David Nykl (born 7 February 1967) is a Czech-Canadian actor of film, television, commercials and theater. He is best known for portraying Dr. Radek Zelenka in the SyFy television series Stargate Atlantis and Anatoly Knyazev in the DC Comics series Arrow.
Nykl at the Sydney Oz Comic Con, 2014
Early life and educationEdit
Nykl was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, to a nurse mother and a structural engineer father. After the Soviet invasion in 1968, he and his family left then-Communist Czechoslovakia for Canada. Upon arriving at Victoria, British Columbia, Nykl briefly attended the University of British Columbia, where he majored in liberal arts and marketing, but did not graduate.
Nykl has appeared frequently in Vancouver and Prague in dozens of theater, film and television productions. Known for his versatility and depth as an actor, he has also produced theatre and film projects, and in 1994, he co-founded Prague's Misery Loves Company Theatre with Richard Toth and Ewan McLaren.
Nykl is known to science fiction fans as the recurring Stargate Atlantis character of Dr. Radek Zelenka, a Czech scientist on Earth's expedition to the "lost city" of Atlantis. His character is often seen working with the main scientist Dr. Rodney McKay, with their disagreements recurring throughout the series. He also played the role in the Stargate SG-1 episode "The Pegasus Project".
Nykl is fluent in Czech, English, French and Spanish. Though his character on Stargate Atlantis speaks English with a Czech accent, Nykl normally speaks with a Canadian accent. Whenever Zelenka spoke Czech in Stargate Atlantis, Nykl was given the lines in English, and he translated them.
He has three children: daughters Judi and Maddie, and son Sam.
|1988||Danger Bay||TV series||Peter|
|1995||Sacred Cargo||Feature||Brother Alexis|
|1996||Hidden in Silence||TV movie||Henek|
|5 Stunden Angst - Geiselnahme im Kindergarten||Feature||Drops|
|1997||Snow White: A Tale of Terror||Feature|
|The Barber of Siberia||Feature|
|Operation Noah||TV movie||PR Man|
|Act of War||Feature||George Willmont|
|Blumenstein Fernand - bláznuv príbeh||Feature||voice|
|Hell Mountain||Feature||First Corridor Guard|
|Escape Velocity||Feature||Russell aka the Priest|
|1999||Loves Lies Bleeding||Feature||Fraser|
|Joan of Arc||TV series||Duke of Luxembourg|
|Praha ocima Prague Stories||Feature||Honza|
|2000||Jack London’s Call of the Wild||TV series||Settler|
|The Scarlet Pimpernel||TV series||Robespierre's Barber|
|Seven Days||TV series||Yuri|
|2002||The Dead Zone||TV series||Waiter|
|My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star||TV series||Dancing Potato|
|2003||Jake 2.0||TV series||Vasily|
|Stealing Sinatra||TV movie||Valet|
|2004||Spare Change||Short film||Joel|
|2005||Masters of Horror||TV series||CSI|
|Behind the Camera: Mork & Mindy||TV movie||John Byner|
|Cold Squad||TV series||Bernhardt (recurring)|
|2006||Psych||TV series||Events Coordinator for Shawn vs. the Red Phantom|
|Stargate SG-1||TV series||Dr. Radek Zelenka|
|Merlin's Apprentice||TV series||Brianna's Father|
|2007||Eureka||TV series||Dr. Steven Whiticus|
|The Beast of Bottomless Lake||Feature|
|The Seamstress||Feature film||Donny Platt|
|2009||Encounter with Danger||TV movie||Elliott Maine|
|Stargate: Atlantis||TV series||Dr. Radek Zelenka|
|2010||Fringe||TV series||Reverend Marcus|
|Human Target||TV series||Vincent Morgan|
|2013-2020||Arrow||TV series||Anatoli Knyazev|
|2014||Supernatural||TV series||Lester Morris|
|2019||The Sleepers (Bez vedomí)||TV series|
- "David Nykl Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
- Jackson, Desiree. "Zelenka Explains It All: An Interview with David Nykl".
- Byrne, Craig (22 October 2013). "Arrow Casting Spoiler: David Nykl Is Anatoli Knyazev". GreenArrowTV. Retrieved 23 October 2013.