John Pyper-Ferguson

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John Pyper-Ferguson
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Pyper-Ferguson at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
Born(1964-02-27) February 27, 1964 (age 50)
Mordialloc, Victoria, Australia
Years active1979–present
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John Pyper-Ferguson
John Pyper-Ferguson.jpg
Pyper-Ferguson at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
Born(1964-02-27) February 27, 1964 (age 50)
Mordialloc, Victoria, Australia
Years active1979–present

John Pyper-Ferguson (born February 27, 1964)[1] is an Australian-born Canadian actor. He has appeared in a wide range of films and television shows. His notable works include playing Sonny Hamilton on Hamilton's Quest, Peter Hutter on The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., and Joe Whedon on Brothers & Sisters. He also portrayed Tomas Vergis on the science fiction drama television series Caprica.

Early life[edit]

John Pyper-Ferguson was born in Mordialloc, Australia,[2] the son of Olympic swimmer Kathleen (née MacNamee) and Richard Ferguson.[3] After a brief period in his birth place,[4] he moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he was raised by his parents.[5] He went to high school at Handsworth Secondary School,[3] and later graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance.[6]



Pyper-Ferguson began his acting career on the prime time drama Hamilton's Quest (1986) as Sonny Hamilton. This brought about Hollywood film roles in movies such as Prom Night II (1987), Pin (1988), Ski School (1990), Bird on a Wire (1990), Stay Tuned (1992), a brief appearance in Unforgiven (1992), and Killer Image (1992).[7]

He concurrently continued his television career with several guest appearances, including shows like Night Heat (1987), 21 Jump Street (1990) as Joshua, Bordertown (1990–1991) as August Fox and Lonny Gibbons,[8] Neon Rider (1990–1991) as Zak and Det. Miller, MacGyver (1991), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992), and Walker, Texas Ranger (1993).[9]

From 1993 to 1994, John played a recurring character on The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. as Pete Hutter.[10] A significant moment in his career was his portrayal of Brian Cullen on Highlander (1994), for which he earned a Gemini Award-nomination, Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series.[11]

Subsequent television guest roles consist of his appearances on Children of the Dust (1995),[12] Legend (1995),[13] Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years (1995),[14] recurrences on The X-Files (1995–1997) as Paul and Det. John Kresge, Nash Bridges (1996–1998) as Zack Spears,[15] and The Outer Limits (1996) as Brian Chason (Episode: "Falling Star").[16] The following credits are The Sentinel (1997), Millennium (1997–1998) as Jim Gilroy, Jake Waterston and Ben Fisher, Poltergeist: The Legacy (1997–1998), The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (1998–1999), Harsh Realm (1999), and finally Jack & Jill (1999) as Kevin (Episode: "Pseudos, Sex and Sidebars").[17]

Filling out the rest of the decade, he appears in several feature films like Frank & Jesse (1995) as Clell Miller,[18] Hard Core Logo (1996),[19] Drive (1997),[20] For Richer or Poorer (1997), and I'll Take You There (1999).[21]


He started appearing on the television series Arli$$ (2000), ER (2000),[22] CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000–2010) as Husband and Dr. William Byrne,[23][24] a recurring role on The Huntress (2000–2001) as Jake Blumenthal,[25] The Outer Limits (2001) as Dr. Kenneth Vaughn (Episode: "Mind Reacher"),[16] Jack & Jill (2000–2001) as Kevin (Episodes: "When You Wish Upon a Car", "Starstruck", and "California Dreamin'"),[17] The Guardian (2001),[26] 24 (2003), a recurring role as Gabriel Sims on Jeremiah (2003–2004), Smallville (2005), CSI: Miami (2005), Into the West (2005) as Josiah Bell,[27] The Closer (2005), and Night Stalker (2005–2006) as Agent Bernard Fain.[28][29]

In 2006, John Pyper-Ferguson joined the main cast of Brothers & Sisters as a series regular, playing the character Joe Whedon.[30]

From 2007 to 2011, his television credits are Everest (2007) as Roger Marshall,[31] Cane (2007) as Hudson, The L Word (2008), Cold Case (2008) as Pete Doyle, Fear Itself (2008) as Rowdy Edlund, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2009), Bones (2009), Mental (2009), Lie to Me (2009),[32] Flashpoint (2009),[33] Criminal Minds (2010),[34] Lost (2010),[35] White Collar (2010),[36] Dark Blue (2010),[24] Castle (2010),[37] Hellcats (2011),[38] Alphas (2011),[39] and a performance on the science fiction series Fringe (2011), as two alternate versions of the character named John McClennan.[40][41]

His film career moved on to notable movies like Pearl Harbor (2001), Black Dawn (2005), She's the Man (2006), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006),[42] Tekken (2010), Score: A Hockey Musical (2010),[43] A Night for Dying Tigers (2010), Conviction (2010), Born to Race (2011), and Drive (2011).[44]

