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I felt a lot of pressure, because it was definitely a character that I grew up with and I knew a lot of people loved those films, obviously, and I really wanted to do it justice. I looked at the whole spectrum, I looked back at the Disney films, and into the actual mythology, the Rock’s interpretation, even Ryan Gosling’s interpretation. Just to get pieces from each and see which tidbits I could grab. And I brought my own spin to it, while still trying to keep true to the Disney series.
—Jonathan Whitesell src

Jonathan Whitesell is the Canadian actor who portrays Hercules on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Jonathan Whitesell was born on Vancouver Island, Canada and lived in a small town called Duncan for seventeen years. His goal was to be a part of the Canadian Military, and in 2009, he enrolled into the armed forces. He then decided to become an actor and became a graduate of the Capilano University acting for stage and screen program. He is currently represented by Jamie Levitt at Lauren Levitt and Associates in Vancouver, B.C. Outside of acting Jon is engaged in writing, weight training, improv, sketch comedy, editing and visual effects.[1]

His first break into acting came in the form of TNT's Proof, before moving onto such projects as iZombie and The X-Files. Recently, he starred as Bryan on the The CW's post-apocalyptic drama, The 100 and as Luke Matthews on Freeform's drama series, Beyond. In 2019, Whitesell recurred as Kurtz on The CW's Riverdale.[3] In 2020, he will recur as Robin in part three of Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.[4]



Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 About Me - Jonathan Whitesell. Jonathan Whitesell. Archived from the original on May 2, 2016.
  2. TwitterLogo @JonWhitesell (Jonathan Whitesell) on Twitter. "Thank you for all the bday love 🙏 Here's a throwback to baby Herc last night at the ripe age of…"
  3. Ali Zafar, Mishal (March 13, 2019). Who Plays Kurtz On 'Riverdale'? Jonathan Whitesell Is The Mysterious New Face In Town. Romper. “On Riverdale, Whitesell plays Kurtz, a mysterious kid who is completely immersed into the world of Gryphons and Gargoyles. When Jughead calls G&G a game, Kurtz eerily defends it, claiming it is really a prophecy that connects him to the Gargoyle King. This indicates that the true Gargoyle King — who is neither Tall Boy or Moose’s dad — is still plotting his evil schemes somewhere in Riverdale.”
  4. Petski, Denise (December 19, 2019). ‘Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’ Adds Three To Cast For Season 3 Of Netflix Series. Deadline. “Whitesell will play Robin, a handsome young man with an ‘elfish’ quality to him, Robin is caring and sweet, but also a mischief maker—and perhaps something even more dangerous. He travels with the carnival that comes to Greendale, and soon develops feelings for Theo.”

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