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John in Arrow

John as Malcolm Merlyn

After being cast as the mysterious "Well-Dressed Man" in The CW's new series, Arrow, John commuted back and forth to Vancouver for filming.

The character was subsequently revealed to be Malcolm Merlyn, father of Oliver Queen's best friend, Tommy Merlyn. Malcolm plays a pivotal role in the first season's unfolding storyline of treachery and subterfuge in Starling City.

In a recent interview, producer Marc Guggenheim said of John's performance in Arrow:

"Whenever I see dailies with him, literally the word that always comes to my mind is 'magnetic.' He is incredibly magnetic. Not having seen him in Torchwood, I am like 'This guy is unbelievable!' I had come to his performance on my own terms. He lights up the screen, and he really energizes the actors that he has scenes with."



Arrow is based on the DC Comics' series, Green Arrow, featuring billionaire Oliver Queen (played by Stephen Amell). Queen has been missing on a remote island for several years - an experience which has changed him in ways that gradually became clear during the series. Malcolm Merlyn is an acquaintance of the Queen family and first appeared in the fifth episode, titled "Damaged".

Arrow Season 1 airs as follows:

  • US: The CW - Wednesdays at 8.00pm/7c (from 10 October 2012)
  • Canada: CTV - Wednesdays at 7.00pm ET (from 10 October 2012)
  • UK: Sky1 - Mondays at 8.00pm (from 22 October 2012)
  • Latin America: Warner Television - Mondays (from 22 October 2012)
  • Spain: Canal 13 - Wednesdays (from 14 November 2012)
  • Australia: Channel 9 - Wednesdays at 8.30pm (from 1 May 2013)
  • Japan: AXN - Sundays at 9.55pm (from 22 September 2013)

Season 2 is currently being filmed in Vancouver, Canada.

Articles and Interviews (Possible Spoilers)


John in Arrow

John with Susanna Thompson