‘The Winchesters’ Adds Tom Welling as Mary’s Father Samuel Campbell
During the Supernatural prequel’s New York Comic Con panel, it was announced that Tom Welling has been cast as Mary’s (Meg Donnelly) father (and Dean and Sam’s grandfather), Samuel Campbell. He’ll first appear in Episode 7. In Supernatural the role was played by Mitch Pileggi, who now plays Jared Padalecki’s father on Walker.
Jensen Ackles, who reprises his role as Dean and serves as narrator and executive producer on The Winchesters, played Jason Teague on Smallville prior to Supernatural. And when Welling joined the panel briefly, he said, “this is all Jensen’s fault. I lost a bet.” Added Ackles, “we’re really, really excited to have Tom. We knew we were going to need somebody to come in and somebody with the power and the strength and the history.” And as Welling left, Ackles told Donnelly, “your father is Superman, by the way.”
According to the character description, The Winchesters‘ Samuel is the patriarch of the Campbell Hunting family. Samuel taught Mary everything he knows. Gruff and pragmatic, he’s a veteran Hunter who prefers actions over words — and it’s always his way or the highway. But when Samuel teams up with Mary and her friends to save the world, he won’t only have to defeat the most dangerous monster he’s ever faced — he’ll also have to mend his broken relationship with his daughter.
“When we were discussing casting the iconic character of Samuel Campbell, everyone felt it had to be someone who could step into the role and provide instant gravitas and history,” executive producer and showrunner Robbie Thompson said in a statement. “Jensen and Danneel brought up the idea of Tom Welling and the second his name was mentioned we all knew he was the perfect person for the part. Tom is a fantastic actor and wonderful human, and we are so excited to be welcoming him to The Winchesters and the Supernatural Family.”
The Winchesters, Series Premiere, Tuesday, October 11, 8/7c, The CW