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Tahmoh Penikett Biography

Birth Place:
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Fast Facts

  • Mother is from the Upper Tanana tribe in the Yukon; father, who became Yukon's premier, moved to Canada when he was 12 and is of British origin
  • Aspired to be an actor from childhood; and has also been interested in the martial arts since his youth, first studying judo and kickboxing
  • Studied at Vancouver's Lyric School of Acting
  • Nominated for a 2004 Canadian LEO Award for the TV series Cold Squad
  • Played Karl Agathon on SYFY's Battlestar Galactica series, an update of the 1970s ABC series; it aired from 2005 to 2009
  • Followed Battlestar with another science-fiction series, Fox's Dollhouse, which aired in 2009 and 2010
  • Has also had success at reaching a different audience, that of video-game enthusiasts
  • One game with which he's been involved is Need for Speed: Carbon, as Darius
  • Took on a role in the Web series Mortal Combat: Legacy, which debuted in 2011