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John Pyper-Ferguson

John Pyper-Ferguson
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Pyper-Ferguson at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
Born (1964-02-27) February 27, 1964 (age 55)
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, Tex on the TNT television series The Last Ship, as well as Jack Soloff on USA Network's television series Suits.

Early life

John Pyper-Ferguson was born in Mordialloc, Australia,[2] the son of 1948 and 1952 Canadian Olympic swimmer Kathleen (née McNamee) and Richard Ferguson.[3] After a brief period in his birth place,[4] he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, 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]For Richer or Poorer (1997), Drive (1998),[20] 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),[37]Castle (2010),[38]Hellcats (2011),[39]Alphas (2011),[40] and a performance on the science fiction series Fringe (2011), as two alternate versions of the character named John McClennan.[41][42]

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),[43]Tekken (2009), Score: A Hockey Musical (2010),[44]A Night for Dying Tigers (2010), Conviction (2010), Born to Race (2011), and Drive (2011).[45]

From 2005 to 2013, Pyper-Ferguson was 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.[46] On its science fiction drama prequel Caprica (2010), he portrayed Tomas Vergis,[47] the Tauron billionaire and adversary of Daniel Graystone, with whom he--on multiple occasions--goes head-to-head.[48] He played Xander Toth in the military science fiction television pilot entitled Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.[49]

In 2014, Pyper-Ferguson began appearing as Tex, a special forces soldier, during the first season of the TNT drama The Last Ship; in the second season, he was upped to the regular cast on the show. In 2015, he has appeared as Jack Soloff, a recurring character on the USA Network drama Suits.

He is playing a character named Jack Jones in the upcoming film, Three Days in Havana.[50]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Prom Night II Eddie Wood
1988 Pin Stan Fraker
1989 Bye Bye Blues Duncan
1990 Ski School Erich Blor
Bird on a Wire Jamie
1991 The Legend of Kootenai Brown Vowell
1992 Killer Image Max Oliver
Unforgiven Charley Hecker
Stay Tuned 30 Something to Life
1993 Love, Cheat & Steal Collins
1994 Every Breath Hal
The Road Killers Hauser
1995 Frank & Jesse Clell Miller
1996 Hard Core Logo John Oxenberger
Somebody Is Waiting Davis
1997 At the Hands of Another Tab Michales Short film
Space Marines Col. Fraser
McHale's Navy Interrupting Henchman
Drive Vic Madison
For Richer or Poorer Henner Lapp
1999 I'll Take You There Ray
2001 Lonesome Tom Lawless
Pearl Harbor Naval Officer in Hospital
2003 The Wind Effect Jake Porter Short film
Betraying Reason Reason Boles/Black Bart
2005 Vancouver Constable #1 Short film
Fishbowl Homeless Guy Short film
Black Dawn James Donovan Direct-to-video
2006 She's the Man Roger
X-Men: The Last Stand Minivan Father
2009 Hungry Hills Kane
Tekken Bonner
2010 Die Jacob Odessa
Score: A Hockey Musical Coach Donker
A Night for Dying Tigers Russell
Conviction Aidan
2011 Born to Race Frank Krueger
Drive Bearded Redneck
2013 Wolves Wild Joe
2014 The Remaining Pastor Shay
TBA Three Days in Havana Jack Jones


