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Bill Dow is the actor who portrays Mayor Tomkins on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Bill Dow is an actor, director and writer in theatre, film, and television. He is best known for playing Bill Lee in the Stargate franchise. He also had a recurring roles as Russ Hathaway in the Canadian drama series Da Vinci's Inquest, as Mr. Parkman in Pasadena, and Dr. Charles Burks in The X Files.

Bill Dow has played many other guest star and recurring roles in a variety of television series such as Kyle XY and feature films, and has directed several award-winning theater productions for the Vancouver Playhouse where he was Artistic Associate for many years.

As an actor Dow has performed many lead roles, including a Jessie Award-winning performance as Martin Dysart in Peter Shaffer's Equus (2008). He served as Associate Artistic Director at the Blyth Festival and the Belfry Theatre, and resident dramaturge at the Banff Playwrights Colony.

Bill Dow recently completed his M.A. in Liberal Studies at Simon Fraser University through an examination of Greek tragedy and the writing of a ‘new’ tragedy – Cupid’s Arrow, that tells the beginnings of the story of Jason and Medea – the pre-quel to Euripides’ Medea. He is currently involved in research toward his PhD (at SFU) and an instructor of Classical Mythology (SFU) and Theatre (UBC).


Year Title Role Notes
1993-2001 The X-Files Dr. Charles Burks 8 episodes
2001–2002 Pasadena Mr. Parkman 6 episodes
2001-2007 Stargate SG-1 Dr. Bill Lee 20 episodes
2003-2005 Da Vinci's Inquest Mayor Russ Hathaway 18 episodes
2005-2008 Stargate: Atlantis Dr. Bill Lee 7 episodes
2006-2007 Kyle XY Professor Kern 5 episodes
2009-2011 SGU Stargate Universe Dr. Bill Lee 2 episodes
2012 Once Upon a Time Mayor Tomkins "Red-Handed"


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