Stephen McHattie

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Stephen McHattie
Stephen McHattie Smith

(1947-02-03) February 3, 1947 (age 77)[1]
Years active1970–present

Stephen McHattie Smith (born February 3, 1947) is a Canadian actor.[2] Since beginning his professional career in 1970, he has amassed over 200 film and television credits. He won the Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Rocket, and a Gemini Award for Life with Billy.

Life and career[edit]

McHattie was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, on February 3, 1947. An alumnus of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he has appeared in many films and television shows including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise, Highlander: The Series, and American Playhouse's Life Under Water (1989). His roles include 300, A History of Violence, The Fountain, Secretary, Shoot 'Em Up, Life with Billy, One Dead Indian, Beverly Hills Cop III. In Canada, he appeared in Canada: A People's History as Canadian hero Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, and in The Rocket as coach Dick Irvin.[3]

He portrayed an extraordinary USMC sniper (based on real life sniper Carlos Hathcock) in the JAG season one episode "High Ground". In 1976, he played iconic American actor James Dean in the television film James Dean, a television adaptation of the biography written by Dean's friend and writer William Bast.[3] McHattie appeared in several mini-series, including Centennial and Roughnecks.[3]

McHattie appeared in several episodes of Seinfeld (beginning with "The Pitch") as Dr. Reston, Elaine Benes's manipulative psychiatrist boyfriend; he also appeared in two episodes of The X-Files. From 1998 to 2000, he had a recurring role in the Canadian-made TV series Emily of New Moon, based upon the 1923 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. From 1999 to 2001, he portrayed Sgt. Frank Coscarella in the Canadian police procedural drama, Cold Squad. Since 2005, he has appeared as Captain Healy, Massachusetts State Police Homicide Division Commander, in the first eight of the Jesse Stone series, which are based on the novels of Robert B. Parker. He did not appear in the ninth instalment however.[3] He appeared in the pilot of Sabbatical, voiced the villain The Shade in Justice League, and portrayed Hollis Mason, the first Nite Owl, in the film adaptation of Watchmen.[4]

McHattie had a memorable and well-received[5] appearance in the acclaimed sixth-season episode "In the Pale Moonlight" of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as the acerbic and skeptical Romulan Senator Vreenak who is the target of a Federation false flag operation to deceive the neutral Romulan Empire into declaring war on the Dominion. The episode has often been cited as one of the best episodes of Star Trek ever produced,[6][7][8] and McHattie's outraged, hissing delivery of the line "It’s a fake!" upon the discovery of a forged data rod has been ranked amongst the greatest moments in Star Trek[9] and spawned a popular and enduring online meme.[10]

In 2009, McHattie appeared in the Canadian IFC film Pontypool and in the Canadian thriller Summer's Blood as Gant Hoxey, alongside Twilight actress Ashley Greene, who portrays Summer. He co-starred with Felicia Day and Kavan Smith in the Gothic adaptation of Red Riding Hood, Red: Werewolf Hunter.[11] In 2015, he appeared in the supernatural thriller Pay the Ghost.[3]

Personal life[edit]

McHattie is married to actress Lisa Houle, with whom he has three children. He was previously married to actress Meg Foster.[3] His older brother is actor Wendell Smith.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1970 The People Next Door Artie Mason
1971 Von Richthofen and Brown Werner Voss
1975 The Ultimate Warrior Robert
1976 Moving Violation Eddie Moore
1978 Tomorrow Never Comes Frank
Gray Lady Down Murphy
1982 Death Valley Hal
1984 Best Revenge Brett
1986 Belizaire the Cajun James Willoughby
1987 Salvation! Revered Edward Randall
Caribe Whitehale
1988 Sticky Fingers Eddie
Call Me Jellybean
1989 Bloodhounds of Broadway Red Henry
One Man Out Erik
1993 The Dark Gary 'Hunter' Henderson
Geronimo: An American Legend Schoonover
1994 Beverly Hills Cop III Steve Fulbright
Life with Billy Billy Stafford
Art Deco Detective Hyena
1996 My Friend Joe Curt
1997 Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills Dr. Egbert Drum
1998 The Climb Jack McLaskin
BASEketball Narrator Voice
2000 The Highwayman Frank Drake
2002 Secretary Burt Holloway
2003 Twist The Senator
2005 The Lazarus Child Chief Prosecutor Warner
A History of Violence Leland
The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard Dick Irvin
2006 The Fountain Grand Inquisitor Silecio
The Covenant William Danvers III
300 Loyalist
2007 KAW Clyde
Poor Boy's Game Uncle Joe
All Hat Earl Stanton
Shoot 'Em Up Hammerson
2008 Pontypool Grant Mazzy
2009 You Might as Well Live Fred Steinke
Watchmen Hollis Mason
The Timekeeper Fisk
Summer's Blood Gant Hoxey
2012 Captain Michaels
2010 This Movie Is Broken Bouncer
Die Jonah Odessa
Score: A Hockey Musical Walt Acorn
Red: Werewolf Hunter Gabriel
A Beginner's Guide to Endings Fitz
2011 The Maiden Danced to Death Ernie
The Entitled Clifford Jones
Exit Humanity Medic Johnson
Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy Jim Buist
Eddie Ronny
Immortals Cassander
2012 The Tall Man Lt. Dodd
A Little Bit Zombie Max
Exile (Exil) Maxwell
2013 Haunter The Pale Man
Septic Man Mayor
Torment Officer Hawkings
Meetings with a Young Poet Samuel Beckett
2014 Wolves John Tollerman
Big Muddy Stan Barlow
Dr. Cabbie Pete Donaldson
Hellmouth Charlie Baker
2015 Born to Be Blue Chesney Baker Sr.
Pay the Ghost The Blind Man
2016 Weirdos Priest
2017 Mother! Zealot
Awakening the Zodiac Zodiac
The Sound Earl
Juggernaut Hank Sr.
2018 Death Wish Chief of Detectives
Crown and Anchor Gus
Angelique's Isle Captain
2019 Come to Daddy Gordon
Dreamland The Maestro / Johnny Deadeyes
Rabid Dr. Michael Keloid
2020 Most Wanted Frank Cooper
2023 My Animal Henry


