Sam Witwer

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Quotes (20)

  • Sam Witwer: (about his role on "Star Wars") It means quite a bit to me. When I was a kid I'd swing imaginary lightsabers around and now I've had the opportunity to get paid for it. But really, I love Star Wars because that myth is a wonderful tool to teach children a basic morality. For that reason I think it will continue to maintain it's relevance and justify it's existence. So to contribute in a tiny way to that cause feels good.

  • Sam Witwer: I wouldn't say I enjoy villains as much as I enjoy creating a character that believes that what he's doing is reasonable. Many people make the mistake of having too much fun with villains, I think. My take is that I don't think these villains themselves are having ANY fun. I think it's an unpleasant place to go, psychologically. The fun is in watching, from an audience perspective.

  • Sam Witwer: (About his transition back into working after his move to California) I auditioned for nearly a year and didn't book anything. The good news is that apparently the casting directors liked what I was doing so those auditions kept coming. Eventually I booked a 2 line role on a show called JAG and sloooowly the parts got bigger and better. I'm very thankful that I had to appreciate how difficult the business is before I had any kind of success.

  • Sam Witwer: (About if he's ever done any commercials/print ads) My first job, actually, was a Chicago Bulls commercial. I was a ninja. I walked with a limp for a week afterward and got paid 500 dollars 6 months later. Thanks guys. Thank you to hell.

  • Sam Witwer: (about if he was in drama in high school) I did some plays in high school. Yes. Never took it that seriously. My parents, however, wanted me to go to College. My grades weren't exactly spectacular so they figured acting might be a necessary back door into some school. They kinda convinced me to audition for several. Problem was, my marks were so poor that only one school took me and that was Juilliard. They're the only school that didn't look at transcripts. Can't say I'm proud of the grades thing.

  • Sam Witwer: When I was a kid, I was pretty convinced I was gonna be an actor. Later, I grew up a little and switched to a more realistic career goal – Rock star. Then I got swallowed up by this theater school (quite by accident) and boom. Actor.

  • Sam Witwer: One of my other favorite roles was on Shark, where I got to work with James Woods quite a bit and that was really fun. He was always running around with his iPhone, taking pictures of stuff and sending them to me. He's a real character.

  • Sam Witwer: In terms of television, I loved working on Battlestar Galactica. I loved Dexter especially because I got to play a role that frankly, I still don't get recognized for today. The character looked very different and acted and spoke very different than how I speak in anything else. I take it as a compliment that I have to explain to people that I played that character. They wanted me to play this squirrelly computer nerd and I thought I'd love to do that because I had been hired to play a lot of big thuggish guys before that. I wanted the chance to show people that yes; I can do something totally different if you wanted me to.

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Trivia (15)

  • In 2013, Sam was nominated an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program playing Darth Maul on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

  • Sam has an uncredited role on The Walking Dead as a soldier turned Walker. The original premise was to have a spin-off web episode on AMC's website that would show how his character got in it's position but it never came to be.

  • Sam did the VO work of and was the model for Darth Vader's Secret Appentice (aka 'Starkiller') in the recently released video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. His likeness and voice is also featured in Soulcaliber IV as the same character.

  • Sam guest-starred in the episode Love in Vein on Dark Angel as Marrow, which was supposed to be a recurring role before the show got canceled. It was also his first time to shoot in Vancouver.

  • Sam's first passion is music. He was once the lead for a band named Love Plumber.

  • During a tour to Paramount Studios with his family when he was much younger, Sam was able to talk with Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, inside his trailer. That experience inspired him to become an actor.

  • Sam is good friends with Battlestar Galactica co-star Aaron Douglas, who played Chief Petty Officer Tyrol on the show.

  • Sam's friends call him Stew.

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