Samuel Witwer

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Samuel Witwer
Sam Witwer by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Witwer at the 2013 Phoenix Comicon
Born Samuel Stewart Witwer
(1977-10-20) October 20, 1977 (age 38)
Glenview, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor/Musician
Years active 2001–present

Samuel Stewart "Sam" Witwer (born October 20, 1977) is an American actor and musician. He has portrayed Crashdown in Battlestar Galactica, Davis Bloome in Smallville, and vampire Aidan Waite of the US/Canadian remake of BBC's supernatural drama series Being Human on Syfy in the US and Space in Canada. He also voiced protagonist Galen Marek/Starkiller in the successful multimedia project Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, as well as The Son and Darth Maul in Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Emperor Palpatine as well as Maul in Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels.

Early life[edit]

Witwer grew up in Glenview, Illinois, a small suburb outside of Chicago. He attended Glenbrook South High School, during which time he was involved in drama and theater classes, as well as being the lead singer of a high school band called "Love Plumber". He attended the Juilliard School for a time before moving to Los Angeles.

Career[edit]

Witwer at Wizard World Toronto, 2012

Witwer claims that his first on-screen credit was that of a Chicago Bulls commercial. He soon found himself in speaking roles on hit television series, such as ER.

Witwer's first major recurring role came in the form of portraying Lt. Crashdown on Battlestar Galactica, although he has credited much of his current success to his role as Neil Perry on the Showtime series Dexter. Witwer also appeared as Private Wayne Jessup in the movie The Mist.

From 2008 to 2009, Witwer was cast Season 8 of Smallville as Davis Bloome, a charming paramedic who struggles with a darkness within as he is the human camouflage of Doomsday, a character in the comics best known for being the only villain to have killed Superman. While Witwer played Davis, Doomsday was played by stuntman Dario Delacio. Although uncredited, Witwer also played the full-physical form of the show's version of Zod at the end of the Season 8 finale (while the role would later be played in Season 9 by British actor Callum Blue). Witwer's performance in Smallville was incredibly well-received, and he has stated that his experience on the show had opened more opportunities for him in the future of acting.

Witwer made a cameo appearance in The Walking Dead as a dead (zombie) soldier in a tank in the Season 1 episode "Days Gone Bye" which reunited him with director Frank Darabont from The Mist.

Witwer starred in the North American remake of Being Human. He played the role of vampire Aidan Waite.[1]

He voiced Ocean Master in the animated film Justice League: Throne of Atlantis for the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series, replacing fellow Star Wars actor Steven Blum from Justice League: War.

Roleplaying games[edit]

Sam is an avid player of both electronic games and pen-and-paper roleplaying games. This is a hobby that he has engaged in for years. He has been a frequent guest on the Podcast Order 66 and has expressed a love for all iterations of Star Wars roleplaying games Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game (by West End Games) to Star Wars Roleplaying Game (by Wizards of the Coast) and to the current series of cross-compatible Star Wars roleplaying games by Fantasy Flight Games.[2]

Sam appeared in episode 19 of Geek and Sundry's Tabletop playing the Dragon Age roleplaying game.[3]

Star Wars career[edit]

A lifelong Star Wars fan, Witwer provided both his voice and likeness for lead character Galen Marek/Starkiller (Darth Vader's secret apprentice) in the 2008 video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and 2010 sequel Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. He has since received much praise for his contribution to the role. He also voiced Darth Sidious (Emperor Palpatine) in both games. He reprised this role for one episode in season 2 of Star Wars Rebels, namely "The Siege of Lothal."[4]

For Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Witwer had also vocally performed the Son in a three episode story arc (known as the Mortis trilogy) in Season 3 as well as the iconic Sith Lord Darth Maul in the Season 4 finale episodes and in four episodes of Season 5. He also lent his voice for Darth Maul in other projects such as the Star Wars: Episode I Brisk commercial as well as the Cartoon Network special Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out.