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Adam-12 Skip Episode: "Roll Call"
The Lady's Not for Burning Nicholas Television film
Kojak Paul Nelson Episode: "Slay Ride"
1975 Search for the Gods Willie Longfellow Television film
Starsky and Hutch William Michael "Billy" Desmond Episode: "Terror on the Docks"
1976 James Dean James Dean Television film
Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby Adrian/Andrew Television film
1977 Kojak Blaine Episode: "The Summer of '69"
1978–1979 Centennial Jacques 'Jake' Pasquinel 11 episodes
1979 Highcliffe Manor Rev. Ian Glenville 6 episodes
Lou Grant Curtis Folger Episode: "Frame-Up"
Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith Judah Television film
1980 Roughnecks Roy Bethke Television film
1981 Hill Street Blues Off. Jerry Nash 2 episodes
1985 The Hitchhiker Joe Caldwell
2 episodes
1986 The Equalizer Eddie Washburn Episode: "Out of the Past"
Spenser: For Hire Corbett Episode: "Brother to Dragons"
Guiding Light Gerhart TV series
1987 Mariah Rick Episode: "Equations"
Crime Story Carlo Mastrangelo Episode: "The Senator, the Movie Star, and the Mob"
1988 Tales from the Darkside Robert Perry Episode: "Family Reunion"
1989 Life Under Water Television film
Miami Vice Atty. Sam Boyle Episode: "Fruit of the Poison Tree"
The Twilight Zone Death Episode: "Rendezvous in a Dark Place"
1989–1990 Beauty and the Beast Gabriel 8 episodes
1991 Law & Order Joe Pilefsky Episode: "The Torrents of Greed"
Counterstrike Nick Episode: "Going Home"
1991–1992 Scene of the Crime Various TV series
1992 Terror on Track 9 Randolph Darnell Television film
Seinfeld Dr. Reston 4 episodes
1993 Secret Service Sweet Episode: "The High Cost of Living/Impostors"
L.A. Law Gordon Reeve Episode: "Hello and Goodbye"
Quantum Leap Stawpah Episode: "Mirror Image"
The Hidden Room Jack Episode: "Love Crimes"
1994 Life with Billy Billy Stafford Television film
Northern Exposure Turk Tortelli Episode: "Fish Story"
Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence Lt. Durant Television film
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Diablo the Deceiver Episode: "Magic Trick"
Highlander Michael Kent Episode: "The Samurai"
1995 Nonnie & Alex Alex's Dad Short film
M.A.N.T.I.S. Gerald Ravens Episode: "Switches"
Deadlocked: Escape from Zone 14 Jack Claremont Television film
Convict Cowboy Jagges Television film
Deadly Love Sean O'Connor Television film
Remember Me Chief Nat Coogan Television film
Visitors of the Night Bryan English Television film
The X-Files Red-Haired Man 2 episodes
Theodore Rex Edge Video
1996 The Outer Limits Dr. Sherrick Episode: "Beyond the Veil"
The Lazarus Man Mac Episode: "Purgatory"
JAG Gunnery Sergeant Ray Crockett Episode: "High Ground"
Walker, Texas Ranger Karl Mayes Episode: "Redemption"
1998 American Whiskey Bar A Television film
The Hunger Strike Episode: "The Face of Helene Bournouw"
The Magnificent Seven Cletus Fowler Episode: "Nemesis"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Senator Vreenak Episode: "In the Pale Moonlight"
Midnight Flight Lt. Jack Kelly Television film
Poltergeist: The Legacy Leigh Noir Episode: "The Prodigy"
Lexx E.J. Moss Episode: "Lyekka"
1998–2000 Emily of New Moon Jimmy Murray 43 episodes
1999 Walker, Texas Ranger Thomas Openshaw Episode: "In Harm's Way"
1999–2001 Cold Squad Sgt. Frank Coscarella 33 episodes
2000 Canada: A People's History General Issac Brock TV series
La Femme Nikita Willie Kane Episode: "Sympathy for the Devil"
The Hustle [de] Pierce Television film
2002 Lexx E.J. Moss 2 episodes
Monk Lt. Adam Kirk Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to the Carnival"
Mutant X Aaron Gaumont Episode: "Power Play"
Birds of Prey Al Hawke Episode: "Sins of the Mother"
2002–2003 Justice League Shade Voice, 3 episodes
2003 Blue Murder Supt. Frank Simmons Episode: "Ambush"
Wall of Secrets Hugh Television film
Star Trek: Enterprise Alien Foreman Episode: "The Xindi"
2005 Jesse Stone: Stone Cold Captain Healy Television film
