Canadian born actor Dean Haglund is best known as Richard "Ringo" Langley, the blond long haired glasses wearing computer geek he made famous for nine season on Fox's "The X-Files" eventually staring in the spinoff "The Lone Gunmen". Tales of the trio continue in the Dark Horse published comic "The Lone Gunmen."
Dean got his start working in comedy improvisation alongside Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie of " Whose Line Is It Anyway" in Vancouver's TheatreSports League. Currently he can be seen working with The Groundlings and Second City and regularly on Friday nights at the Friars' Club in Los Angeles. Hosting and performing in the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Festival is just one of his many accomplishments in the realm of comedy. he considers the World famous Improv on Melrose his home comedy club and can be seen there frequently.
Dean continues to take his special brand of comedy on the road throughout the year as a staple on the Science Fiction convention circuit world wide. He has also hosted an array of shows ranging from The Armenian Independent Film Festival, The Entertainment Media Awards, The California Independent Film Festival to corporate jobs including Coca Cola, Hewlard Packard, Apple and Mitsubishi.
Currently he holds a Bachelors in Fine and Performing Arts from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada
Film & Video
Dead & Deader .... Funeral Home Director
The Monster and the Peanut .... Lawyer/Fiancé
Spectres .... Dr. Halsey
... aka Soul Survivor
Rice Girl .... Director Martini
Face of Terror .... Timmons
The Boy Scout .... Henchman #1
Read or Die .... Gennai Hiraga
Radio Free Steve .... Dean Haglund
Tom Sawyer .... Sid
The X-Files: Fight The Future ..... Langley
"Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot" (1999) TV Series .... Dr. Gilder / ... (unknown episodes)
"Home Improvement" .... Guy (1 episode, 1999)
- Young at Heart (1999) TV Episode .... Guy
"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show" .... Mr. Coolidge (1 episode, 1998)
- Honey, It's No Fun Being an Illegal Alien (1998) TV Episode .... Mr. Coolidge
The X Files (1998) .... Richard 'Ringo' Langly
... aka Aux frontières du réel (Canada: French title)
... aka The X-Files (USA: closing credits title) "Robocop: Alpha Commando" (1998) TV Series .... Cornelius Neumeier (unknown episodes) The X Files Game (1998) (VG) .... Richard 'Ringo' Langly
... aka The X-Files (USA)
"Super Dave's All Stars" (1997) TV Series .... Carpenter (unknown episodes)
Mask of Death (1996) .... Dealer
The X-Files: The Unopened File (1996) (V) .... Richard 'Ringo' Langly
"Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years" .... Nathan Silas (1 episode, 1995)
- The Return (1995) TV Episode .... Nathan Silas
"Sliders" .... Stock Boy (1 episode, 1995)
- Fever (1995) TV Episode .... Stock Boy
"The Commish" .... Zack Malone (1 episode, 1994)
- Working Girls (1994) TV Episode .... Zack Malone
Dangerous Indiscretion (1994) .... Crack Addict
"Street Justice" .... Junkie (1 episode, 1993)
- The Wall (1993) TV Episode .... Junkie
Writer - filmography
Never a Dull Moment (1997) (TV)
Channel 92 (1995) (TV)
Filmography as: Actor, Writer, Self
Return of the Jackalope (2006) .... Himself
The X Files: The Making of 'The Truth' (2004) (V) .... Himself
"V.I.P." .... Himself (1 episode, 1999)
... aka V.I.P. - Die Bodyguards (Germany)
- Val Goes to Town (1999) TV Episode .... Himself
And, now... a word with Dean Haglund...
EZ: Lets just get this out of the way, do you still keep in contact with your old X-Files castmates?
DH: Both their Christmas cards are on my desk right now. And it is January! (Bruce Harewood and Tom Braidwood)
EZ: How did you get the part of Langley?
DH: I auditioned four times for the part, they had me read for different people to play even Byers. My friend Gary Jones, who is now the computer guy on "Stargate SG 1" also went up for the part.
EZ: How much is Ringo you and how much is it Chris Carter?
DH: That was my real hair! I was in a punk band in my youth, but the shirts were all the writers doing… the computer hacking… well, I like to think that was me, but then I just realized that I seemed like I knew what I was doing on my computer because I would go into my files, mess them up and see what happened, and if it didn’t work, go back and restore them to their original settings… That is not really hacking so much as screwing around. And paranoia was all Chris Carter.