From 2005 to 2013, Pyper-Ferguson have been cast in an abundance of TV shows set in the reimagined BSG universe. On the space opera thriller series Battlestar Galactica (2005–2006) he played Captain Cole "Stinger" Taylor.[45] On its science fiction drama prequel Caprica (2010), he portrayed Tomas Vergis,[46] the Tauron billionaire and adversary of Daniel Graystone, with whom he—on multiple occasions—goes head-to-head.[47] He played Xander Toth in the military science fiction television pilot entitled Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.[48]

He is playing a character named Jack Jones in the upcoming film, Three Days in Havana.[45]



1987Prom Night IIEddie Wood
1988PinStan Fraker
1989Bye Bye BluesDuncan
1990Ski SchoolErich Blor
Bird on a WireJamie
1991Showdown at Williams CreekVowell
1992Killer ImageMax Oliver
UnforgivenCharley Hecker
Stay Tuned30 Something to Life
1993Love, Cheat & StealCollins
1994Every BreathHal
The Road KillersHauser
1995Frank & JesseClell Miller
1996Hard Core LogoJohn Oxenberger
Somebody Is WaitingDavis
1997At the Hands of AnotherTab MichalesShort film
Space MarinesCol. Fraser
McHale's NavyInterrupting Henchman
DriveVic Madison
For Richer or PoorerHenner Lapp
1999I'll Take You ThereRay
2001LonesomeTom Lawless
Pearl HarborNaval Officer in Hospital
2003The Wind EffectJake PorterShort film
Betraying ReasonReason Boles/Black Bart
2005VancouverConstable #1Short film
FishbowlHomeless GuyShort film
Black DawnJames DonovanDirect-to-video
2006She's the ManRoger
X-Men: The Last StandMinivan Father
2009Hungry HillsKane
DieJacob Odessa
Score: A Hockey MusicalCoach Donker
A Night for Dying TigersRussell
2011Born to RaceFrank Krueger
DriveBearded Redneck
2013WolvesWild Joe
2014The RemainingPastor Shay
TBAThree Days in HavanaJack Jones


