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Robert Knepper cast on Stargate Universe

Saturday - March 20, 2010
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Robert KnepperActor Robert Knepper has been cast in a recurring role for the second season of Stargate Universe, according to

Knepper will play Simeon, a member of the Lucian Alliance, in a story arc spanning six to seven episodes (story).  Here’s how casting documents describe the character:

Simeon is a dangerous Lucian Alliance soldier.  He was a seasoned criminal before being recruited by the Alliance.  He’s strong and intimidating but more crafty and wiry than big and muscular.  Scary in that you’re never sure what he will do.  He also holds secrets that are desperately sought after by Earth and those on board Destiny — secrets he would die or worse, kill to protect.  He’s an antagonist for several episodes before he finally comes into serious conflict with Robert Carlyle’s character Rush and they are forced to face off.

Born in Ohio, the 50-year-old actor most recently appeared on NBC’s Heroes as Samuel Sullivan, the chief antagonist of the fourth season.  Prior to that he played T-Bag on Prison Break, and Tommy Dolan on Carnivàle.

His long list of screen credits also includes The Day The Earth Stood Still, Good Night, and Good Luck, and Murder, She Wrote.

Knepper’s first episode is not yet known, but executive producer Joseph Mallozzi recently hinted on his blog that the actor was in the production offices this week for a cast read-through of a script.  With episode #4 (“Pathogen”) wrapping yesterday, the season premiere, “Intervention,” is believed to be shooting this coming week.

(Thanks to Morjana for the tip!)

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  • Great news! I haven’t watched a lot of Prison Break, but he was great on Heroes.

  • Good choice, very good choice. That guy knows how to play rotten evil scum.

  • Nice! he is a brilliant actor: Loved both T-Bag & Samuel Sullivan.

  • His character on Prison Break was truly despicable… He was a racist, pedophile serial rapist and murderer with no conscience. And yet he made it through all four seasons due to popularity with the audience. That says a lot, I think, about Knepper’s charisma and acting skills. Can’t wait to see him on SGU!

  • I put up with Season 4 of Heroes based only on the fact that Knepper was there. His inclusion in Universe in inspired. I am very happy about this.

  • after being more evil than Sylar ever wished, he better be the nicest guy ever…

    from Heroes.. I don’t know him from any other shows and left a huge impression with me…

    He’s very captivating, that’s for damned shure..

  • The point is you’re not supposed to like him, he’s a bad guy. Since I didn’t care for the Lucian Alliance in the other shows, it’s just another reason I don’t like this show. Even being the creative genius they claim to be I guess they couldn’t manage to pull off bringing back the replicators again. Looks like he’ll make a fine Lucian Alliance character.

  • Fantastic character actor and great news that he’s on the show. All the talent wants to be on the SGU train.

  • He’s a magnificent actor who I think will greatly increase show’s quality. Or at least make it more fun to watch – I hope…

  • He’s a fantastic antagonist actor, that’s for sure.

    Unfortunately, his character is being completely wasted as a Lucian Alliance spy or whatever… ugh. Congrats to Knepper on getting the job, I just wish it was with a character who had a more reasonable role than some rehashed Lucian Alliance silliness on Destiny. Hopefully with all the feedback they’ve gotten so far over Season 1, they can somehow make that work out… but man.. doesn’t give me hope.. Lucian Alliance?? blah..

  • “his character is being completely wasted as a Lucian Alliance spy or whatever… ugh”

    You haven’t even seen his character yet.

  • SGU is supposed to be in some other Galaxy how the heck does the Lucian Alliance tryes to get a Foodhole there? Maybe the lost Tribe Asgards were not strange enough….

    Why in the World must we use old Enemys at all??

  • I like Knepper, but didn’t get into Prison Break and bailed on Heroes long before he joined. As others have pointed out, not terribly fond of a rehashed Lucian Alliance plotline. It seems impossible for the writers to sever the umbical cord to Earth or the Milky Way, and alas, any of the villians they createad. Willing to bet we’ll see Replicators soon ;)

  • I can’t stand this guy on Heroes. Hopefully this character is drastically different.

  • Robert Knepper was THE reason to watch Prison Break. He is an incredbile character actor. Check out his work on Carnivale. He’ll be great on SGU.

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