Tahmoh Penikett is a Canadian actor who is known for his portrayal of Karl Agathon on the TV series ‘Battlestar Galactica’. He has also appeared in other TV shows such as ‘Supernatural’, and ‘Dollhouse’. Penikett was born in Canada. He is the son of a former politician named Tony Penikett. Before he started his acting career, he studied at Lyric School of Acting in Vancouver. He made his TV debut in the 1996 television movie ‘Murder on the Iditarod Trail’, after which he played guest roles in TV shows such as ‘24’ and ‘Dark Angel’. He became famous after he started playing Karl Agathon in the military science fiction series ‘Battlestar Galactica’. He has also played recurring roles in the sci-fi series ‘Dollhouse’, as well as few other shows such as ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy’ and ‘Supernatural’. Penikett is also skilled in judo, as well as Muay Thai, and has shown off his abilities in ‘Battlestar Galactica’ as well as ‘Dollhouse’. He has also appeared on the big screen in movies such as ‘Trick ‘r Treat’, a anthology horror film and the superhero film ‘Man of Steel’.
Childhood & Early Life
Tahmoh Penikett was born on 20 May 1975, in Whitehorse, Yukon, in Canada. His father was a well-known politician named Tony John Penikett. His mother’s name is Lulla. He had two siblings Stephanie and Sarah. He studied at the Victoria Motion Picture School, as well as the Lyric School of Acting in Vancouver.
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Tahmoh Penikett began his TV career with a supporting role in the TV movie ‘Murder on the Iditarod Trail’. He also played supporting roles in few TV shows such as ‘24’, ‘Dark Angel’, and ‘Smallville’.
In 2004, he starred in ‘Battlestar Galactica’, a military science fiction series playing the role of Karl Agathon. He continued playing his role till the show ended in 2009. The show has received huge appreciation from critics as well as audience. It has also been listed by Time in its list of ‘100 Best TV shows of all-time’.
Between 2004 and 2005, he had a recurring role in the last season of the Canadian police procedural show ‘Cold Squad’. He portrayed a character named Ray Chase. In 2007, he appeared in several episodes of the drama series ‘Whistler’. The show was about the aftermath of the mysterious death of a snowboard legend.
His first important role on the big screen was seen in the 2007 anthology horror film ‘Trick ‘r Treat’. The film was directed by Michael Dougherty. It has received mixed to positive reviews. Between 2009 and 2010, he was seen in a supporting role in the sci-fi TV series ‘Dollhouse’. The series was focused on a corporation that ran underground establishments worldwide, which program individuals with temporary skills and personalities. It received positive reviews.
In 2011, he appeared in a minor role in ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy’. He also appeared in the ‘The Killing’, in 2011 and 2012. Between 2012 and 2013, he also had a recurring role in the sci-fi series ‘Continuum’. The series won many awards, and was also well-received by critics and audience. He next appeared in the 2013 superhero film ‘Man of Steel’.
In 2013, he was also seen in the Canadian drama film ‘Down River’. The film received the Vancouver Film Critics Circle award for Best British Columbia Film.
Between 2013 and 2014, he also appeared in several episodes of the dark fantasy series ‘Supernatural’. The series revolves around two brothers who hunt supernatural beings. It has gained huge popularity over the years, and has also received positive reviews.
Some of his other works on television over the years include a guest role in ‘Criminal Minds’ in 2014, the TV movie ‘Angel of Christmas’ in 2015, the web series ‘Con Man’, in 2016, and a guest role in ‘Altered Carbon’ in 2018.
In 2015, he had a voice role in the animated superhero film ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters’.
’Battlestar Galactica’ a military sci-fi TV series which aired from 2004 till 2009, can be regarded as Penikett’s most important and famous work in his career. Set in a distant star system, the series revolves around a civilization of humans who live on a group of planets called the Twelve Colonies. The series aired for four seasons, and has gained a lot of popularity as well as appreciation. It has also received several awards and nominations.
Penikett has appeared in very few feature films. One of his well-known films is ‘Trick ‘r Treat’, where he had a supporting role. Directed by Michael Dougherty, the film is a horror anthology with four different stories sharing a common element. The film received mixed to positive reviews. It also won the Audience Choice Award at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival and the Silver Audience Award at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.
Another important work in Tahmoh Penikett’s career is his recurring role in the science fiction TV series ‘Dollhouse’. Though the first season was met with mixed reviews, the ratings somewhat improved and it was renewed for a second season. However, it was cancelled after only two seasons. Penikett played Paul Ballard, a former FBI agent.
Tahmoh Penikett is currently unmarried and there is no news of him dating anyone either.