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Born: August 17, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, screenwriter, director, TV series creator

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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...

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".

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DIRECTOR:

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  Childstar (2005)
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  Last Night (1998) Director
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  Bloody Nose, The (1992) Director
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  Blue (1992) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Gravity Pulls (2012)
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 Perdu avec toi (2012)
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 Trigger (2011)
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 Blindness (2008)
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 Redacted (2007)
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 Monkey Warfare (2006)
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 Childstar (2005)
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Co-founded Child's Play Theatre, a Toronto touring company and the Augusta Theatre Company
1989:
Scripted and starred as an earnest serial killer in Bruce McDonald's "Roadkill"
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"
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"
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"
1995:
Featured in the drama "When Night Is Falling"
1996:
Starred with Margot Kidder and Alexis Arquette in "Never Met Picasso"
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"
1998:
Created, wrote and starred in the CBC's comedy series "Twitch City"
1998:
Along with writer-director Francois Girard, wrote "The Red Violin"; also had a featured role
1998:
Wrote and starred in his feature directorial debut, "Last Night"
1998:
Starred in Bruce McDonald's short film "Elimination Dance"
1999:
Co-starred in David Cronenberg's thriller "eXistenZ"
1999:
Featured in Showtime's biopic "The Passion of Ayn Rand"
2001:
Wrote and directed "A Word from the Management"
2003:
Cast in the Canadian TV series "Slings and Arrows" as Darren Nichols, a pretentious theatre director
2003:
Starred in the Comedy Network animated sitcom "Odd Job Jack" as the titular hero, Jack Ryder
2004:
Helmed second film, "Childstar"
2006:
Earned a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for "The Drowsy Chaperone"
2006:
Hosted the CBC Radio One series "High Definition"
2006:
Appeared in Ken Finkleman's miniseries "At The Hotel"
2008:
Wrote the screen adaptation of José Saramago's 1995 novel "Blindness" (also starred); directed by Fernando Meirelles
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Education

University of Toronto: Toronto , Ontario -
University of Toronto: Toronto , Ontario -

Notes

McKellar on how 1998's "Armageddon" 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?" --quoted in CALGARY SUN, October 22, 1998

"Writing, directing and starring in your own film, though, does open up the possibility of film-maker's megalomania. 'It's something I'm conscious of,' McKellar admits. 'I was trying not to make my own part too cool. But I can assure you I have a very healthy amount of self-loathing and it will be a while before that's completely disappeared." --From the London TIMES, July 1, 1999

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