Christopher Heyerdahl

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Christopher Heyerdahl
Christopher Heyerdahl at The Sanctuary Experience in 2010.jpg
Christopher Heyerdahl at The Sanctuary Experience Convention in Vancouver in 2010
Born(1963-09-18) September 18, 1963 (age 51)
British Columbia, Canada
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
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Christopher Heyerdahl
Christopher Heyerdahl at The Sanctuary Experience in 2010.jpg
Christopher Heyerdahl at The Sanctuary Experience Convention in Vancouver in 2010
Born(1963-09-18) September 18, 1963 (age 51)
British Columbia, Canada
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)

Christopher Heyerdahl (born September 18, 1963) is a Canadian actor who has had roles in many prominent television shows and movies.

Early life and family[edit]

Heyerdahl was born in the mountains of British Columbia, and is of Norwegian and Scottish descent.[1] Thor Heyerdahl was his father's cousin.[2]


Heyerdahl is known for his role as Leonid in the Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode "The Thirteenth Floor" and as Nosferatu in the episode "Midnight Madness". He played the characters Halling and Wraith commander Todd in Stargate Atlantis, and Pallan in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Revisions". He played H.P. Lovecraft in the movie Out of Mind (1998) and a punk, new at drug dealing, in Cadavres (2009).

He played the part of the demon Alastair in three episodes of Supernatural. He also played the part of Zor-El in the television series Smallville, as well as playing John Druitt and Bigfoot in the series Sanctuary.[3]

He had a role in the feature film New Moon, an adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's second book in her Twilight Saga. In this film, he played a vampire, Marcus, who is part of a powerful Italian family called the Volturi. He reprised that role in both parts of Breaking Dawn, the two part adaption of the fourth book in the Twilight Saga.

He played the part of Dieter Braun on True Blood during the show's 5th season, which aired summer 2012. Heyerdahl also plays the role of 'The Swede' in the AMC television series Hell on Wheels from 2011 through the present.


YearFilm / TelevisionRoleOther notes
198721 Jump StreetJake1 episode
1993Are You Afraid of the Dark?Leonid2 episodes
1994Highlander III: The SorcererPonytail
The Maharaja's DaughterWaltTV miniseries
1996Coyote RunJudd Lushas Chris Heyerdahl
Silent TriggerO'Hara
Rowing ThroughPaul EnquistTV
Twists of TerrorDarienTV
1997The Education of Little Tree (film)Pine Billy
The HungerArthur1 episode
The PeacekeeperHettinger
AfflictionFrankie Lacoyas Chris Heyerdahl
HabitatEric Thorntonas Chris Heyerdahl
The Call of the Wild: Dog of the YukonFellow Gambler #2
1998The Ghosts of Dickens' PastCharles Dickens
Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. LovecraftHoward P. LovecraftTV
LassieAlfred Kraus1 episode
1999BabelPreficatoras Chris Heyerdahl
Requiem for MurderDet. Lou Heinz
Fish Out of WaterBobby Fish
2 frèresBobby Vieira
2000La Femme NikitaColin Starnes1 episode
The Secret Adventures of Jules VerneD'Artagnan2 episodes
NurembergErnst KaltenbrunnerTV
BelieveThad Stiles
Press RunMickey Collins
Nowhere in SightLewis Gills
2001La Loi du cochonJodorowsky (Junkie)
Varian's WarMarius FrankenTV
2002John DoeDr.Hillman2 episodes, 2002–2003
Just CauseDr. Tolkien1 episode
Matthew Blackheart: Monster SmasherDr. Jacob MortasTV
AftermathEvan Harper
India: Kingdom of the TigerJim Corbett
Napoléon (miniseries)Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
2003JeremiahPaul Wiel1 episode
Les Aventures tumultueuses de Jack CarterLennie2 episodes
Stargate SG-1Pallan1 episode
AndromedaGaiton1 episode
2004Blade: TrinityCaulder
Life As We Know ItMr. Mitchell1 episode
Kingdom HospitalReverend Jimmy Criss3 episodes
The Chronicles of RiddickHelion Politico
Le Dernier TunnelSmiley
Into the WestJames 'Jim' Ebbets1 episode
Le SurvenantMike l'Irlandaisaka The Outlander
2006Le 7e roundArthur KennedyTV mini-series
WhistlerJustin Talbert1 episode
PsychLong Hair1 episode
The Dead ZoneZed1 episode
SavedJohn the Baptist1 episode
The CollectorJan van der Heyden1 episode
2007SmallvilleZor-El2 episodes
Les Sœurs ElliotAlcidez Barling1 episode
The InvisibleDr. Woland
Master of HorrorRufus Griswold1 episode
Killer WaveStanley SchiffTV mini-series
2008SanctuaryJohn Druitt and Bigfoot10 episodes; 2007–2009
Stargate: AtlantisTodd and Halling13 and 6 episodes respectively
2009The Twilight Saga: New MoonMarcus Volturi
SanctuaryJohn Druitt and Bigfoot
SupernaturalAlastair3 episodes
2010CapricaKevin Reikle
2011Hell on WheelsThe SwedeRecurring
R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The SeriesFear (but credited as “Collector”)1 episode
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1Marcus Volturi
2012True BloodDieter BraunRecurring
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2Marcus Volturi
2013VegasCalvin1 episode
Falling SkiesDuane Pickett1 episode
CastleHenri1 episode
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationMarc Ratelle1 episode
NikitaMatthew Collins1 episode
Three Days in HavanaAnders
2014The CallingSimon
Beauty & the BeastDr. Nicholas Markus1 episode
RushMartin Arisson1 episode
2015GothamJack Gruber/ElectrocutionerRecurring


  1. ^ "'Sanctuary' star Christopher Heyerdahl ignites 'Hell on Wheels'". Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Wood, Martin; Shanks, Michael; Jim Menard (2002). Stargate SG-1: Season 7 – Audio Commentary for "Revisions" (DVD). MGM Home Entertainment. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]

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