Sometimes, you run across a guest actor who is simply incredible and amazing. Then, you run into them again, and again, and again. This is the character actor on all your favorite geeky shows. They probably spend a fair amount of in or around Vancouver. Then you start to follow them on twitter. Then you find out that they are fans of other geeky shows you watch and things you do. Then, you realize that somewhere along the line you have fallen in love.
Yup, it’s time for another Geek Crush, and today I am crushing hard on the man, the myth, the legend: Mark Sheppard.
My love affair with Mark Sheppard began on Battlestar Galactica, when he appeared as the crazy lawyer Romo Lampkin. It was easy to see that Sheppard was an incredible actor as he really took to the role even as Romo changed throughout the final seasons. Also, his performance in the cat episode was stellar!
Upon doing some “Man, I love that guy!” research, I also discovered that one of Sheppard’s earliest roles was from one of my favorite shows of all time: The X-files. He was in “Fire”. He’s also done bits in Sliders, ST:Voyager, a two-episode role in Firefly, and Dollhouse, so he’s got the geek circuit pretty well covered. He was also great in 24 and Leverage, shows I watched. It was a treat when I finally jumped on Warehouse 13 to see him there as well, although, not for terribly long. His most recent role was as a top level demon on my current favorite show: Supernatural, and he has episodes of Doctor Who coming out this year.
He plays a lot of bad guys, or at least creepy and strange and not sure if they are good or bad guys. He does that incredibly well, and I think that’s one of the reasons I fell so hard for him. You can clearly see that Sheppard’s bad guys have their own motivations, their reasons, and really, their own justifications for what they do. His characters are never black or white, they have depth. I like depth. I also like good acting and British accents.
So, he can play the geek roles on the geek shows, but does that a geek make? Well, he was particularly excited about booking Doctor Who, so I figured there must be more to the man than a handful of creepy characters in space. I began to follow him on twitter, where he mostly talks about roles he’s playing and things he’s filming. Then, a quick internet search turned up just the thing that makes a geek girl’s heart flutter: a interview with him on Newsarama! Let me just hit the highlights: he’s a comic reader, a first person shooter and specifically Call of Duty player, and he honestly loves scifi. My geek heart be still!
As you can see, Mark Sheppard is my kind of geek. He’s in my favorite shows, he likes geeky things, and he plays the same games as my husband … hmmmm …
Oh, and he has four dragon tattoos! Dragon! Tattoos!
That’s why Mark Sheppard is this month’s Geek Crush! Now, if someone could just get me to a Supernatural Convention with him as Crowley, Richard Spreight Jr. and Jared Padalecki I would be in absolute heaven. (Who’s getting on that for me?)