EZ: So what happened to the spinoff series "The Lone Gunmen", can you comment as to why the audience never caught on?
DH: It would seem on the surface that the nation was gripped with " Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" fever, but then there were things that happened that made it seem like something else was going on… in fact it was such a long story that I wrote and DREW a comic book called "Why the Lone Gunmen was Cancelled" that you can get on my web site. www.deanhaglund.com
EZ: Does the Pilot episode ever give you chills in terms of it preceding the 911 tragedy?
DH: I didn’t even put it together until the writers called me at home. We had shot that pilot in March and I had forgot about it by the time September rolled around. But it was definitely chilling, particularly because in the pilot the reason the government was doing this was to "start an international war on terror". To know that was in the script and then to see that play out… really freaky.
EZ: We understand that you were in Alanis Morissette's video "Hands Clean", does being Canadian have anything to do with that?
DH: Hmm… if you are referring to an alleged Canadian Mafia that somehow makes all of us ex-pats hang out at the clubhouse…ooops… I can’t say anything more… No
clubhouse… I don’t think it is in Malibu… oops, oh crap, eh?
EZ: We saw your little piece in the Sci-Fi Channel film "Dead & Deader" how did you end up working on that?
DH: My Friend Steve Kriozere was one of the writers on that one and he was instrumental in getting me on set to have a laugh. It was fun and I think it was the first time in my
working life that there were TWO Deans on set. (The other was Dean Cain ed.)
EZ: How was it working with Richard Belzer in the classic "Homicide", "X-Files" crossover.
DH: He was great. In fact, we did all this hilarious stuff for Entertainment Tonight, that was there filming, he was giving me acting lessons like a drill sergeant, and my hair would be blowing back like the old Maxell ads. All that footage was never seen, not even raw footage but it was some of my favorite stuff we did together unfortunately it never aired. I still have the Polaroid that he signed. Is that nerdy or what?
EZ: You do a number of conventions throughout the year, what makes you to continue to hit the road time and time again.
DH: The love of performing LIVE. At all the conventions I improvise an episode of the "The X-Files" or if Gary Jones is there as well, we do an episode of classic "Star Trek". I film it and make DVD’s (or as I like to call them DVDeans!) for sale the next day. In fact all those shows are available on my web site too.
EZ: Tell us a little bit about your Kirk & Spock comedy bit, what is it about and how did you come up with it.
DH: Gary Jones and I go way back to the mid 80’s when we met in Vancouver. At the time we were in a improv theatresports group that also had Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie. We did a show that ran for 4-5 years called "Star Trick: The Musical" and I was Spork and Gary was Kirk. We did about 10 shows a weeks solid for 5 years. I think I personally clock some 600-700 performances of just that show plus regular improv.
Years later we find ourselves at the same conventions (since he has been on "Stargate SG-1" for 10 seasons) and it being the 40th anniversary of the original series, we thought why not just do the characters and have a laugh. Since I was already doing a one-man improvised "X-Files" episodes at conventions it was not hard to have Gary come and join me.
Every show is completely different and off the hook. Since I don’t have to drive the show as much as when I am solo, the direction these episodes go is really funny and crazy unpredictable. We have now been approached by cruise ships and special event managers to bring this show to Corporate America.
Also now that I met really great action figure and toy maker artists, I had a Spock Headpiece created so that I could do these shows and get into character quickly; Gary put on a terrible wig to make him look like William Shatner.
We then film every show and convert them to DVD’s overnight so they are available to the fans the next morning, you can still buy them off my web site
EZ: What are some of the benefits to being on an international hit like "The X-Files"?
DH: I do get to travel a lot and see a lot of places that I would have never known about if it wasn’t for a comedy show or a convention. I get to meet real life versions of my character that have fascinating and insightful ideas about a range of topics from Covert government operations to anti gravity technologies. The topics in the Da Vinci Code were all debunked long before the book came out… in fact, I am organizing a tour of London with some of these guys like William Henry and David Sereda to see the sights and then hear the truth behind them. You can find more info on that one at www.deanhaglund.com
In fact, I am going to try to end every answer with a plug for my web site.
EZ: Are you currently preparing any comedy performances for the near future?
DH: I will be in Roswell New Mexico, July 4th weekend for the big celebrations there. I am also looking to the do the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh this summer if I can.
EZ: Tells us a little bit about your invention for laptops.
