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Short Info

Date Of BirthSeptember 18, 1963
FactThor Heyerdahl is a cousin of his father.


Introduction

If you are a fan of vampires, then you probably know at least one character played by Christopher Heyerdahl. Where is this tall actor from? How did he come to appear in “The Twilight Saga”, and who is the woman who won him over?

Early life and Education

Christopher Heyerdahl was born on 18 September 1963 in British Columbia, Canada. He is of Scottish and Norwegian descent – his father was an immigrant from Norway in the early 1950s. His cousin was Thor Heyerdahl, the famous Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer, who sailed approximately 5,000 miles (8000 kilometers) in a handmade boat from South America to the Tuamotu Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

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Little is known about Heyerdahl’s early years, but it is stated that he grew up on Vancouver’s Hollyburn Mountain, Canada, in a house without running water. Sometime after high school, he returned to Norway to enroll at the University of Oslo.

Career

Heyerdahl worked as a stage actor in several of Canada’s theatres, such as the Stratford Theatre, before making his TV debut in 1987, when he briefly appeared in the famous TV series “21 Jump Street”, starring Johnny Depp. His first true TV role was in the series “Are You Afraid of the Dark” in 1993, portraying different vampires in two episodes, “The Tale of the Thirteenth Floor” and “The Tale of the Midnight Madness”. Funnily enough, this is what marked his future roles in horror and vampire movies.

In 1994 he appeared in the action film “Warriors”, considered his feature film debut. The same year he appeared in the third part of the “Highlander” film series, “Highlander: The Final Dimension”, in which he portrayed Ponytail. He was also a part of the cast for the TV mini-series “The Maharaja’s Daughter”. Before the end of the 1990s he was in several feature films, such as “Coyote Run”, “Silent Trigger”, Twist of Terror”, and “The Education of Little Tree”. In 1997 he once again portrayed a vampire, this time in an episode of the TV series “A Matter of Style”, about an old vampire who is trying to teach her younger protégé how to seduce and kill his prey.

Christopher Heyerdahl

However, Christopher gained fame after he was cast as Howard P. Lovecraft in the 1998 series “Out of Mind: The Stories of H. P. Lovecraft”.

In the early 2000s, he appeared in movies such as “Aftermath”, “Nowhere in Sight” and “The Killing Yard”. He also made guest appearances in several sci-fi TV series, such as “Andromeda”, “Stargate SG-1” and “Smallville: Chloe Chronicles”. In 2004 he portrayed Helion Politico in “The Chronicles of Riddick”, with colleagues Vin Diesel, Judi Dench and Colm Feore. He portrayed Rocker in the 2004 version of “Catwomen”, alongside Halle Berry and Sharon Stone, and the same year appeared as Caulder, Blade’s ally in “Blade: Trinity”, starring Wesley Snipes.

In 2004 Heyerdahl landed the role of Todd the Wraith in the famous sci-fi series “Stargate: Atlantis”, remaining on the show for five seasons until 2009.

Concurrently, in 2005 he portrayed Mike l’Irlandais in “The Outlander”, and the following year appeared as a guest character in several TV series, such as “Saved”, “The Dead Zone”, “Psych” and “Whistler”. In 2007, he was a recurring character in the sci-fi TV series “Sanctuary”, and also played Zor-El, a Kryptonian scientist, in the TV series “Smallville”.

He was in the recurring cast for the TV series “Sanctuary” in 2008, remaining in the show until it ended in 2011. In 2009 he was a guest character in three episodes of “Supernatural”.

Heyerdahl landed the role of one of the three leaders of the infamous Volturi coven, Marcus, in the famous vampire romantic film series “The Twilight Saga”, then reprised the role in “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”, and in both parts of the adaptation of the final book, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”. In 2011, he was cast as the recurring character The Swede in the AMC hit series “Hell on Wheels”, and remained in the show during all five seasons.

In 2012, Heyerdahl was once again cast as a vampire character, this time in the HBO original series “True Blood”, portraying Dieter Braun and making his debut during the fifth season of the show. The following year he appeared as a guest in several popular TV series, most notably “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Castle”, “Nikita” and “Falling Skies”. In 2014, he appeared in “The Calling”, alongside Susan Sarandon, portrayed Jack Gruber in TV series about Batman’s childhood, “Gotham”, and was cast as Dr. Lionel Gray in the TV series “Minority Report”.

In 2016, Heyerdahl was cast as Sam in SyFy’s “Van Helsing”, remaining in the show until 2019.

In 2017, Heyerdahl portrayed Louis Gagnon in the first season of the crime series “Tin Star”, as well as Don Berryman in another crime series, “Damnation”. Two years later, he was cast as Augustus Nickel in the last season of the WGNA’s drama series “Pure”.

Heyerdahl appeared as Oscar Wallace in an episode of TV series “Messiah” in 2020, followed by portraying Hiram Epps in the horror TV series “Them: Covenant”, and is set to appear in the following seasons as well.

