastian Roche and 'Supernatural' shapeshifter Todd Stashwick". Zap2it. 27 August 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Brown, Mick (30 August 2008). "Vera Farmiga: rare breed". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "Sebastian Roché Marries Alicia Hannah – See the Exclusive Photos". People. 16 June 2014. 

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