Louis Ferreira

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Louis Ferreira
Ferreira as Homicide Detective Oscar Vega in the TV series Motive, 2015
Luís Ferreira

(1966-02-20) 20 February 1966 (age 58)
Other names
  • Justin Louis
  • Justin Lewis
Years active1986–present

Louis Ferreira (born Luís Henrique da Rocha Ferreira; born 20 February 1966) is a Canadian actor.[1] Ferreira is known for his roles in Stargate Universe as Colonel Everett Young, serial killer Ray Prager in the first season of Durham County,[2] FBI Assistant Director John Pollock in Missing, and Art Blank in Saw IV, Saw V, and Saw 3D.[3] He starred in the CTV series Motive[4] as homicide detective Oscar Vega.[5] Before 2008, he was credited under the stage name Justin Louis.

Early life[edit]

Ferreira was born on 20 February 1967,[6] in Terceira, Azores, and immigrated with his parents to Canada early in his life. He grew up in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood in North York, Ontario.[7]

The actor went by the stage name Justin Louis for 25 years until his Portuguese-born mother died in 2008, after which he decided to use his family name and "Louis", an approximation of his given name, "Luís".[1]


Ferreira's résumé includes over 100 onscreen credits, as he has appeared on a broad range of television shows, including lead roles in Hidden Hills,[8] Durham County, Urban Angel, Missing, and Bad Blood. He has also played recurring or guest roles in various TV shows, including: NCIS,[9] CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,[10] and Criminal Minds.[11] After playing the recurring roles of Declan in season five of Breaking Bad,[12] and Colonel Henderson Hall in Primeval: New World.[13][14] He also starred in the CTV series Motive as homicide detective Oscar Vega,[4][15] with recurring roles in The Romeo Section,[16] and This Life.[17] He also hosted the television series Letters to God.[18]

In 2009, Ferreira was featured as David Maysles in the HBO award-winning film Grey Gardens opposite Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore.[19] Other film credits include portraying Sarah Polley's husband in Dawn of the Dead,[20] as well as roles in Shooter,[21] and The Lazarus Child. Ferreira played the role of Earl in the 1995 film Blood and Donuts and appeared in the 2007 film Saw IV. Further credits include The Marsh,[22] Boozecan,[23] and The Big Slice.[24] He also portrayed Donald Trump in Trump Unauthorized,[25] and was a lead in the miniseries The Andromeda Strain.

In 2010, he became known as FBI Swat Sergeant Brian in The Town filming in Los Angeles, California.

In 2011, he became known as "The Voice of Mazda", voicing a series of commercials for their national campaign for two years.[26] Other voice-over work includes Police Officer Vince in the TV series The Dating Guy,[27][26] and Chet in the episode "Hyde and Go Shriek" in the animated children's series Tales from the Cryptkeeper.[28]

In 2017, he became part of the reboot S.W.A.T. with Shemar Moore. He plays the character Team Leader Sergeant Buck Spivey.


Ferreira won the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Robert (Duke) Romano in Fallen Arches at the Chicago Alt.Film Fest in 1999.[29] In 2008, he won the Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for his work portraying the serial killer Ray Prager in Durham County.[30][31] He was nominated for the same award in 2010 for the role of Colonel Everett Young in the TV series Stargate Universe.[32] He won the Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series in 2014 and 2015.[33][34] He was nominated for the same Leo Award in 2016.[35]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Doing Life Bobby TV film
1987 Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II Craig Nordham
1988 Cocktail Soldier
Drop-Out Mother Unknown TV film
1989 Renegades Rookie Cop
Brown Bread Sandwiches Fiorello
1990 Defy Gravity Unknown
Stella Cocaine Dealer
The Kissing Place Dave TV film
1991 The Big Slice Andy McCafferty
Firing Squad Greg Blair TV film
Naked Lunch Exterminator #3
1992 Aaron Sent Me Sergeant Mallin
The Trial of Red Riding Hood M.C. Porker TV film
1993 Desiree's Wish Luther Short film
Night Owl Alex TV film
Ultimate Betrayal Wayne
Vendetta II: The New Mafia Frankie Jr.
Voices From Within Brooks Taylor
1994 Boozecan Pasqua
1995 Blood & Donuts Earl
A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes Young Frankie Avalon TV film
Jack Reed: One of Our Own Mick Williams
1996 A Brother's Promise Nick Thometz
1997 Dad's Week Off Chip
The Notorious 7 Eddie Alighieri
The Perfect Mother John Podaras
1998 The Staircase Mr. Mouly
2000 Everything Put Together Russ
The Contender America Live Producer Uncredited
Fallen Arches Robert "Duke" Romano
2001 Loves Music, Loves to Dance Detective Vincent D'Salva TV film
Scenes of the Crime Louis
Stiletto Dance James Launcher TV film
2002 Savage Messiah Vern
2004 Dawn of the Dead Luis Clark
Tricks Donny
The Lazarus Child Lewis Kern
Chestnut: Hero of Central Park Matt Tomley
2005 Trump Unauthorized Donald Trump TV film
2006 The Marsh Noah Pitney
2007 Shooter FBI Assistant Special Agent-In-Charge Howard Purnell
Saw IV Art
2008 True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet Sam TV film
2009 Grey Gardens David Maysles
2010 A Weekend to Remember Thomas Taylor Short film
The Town FBI SWAT Sergeant Brian
2012 Dancing Still Shane Short film
2014 Through the Pane Lewis
2015 Life on the Line Mr. Fontaine Direct-to-video release
2016 Arthur Antonio Short film
Counter Act Unknown
2017 The Undertaker's Son Johnathan Redding
2018 The Lake Therapist
The Great Lakutsa Frank
2019 Duke Guard
2022 The Adventures of Peanut and Pig Voice Direct-to-video release


