David Nykl

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David Nykl
David Nykl 2014.jpg
Nykl in 2014
Born(1967-02-07) 7 February 1967 (age 47)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
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David Nykl
David Nykl 2014.jpg
Nykl in 2014
Born(1967-02-07) 7 February 1967 (age 47)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)

David Nykl (born 7 February 1967 in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech Canadian actor of film, television, commercials and theater.

After the Soviet invasion in 1968, he and his family left then-Communist Czechoslovakia for Canada. Upon arriving at Victoria, British Columbia, his father found work as a structural engineer and his mother found work as a nurse.

Nykl attended the University of British Columbia, where he majored in liberal arts.

Nykl has appeared heavily in Vancouver and Prague in dozens of theater, film and television productions. Known for his versatility and depth as an actor, he has also produced theatre and film projects, and in 1994, he co-founded Prague's Misery Loves Company Theatre with Richard Toth and Ewan McLaren.

He is known to science fiction fans as the recurring Stargate Atlantis character of Dr. Radek Zelenka, a Czech scientist on Earth's expedition to the "lost city" of Atlantis. His character often provides a foil to the main scientists, who forget the limits of their situation.

He is fluent in Czech, English, French and Spanish. Though his character on Stargate Atlantis speaks English with a Czech accent, Nykl normally speaks with a Canadian accent. Whenever Zelenka spoke Czech in Stargate Atlantis, Nykl was given the lines in English, and he translated them.


2013ArrowTV seriesAnatoli Knyazev[1]
2010FringeTV seriesReverend Marcus
Human TargetTV seriesVincent Morgan
2009Encounter with DangerTV movieElliott Maine
HelenTV seriesJohn
Stargate: AtlantisTV seriesDr. Radek Zelenka
2008SanctuaryTV seriesStrickland
The Beast of Bottomless LakeFeature
The SeamstressFeature filmDonny Platt
2007EurekaTV seriesDr. Steven Whiticus
2006PsychTV seriesEvents Coordinator for Shawn vs. the Red Phantom
Stargate SG-1TV seriesDr. Radek Zelenka
Merlin's ApprenticeTV seriesBrianna's Father
2005Masters of HorrorTV seriesCSI
PterodactylFeature filmHerbert
Behind the Camera: Mork & MindyTV movieJohn Byner
Cold SquadTV seriesBernhardt (recurring)
2004Spare ChangeShort filmJoel
2003Jake 2.0TV seriesVasily
Stealing SinatraTV movieValet
2002Dead ZoneTV seriesWaiter
My Guide to Becoming a Rock StarTV seriesDancing Potato
Seven DaysTV seriesYuri
2000Jack London’s Call of the WildTV seriesSettler
The Scarlet PimpernelTV seriesRobespierre's Barber
1999Love Lies BleedingFeatureFraser
Joan of ArcTV seriesDuke of Luxembourg
Praha ocima Prague StoriesFeatureHonza
1998Prague DuetFeatureJournalist
The Barber of SiberiaFeature
Operation NoahTV moviePR Man
Act of WarFeatureGeorge Willmont
Ceská sodaFeature
Blumenstein Fernand - bláznuv príbehFeaturevoice
Hell MountainFeatureFirst Corridor Guard
Escape VelocityFeatureRussell aka the Priest
1997Snow White: A Tale of TerrorFeature
1996Hidden in SilenceTV movieHenek
5 Stunden Angst - Geiselnahme im KindergartenFeatureDrops
Crackerjack 2FeatureCavanaugh
1995Sacred CargoFeatureBrother Alexis
1993StrangeviewFeatureTrucker's Friend
1988Danger BayTV seriesPeter


  1. ^ Byrne, Craig (October 22, 2013). "Arrow Casting Spoiler: David Nykl Is Anatoli Knyazev". GreenArrowTV. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 

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