1979The Littlest Hobon/aEpisode: "Little Girl Lost"
1986Hamilton's QuestSonny HamiltonSeries regular
1987American HarvestRickyTV movie
Night HeatJohn EdwardsEpisode: "The Cost of Doing Business"
1988Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Copn/aEpisode: "Boy Meets Dog"
199021 Jump StreetDealer/JoshuaEpisodes:
"Awomp-Bomp-Aloobomb, Aloop Bamboom"
1990–1991BordertownAugust Fox/Lonny GibbonsEpisodes:
"Hand to Hand"
"The Road Chosen"
1990–1991Neon RiderZak/Det. MillerEpisodes:
"John Doe"
"Twist in the Wind"
1991Mom P.I.n/aEpisode: "Repo Ride"
MacGyverScott BartlettEpisode: "The Wasteland"
1992Home MovieBernardTV movie
The CommishCory McBrideEpisode: "Judgement Day"
Lightning ForceMalcolmEpisode: "Ice"
Star Trek: The Next GenerationEli HollanderEpisode: "A Fistful of Datas"
Shadow of a StrangerRobert LoganTV movie
1993Miracle on Interstate 880Greg HelmTV movie
Bodies of EvidenceBruce JohnsonEpisode: "Blindside"
Walker, Texas RangerCritterEpisode: "An Innocent Man"
1993–1994The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.Peter Hutter7 episodes
1994–1998ViperRay Bollo/Agent HarperEpisode:
"Past Tense"
"The Return"
1994HighlanderBrian CullenEpisode: "Courage"
1995The Watchern/aEpisode: "Heartburned"
University HospitalCal ChaneyEpisode: "The Right Thing"
Children of the DustSonny BoyTV miniseries
Vanishing Sonn/aEpisode: "Jersey Girl"
LegendJack McCallEpisode: "The Life, Death, and Life of Wild Bill Hickock"
Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw YearsEarl HastingsEpisode: "Fear"
The ClientHawkinsEpisode: "Dear Harris"
1995–1997The X-FilesPaul/Det. John KresgeEpisodes:
"F. Emasculata"
"Christmas Carol"
1996DowndraftSpikeTV movie
1996–1998Nash BridgesZack SpearsEpisodes:
"Wrecking Crew"
"Skin Deep"
1996–2001The Outer LimitsBrian Chason/Dr. Kenneth VaughnEpisodes:
"Falling Star"
"Mind Reacher"
1997The SentinelDawson QuinnEpisode: "Survival"
1997–1998MillenniumJim Gilroy/Jake Waterston/Ben FisherEpisodes:
"The Wild and the Innocent"
1997–1998Poltergeist: The LegacyBaron de Rais/Nicholas OldmanEpisodes:
"Let Sleeping Demons Lie"
1998The Warlord: Battle for the GalaxyHeenoc XianTV movie
The TempestGator ManTV movie
1998–1999The Crow: Stairway to HeavenTop Dollar/Jason DankoEpisodes:
"Give Me Death"
"Closing Time"
1999Harsh RealmJohn CabotEpisode: "Leviathan"
1999–2001Jack & JillKevinEpisodes:
"Pseudos, Sex and Sidebars"
"When You Wish Upon a Car"
"California Dreamin'"
2000Arli$$AaronEpisode: "It's Who You Know"
ERTom CogginsEpisode: "Flight of Fancy"
2000–2010CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationHusband/Dr. William ByrneEpisodes:
2000–2001The HuntressJake BlumenthalEpisodes:
"Run Ricky Run"
"Now You See Him"
2001The Waiting GameCarlTV movie
Gideon's CrossingTim PalmerEpisode: "Clinical Enigma"
The GuardianJerryEpisode: "Paternity"
Judging AmyPaul GransonEpisode: "Imbroglio"
2002Family LawJames ShawEpisode: "Celano v. Foster"
MentorsButch CassidyEpisode: "Dusty Trails"
Cabin PressureGabriel WingfieldTV movie
2003Tom StoneMaurice WashingtonEpisode: "Pants on Fire"
24Inmate #1Episode: "Day 3: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m."
2003–2004JeremiahGabriel Sims6 episodes
2004The HandlerCarlEpisode: "Bleak House"
The DivisionBob PringleEpisode: "The Kids Are Alright"
Angel in the FamilyAlexTV movie
2005SmallvilleDr. William McBrideEpisode: "Unsafe"
CSI: MiamiEddie MichaelsonEpisode: "One Night Stand"
Into the WestJosiah BellTV miniseries
The CloserAttorney Andy OstermanEpisode: "The Big Picture"
Killer InstinctDetective Sean LandryEpisode: "Five Easy Pieces"
2005–2006Battlestar GalacticaCaptain Cole 'Stinger' TaylorEpisodes:
"Resurrection Ship: Part 1"
2005–2006Night StalkerAgent Bernard FainEpisodes:
"The Source"
"The Sea"
2006For the Love of a ChildRichardTV movie
In JusticeMichael SollettiEpisode: "Badge of Honor"
2006–2007Brothers & SistersJoe WhedonSeries regular
2007EverestRoger MarshallEpisodes:
"Episode #1.1"
"Episode #1.2"
"Episode #1.3"
"Episode #1.4"
"The Exile"
"Time Away"
2008The L WordMichael AngeloEpisode: "Lady of the Lake"
Cold CasePete DoyleEpisode: "Bad Reputation"
Fear ItselfRowdy EdlundEpisode: "Skin and Bones"
2009Terminator: The Sarah Connor ChroniclesGeorge McCarthyEpisode: "Desert Cantos"
BonesLandis CollarEpisode: "The Science in the Physicist"
MentalAndy FoitoEpisode: "Roles of Engagement"
Lie to MeJamie CowleyEpisode: "Truth or Consequences"
FlashpointCharles StewartEpisode: "The Farm"
2010Criminal MindsWilson SummersEpisode: "Risky Business"
LostOceanic Delivery ManEpisode: "The End"
Rookie BlueDeanEpisode: "Signals Crossed"
White CollarEdgar Halbridge/Steve PriceEpisode: "Unfinished Business"
Dark BlueKyle EriksonEpisode: "Brother's Keeper"
CapricaTomas Vergis6 episodes
CastleDean DonegalEpisode: "Murder Most Fowl"
2011HellcatsRex PerkinsEpisode: "I'm Sick Y'all"
FringeJohn McClennanEpisode: "One Night in October"
2011–2012AlphasStanton Parish10 episodes
2012Hannah's LawMcMurphyTV movie
Less Than KindJackEpisode: "Play It Again, Sam"
GrimmHayden WalkerEpisode: "Bad Moon Rising"
LongmireLelandEpisode: "An Incredibly Beautiful Thing"
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & ChromeXander TothTV movie
2013Once Upon a TimeKurt FlynnEpisode: "Welcome to Storybrooke"
DeceptionWyatt ScottEpisodes:
"Tell Me"
"Stay With Me"
"Good Luck With Your Death"
"You're the Bad Guy"
"I'll Start with the Hillbilly"
MotiveCharles StanwyckEpisode: "Undertow"
Burn NoticeJames Kendrick6 episodes
2014-PresentThe Last ShipTex

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardAward categoryTitle of workResult
1997Gemini AwardBest Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series"Courage" on HighlanderNominated


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