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Christopher Heyerdahl at The Sanctuary Experience Convention in Vancouver in 2010
September 18, 1963 |
British Columbia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
Christopher Heyerdahl (born September 18, 1963) is a Canadian actor who has had roles in many television shows and movies.
Early life and family
Heyerdahl was born in the mountains of British Columbia and is of Norwegian and Scottish descent. His father emigrated from Norway to Canada in the 1950s. Thor Heyerdahl was his father's cousin. Heyerdahl also speaks Norwegian fairly well and studied for some time at the University of Oslo.
Heyerdahl is primarily known for his recurring role as the enigmatic "Swede" in AMC's Hell on Wheels. This post-Civil War drama debuted as the second highest rated original series in AMC history. He is also known for his role as Leonid in the Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode "The Thirteenth Floor" and as Nosferatu in the episode "Midnight Madness". He played the characters Halling and Wraith commander Todd in Stargate Atlantis, and Pallan in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Revisions". He played H. P. Lovecraft in the film Out of Mind: The Stories of H. P. Lovecraft (1998) and a punk, new at drug dealing, in Cadavres (2009).
He played the part of the demon Alastair in three episodes of Supernatural. He also played the part of Zor-El in the television series Smallville, as well as playing John Druitt and Bigfoot in the series Sanctuary.
He had a role in the feature film New Moon, an adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's second book in her Twilight Saga. In this film, he played a vampire, Marcus, who is part of a powerful Italian family called the Volturi. He reprised that role in both parts of Breaking Dawn, the two part adaption of the fourth book in the Twilight Saga.
He played the part of Dieter Braun on True Blood during the show's 5th season, which aired summer 2012. Heyerdahl also plays the role of Thor Gundersen/"The Swede", in the AMC television series Hell on Wheels from 2011 through its concluding season (2016).
|Year||Film / Television||Role||Other notes|
|1987||21 Jump Street||Jake||1 episode|
|1993||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Leonid||2 episodes|
|1994||Highlander III: The Sorcerer||Ponytail|
|The Maharaja's Daughter||Walt||TV miniseries|
|1996||Coyote Run||Judd Lush||as Chris Heyerdahl|
|Rowing Through||Paul Enquist||TV|
|Twists of Terror||Darien||TV|
|1997||The Education of Little Tree||Pine Billy|
|The Hunger||Arthur||1 episode|
|Affliction||Frankie Lacoy||as Chris Heyerdahl|
|Habitat||Eric Thornton||as Chris Heyerdahl|
|The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon||Fellow Gambler #2|
|1998||The Ghosts of Dickens' Past||Charles Dickens|
|Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft||Howard P. Lovecraft||TV|
|Lassie||Alfred Kraus||1 episode|
|1999||Babel||Preficator||as Chris Heyerdahl|
|Requiem for Murder||Det. Lou Heinz|
|Fish Out of Water||Bobby Fish|
|2 frères||Bobby Vieira|
|2000||La Femme Nikita||Colin Starnes||1 episode|
|The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne||D'Artagnan||2 episodes|
|Press Run||Mickey Collins|
|Nowhere in Sight||Lewis Gills|
|2001||La Loi du cochon||Jodorowsky (Junkie)|
|Varian's War||Marius Franken||TV|
|2002||John Doe||Dr.Hillman||2 episodes, 2002–2003|
|Just Cause||Dr. Tolkien||1 episode|
|Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher||Dr. Jacob Mortas||TV|
|India: Kingdom of the Tiger||Jim Corbett|
|Napoléon (miniseries)||Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire|
|2003||Jeremiah||Paul Wiel||1 episode|
|Les Aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter||Lennie||2 episodes|
|Stargate SG-1||Pallan||1 episode|
|Life As We Know It||Mr. Mitchell||1 episode|
|Kingdom Hospital||Reverend Jimmy Criss||3 episodes|
|The Chronicles of Riddick||Helion Politico|
|Le Dernier Tunnel||Smiley|
|Into the West||James 'Jim' Ebbets||1 episode|
|Le Survenant||Mike l'Irlandais||aka The Outlander|
|2006||Le 7e round||Arthur Kennedy||TV mini-series|
|Whistler||Justin Talbert||1 episode|
|Psych||Long Hair||1 episode|
|The Dead Zone||Zed||1 episode|
|Saved||John the Baptist||1 episode|
|The Collector||Jan van der Heyden||1 episode
Won - Leo Award for Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series
|Les Sœurs Elliot||Alcidez Barling||1 episode|
|The Invisible||Dr. Woland|
|Masters of Horror||Rufus Griswold||1 episode|
|Killer Wave||Stanley Schiff||TV mini-series|
|2008||Sanctuary||John Druitt and Bigfoot||10 episodes; 2007–2009
Won - Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series
|Stargate: Atlantis||Todd and Halling||13 and 6 episodes respectively|
|2009||The Twilight Saga: New Moon||Marcus Volturi|
|Sanctuary||John Druitt and Bigfoot|
|2011-2016||Hell on Wheels||The Swede||39 episodes
Nominated - Golden Maple Award for Newcomer of the year in a TV series broadcast in the U.S. (2016)
Nominated - Golden Maple Award for Best Actor in a TV series broadcast in the U.S. (2016)
|2011||R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series||Fear (but credited as “Collector”)||1 episode
Won - Leo Award for Best Performance in a Youth or Children's Program or Series
|The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1||Marcus Volturi|
|2012||True Blood||Dieter Braun||Recurring|
|The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2||Marcus Volturi|
|Falling Skies||Duane Pickett||1 episode|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Marc Ratelle||1 episode|
|Nikita||Matthew Collins||1 episode|
|Three Days in Havana||Anders|
|Beauty & the Beast||Dr. Nicholas Markus||1 episode|
|Rush||Martin Arisson||1 episode|
|Minority Report||Dr. Lionel Gray||Recurring|
|Arrow||Damien Darhk's Assistant||1 episode|
|Eadweard||Pepper||Won - Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Male|
|12 Monkeys||the Keeper||1 episode "Hyena"|
- "'Sanctuary' star Christopher Heyerdahl ignites 'Hell on Wheels'". Redeyechicago.com. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
- Wood, Martin; Shanks, Michael; Jim Menard (2002). Stargate SG-1: Season 7 – Audio Commentary for "Revisions" (DVD). MGM Home Entertainment.
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- Francois Marchand (2015-06-11). "Leo Awards celebrate B.C.'s booming Hollywood North". National Post. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
- "2006 winners" (PDF). leoawards.com. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- "2010 winners" (PDF). leoawards.com. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- "Golden Maple Awards Nominees Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- "2012 winners" (PDF). leoawards.com. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- "It's a Violent sweep at the Leos". Georgia Straight. 2015-06-14. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
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