The 4400 Dravitt Episode: "Voices Carry"
2006 One Dead Indian Police Field Commander Television film
Jesse Stone: Night Passage Captain Healy Television film
Puppets Who Kill Mr. Swain Episode: "The Rival House"
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise Captain Healy Television film
Solar Attack Admiral Lawrence Television film
Absolution Mike Lloyd Television film
2007 The Dark Room Duncan Allbright Television film
Killer Wave Edgard Powell 2 episodes
Jesse Stone: Sea Change Captain Healy Television film
Cursing Hanley The Astounding Lew Short film
Sabbatical Police Chief Gil Brewer TV series
2008 The Trojan Horse Jack Shea TV miniseries
Would Be Kings TV miniseries
XIII: The Conspiracy General Carrington TV miniseries
The Summit Tate 2 episodes
Murdoch Mysteries Harry Murdoch Episode: "Let Loose the Dogs"
2009 Murdoch Mysteries Harry Murdoch Episode: "Anything You Can Do"
The Deaths of Chet Baker Chet Baker Short film
Diamonds Llewellyn Anderson TV miniseries
Jesse Stone: Thin Ice Captain Healy Television film
Under the Hood Hollis Mason / Nite Owl Video
Reaper Sheriff Episode: "Underbelly"
The Listener Arthur Stebbes Episode: "Missing"
Guns (miniseries) Inspector Clay TV miniseries
Fringe Col. Raymond Gordon Episode: "Fracture"
2010 Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures Dr. Standish Episode: "Code Clock"
Who Is Clark Rockefeller? Mark Sutton Television film
Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story Eddie Shore Episode: "Part 1"
Jesse Stone: No Remorse Commander Healy Television film
Happy Town Carl Bravin 4 episodes
Haven Rev. Ed Driscoll Recurring cast member, season 2
Red: Werewolf Hunter Gabriel Television film
2011 Moby Dick Rachel Captain 2 episodes
Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost Commander Healy Television film
XIII: The Series President Carrington 9+ episodes
2012 Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt Commander Healy Television film
The Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story II Eddie Shore TV miniseries
2014 Lizzie Borden Took an Ax Andrew Borden Television film
The Strain Vaun TV series
2015 Beauty and the Beast Mr. Zalman Episode: "Heart of the Matter"
2016 Tokyo Trial Edward Stuart McDougall TV miniseries
2017 Orphan Black Percival T. Westmorland/John Mathieson Recurring role, Season 5
2020 October Faction Samuel Allen Recurring role
2023 Essex County Lou Main role

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ Other sources cite 1945, 1947, and 1948.
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed February 4, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Stephen McHattie at IMDb
  4. ^ Zack Snyder Talks Watchmen! - Superhero Hype!,; accessed February 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "The 10 Most Important Romulans In The Star Trek Universe". ScreenRant. 2019-07-04. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
  6. ^ "'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' — The 20 Greatest Episodes". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
  7. ^ Yglesias, Matthew (2013-05-15). "Star Trek Movies, Series, and Characters Ranked". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
  8. ^ Howell, Elizabeth (20 September 2017). "The 10 Best 'Star Trek' Episodes Ever". Retrieved 2021-07-07.
  9. ^ "The top 35 moments in Star Trek history". Archived from the original on 2019-03-06. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
  10. ^ Shrewsbury (20 July 2011). "It's a Fake!". Know Your Meme. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
  11. ^ Red: Werewolf Hunter,; accessed February 4, 2018.
  12. ^ Lucas, Ralph (2020-03-25). "Stephen McHattie". Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  13. ^ a b Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television official site, retrieved February 4, 2008. Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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