August 23, 1971
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
One of the hardest working actors in Hollywood North, Vancouver native Aaron Douglas caught the eye of sci-fi fans as the rugged Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol on the Sci Fi Channel's acclaimed hit series "Battlestar Galactica," (2004-09). After racking up a long list of smaller roles in films such as "X2" (2003) and "The Chronicles of Riddick" (2004), it was his nuanced performance as the loyal hanger deck chief on "Galactica" that allowed him to truly grow as an actor. Taking on a more prominent position in the plot of the series during its fourth season, Douglas was primed for future success.Born Aug. 23, 1971 in the Vancouver suburb of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada to father Michael Douglas, a professor, and mother Arlene Elliot, Douglas spent his early childhood in Vancouver, B.C. After moving to Creston, B.C. with his family at the age of 10, Douglas attended Prince Charles Secondary School as a teenager. While in high school, Douglas developed a penchant for performance by playing in a rock band and acting in school theater productions. After working a number of various jobs after high school, Douglas decided to pursue acting seriously, enrolling at Vancouver's William Davis Centre for Actor's Study for a year-long program and later performing with the Okanogan Shakespeare Company. Douglas soon signed with an agent and landed his first small screen role in the Showtime original TV movie "The Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence" (2000).Douglas went on to find steady television work appearing in supporting roles on shows such as "Dark Angel," (Fox, 2000-02),"Smallville" (WB, 2001-11), "The Outer Limits" (USA, 1995-2002), and Steven Spielberg's "Taken" (Sci Fi, 2002). Douglas soon began to land small parts on the big screen as well; he appeared in the horror sequel "Final Destination 2" (2003), John Woo's "Paycheck" (2003) and the blockbuster "X-Men" sequel, "X2: X-Men United" (2003). In 2003, Douglas landed a major break, however, when cast as Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries "Battlestar Galactica" (2003). Although he did not know it at the time, he became part of an ensemble cast that would soon find themselves propelled into cult stardom. A fan of the original, campier 1978 TV series, Douglas was initially hesitant to take part in the 2003 remake, but was eventually sold on the idea after he realized the bold new direction the show was headed in. Premiering as a three-hour miniseries in December, 2003, "Galactica" received such high viewer ratings that the network opted to develop it into a regular series.Debuting in 2004, "Galactica" propelled Douglas' career forward, offering him the opportunity to share the screen with veteran actors such as Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell. Hailed as the best show on television by Time and Rolling Stone, the series quickly reached cult status with sci-fi fans and put Douglas in the spotlight. During his hiatus from the series, Douglas continued to find small parts in the feature films "The Chronicles of Riddick" (2004), "I, Robot" (2004), "Catwoman" (2004) and "White Noise" (2005). Continuing his role as the tough-yet-caring hanger deck chief Tyrol, Douglas proved to be a versatile and memorable actor on the series. Revealed to be a Cylon in the season three finale, Tyrol became a key role on the show heading into its fourth season, priming him for future leading roles.