Who is Alexis Denisof?

Alexis Denisof was born on 25 February 1966, in Salisbury, Maryland, USA, and is an actor, perhaps still best known for his work in the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in which he portrayed Watchers’ Council member, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce. He also had a big role in the Buffy spin-off “Angel”. He is the husband of actress Alyson Hannigan, who is known for her work in the “American Pie” film series and “How I Met Your Mother”.

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The Wealth of Alexis Denisof

As of mid-2020, Alexis Denisof’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, earned through a successful career as an actor. While his work has been primarily based on television, he’s also appeared in various films, and has worked as regular characters in a variety of shows. He probably benefits from the success of his wife as well, as Hannigan has a net worth estimated to be over $40 million.

Early Life and Education

Alexis is of Irish, French and Russian ancestry.

Her mother worked as a doctor in Maryland when he was born, though the family later settled in Seattle, Washington State, where he was educated. During his youth, he developed an interest in acting which was supported by his parents. He took classes at the drama department of Highline College, and later attended St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire, one of the most elite boarding schools in the US.

After matriculating, he moved to London, England where he worked for some time, also taking lessons at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), the oldest drama school in the UK and one of the most prestigious.

Alexis Denisof

Career Beginnings

Denisof started his career on stage, working on a production of the Shakespearian play “Hamlet” as the fight director. He continued working behind the scenes in other plays, such as “Romeo and Juliet” and “Soul’s Dark Knight”, then moved to the BBC, and shortly afterwards made one of his first appearances, in the film “Murder Story”, portraying an investigative reporter. In 1995, he was cast in the film “First Knight” appearing in a support role as one of the knights of the round table, alongside Richard Gere and Sean Connery’s characters.

The film is based on the Arthurian legend, telling the story of the romance between the knight Lancelot and Lady Guinevere, who was set to marry King Arthur.

He also worked alongside Sean Bean in “Sharpe”, portraying the character Lord John Rossendale in three episodes of the show, which follows a fictional soldier during the time of the Napoleonic Wars. As the 1990s progressed, he continued in both film and television, with appearances in “True Blue” and “Rogue Trader”. He also did independent films as seen in “Beyond the City Limits” and “The Misadventures of Margaret”.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel

In 1999, Alexis was introduced during the third season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, playing Wesley Wyndam-Pryce who was intended to replace Buffy in her role as a watcher. The show follows the story of the titular vampire slayer, who battles against various supernatural forces. It was very popular during the time, and was a success for the new WB Television Network that was just starting to compete in programming. He was set to be a part of the storyline only for the season, but he performed the character well and was given a choice on whether or not he would like to let the character live on.

While he didn’t return to Buffy after its third season, he was cast in its spin-off – “Angel” – which continues the story of the titular vampire whose soul was restored to him. After his failed relationship with Buffy, he moves to Los Angeles where he works as a private detective, helping others. He became a main cast member of the show, and appeared in all but the first 10 episodes of the series, over 100 in five years He was initially more of a comedic character, but later had a darker demeanor according to the events of the show.

Recent Projects

After his work in “Angel”, Denisof experienced a short lull in his career, when his only notable work was as a recurring character in the television series “How I Met Your Mother”, which featured his wife.

He auditioned for the position of James Bond for the film “Casino Royale”, but eventually lost out to Daniel Craig. After a few more guest appearances, he then ventured into voice acting, for the film “Justice League: Doom”. He also had a support role in “The Avengers”, playing the role of The Other, a servant of Thanos.

In 2013, he was cast as the lead role in a modernized version of “Much Ado About Nothing”, which received positive reviews when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Afterwards, he was cast as a recurring character in the show “Grimm”, playing Viktor Albert Wilhelm George Beckendorf. He then returned to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), as he played the Other once more in the film “Guardians of the Galaxy” which was a box office hit.

A few of his later projects include “Finding Carter” and “I Love Bekka and Lucy”, and in 2018, he was cast as the character Adam Marsters in the second season of the Netflix show “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”. One of his latest main roles is in the show “Legacies” in which he plays Professor Vardemus.

Personal Life

During the late 1990s, Alexis met Alyson Hannigan while working on the set of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. She played the role of Willow Rosenberg in the show, one of its main supporting cast members. They married in 2003 and continued to support each other in their professional endeavors. The couple has two children, and the family resides in Encino, Los Angeles, California. While filming “Angel”, he was struck with Bell’s palsy, a condition in which the muscles of the face are partially paralyzed, and had to undergo treatment to cure the disease.

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