TULSA — Whether you know Matt Frewer as Max Headroom, General Bressler in “Falling Skies,” The Trashcan Man from “The Stand,” the White Night in “Alice,” or Aussie Jim Taggart on “Eureka,” it's certain when you see his lean face, you'll recognize him.
See him in person Friday through Nov. 5 at Darkon Expo at what is now the Tulsa Airport Inn, 2201 N 77th Ave. East in Tulsa. The hotel is in the process of changing its name from the Park Inn by Radisson to a Clarion property.
Darkon Expo is a convention perfect for this time of year, focusing on things scary, horrifying and supernatural.
Frewer headlines the list of celebrities attending the expo. Also on hand will be Kristin Bauer Van Straten (Pam on HBO's “True Blood), Lisa Wilcox (“Nightmare on Elm Street”), Veronica Cartwright (“Revenge,” “Alien,” “Scary Movie 2”), Rick Worthy (“Supernatural,” “Heroes”) and Ed Gale (“Child's Play,” “Spaceballs”). John Ferguson (Oklahoma TV's Count Gregore) will emcee at Darkon.
Frewer recently took time from his packed schedule to chat by telephone from Vancouver, British Columbia. He was preparing to leave to film episodes of “Falling Skies.”
His series “Eureka” had just finished its five-year run, the latest character role in his career.
“I've spent the summer saving the world,” Frewer said. “When you're asked to be on a Steven Spielberg series with aliens, you go do ‘Falling Skies.'”
Frewer, born in Washington, D.C., was raised in Canada and got his actor's training in England. It may be that combination has helped him define his favorite roles.
“I've got a sizzling buffet of roles to select from,” he said, “But it's a tie. It's always the thing I'm working on at the time, Sherlock Holmes and the White Knight.”
He considers himself fortunate with the roles he has had. While he's too old for juvenile leads and is not considered a hero-type, he consistently gets auditions and roles.
“I still get to choose what I do,” he said. “I get to turn down stuff. I can play things that interest me. I can find what is wrong with the character, and anyway, villains are more interesting.
“People have expectations from heroes. Villains always have bad intentions, so all bets are off. And, hopefully, when you die, you hope people will enjoy it.”
In “Falling Skies,” General Bressler was introduced at the end of last season. Frewer describes him as a man with a bit of a death wish.
“He's doom and gloom,” he said. “He was written for me.”
On a lighter note, it's obvious Frewer loved playing the White Knight in the Syfy channel's miniseries “Alice.”
“The knight was integral to the plot,” he said. “He was such a great combination of the Cowardly Lion, Baron Munchausen and Don Quixote.”
He describes himself best.
“I'm like a bare Christmas tree,” he said. “Decorate me however you need me for the character.”
Frewer, Bauer Van Straten and the others will be available at “Meet and Greet” at 8 p.m. Friday.
Exhibits, autographs and sessions with authors and others run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by the charity event “Supper With the Stars,” followed by a showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 9 p.m. Events on Sunday run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information about events and tickets, go to www.darkonexpo.net or call (918) 574-2394.