Who is Christopher Heyerdahl?
Christopher Heyerdahl was born in British Columbia, Canada, on 18 September 1963 – his zodiac sign is Virgo and he holds Canadian nationality. He is an actor who might still be known best for his portrayal of Wraith Todd in the action adventure series “Stargate: Atlantis”, created by Robert C. Cooper and Brad Wright, and which starred Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell and David Hewlett. It follows a group of scientists who discover there is a new enemy – The Wraith in the Pegasus Galaxy. The series aired from 2004 to 2009, and won 19 awards while it was nominated for 42 others, including four Primetime Emmys.
Early life and education
Christopher was raised in British Columbia as an only child, by his Norwegian father and Scottish mother, who came to Canada not long before he was born. Thor Heyerdahl, a famous ethnographer and adventurer, is his father’s cousin.
Christopher became interested in acting at high school as a member of the drama club, and appeared in nearly all the plays performed at the school. Upon matriculating in 1981, he moved to Norway and enrolled at the University of Oslo, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1985. Christopher then returned to Canada to pursue an acting career.
Roles in TV series
Christopher has been credited with appearing in around 125 movies and TV titles, and we’re about to mention some of his most notable performances in this article.
He made his debut TV series appearance in 1987, portraying Jake in the episode “Next Generation” of the mystery crime drama “21 Jump Street”, but his next role only came six years later when he appeared as Leonid and Nosferatu in two episodes of the family fantasy drama “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”, which starred Ross Hull, Daniel DeSanto and Raine Pare-Coull, and is about several kids telling ghost stories in the woods; the series won six awards and was nominated for 11 others. In 1994, he played Walt, one of the lead characters in the adventure crime comedy mini-series “The Maharaja’s Daughter” which received mixed reviews, and the next few years saw Christopher appear in single episodes of various series, such as the fantasy horror “The Hunger”, the family drama “Lassie”, and the 2000 romantic action drama “La Femme Nikita”.
One of his first notable performances was in the 1999 drama “2 Brothers”, which starred Elise Guilbault and Benoit Langlais, and follows two entirely different brothers who unite after a tragic event. The year 2002 saw Christopher portray Geoffroy St-Hilaire in all four episodes of the biographical adventure drama “Napoleon”, which was a hit, winning four awards including a Primetime Emmy while it was nominated for 11 others. In 2007, Christopher was invited to portray Bigfoot in the mystery science fiction drama “Sanctuary”, created by Damian Kindler, and which starred Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne and Emilie Ullerup. It follows the organization Sanctuary which aims to protect people from mysterious species lurking in the dark.
Some of Christopher’s following roles were in three 2009 episodes of the critically acclaimed fantasy horror “Supernatural”, three 2010 episodes of the drama “Mirador”, and a single 2011 episode of the action adventure drama “R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour”. 2012 saw him play Dieter Braun in six episodes of the mystery fantasy drama “True Blood” which was very popular in the US and Canada as it won 37 awards including a Golden Globe, and was nominated for 157 other awards. Christopher went on to portray The Swede, one of the lead characters in the western drama “Hell on Wheels” which also starred Anson Mount and Col Meaney, and follows a former Confederate soldier on his journey to avenge his wife’s death.
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The series was a hit, winning 20 awards while it was nominated for 35 others including a Primetime Emmy.
A few of his following notable performances were in the thriller crime drama “Tin Star”, the western crime drama “Damnation”, and the drama “Pure”. Two of Christopher’s most recent roles in TV series have been in the action fantasy drama “Van Helsing” in 2019 and the horror “Them: Covenant” in 2020.
He is currently shooting for two TV series: the horror drama “Chapelwaite” and the action adventure comedy “Peacemaker”.
Roles in movies
Christopher made his debut film appearance in 1994, when cast to portray Milo in the action drama “Warriors” which starred Gary Busey and Michael Pare, and follows a man trained by the government to become a killing machine who now has to turn against the same government.
Christopher then appeared in several mediocre movies, such as the 1996 action thriller “Silent Trigger”, the 1997 action “The Peacekeeper”, and the 1999 thriller “Requiem for Murder”. His first notable film performance was in the 2001 action thriller comedy “Pig’s Law”, which starred Isabel Richer and Sylvain Marcel as two sisters who are kidnapped after earning a lot of money by selling pot plants. The year 2004 saw Christopher portray Helion Politico in the action adventure science fiction “The Chronicles of Riddick”, which starred the famous actor Vin Diesel playing Riddick, a wanted criminal who arrives on a planet being attacked by the Necromongers, who set out to murder all humans in the universe.
In 2007, Christopher appeared in the fantasy crime drama “The Invisible”, which follows a teenager who is attacked and left invisible to all other people.
After over 10 years of appearing in only mediocre movies, Christopher portrayed Headmaster Deats in the 2018 action crime adventure “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” written by Taylor Sheridan, directed by Stefano Sollima, and which starred Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin and Isabela Merced. It follows federal agent Matt Graver, as he fights the cartel on the Mexican border – the series won one award while it was nominated for seven others.
In 2019, Christopher appeared in the critically acclaimed biographical adventure drama “Togo”, which starred Willem Defoe and Julianne Nicholson, and follows the dog Togo who helped bring the 1925 serum back to the people who needed it. Christopher’s most recent appearance in a movie has been in the 2020 mystery crime comedy “Psych 2: Lassie Come Home”, and he’s recently been cast to appear in the upcoming action war drama “The Guardian Angel”, in which he’ll star as Sergeant Braun.
Awards and nominations
Christopher has been nominated for 16 awards winning seven – he won an H. P. Lovecraft Festival Award in 2005, and the following year won a Leo Award for Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for the fantasy action series “The Collector”. Christopher went on to win four other Leo Awards for his performances in “Sanctuary”, “R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour”, “Eadweard” and “Van Helsing”. He has also won an Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists Award for his performance in the western series “Hell on Wheels”.
Love life and wife
Christopher is very secretive when it comes to his love life and hasn’t spoken about the women he might have dated, however, it’s widely known that he’s a married man.
He still hasn’t shared many details concerning his other half, but it’s known that the mysterious lady is a high school teacher, and that the two met not long after Christopher launched his career. She hasn’t accompanied him to any of his red carpet events, thus it isn’t known what she looks. It appears as the two don’t have any children, as they’ve decided to focus on their careers.
He hasn’t talked about any women he might have dated, and as of January 2021, Christopher is married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Christopher has been a fan of video games since a very early age, and has played on nearly every gaming console there is. Because of this, he was invited to voice Horton Boone in the 2017 action adventure first-person shooter “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus”, as well as Sheriff Earl Whitehorse in the 2018 first-person shooter “Far Cry 5”.
Christopher has been more or less physically active depending on the roles he has played. Earlier in life, he played several sports, and jogged nearly every day. Nowadays, Christopher is satisfied with playing golf and occasionally tennis with his friends.
He is a dog-lover and has two pet dogs.
Christopher has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Jim Carrey, Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, and his favorite movies include “Bruce Almighty”, “The Groundhog Day” and “Lost in Translation”.
Age, height and net worth
Christopher’s age is 57. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, his height is 6ft 3ins (1.91m) and he weighs around 180lbs (82kgs).
As of January 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $4 million.