With a career so diverse, it can be hard to nail down David Hewletts’ biggest accomplishments. He is most famously known for his appearances in the three Stargate series where he played Dr Rodney McKay.
The character has gained a cult following and it is no surprise, given Hewlett’s love of sci-fi. He once said his inspiration came from the series Doctor Who. One of his first acting roles was in the popular movie Scanners II: The New Order, which was released in 1991. As a young actor, Hewlett gave a great performance and soon moved on to bigger projects.
In 1996, he broke through to mainstream popularity after his performance in the Canadian drama Traders, where he played the character Grant Jansky. His strong performances earned him a nomination for the Gemini Award for best supporting actor, two years on the bounce in 1997 and 1998.
He landed the lead role in the sci-fi/horror movie Cube in 1997 and that shot him to the top of the B-movie list, particularly in the eyes of the sci-fi loving community. Fast forward to 2002, and the cult series Startgate SG-1.
The character he played proved so popular that a spin-off was made and Rodney McKay was the lead character in Stargate: Atlantis, which was released in 2004 and ran through to the season of 2009. He also took part in a third series, Stargate: Universe.
Never one to rest on his laurels, he wrote the script for the comedy feature film A Dog’s breakfast in 2007. He also directed and starred in the independent venture which was eventually signed on by MGM studios. The production features his dog, his sister and a murder plot.
2011 was a big year for the Hewlett as he was made narrator of the documentary inspired series New Urban Legends, a sort of satire on the real life horror/disaster stories that have dominated cable television programming in recent years. In that year, he also landed a role in a 20th Century Fox’s reboot of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.