Good-looking, with thin lips and searing eyes, Stephen McHattie alternated between leads on stage, supporting roles in films, and character parts, generally as petty criminals, on television. A familiar face due to his numerous guest shots on TV series, the Canadian-born actor began his career on the stage in the Broadway production of "The American Dream" (1968). While he made his TV debut in an episode of the CBS limited series "Benjamin Franklin" (1975), it was his portrayal of the iconic movie star "James Dean" in the 1976 NBC biopic which was supposed to be his breakthrough. Despite a valiant try, McHattie failed to find stardom. He was also well-cast as the grown-up son of the devil in the small screen sequel "What Ever Happened to Rosemary's Baby?" (ABC, 1976) and as a French-Canadian trapper in the NBC miniseries "Centennial" (1978-79). He tried his hand at regular roles on two series ("Highcliff Manor" NBC, 1979; "Mariah" ABC, 1987) but neither caught on with viewers. The actor was also unable to find the right big screen vehicle to propel him to stardom. "Gray Lady Down" (1977) put him in the thick of the action and he offered fine support to Armand Assante in "Belizaire the Cajun" (1985) and to Eddie Murphy in "Beverly Hills Cop III" (1994). Between his film and TV assignments, McHattie has returned to the stage where he has won praise for his work, At San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, he appeared in 1983 productions of "Henry IV" and "Macbeth." McHattie appeared in support of Rex Harrison and Amy Irving in an acclaimed Broadway revival of George Bernard Shaw's "Heartbreak House" at Circle in the Square (although he was unavailable when the production was filmed for Showtime in 1985). More recently, in addition to guest roles on such series as "The X-Files" and "Seinfeld," he has found steady employment in a series of TV-movies, ranging from "Convict Cowboy" (Showtime, 1995), with Jon Voight, to "Mary Higgins Clark's 'Remember Me'" (CBS, 1995).
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Broadway debut, "The American Dream"
Made film debut in "The People Next Door"
Made TV debut in an episode of the limited CBS series, "Benjamin Franklin"
Played the title role in the TV biopic, "James Dean" (NBC)
Co-starred in "Gray Lady Down"
Portrayed Jacques Pasquinel in the NBC miniseries, "Centennial"
Series regular debut, "Highcliff Manor" (NBC)
Appeared in the Old Globe Theatre productions of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and "Henry IV"
Cast in an acclaimed Circle in the Square production of "Heartbreak Hotel"
Returned to series TV as a regular on the short-lived ABC drama, "Mariah"
Co-starred in the film, "Bloodhounds of Broadway"
Starred in the CBS TV-movie, "Mary Higgins Clark's: Remember Me"
Narrated the comedy "BASEketball"; starring the creators of "South Park"
Co-starred as Maggie Gyllenhaal's father in the independent film, "Secretary"
Played the Senator in "Twist," an update of "Oliver Twist" set in the hustler district of modern-day Montreal
Co-starred with Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello in David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence"
Appeared in Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain"
Co-starred with Clive Owen in "Shoot 'Em Up"
Cast as Hollis Mason, the first Nite Owl, in the film adaptation of "Watchmen"