Don McKellar

Actor, Screenwriter, Director
Virtually ubiquitous in Canadian film, actor-director-screenwriter Don McKellar has established recurring creative partnerships with famed fellow countrymen Francois Girard, Atom Egoyan, Bruce McDonald and David ... Read more »
Born: 08/16/1963 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (37)

Subconscious Password 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Treading Water 2015 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

Gravity Pulls 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Perdu avec toi 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2010 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

Trigger 2009 (Movie)

Brian (Actor)

Blindness 2008 (Movie)

Thief (Actor)

Stella 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Redacted 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Criminal Investigator (Actor)

Clean 2006 (Movie)

Vernon (Actor)

Monkey Warfare 2005 (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

Childstar 2004 (Movie)

Rick Schiller (Actor)

The Event 2003 (Movie)

Matt Shapiro (Actor)

I Was a Rat 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Waydowntown 2002 (Movie)

Brad (Actor)

Twitch City 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Art of Woo 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

This Might Be Good 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Existenz 1999 (Movie)

Yevgeny Nourish (Actor)

Last Night 1999 (Movie)

Patrick Wheeler (Actor)

The Red Violin 1999 (Movie)

Evan Williams (Actor)

Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Joe's So Mean to Josephine 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Never Met Picasso 1997 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

The Herd 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sarabande 1996 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Exotica 1995 (Movie)

Thomas (Actor)

When Night Is Falling 1995 (Movie)

Timothy (Actor)

Camilla 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould 1994 (Movie)

Concert Promoter (Actor)

Highway 61 1992 (Movie)

Pokey Jones (Actor)

The Adjuster 1992 (Movie)

Tyler--The Young Censor (Actor)

Roadkill 1989 (Movie)

Russel (Actor)

Sea People (TV Show)

Actor

The Industry (TV Show)

Actor

The Passion of Ayn Rand (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (14)

This Movie is Broken 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blindness 2008 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Childstar 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Word from the Management 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Last Night 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Red Violin 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dance Me Outside 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

When Night Is Falling 1995 (Movie)

story consultant (Story By)

Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Highway 61 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)

Highway 61 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blue 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Bloody Nose 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Roadkill 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (6)

The Grand Seduction 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Childstar 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

A Word from the Management 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Last Night 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Blue 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bloody Nose 1991 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (1)

Highway 61 1992 (Movie)

("Thank You God") (Song)

Biography

Virtually ubiquitous in Canadian film, actor-director-screenwriter Don McKellar has established recurring creative partnerships with famed fellow countrymen Francois Girard, Atom Egoyan, Bruce McDonald and David Cronenberg. McKellar first gained notice on the big screen with "Roadkill", McDonald's 1989 rowdy road comedy about a woman on the trail of a missing rock band. In addition to writing the dryly humorous screenplay, McKellar played Russel, a thoughtful serial killer who sees crime as a valid career option. He teamed up with McDonald frequently, also penning and appearing in the director's acclaimed "Highway 61" (1992), writing the screenplay of the gemlike drama "Dance Me Outside" (1994) and starring in the short "Elimination Dance" (1998), based on the writings of Michael Ondaatje. McDonald also served as director of McKellar's CBC series "Twitch City" (1998- ), an understated comedy chronicling a man (McKellar) living just above the poverty level in Toronto's Kensington Market, who rarely leaves his apartment and lives through television. Dourly comical with a realistic edge (including characters whose clothing and belongings had the uncommon flavor of authentic underprivilege), the series won many fans, and scored an order for a second set of episodes in 1999. Additional small screen appearances by McKellar include a guest shot as a bike messenger on the popular CBC sketch comedy series "The Kids In the Hall" and co-starring roles in two Showtime telefilms: 1997's adaptation of Rod Serling's riveting holocaust drama "In the Presence of Mine Enemies" and 1999's biopic "The Passion of Ayn Rand".

Relationships

Tracy Wright Actor

Companion
Have been romantic partners and artistic collaborators since the late '80s

EDUCATION

University of Toronto

Toronto , Ontario

University of Toronto

Toronto , Ontario

Milestones

2008

Wrote the screen adaptation of José Saramago's 1995 novel "Blindness" (also starred); directed by Fernando Meirelles

2006

Earned a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for "The Drowsy Chaperone"

2006

Appeared in Ken Finkleman's miniseries "At The Hotel"

2006

Hosted the CBC Radio One series "High Definition"

2004

Helmed second film, "Childstar"

2003

Starred in the Comedy Network animated sitcom "Odd Job Jack" as the titular hero, Jack Ryder

2003

Cast in the Canadian TV series "Slings and Arrows" as Darren Nichols, a pretentious theatre director

2001

Wrote and directed "A Word from the Management"

1999

Co-starred in David Cronenberg's thriller "eXistenZ"

1999

Featured in Showtime's biopic "The Passion of Ayn Rand"

1998

Starred in Bruce McDonald's short film "Elimination Dance"

1998

Along with writer-director Francois Girard, wrote "The Red Violin"; also had a featured role

1998

Created, wrote and starred in the CBC's comedy series "Twitch City"

1998

Wrote and starred in his feature directorial debut, "Last Night"

1997

Starred with Eric Thal and Sarah Polley in "Joe's So Mean to Josephine"

1997

Featured in Egoyan's drama "Sarabande" with cellist Yo-Yo Ma (aired on PBS as part of the series "Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach")

1997

Featured in the Showtime remake of Rod Serling's gripping Holocaust drama "In the Presence of Mine Enemies"

1996

Starred with Margot Kidder and Alexis Arquette in "Never Met Picasso"

1995

Featured in the drama "When Night Is Falling"

1994

Played a quirky pet shop owner in Atom Egoyan's "Exotica"

1994

Wrote screenplay for Bruce McDonald's Canadian reservation-set drama "Dance Me Outside"

1993

Helmed the short films "Blue" and "The Bloody Nose"

1993

Co-wrote and starred in the episodic biopic "Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould"

1992

Re-teamed with McDonald as screenwriter and co-star of "Highway 61"

1992

Featured as a young film censor in Atom Egoyan's "The Adjuster"

1989

Scripted and starred as an earnest serial killer in Bruce McDonald's "Roadkill"

Co-founded Child's Play Theatre, a Toronto touring company and the Augusta Theatre Company

Bonus Trivia

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On how the film "Armageddon" (1998) complements his own end of the world film: "I always thought a film like that, in those disaster films, the thing that always interested me were the people who were wiped out off-screen. Oh you saved L.A. - big triumph there. What about Alberta that was wiped out?" - McKellar to The Calgary Sun, Oct. 22, 1998

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