Sasha Roiz

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Sasha Roiz
Roiz at the San Diego Comic Con in 2011
Born (1973-10-21) October 21, 1973 (age 50)
Alma materGuildford School of Acting
Years active2001–present

Sasha Roiz (Hebrew: סשה רויז; born October 21, 1973) is a Canadian actor known for his portrayals of Sam Adama in the science-fiction TV series Caprica and Captain Sean Renard in the American fantasy TV series Grimm.

Early life[edit]

Roiz was born in Tel Aviv[1] to Russian Jewish parents.[2][3] The family moved to Montreal in 1980. Roiz studied history before joining a theatre school in Montreal. He later graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in Guildford, Surrey.[4][5]


Roiz has appeared in a number of popular television dramas, including CSI: Miami, House, NCIS, The Mentalist, Lie To Me and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. He had a recurring role on Warehouse 13 as Marcus Diamond.[6]

In 2008, Roiz landed the role of Sam Adama on Caprica, a spin-off of Battlestar Galactica. His character is a Tauron enforcer for the Ha'la'tha crime syndicate on Caprica who frequently goes head-to-head with his lawyer brother Joseph Adama (played by Esai Morales),[7] and is also the uncle of William Adama.[8] On April 28, 2009, his role was expanded to series regular.[9] Roiz stated in an interview that it was later revealed to him that his character would be gay, something he felt was an opportunity to explore the complexity of a gay character in a science fiction setting, as well as to explore the issue of homosexuality on a social level.[10] In 2012, he guest-starred in the second season of the Jane Espenson–scripted romantic comedy web series Husbands.[11]

From 2011 to 2017, Roiz was a series regular on Grimm, a supernatural/fantasy police procedural drama produced by Universal Television for NBC, staying on the regular cast for all 6 seasons of the show.[12][13][14]

Roiz then went on to appear in Taken, Lucifer, Nice Iranian Girl, The Detectives, The Ballad of John St. George, The Order, Perfidy and FBI: International as well as having recurring roles on Salvation, Suits, Departure, 9-1-1, The Endgame and Chicago Med.[15]

Additionally, he voice-acted for Red Son in 2020 and Turning Red in 2022.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Day After Tomorrow Parker
2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Jason Elias
Land of the Dead Manolete
2006 16 Blocks Detective Kaller
Man of the Year Donald Tilson
2010 Unthinkable Master Sergeant Lubitchich
2012 Extracted Tom
2014 Pompeii Marcus Proculus
2020 Superman: Red Son Hal Jordan / Green Lantern (voice)
2022 Turning Red Mr. Kielowski (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Largo Winch Sergei Episode: "Endgame"
2003 Playmakers Stephen Lyles 6 episodes
Mutant X Nathaniel Episode: "Wasteland"
2004 Missing Randall Markham Episode: "In the Midnight Hour"
Kevin Hill Nick Bratt Episode: "Gods and Monsters"
2005 Tilt Blake Episodes:
"Gentleman Jim"
"Nobody Ever Listens"
Show Me Yours Chazz Banks 8 episodes
Beautiful People Mr. Tabor Episodes:
"Point and Shoot"
"Photo Finish"
2006 G-spot Jackson Episodes:
The Jane Show Ted Episodes:
"Thursday Night Rules"
"Close Friends"
The Path to 9/11 Nick DeMoia TV mini-series
2007 Jeff Ltd. Taylor Bloom Episodes:
"In the End You Get What You Deserve"
"Body by Jeff"
"Nightmare on Stevens Street"
"The Manipulator"
NCIS NCIS Agent Rick Hall Episode: "Grace Period"
CSI: Miami Darren Butler Episode: "Guerillas in the Mist"
Across the River to Motor City Ben Ford Series regular
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Police Officer Episode: "Gnothi Seauton"
Victor Alex Baumann TV movie about late Canadian swimmer Victor Davis
2009 Lie To Me Captain David Markov Episode: "A Perfect Score"
The Mentalist Keith Wolcutt Episode: "Crimson Casanova"
2010 In Plain Sight Anton Ivanov Episode: "Love's Faber Lost"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Danny Macklin Episode: "Pool Shark"
Caprica Sam Adama Series regular
2011 House Driscoll Episode: "Carrot or Stick"
Castle Bobby Stark Episode: "Pretty Dead"
Warehouse 13 Marcus Diamond 7 episodes
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia[17] Adriano Calvanese Episodes: "The High School Reunion", "The High School Reunion Part 2: The Gang's Revenge"
2011-2017 Grimm Captain Sean Renard Series regular
2012 Husbands Photog Episode: "Appropriate Is Not the Word"
2017–2018 Salvation President Monroe Bennett
2018 Taken Maximilian Silver Episode: "All About Eve"
2019 Lucifer U.S. Marshal Luke Reynolds Episode: "Everything's Okay"
Suits Thomas Kessler 6 episodes
Departure Pavel Bartok 5 episodes
2020 The Order Rogwan Episode: "Fear Itself, Part 2"
2020–2021 9-1-1 Detective Lou Ransone Recurring (seasons 3, 4 and 5)
2022 The Endgame President Andrew Wright 3 episodes
2022-Present Chicago Med Jack Dayton 7 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Godfather II Don Esteban Almeida Voice
2009 Wolfenstein Pavel Cherny / Black Market Agent


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  2. ^ "Biography",
  3. ^ Sasha Roiz at the
  4. ^ Kates, Kathryn. "Jaffa-born actor stars in CityTV mini-series". The Canadian Jewish News. Archived from the original on May 8, 2009. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
  5. ^ Bio at BuddyTV
  6. ^ Hinman, Michael (July 26, 2011). "Sasha Roiz Keeping Busy With Warehouse 13, Grimm".
  7. ^ Spelling, Ian (March 19, 2009). "Caprica star Esai Morales sees parallels with these great stories". Sci Fi Wire.
  8. ^ Phillips, Jevon (January 16, 2010). "Caprica countdown: Sasha Roiz says, 'Something ominous is coming'". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ Sasha Roiz expands role on Sci Fi's Caprica, archived from the original on May 2, 2009
  10. ^ Jensen, Michael (February 3, 2010). "Move Over, Captain Jack. There's a New Gay in the Galaxy Named Sam Adama".
  11. ^ Vary, Adam B (June 28, 2012). "Husbands: EP and star on season 2 of their gay-marriage web series — Exclusive photos". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
  12. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (November 21, 2011). "NBC Gives Grimm a Full-Season Order". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  13. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 29, 2016). "Grimm to End With Sixth and Final Season on NBC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  14. ^ Porter, Rick (October 16, 2018). "Grimm Spinoff in the Works at NBC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  15. ^ "Sasha Roiz". IMDb. Retrieved December 30, 2022.
  16. ^ "Sasha Roiz". IMDb. Retrieved December 30, 2022.
  17. ^ "Sasha Roiz on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, new interview..."

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