Heyerdahl has also done some voice acting for video games, voiced several characters in “Beowulf: The Game”, “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” and “Far Cry 5”.

Personal Life

Heyerdahl tries to keep his life private, which means that not much is known about his personal life. He is married to a school teacher of undisclosed name, who actually introduced him to “The Twilight Saga”, and she was the one who urged him to audition for the role of Marcus. It isn’t known whether or not the couple has any children. He is fluent in English, Norwegian and Spanish languages.

He is such a big fan of rock band KISS, that he designed the facial tattoo for his character in “Stargate: Atlantis” inspired by Ace Frehley, KISS’s guitar player.

Heyerdahl is active on Twitter, on which he has more than 13,000 followers. He doesn’t use other social media platforms.

Net Worth

Christopher Heyerdahl is mostly known for portraying vampires in various horror films and TV series. His prominent career in this genre which includes more than 120 titles, has earned him an estimated net worth of over $4 million.

Physical characteristics

Heyerdahl landed most of his roles due to his height of 6ft 4ins (1.93kg). He weighs around 194lbs (88kgs) so has a slim physique. His eyes are bright blue and his hair is light brown.

General Info

Full NameChristopher Heyerdahl
Date Of BirthSeptember 18, 1963
Height1.93 m
ProfessionActor

Accomplishments

NominationsGemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series, Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series
MoviesThe Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Catwoman, Blade: Trinity, Silent Trigger, The Education of Little Tree, The Calling, Honeyglue, The Peacekeeper, Requiem for Murder, Cadavres, Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovec...
TV ShowsHell on Wheels, Sanctuary, Stargate Atlantis, Van Helsing

Social profile links

Quotes

#Quote
1What I find interesting about a character like The Swede [in 'Hell on Wheels'] is that the menace is there because we assume he is capable of anything. Do we actually see him do anything? Rarely. But the more humane I play these characters, the more kind, the more generous, the more menacing they seem.

Facts

#Fact
1Such a big fan of KISS (Ace Frehley in particular), Heyerdahl incorporated Freley's Starman makeup as a tattoo of his character "Todd" in Stargate Atlantis.
2Appeared as villains on both "Smallville" (2001) and "Gotham" (2014). Both series are based on the early years of iconic DC superheroes (Superman and Batman).
3Has appeared with Ryan Robbins on four different series: Stargate: Atlantis (2004), Sanctuary (2008), Caprica (2009) and Hell on Wheels (2011).
4Has appeared with Michael Shanks and Amanda Tapping on three different series: Stargate SG-1 (1997), Stargate: Atlantis (2004) and Sanctuary (2008).
5Has played a vampire leader on both True Blood (2008) and The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009). Also has played a demon on Supernatural (2005).
6Nephew-in-law of Jacqueline Beer.
7He was praised by his former Supernatural (2005) co-star, Jensen Ackles, at the LA Supernatural Convention in 2011. Ackles says that during the torture scene of Christopher's character "Alastair", Ackles was thinking "Wow, I'm totally being out-acted here", after that Ackles turns to the audience and asks them "I mean, wasn't he good?" The audience replies with massive applause.
8He is half Norwegian and half Scottish.
9Thor Heyerdahl is a cousin of his father.
10Performed at Canada's Stratford Festival in 1989 and 1990

