Christopher Heyerdahl is an award-winning Canadian actor born in British Columbia on September 18, 1963. He is of Norwegian and Scottish descent. He studied at the University of Oslo and can speak Norwegian.
Heyerdahl plays the character of a serial-killer-tuned-vampire leader named Sam in SyFy’s Van Helsing. He also has taken on another vampire role as Dieter Braun in True Blood in 2008. His most notable vampire role is Marcus in the adaptation movies of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, New Moon, and Breaking Dawn. Marcus is part of a powerful Italian family called the Volturi. He likewise played the role of the demon Alastair in three episodes of Supernatural in 2005.
Christopher Heyerdahl is primarily known for his recurring role as the enigmatic Swede in AMC’s Hell on Wheels. He also portrayed the characters Halling and Wraith commander Todd in Stargate Atlantis. Heyerdahl also played the part of Zor-El in the television series Smallville, as well as playing John Druitt and Bigfoot in the series Sanctuary. He is also known for his role as Leonid in Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode The Thirteenth Floor and as Nosferatu in the episode Midnight Madness.
Christopher Heyerdahl as Sam
Sam is a deaf survivor of The Rising. He is not mute but speaks very little. Despite his disability, he managed to stay alive by relying on his strength and detective skills. He is always watching, evaluating, and waiting. He shares a very strong bond with Mohamad.
Sam is a member of the group of survivors who helped Axel from imminent death. He is skilled at masking his dark nature. Sam appears to be a kind and caring man, and it is unknown to his group that he is a sociopath and serial killer. He likes to strangle his victims and cut off the right index finger as a souvenir. His psychopathic tendencies were developed during his early years in life. He was raised in a secluded forest compound by his abusive father, who boxed his ears so hard he went deaf.
His killing spree was later on discovered and was left in the woods to die. Unfortunately, he was turned into a vampire. He then plots to take revenge on Vanessa and wreaks havoc in her life. He turned Mohamad into a Vampire and later killed his friend so he will be chosen by Dracula as the fourth and last surviving vampire elder.