That handsome gent is an actor named Michael Nouri. Michael has been in about a zillion things - you may also remember him in The Proposal as the guy who tells Sandra Bullock that she has to go back to Canada, or in Law & Order as the doctor who harvest organs while people are still alive:
Michael appeared this week on Legend of the Seeker as Kahlan's father.
Kyle and I thought he did a wonderful job (as always) portraying a man who is both an imposing figure and a loving parent. Plus, he has a cool voice. Good work, Michael Nouri.