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Kay O' Brien Santino's Friend Episode: "Dollar and Sense"
1986–1988 Night Heat Jones / Ray / Rick 4 episodes
1988 Katts and Dogs Old Cop Episode: "Dogged Pursuit"
1988-1990 T. and T. Roman / Joe 'Dancin' Joe' DiMarco 2 episodes
1988–89 Friday the 13th: The Series Danny / Eddie 2 episodes
1990 21 Jump Street Dean's Brother Episode: "Back to School"
Top Cops Danny Edwards Episode: "George Cadavid / Bill Willis / Andrea Huff"
Street Legal Dirk Kendrick Episode: "The Bracelet"
1991–1992 Urban Angel Victor Torres 15 episodes
1991 Scales of Justice John Horvath Episode: "Regina vs Horvath"
1993 Tales from the Cryptkeeper Chet (voice) Episode: "Hyde and Go Shriek"
JFK: Reckless Youth Kirksey 2 episodes
North of 60 Claudio Sangalli Episode: "Ciao, Baby"
Kung-Fu: The Legends Continues Kyle Bettinger Episode: "Dragonswing"
Frontline Translation Voiceover Episode: "Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo"
Monster Force Additional voices 13 episodes
1995 Highlander: The Series Peter Kanis Episode: "Leader of the Pack"
1995-1999 The Outer Limits Winston Meyerburg / Father John Royce 2 episodes
1996 Public Morals Detective Mickey Crawford 13 episodes
Local Heroes Mert 7 episodes
Two Ben Episode: "No Man's Land"
1997 The Pretender 'Scooty' Boyd Episode: "Scott Free"
Cracker Jeffrey / Leon, The Stalker Episode: Talk to Me"
1998–1999 Trinity Detective Bobby McCallister 9 episodes
1998 Star Trek: Voyager Trevis Episode: "Once Upon a Time"
The Net Kyle Lockwood Episode: "Death of an Angel"
Millennium Edward Episode: "The Pest House"
Three Monty Williams 2 episodes
The Sentinel Arthur Sabin Episode: "Finkelman's Folly"
1999 St. Michael's Crossing Vincent Pilot episode
Judging Amy Mr. Harbert Episode: "Near Death Experience"
Two Guys and a Girl Brandon Episode: "Career Day"
2000 The Fugitive Leo Episode: "Far From Home"
ER Michael Muller Episode: "The Domino Heart"
Battery Park Detective Ben Nolin 6 episodes
Bull John O'Leary Episode: "One Night in Bangkok"
2001 The Fighting Fitzgeralds Jim 10 episodes
2002–2003 Hidden Hills Doug Barber 18 episodes
2002 Relic Hunter Knowles Episode: "Under the Ice"
Mutant X Henry Voight Episode: "Nothing to Fear"
2003 24 Danny Dessler 2 episodes
2004-2006 Missing FBI Assistant Director John Pollack 37 episodes
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ken Wellstone Episode: "Nestling Dolls"
2006 CSI: Miami Jason Adams Episode: "Free Fall"
2007 Durham County Ray Prager 6 episodes
2008 The Andromeda Strain Colonel James C. Ferrus 4 episodes
2009–2010 The Dating Guy Police Officer Vince (voice) 6 episodes
2009–2011 Stargate Universe Colonel Everett Young 41 episodes
2009 Criminal Minds Roy Colson Episode: "Omnivore" credited as Justin Lewis
2012–2013 Breaking Bad Declan 3 episodes
2012-2024 NCIS Metro Detective Nick Burris/Harlan Atwood 2 episodes
2012 Touch Felipe Episode: "Music of the Spheres"
The L.A. Complex Dean Pirelli 4 episodes
2013–2016 Motive Oscar Vega 52 episodes
2013 Rookie Blue Jacob Blackstone 2 episodes
2015–2016 This Life David K. Crowley 10 episodes
2015 The Romeo Section Fred Foy 6 episodes
Ghost Unit Lincoln 1 episode
2016 Bates Motel Dr. Guynan 2 episodes
Aftermath Bob 'Moondog' Black (voice) 11 episodes
2016–2018 Travelers Rick Hall 4 episodes
2017–2020 S.W.A.T. Buck Spivey 8 episodes
2017 Taken Carlos Mejia Pilot episode
Real Detective Detective John Conaty Episode: "Blood Brothers"
2018 The X-Files Detective Costa Episode: "Ghouli"
Bad Blood Domenic Cosoleto 8 episodes
Arrow Jerry Bertinelli Episode: "Divided"
The Fixer Gabriel Pilot episode
2019–2020 SEAL Team Dr. Conners 3 episodes
2019 The Man in the High Castle Brad Bellows 6 episodes
Limetown Max Finlayson 5 episodes
2020 Westworld Dr. Alpert Episode: "Decoherence"
2021 Riverdale Vittorio 'Vito' Alto Episode: "Chapter Eighty-Eight: Citizen Lodge"
2024 Shōgun Captain Ferreira Episode: "Servants of Two Masters"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Dead Rising 4 PMC Soldier (voice)


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  21. ^ "Shooter". Movieweb.com. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
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  33. ^ "2014 Leo Awards Winners".
  34. ^ "2015 Leo Awards Winners".
  35. ^ "2016 Leo Awards Nominations".

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