Known to his friends as "Stew", Witwer grew up in Glenview, Illinois, a small suburb town of Chicago. There, he attended Glenbrook South High School and became involved in theater as well as becoming the lead singer in a band called "Love Plumber". After receiving marks that were less than satisfactory, Witwer later attended the Juilliard School for drama stating that it was the only school that accepted him on the fact that they didn't look at his transcripts.
From 2008 to 2009, Witwer had been cast as Davis Bloome for the eighth season of Smallville. His character was a charming paramedic that doubles as the show's incarnation of Doomsday. Although uncredited, he also portrayed Major Zod in the last scene of the Season eight finale while the character would be portrayed by British actor Callum Blue for the duration of the show's ninth season.
In 2010 he starred as a walker in the pilot episode of AMC's The Walking Dead.
From 2011 to 2014, Witwer portrayed the lead vampire Aidan in the Syfy Channel's remake of the BBC original series Being Human.
From 2016, he portrays Mr. Hyde from the sixth season in the ABC series Once Upon a Time.
Star Wars workEdit
When Amy Beth Christenson's original concept art of Galen Marek looked strikingly like Sam Witwer, the vice president at the time noted the resemblance due to recognizing Witwer for Battlestar Galactica so he was contacted to audition. From there, he became the complete basis for the main character's voice and appearance in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. His likeness was created through motion capture for the game to build the character's appearance and range of facial expressions. Witwer's performance was recorded on HD cameras (as were all the actors who worked on the game). While the game was in production, Witwer only knew his character as "Starkiller". Witwer also voiced Galen Marek (known only as "The Apprentice") in Soulcalibur IV. Witwer returned to play Starkiller in the sequel Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. For this character, he served in the same capacity as before by providing his voice and likeness to the main character. Witwer also voiced Palpatine in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and gave his voice and likeness to the imperfect genetic replicas and the Dark Apprentice in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II.
Witwer also provided additional voices in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Behind the scenesEdit
He also recently appeared in Star Wars Rebels, reprising his role as Emperor Palpatine, whom he voiced in both The Force Unleashed, The Empire Strikes Out and Kinect Star Wars.
Star Wars voice workEdit
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Galen Marek/Starkiller, Emperor Palpatine)
- Soulcalibur IV (Starkiller)
- Kinect Star Wars (Emperor Palpatine)
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (Starkiller, Dark Apprentice, Aberrant clones)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (The Son, Darth Maul, Additional Voices)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Overlords" (The Son)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Altar of Mortis" (The Son (credited), Anakin Skywalker (uncredited), Dark Side Creature (uncredited), Ahsoka Tano (uncredited))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ghosts of Mortis" (The Son)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brothers" (Darth Maul)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge" (Darth Maul, Weequay Bounty Hunter, Alien)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revival" (Darth Maul)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence" (Darth Maul)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason" (Darth Maul)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lawless" (Darth Maul, Mandalorian Super Commando)
- Star Wars Rebels
- Brisk Tea Commercial (Darth Maul)
- Rogue One: Recon A Star Wars 360 Experience (Scout Two)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out (Darth Maul, Emperor Palpatine)
- Star Wars: Smuggler's Gambit (Ro Kurota)
- Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (Stormtroopers, First Order officer, announcer)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Additional Voices)
- Star Wars Battlefront (Emperor Palpatine)
- Star Wars Battlefront II (Darth Maul, Emperor Palpatine)
- "Striking Back!"—Star Wars Insider 118
- "Back From the Depths!"—Star Wars Insider 132
- "Zabrak Again!"—Star Wars Insider 168