Strangely enough, he often plays a bad or at least shady guy on these shows, but he always manages to make the characters unique. I guess that's why he's become my favorite (what would you call it, B list?) random TV actor. I'd actually really like to see him be a main character on a big network show for a whole season or more one of these days, too, although he does seem to be getting gradually bigger parts, like in Supernatural and Warehouse 13.
But can we talk about Warehouse 13 for a minute?
WHY DID THEY GO AND KILL HIM OFF, PEOPLE?? WHY??
I was really starting to enjoy the character, particularly after the Pete-hallucination episode where Pete tries to kill him and he's all hanging up by his wrists trying to talk Pete down from the murder tree with logic. <3 So I was REALLY pissed when they got to the whole "Warehouse 2 one must die" bit, because I KNEW it was going to be him. Pete and Myka can't bite it, and H.G. Wells has a lot of story development still hanging around, so it was clear that One was going to be good ol' Mark Sheppard, bowing out of another cameo (albeit a longer-running one). AND I WAS SAAAAD. I was glad to see Pete apparently shared my pain.
But seriously, TV folks: give Mark Sheppard a break! Stop writing him out of shows. I love him!
And now, I will stop ranting, and just say:
You know what would be really cool, actually? Mark Sheppard in one of the Discworld movies. I guarantee they could find a part for him, and I'd love like candy to see him play a character in Terry's world. Granted, I haven't figured out quite which one yet, but I'm sure if I sit down with it long enough, I can figure it out.
...And just while typing that, I had a thought: Wouldn't Mark Sheppard make a fun Doctor Hix? I mean, come on - it's in the job description for the Doctor to be slightly evil! It's a perfect fit!
I hope it happens. :D
(P.S. I wrote this before watching the latest ep of WH13, btw.)