DH: The CHILL PAK! The Chill Pak is my revolutionary laptop cooler that doesn’t require batteries or a USB connection. You just place it in the freezer and then place it under the laptop and you get up to 4 hours of cooling relief for your hot laptop. It has a condensation material around it so it won’t sweat and it is insulated on the bottom so your laptop can sit on you lap for once. The story of its invention is funny, and I tell the whole thing at its web site. www.chillpak.com
(You thought I was going to say www.deanhaglund.com again weren’t you?)
EZ: What has been your favorite project to date and why?
DH: I really like "Face of Terror" (shot in 2003 with Rick Schroeder), because I filmed it in Barcelona, Spain, it was fantastic. However there is always one guy in the schedule who gets screwed because production co-coordinators try to get an actor to work the least amount of days possible, but the other guy who has scenes with him has to wait around. Well that was me! I worked one day with Rick Schroeder and then have three days off, work two and have another four days off.
EZ: Favorite films you have seen so far this year?
DH: Casino Royale, - not just for script but the fact that they show the original "thunderball" Aston Martin and then the present day one is on screen for three scenes before it is
totally wrecked. Hilarious
EZ: Emmy pics for this year
DH: I like Tim Kring chances for Heroes… and Alec Baldwin is funnier every episode of 30 Rock.
EZ: What are you currently reading
DH: The Secret Life of M, the story of Caravaggio, the drunken fighting renaissance painter from Milan. What a story! That was just after I read the Secret Supper, the hidden
meanings in Leonardo’s masterpiece, the Last Supper (think 12 signs of the zodiac)
EZ: Whats’ on your Ipod or what are you listening to these days.
DH: I oscillate between Frank Sinatra and Buddhist Healing Chants… after a while the two sound similar.
EZ: What are you currently working on that we can look forward to?
DH: I got a couple of cool scripts that my production company is developing and some television and web cast stuff that we think is going to be hilarious.
EZ: What currently on television holds your interest.
DH: Y’know I am a big gamer, and I ran through all the battles of.., Call of Duty 2 but I was thinking, "where can I get this kind of graphical superiority without the learning curve, and have it be historically accurate to boot?" Well, I look no further that History Channel’s "DOGFIGHTS". It’s the video game without the controls, which is sometimes more fun.
EZ: Can you comment on the current state of the industry
DH: It was Edison’s technology that brought us here and now, new technology is re-shaping how we consume entertainment and how it is made. I think that it is pretty exciting
for everyone to find their thing and connect it to an audience. Cost of production and distribution are so low that it’s only laziness and lack of ideas that really stop anyone.
Having said that, I am now going to lie of the couch and stare at a wall.
EZ: If you had the opportunity to work with anyone in the business who would it be and why?
DH: I would like to work with Elizabeth Taylor, just to ask her how she could continue to act as Cleopatra under such huge amounts of pressure from the ENTIRE Fox studio all the while sleeping with Richard Burton, who was married and find the internal space to make artistic choices… What a skill to have.
EZ: If you had any superpower…
DH: To projectile vomit. That would make all other superpowers useless.
EZ: Can you name any childhood heroes you have?
DH: Chaplin and Churchill.
EZ: What is something about you that we would never guess?
DH: I think it’s not a well know fact that I don’t own either black or white socks… only brightly colored ones
EZ: Can you name a guilty pleasure.
DH: I can name many, but none of them will be MINE! Anything that you enjoy shouldn’t make you feel guilty. It is only when you enjoy it TOO MUCH… all things in moderation as Aristotle use to say.
EZ: If you had one wish what would it be?
DH: Hmm... Three more wishes too lame? How about that everything I achieved came through my own diligence and not by some mysterious force granting me wishes! A hilarious conundrum.
EZ: Favorite Midnite snack.
DH: Anything with Licorice in it… preferably in the form of ice cream.
EZ: What television show would you like to see comeback.
DH: I guess it would sad, arrogant and pathetic to say my own series, "The Lone Gunmen", so instead… I will say that I miss "Beans Baxter" (Anyone? hello, anyone remember… is this thing on?) or failing that… I want more "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law".
EZ: If you were given the chance to act in any show which would it be.
DH: I still regret missing the chance to do some beat poetry with Brak on "Space Ghost Coast To Coast"
But acting in any show, I would love to be a bad ass terrorist in "24" Keifer Sutherland and I would have some tense, yet witty, exchanges between the gunfire as the clock ticks by mercilessly.
EZ: Lastly, with or without butter? (popcorn)
DH: I enjoy my popcorn with a liberal drenching of Louisiana hot sauce… try it, and you’ll never look back.