Sam attended The Clone Wars Season 5 Red Carpet Premier in Orlando, Florida on August 24, 2012 during Celebration VI along with some of his co-stars Matt Lanter, James Arnold Taylor, Dee Bradley Baker, Tom Kane, Daniel Logan, Stephen Stanton and Ashley Eckstein, as well as Supervising Director Dave Filoni. During Celebration VI, he also had his own panel called Sam Witwer "The Maul Within" on August 26, 2012. In 2013, he attended for the first time the annual event, Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida for a three-day weekend and fans praised him for his roles in The Force Unleashed games and on The Clone Wars. During the live show "Behind the Force", Sam showed his acting skills by saying one or two lines of the characters that he's played in the Star Wars universe.

Sam Witwer voiced Darth Maul and Emperor Palpatine in the video game Disney Infinity 3.0 and Battlefront.[5] Witwer also voices Emperor Palpatine on the Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels.

Sam also guest voiced an alien as well as a stormtrooper during the siege of Maz Kanata's palace in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Music career[edit]

Sam Witwer serves as the front-man for the band The Crashtones, whose first studio album Colorful of the Stereo was released February 15, 2006.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Crank Shootout Henchmen
2007 Mist, TheThe Mist Private Jessup
2008 Pathology Party Boy
2009 Gamer Social Worker
2010 No God, No Master Eugenio Ravarini
2010 The Return of Joe Rich Joe Neiderman
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Orm/Ocean Master[7] Voice Only
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Alien, Stormtrooper Additional Voice
2017 Officer Downe (film)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 ER Tommy Episode: "Fear of Commitment"
2001–2003 JAG Beasley 2 episodes
2001 Arliss Mourner Episode: "Of Cabbages and Kings"
2002 Dark Angel Marrow Episode: "Love in Vein"
2002 She Spies Jason Episode: "Daddy's Girl"
2003 Angel John Stoler Episode: "Shiny Happy People"
2003 Lyon's Den, TheThe Lyon's Den Bryce Cherot/Chucke Porter Episode: "Duty to Serve"
2003 Star Trek: Enterprise Sloth #3 Episode: "The Shipment"
2004 Cold Case James Creighton Episode: "The Plan"
2004 NCIS Staff Sgt. Rafael Episode: "Split Decision"
2004 Star Trek: New Voyages Guardian's Voice Episode: "In Harm's Way"
2004–2005 Battlestar Galactica Lt. Crashdown 11 episodes
2006 Dexter Neil Perry 3 episodes
2006 Bones Mitchell Downs Episode: "The Titan On The Track"
2007 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Muscular Guy in Store Episode: "Dennis and Dee's Mom Is Dead"
2007 Shark Richard Lee Franco Episode: "Every Breath You Take"
2007–2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Officer Casella 2 episodes
2008–2009 Smallville Davis Bloome 12 episodes
2010 The Walking Dead Tank Soldier Uncredited
Episode: "Days Gone Bye"
2011–2014 Being Human Aidan Waite 52 episodes
Nominated – Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (2011)[8]
2011–2013 Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Son
Darth Maul
Voice
9 episodes
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program (2013)
2012 Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out Darth Maul
Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious
Voice
TV Movie
2014 Grimm Max Robbins Episode: "The Show Must Go On"
2014–Present Star Wars Rebels Maul
Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious
2016 Once Upon a Time Mr. Hyde

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Starkiller
Emperor Palpatine[9]
Voice
2008 Soulcalibur IV Starkiller English Version
2010 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Starkiller
Emperor Palpatine
Voice
2012 Kinect Star Wars Emperor Palpatine Voice
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Darth Maul
Emperor Palpatine
Voice
2016 Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Emperor Palpatine Voice
TBA Days Gone Deacon St. John Voice

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abrams, Natalie (June 28, 2010). "Sam Witwer Joins U.S. Cast of Being Human". TV Guide. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 
  2. ^ "Order 66 episode forum". d20radio.com. 
  3. ^ Sam Witwer extended interview from Dragon Age - TableTop ep. 19 on YouTube
  4. ^ Rad, Chloi (April 18, 2015). "Star Wars Celebration: Sam Witwer Reprises Role As Palpatine In Star Wars Rebels". IGN. Ziff Davis, LLC. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 
  5. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of. 
  6. ^ Sotonoff, Jamie (April 28, 2014). "Glenview native Sam Witwer moving on from vampire role". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Sam Witwer Awards". IMDB.com. Archived from the original on August 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Sam Witwer Biography". IMDB.com. Archived from the original on August 18, 2012. 

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