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Damnation2017TV Movie post-productionDon Berryman
Tin Star2017TV Series pre-productionGagnon
Van Helsing2016TV SeriesSam
Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life2016TV SeriesArvid
12 Monkeys2016TV SeriesThe Keeper
Hell on Wheels2011-2016TV SeriesThe Swede / Thor Gundersen
Pee-wee's Big Holiday2016Ezekiel
Minority Report2015TV SeriesDr. Lionel Gray
The Player2015TV SeriesIvan Mislav
Arrow2015TV SeriesDamian Darhk's Assistant
Honeyglue2015Dennis
Dig2015TV SeriesOlaf / Olaf, Norwegian Farmer
Eadweard2015Pepper
Gotham2015TV SeriesJack Gruber
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce2015TV SeriesShaman Derek
The Calling2014Simon
Rush2014TV SeriesMartin Arisson
Beauty and the Beast2014TV SeriesDr. Nicholas Markus
Three Days in Havana2013Anders
Falling Skies2013TV SeriesDuane Pickett
Vegas2013TV SeriesCal Sprouse
Nikita2013TV SeriesMatthew Collins
Castle2013TV SeriesJacque Henri
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2013TV SeriesMarc Ratelle
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 22012Marcus
Bullet in the Face2012TV Mini-SeriesLustig Balder
True Blood2012TV SeriesDieter Braun
Let Your Fingers Do the Talking2011ShortAlby (voice)
Sanctuary2008-2011TV SeriesBigfoot John Druitt Jack the Ripper
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 12011Marcus
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour2011TV SeriesCollector
Caprica2010TV SeriesKevin Reikle Kevin Riekel
Human Target2010TV SeriesConnor Dunham
Mirador2010TV SeriesGrenier
The Twilight Saga: New Moon2009Marcus
Supernatural2009TV SeriesAlastair
Cadavres2009Paolo
Stargate: Atlantis2004-2009TV SeriesTodd the Wraith Halling Male Wraith
Smallville2007TV SeriesZor-El
Beowulf: The Game2007Video Game voice
Les soeurs Elliot2007TV SeriesAlcidez barling
Sanctuary2007TV Mini-SeriesBigfoot John Druitt
The Invisible2007Dr. Woland
Masters of Horror2007TV SeriesRufus Griswold
Killer Wave2007TV Mini-SeriesStanley Schiff
Whistler2006TV SeriesJustin Talbert
Psych2006TV SeriesLong Hair
The Dead Zone2006TV SeriesZed
Saved2006TV SeriesJohn the Baptist
The Collector2006TV SeriesJan van der Heyden
Le 7e round2006TV SeriesArthur Kennedy (2006)
Kamataki2005Scott
Into the West2005TV Mini-SeriesJames 'Jim' Ebbets
Le survenant2005Mike l'Irlandais
Blade: Trinity2004Caulder
Life As We Know It2004TV SeriesMr. Mitchell
Catwoman2004Rocker
Kingdom Hospital2004TV SeriesReverend Jimmy Criss Reveren Jimmy Criss
The Chronicles of Riddick2004Helion Politico
Le dernier tunnel2004Smiley
Jeremiah2003TV SeriesPaul Wiel
Les aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter2003TV SeriesLennie
Stargate SG-12003TV SeriesPallan
Andromeda2003TV SeriesGaiton
John Doe2002-2003TV SeriesDr. Hillerman
Smallville: Chloe Chronicles2003TV Mini-Series shortDr. Arthur Walsh
Napoléon2002TV Mini-SeriesGeoffroy St-Hilaire
Just Cause2002TV SeriesDr. Tolkien
Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher2002TV MovieDr. Jacob Mortas
Aftermath2002Evan Harper
Nowhere in Sight2001Lewis Gills
La loi du cochon2001Jodorowsky
The Killing Yard2001TV MovieD.A.
Varian's War2001TV MovieMarius Franken
2 frères1999-2001TV SeriesBobby Vieira
La Femme Nikita2000TV SeriesColin Starnes
Nuremberg2000TV Mini-SeriesErnst Kaltenbrunner
The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne2000TV SeriesD'Artagnan
Believe2000/IThad Stiles
Press Run2000Mickey Collins
The Witness1999Bobby Fish
Babel1999Preficator (as Chris Heyerdahl)
Requiem for Murder1999Det. Lou Heinz
Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft1998TV MovieHoward P. Lovecraft
The Ghosts of Dickens' Past1998Charles Dickens (as Christopher Heyerdhal)
The Education of Little Tree1997Pine Billy
The Hunger1997TV SeriesArthur
Affliction1997Frankie Lacoy (as Chris Heyerdahl)
The Peacekeeper1997Hettinger
Bleeders1997Narrator
Twists of Terror1997TV MovieDarien
The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon1997TV MovieFellow Gambler #2 (as Chris Heyerdahl)
Habitat1997Eric Thornton (as Chris Heyerdahl)
Lassie1997TV SeriesAlfred Kraus
Rowing Through1996Paul Enquist
Silent Trigger1996O'Hara
Coyote Run1996Judd Lush (as Chris Heyerdahl)
Highlander: The Final Dimension1994Ponytail
Warriors1994Milo
The Maharaja's Daughter1994TV Mini-SeriesWalt
Are You Afraid of the Dark?1993TV SeriesLeonid / Nosferatu
21 Jump Street1987TV SeriesJake

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Calling2014"Jesus Loves Me, This I Know", uncredited

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 17th Annual Leo Awards2015TV MovieHimself - Host
The 16th Annual Leo Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Host
The 14th Annual Leo Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 12th Annual Leo Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 11th Annual Leo Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series
The 9th Annual Leo Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
India: Kingdom of the Tiger2002Documentary shortJim Corbett

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stargate: Atlantis2008TV SeriesTodd the Wraith

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2015LeoLeo AwardsBest Supporting Performance by a Male in a Motion PictureEadweard (2015)
2015LeoLeo AwardsBest Supporting Performance by a Male in a Motion PictureEadweard (2015)
2012LeoLeo AwardsBest Performance in a Youth or Children's Program or SeriesR.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour (2010)
2010LeoLeo AwardsBest Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic SeriesSanctuary (2008)
2006LeoLeo AwardsBest Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic SeriesThe Collector (2004)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2016Golden Maple AwardsGolden Maple AwardsBest Actor in a TV Series Broadcasted in the USHell on Wheels (2011)
2016Golden Maple AwardsGolden Maple AwardsNewcomer of the Year in a TV Series Broadcasted in the USHell on Wheels (2011)
2009LeoLeo AwardsBest Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic SeriesSanctuary (2008)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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