Year Title Role Notes
1979 The Littlest Hobo n/a Episode: "Little Girl Lost"
1986 Hamilton's Quest Sonny Hamilton Series regular
1987 American Harvest Ricky TV movie
Night Heat John Edwards Episode: "The Cost of Doing Business"
1988 Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop n/a Episode: "Boy Meets Dog"
1990 21 Jump Street Dealer/Joshua Episodes: "Awomp-Bomp-Aloobomb, Aloop Bamboom", "Brothers"
1990-91 Bordertown August Fox/Lonny Gibbons Episodes: "Hand to Hand", "The Road Chosen"
1990-91 Neon Rider Zak/Det. Miller Episodes: "John Doe", "Twist in the Wind"
1991 Mom P.I. n/a Episode: "Repo Ride"
MacGyver Scott Bartlett Episode: "The Wasteland"
1992 Home Movie Bernard TV movie
The Commish Cory McBride Episode: "Judgement Day"
Lightning Force Malcolm Episode: "Ice"
Star Trek: The Next Generation Eli Hollander Episode: "A Fistful of Datas"
Shadow of a Stranger Robert Logan TV movie
1993 Miracle on Interstate 880 Greg Helm TV movie
Bodies of Evidence Bruce Johnson Episode: "Blindside"
Walker, Texas Ranger Critter Episode: "An Innocent Man"
1993-94 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Peter Hutter Recurring role, 7 episodes
1994, 1998 Viper Ray Bollo/Agent Harper Episodes: "Past Tense", "The Return"
1994 Highlander Brian Cullen Episode: "Courage"
1995 The Watcher n/a Episode: "Heartburned"
University Hospital Cal Chaney Episode: "The Right Thing"
Children of the Dust Sonny Boy TV miniseries
Vanishing Son n/a Episode: "Jersey Girl"
Legend Jack McCall Episode: "The Life, Death, and Life of Wild Bill Hickock"
Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Earl Hastings Episode: "Fear"
The Client Hawkins Episode: "Dear Harris"
1995-97 The X-Files Paul/Det. John Kresge Episodes:
"F. Emasculata"
"Christmas Carol"
1996 Downdraft Spike TV movie
1996-98 Nash Bridges Zack Spears Episodes: "Wrecking Crew", "Skin Deep"
1996, 2001 The Outer Limits Brian Chason/Dr. Kenneth Vaughn Episodes: "Falling Star", "Mind Reacher"
1997 The Sentinel Dawson Quinn Episode: "Survival"
1997-98 Millennium Jim Gilroy/Jake Waterston/Ben Fisher Episodes: "The Wild and the Innocent", "Anamnesis"
1997-98 Poltergeist: The Legacy Baron de Rais/Nicholas Oldman Episodes: "Let Sleeping Demons Lie", "Seduction"
1998 The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy Heenoc Xian TV movie
The Tempest Gator Man TV movie
1998-99 The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Top Dollar/Jason Danko Episodes: "Give Me Death", "Closing Time"
1999 Harsh Realm John Cabot Episode: "Leviathan"
1999-2001 Jack & Jill Kevin Episodes:
"Pseudos, Sex and Sidebars"
"When You Wish Upon a Car"
"California Dreamin'"
2000 Arli$$ Aaron Episode: "It's Who You Know"
ER Tom Coggins Episode: "Flight of Fancy"
2000, 2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Husband/Dr. William Byrne Episodes: "Pilot", "Irradiator"
2000-01 The Huntress Jake Blumenthal Episodes:
"Run Ricky Run"
"Now You See Him"
2001 The Waiting Game Carl TV movie
Gideon's Crossing Tim Palmer Episode: "Clinical Enigma"
The Guardian Jerry Episode: "Paternity"
Judging Amy Paul Granson Episode: "Imbroglio"
2002 Family Law James Shaw Episode: "Celano v. Foster"
Mentors Butch Cassidy Episode: "Dusty Trails"
Cabin Pressure Gabriel Wingfield TV movie
2003 Tom Stone Maurice Washington Episode: "Pants on Fire"
24 Inmate #1 Episode: "Day 3: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m."
2003-04 Jeremiah Gabriel Sims Recurring role, 6 episodes
2004 The Handler Carl Episode: "Bleak House"
The Division Bob Pringle Episode: "The Kids Are Alright"
Angel in the Family Alex TV movie
2005 Smallville Dr. William McBride Episode: "Unsafe"
CSI: Miami Eddie Michaelson Episode: "One Night Stand"
Into the West Josiah Bell TV miniseries
The Closer Attorney Andy Osterman Episode: "The Big Picture"
Killer Instinct Detective Sean Landry Episode: "Five Easy Pieces"
2005-06 Battlestar Galactica Captain Cole 'Stinger' Taylor Episodes: "Pegasus", "Resurrection Ship: Part 1"
2005-06 Night Stalker Agent Bernard Fain Episodes:
"The Source"
"The Sea"
2006 For the Love of a Child Richard TV movie
In Justice Michael Solletti Episode: "Badge of Honor"
2006-07 Brothers & Sisters Joe Whedon Series regular
2007 Everest Roger Marshall Episodes:
"Episode #1.1"
"Episode #1.2"
"Episode #1.3"
"Episode #1.4"
Cane Hudson Episodes:
"The Exile"
"Time Away"
2008 The L Word Michael Angelo Episode: "Lady of the Lake"
Cold Case Pete Doyle Episode: "Bad Reputation"
Fear Itself Rowdy Edlund Episode: "Skin and Bones"
2009 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles George McCarthy Episode: "Desert Cantos"
Bones Landis Collar Episode: "The Science in the Physicist"
Mental Andy Foito Episode: "Roles of Engagement"
Lie to Me Jamie Cowley Episode: "Truth or Consequences"
Flashpoint Charles Stewart Episode: "The Farm"
2010 Criminal Minds Wilson Summers Episode: "Risky Business"
Lost Oceanic Delivery Man Episode: "The End"
Rookie Blue Dean Episode: "Signals Crossed"
White Collar Edgar Halbridge/Steve Price Episode: "Unfinished Business"
Dark Blue Kyle Erikson Episode: "Brother's Keeper"
Caprica Tomas Vergis 6 episodes
Castle Dean Donegal Episode: "Murder Most Fowl"
2011 Hellcats Rex Perkins Episode: "I'm Sick Y'all"
Fringe John McClennan Episode: "One Night in October"
2011-12 Alphas Stanton Parish Recurring role, 10 episodes
2012 Hannah's Law McMurphy TV movie
Less Than Kind Jack Episode: "Play It Again, Sam"
Grimm Hayden Walker Episode: "Bad Moon Rising"
Longmire Leland Episode: "An Incredibly Beautiful Thing"
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Xander Toth TV movie
2013 Once Upon a Time Kurt Flynn Episode: "Welcome to Storybrooke"
Deception Wyatt Scott Episodes:
"Tell Me"
"Stay With Me"
"Good Luck With Your Death"
"You're the Bad Guy"
"I'll Start with the Hillbilly"
Motive Charles Stanwyck Episode: "Undertow"
Burn Notice James Kendrick 6 episodes
2014-18 The Last Ship Tex Nolan Recurring role (season 1); main role (season 2); Recurring role (season 3); Guest star (season 5)
2015-2018 Suits Jack Soloff Recurring role (season 5); Guest role (Season 6 & 7)
2016 American Horror Story: Roanoke Cage Episode: "Chapter 3"
2017 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tucker Shockley 3 episodes (season 4)
2017 The 100 Bill Cadogan Episode: The Four Horsemen
2017 Queen of the South Finnerman 4 episodes (season 2)
2018 The Detectives Detective Mike Eastham Episode: The Wells Gray Gunman
2019 The Blacklist Hutton Episode: Kuwait

Awards and nominations

Year Award Award category Title of work Result
1997 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series "Courage" on Highlander Nominated


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