Sam Witwer

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Sam Witwer
Sam Witwer by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Witwer at the 2013 Phoenix Comicon
Born Samuel Stewart Witwer
(1977-10-20) October 20, 1977 (age 40)
Glenview, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor, musician, voice actor
Years active 2001–present

Samuel Stewart 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 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. Witwer was also the 2017 reigning Movie Trivia Schmoedown Star Wars Champion, a title he won from Ken Napzok in a 30-minute Iron Man Star Wars trivia match[1]; he was stripped of the title in June 2018 however as he was unable to defend it due to his upcoming work on the CW series Supergirl. He also had a role as Mr Hyde in Once Upon a Time.

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's 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.[citation needed]

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 in 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. 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 also made a guest appearance in NCIS.

From 2011 to 2014, Witwer starred in the North American remake of Being Human. He played the lead role of vampire Aidan Waite.[2] The show, as well as his performance, was well received and lasted 4 seasons.

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.

In 2016 Witwer played Edward Hyde on Once Upon a Time, recurring for part of its sixth season after debuting at the end of the fifth.[3]

In 2018, Witwer joined the main cast of The CW drama series Supergirl, portraying the fourth season's main antagonist, Ben Lockwood / Agent Liberty.[4]

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 series of cross-compatible Star Wars roleplaying games by Fantasy Flight Games.[5]

Sam appeared in episode 19 of Geek and Sundry's Tabletop playing the Dragon Age roleplaying game,[6] and episodes 29[7] and 55 of Dice Camera Action.[8]

In January 2017, he appeared as a guest on a play-through of ScratchPad Publishing's Dusk City Outlaws, alongside Elisa Teague, Tom Lommel, Spencer Crittendon, and game designer Rodney Thompson.[9]

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 the first game, and reprised it for the games Disney Infinity 3.0 and Battlefront and for season 2 of Star Wars Rebels,[10] where he also plays Darth Maul.[11]

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, and again for Star Wars Rebels.

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

In 2018, Witwer reprised his portrayal as Darth Maul and performed the voice acting role for the character in Solo: A Star Wars Story. This marks the sixth vehicle for which Witwer voices Darth Maul, and the first live-action performance.

Music career[edit]

Witwer serves as the front-man for the band The Crashtones, whose first studio album Colorful of the Stereo was released February 15, 2006.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Crank Shootout Henchmen
2007 The Mist Private Jessup
2008 Pathology Party Boy
2009 Gamer Social Worker
2010 The United Monster Talent Agency Dracula Short
2010 No God, No Master Eugenio Ravarini
2011 The Return of Joe Rich Joe Neiderman
2014 Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon Kazbek Voice
English Dub
2015 Tales of Halloween Hank Short
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Orm/Ocean Master[13] Voice
Direct-to-video
2015 Wrestling Isn't Wrestling Chyna Short film
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Alien, Stormtrooper Additional Voices
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Stormtrooper Additional Voices
2016 Officer Downe Burnham
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story[14] Maul Voice

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 ER Tommy Episode: "Fear of Commitment"
2001–03 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 The 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"
2004–05 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"
2007–08 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Officer Casella 2 episodes
2008–09 Smallville Davis Bloome 12 episodes
2010 The Walking Dead Tank Soldier Uncredited
Episode: "Days Gone Bye"
2011–14 Being Human Aidan Waite 52 episodes
Nominated – Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (2011)[15]
2011–Present Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Son
Darth Maul
Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious (Season 7-present)
Voice
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program (2013)
9 Episodes
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"
2015–18 Star Wars Rebels Maul
Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious
Voice
6 Episodes
2015 Stalker Jamie Tolliver Episode: "Love Kills"
2015 Rosewood Heath Casablanca Episode: "Aortic Atresia and Art Installations"
2016 Once Upon a Time Mr. Hyde 5 episodes
2017 Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Chris Episode: "Real Life"
2018 Supergirl Ben Lockwood / Agent Liberty Main cast (season 4)

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Starkiller
Emperor Palpatine[16]
Voice and likeness[17]
2008 Soulcalibur IV Starkiller English version
2010 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Starkiller
Emperor Palpatine
Voice and likeness[17]
2012 Kinect Star Wars Emperor Palpatine Voice
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Darth Maul
Emperor Palpatine
Voice
2015 Star Wars Battlefront Emperor Palpatine Voice
2016 Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Emperor Palpatine Voice
2017 Star Wars Battlefront II Darth Maul
Emperor Palpatine
Voice
2019 Days Gone Deacon St. John Voice and likeness[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ColliderVideos (December 22, 2017). "Movie Trivia Schmoedown Spectacular II (Part 2) Patriots VS Above the Line & Witwer VS Napzok". Retrieved April 13, 2018 – via YouTube. 
  2. ^ Abrams, Natalie (June 28, 2010). "Sam Witwer Joins U.S. Cast of Being Human". TV Guide. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (March 15, 2016). "'Once Upon A Time' Casts Duo For Mental Hospital Arc". /deadline.com. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ Agard, Chancellor (July 17, 2018). "Smallville alum Sam Witwer joins Supergirl season 4 as Agent Liberty". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 17, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Order 66 episode forum". d20radio.com. 
  6. ^ Sam Witwer extended interview from Dragon Age - TableTop ep. 19 on YouTube
  7. ^ Dungeons & Dragons (November 16, 2016), Episode 29 - Dice, Camera, Action with Dungeons & Dragons, retrieved June 23, 2017 
  8. ^ Dungeons & Dragons (July 12, 2017), Episode 55 - Dice, Camera, Action with Dungeons & Dragons, retrieved October 24, 2017 
  9. ^ Dusk City Outlaws Actual Play: The Stonesetter Job Part 1 on YouTube
  10. ^ Rad, Chloi (April 18, 2015). "Star Wars Celebration: Sam Witwer Reprises Role As Palpatine In Star Wars Rebels". IGN. Ziff Davis, LLC. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  11. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of. 
  12. ^ Sotonoff, Jamie (April 28, 2014). "Glenview native Sam Witwer moving on from vampire role". Daily Herald. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Warner Bros. Names Two New DC Animated Films to Follow JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS". newsarama.com. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  14. ^ "The Solo: A Star Wars Story Ending Explained". GamesRadar. May 17, 2018. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Sam Witwer Awards". IMDB.com. Archived from the original on August 18, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Sam Witwer Biography". IMDB.com. Archived from the original on August 18, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b c Stuart, Keith (October 7, 2010). "Star Wars, Sam Witwer, and the art of video game acting". The Guardian. Retrieved April 27, 2017. 

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