Paul Gross

Actor, Screenwriter, Playwright
A stalwart leading man best known in the USA and internationally as Benton Fraser, the Canadian Mountie who moves to Chicago to solve crimes in the CBS series "Due South," Paul Gross was also a successful TV writer in ... Read more »
Born: 04/30/1959 in Calgary, Alberta, CA

Filmography

Actor (25)

Gunless 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hyena Road 2016 (Movie)

Pete Mitchell (Actor)

Beeba Boys 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Little Boy 2015 (Movie)

Fighting US Soldier (Actor)

Barney's Version 2010 (Movie)

Constable O'Malley of the North (Actor)

Eastwick 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Passchendaele 2008 (Movie)

Michael Dunne (Actor)

Wilby Wonderful 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Men With Brooms 2002 (Movie)

Chris Cutter (Actor)

Due South 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red Green Live '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Canadian Country Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Host

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Whale Music 1995 (Movie)

Daniel Howl (Actor)

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Paint Cans 1994 (Movie)

Morton Ridgewell (Actor)

XXX's & OOO's 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Aspen Extreme 1993 (Movie)

T J Burke (Actor)

The Ray Bradbury Theater 1987 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Buried on Sunday 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cold Comfort 1988 (Movie)

Stephen (Actor)

Getting Married in Buffalo Jump 1988 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Due South (TV Show)

Actor

H2O (Movie)

Tom McLaughlin (Actor)

Murder Most Likely (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (5)

Hyena Road 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cottage Country 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Passchendaele 2008 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Men With Brooms 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Real Patsy Kline 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer
Writer (4)

Hyena Road 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Passchendaele 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Men With Brooms 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

H2O (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (3)

Hyena Road 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Passchendaele 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Men With Brooms 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A stalwart leading man best known in the USA and internationally as Benton Fraser, the Canadian Mountie who moves to Chicago to solve crimes in the CBS series "Due South," Paul Gross was also a successful TV writer in his native Canada. "Due South" first aired as a TV-movie in April 1994, with Gross' character heading to Chicago and teaming with a detective there (David Marciano) in order to catch a thug. CBS put the show on its fall 1994 schedule, where it attracted a following. Gross had previously appeared on American TV in PBS' "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City," in which he was Brian Hawkins, the "straight" suitor of Laura Linney, and in an episode of "The Ray Bradbury Theatre." On Canadian TV, he had extensive acting and writing credits. Gross was one of the writers on "For the Record," a successful series there. He began acting in feature films in Canada as well. Gross appeared in "Cold Comfort" and was the ranch hand in "Getting Married in Buffalo Jump" (both 1989). He was the lead in "Buried on Sunday" (1992), and played a ski instructor in "Aspen Extreme" (1993), among other credits. Stage roles, all in Canada, include Brick in a production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

Relationships

Martha Burns

Wife
married in September 1988 won Genie Award for supporting work as the maid in a film version of "Long Day's Journey Into Night"

Robert Gross

Father
served as a Tank Commander in the Canadian army operated Badland Books (www.badlandsbooks.ab.ca)

Renie Gross

Mother

Hannah Gross

Daughter
born in 1990

Jack Gross

Son
born in 1994

Anthony Gross

Brother
younger

EDUCATION

University of Alberta

Edmonton , Alberta
dropped out in 1980 to pursue career; later returned and earned degree

Earl Haig Secondary School

Toronto , Ontario
graduated

Cheswyks Prepatory School

Camberley , Surrey

attended schools in New Brunswick, Canada and Washington, DC

Milestones

2002

Feature directorial debut, "Men With Brooms", a comedy about a curling team; also co-wrote, produced and starred

2000

Produced and starred in the Canadian TV series "Steelstring", playing a former rock singer turned private investigator

2000

Exeuctive produced and starred as a corrupt Royal Canadian Mountie in the TNT movie "Murder Most Likely"

1999

Played title role in "Hamlet" at Stratford, Ontario; singing partner David Keeley was cast as Horatio

1997

Reprised role in syndicated series version of "Due South"; also wrote episodes

1997

Acted in the CBS adaptation of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"

1994

Starred in "Due South" TV-movie and subsequent CBS series

1994

Co-starred in "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City"

1993

Wrote the teleplay, "Gross Misconduct" about hockey player Brian Spencer; directed by Atom Egoyan

1992

Had lead in "Buried on Sunday"

1989

Made film debut, "Cold Comfort"

1989

Starred as Brick in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at Manitoba Theatre Center

1986

Play "Buchanan", about a surgeon, opened at the Toronto Free Theatre

1985

Wrote book and lyrics and co-composed score for the stage musical "Thunder, Perfect Mind"; also acted alongside future wife Martha Burns

1985

Penned the teleplay for "In This Corner", directed by Atom Egoyan

1984

Played Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet"

1982

Debut as a playwright with "The Deer and the Antelope Play" at Edmonton's Theatre Network; later that year second play "The Dead of Winter" was also produced

1980

Professional stage debut as Lysander in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Edmonton's Northern Light Theatre

Began performing career at age 14, appearing in commercials

Because of father's army career, childhood was spent in various places, including Germany, England and Washington, DC

Performed with a band called The Bonemen in the 1980s to the early 1990s

At age 16, spent summer working in the box office of the Statford Festival

Wrote for Canadian TV series, "For the Record"

Bonus Trivia

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In 1999, Gross was asked to join the cast of the NBC series "ER" as well star in the David E. Kelley-created "Snoops", but he turned down both jobs, in part because he did not want to move his family to Los Angeles. He told Shelley Decker of Canada's Express (November 12, 1999): "You can't raise kids in that city. You raise monsters."

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