December 9, 2022

Sam Vartholomeos

Sam Vartholomeos Biography

Sam Vartholomeos is the American actor who portrayed Ensign Danby Connor in the first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, “The Vulcan Hello” and “Battle at the Binary Stars”. He later appeared as this character’s mirror universe counterpart in “Despite Yourself”.

Sam Vartholomeos Family

He was born and raised in Queens, New York City. His parents are from a blue-collar background, He was the youngest of three siblings. His sister is a math teacher and his brother a policeman and lawyer.

Sam Vartholomeos dating

Sam and Toni have been together for almost two years now.

On the occasion of their second anniversary, Sam Instagrammed a picture with Toni on 7 May 2018. On the other side, Toni also wished her sweetheart on their anniversary which was showered with lovely comments and congratulations.

It seems like Sam is a very frank person who wants the world to know about the love of his life. The actor finally found his perfect match. According to their Instagram pictures, it looks like they are so much into each other.

Despite the busy schedule the star trek actor has, he manages time for his gorgeous girlfriend. For instance, in late May 2018, the pair went for Kick Axe Throwing. Sam shared a picture of the pair having fun on his Instagram on 28 May 2018.

Sam Vartholomeos Movies

His previous acting credits include The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and an episode of The Following as well as some commercials and theater work. He also appeared in the 2017 premiere episode of the second season of Bull and will appear in the upcoming movie The Lost Weekend.

Sam Vartholomeos Interview

If at first, you don’t succeed, die, die again. Sam Vartholomeos debuted as Ensign Connor Danby in the very first Star Trek: Discovery episode, “The Vulcan Hello,” and fans seemed to take immediately to the young, personable, brave bridge crew member with a bright future ahead of him. And, wham, he perished in the next episode, “Battle at the Binary Stars,” forcefully establishing that viewers should expect the unexpected when it comes to Discovery. Then, true to the notion that no one ever really dies in sci-fi, and especially Star Trek, Vartholomeos returned as his character’s ruthless, ambitious Mirror Universe counterpart, Captain Danby, in “Despite Yourself.” That resurrection was short-lived, however, as Michael Burnham killed him during a brutal, mamo-a-mano fight in a turbolift.

You were at STLV last year but were in and out in order to be on a panel. This time around, you’re meeting the fans, doing the photo shoots, signing autographs. What has the full-on convention experience been like?



Actually getting to meet everyone is really special because everyone has a story that they want to tell. Being here the whole time is nice, too, because you don’t have to rush anyone, and they don’t feel rushed. So, you get to be a little personal with them. I just took a little break, and I was walking around, and people were stopping me. I had no idea that Connor resonated with so many people because he was there for just a hot second. But, people loved the fight. They absolutely loved the fight. I did, too, so I’m happy they did. But it’s just so surreal, man, and humbling at the same time.

Did you know as soon as you signed on that Danby would be dead by episode two?

I was in L.A. for a screen test in another show, and I made it a trip. I was there for about 10 days, maybe two weeks. I went, and I met all the writers. They sat me down, and they were like, “Oh, you know, we’re so happy to have you, and Connor is going to be great. Too bad he dies.” And I said, “What?” I said, “Excuse me?” I knew he was a recurring character, but I didn’t know he died. I remember getting a script and Connor literally had one line in the entire first episode and getting the second script after that trip, and him being all over the place. That was great. I think they wanted Connor to be a little more significant character in the episodes, and I think they accomplished that because people are coming up to me, saying, “We saw you here last year. We thought he’d be a great character. We loved you in the episodes, and then bam! Episode two, you’re dead.” People are like, “We were so happy to have you back and see you in the Mirror Universe, and then boom! You were torn from us… again.” I keep telling people third time’s the charm. We’ll see. You’re never really dead in Star Trek.


How can I put this? They’re tricky, these writers. In all great shows, they make you fall in love with these people, and then they tear them away from you. That’s what they did with Connor, successfully. There were rumors during the pilot because obviously, people knew I was dying, and the crew was coming up to me and saying, “Oh, you know, Mirror Universe, you never know.” I was like, “Yeah, yeah, OK.” Rumors in this industry are just that, rumors.

Until they’re not…

I didn’t really keep my hopes up. Once I saw that the Mirror Universe was confirmed, I was like, “Oh, is this actually happening?” Then, yeah, it was. I got a call from my agent, and he said, “They’re bringing you back.” I said, “That’s pretty cool.” I thought it would just be that, Mirror Universe Connor, Evil Ensign Connor. I walked into Gersha Phillips’ wardrobe department and I saw black everywhere. “What’s going on here?” Then I saw the rendering of my uniform, and it’s all these plates and gold. I’m like, “Is this what a Mirror ensign looks like?” They’re like, “No, you’re a captain.” I just had this moment of… “What? I’m a what? How did he go from Ensign to captain in the Mirror Universe?” It was pretty crazy.

What was it like to put on that uniform?

It was cool and… stiff. That’s what I’ll say. I had the gloves and everything. One thing I’ll say about Gersha Phillips, she makes it really easy to get into character with those costumes. I think everyone on this show can agree with that because you get into the Starfleet uniform, and you feel like you’re part of Starfleet. You get into a Mirror Universe uniform, and you’re like, “I want to kill someone.” You have your knife, your phaser, and all these things that no one in Starfleet would carry on them in the ship, and you just feel like a badass, man. You have these badges, and Mario, our prop master was explaining, “This one mean 50-plus kills, and this is for strangling someone. This is for drowning someone.” I said, “OK, Captain Connor is a badass dude.” You’re just immediately in that position of “I’m going to kill you.”

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