Gerry Dee

Canadian actor and stand-up comedian
Gerry Dee
Gerry Dee.jpg
Dee in February 2012
Born
Gerard Francis-John Donoghue

(1968-12-31) December 31, 1968 (age 53)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • stand-up comedian
  • game show host
  • director
  • producer
  • writer
Years active2001–present
SpouseHeather Dee
Children3
Websitewww.gerrydee.com

Gerry Dee (born Gerard Francis-John Donoghue;[1][2] December 31, 1968) is a Canadian actor, stand-up comedian, game show host, director, producer, and writer.[3] He is currently the host of Family Feud Canada. He placed third on the fifth season of Last Comic Standing, and he wrote and starred in the sitcom Mr. D, which aired on CBC Television.

Early life

Dee was born Gerard Francis-John Donoghue, and is of Irish and Scottish descent. He was born in Scarborough and raised in Toronto. He was a university varsity hockey player and golfer. He attended St. Gabriel's (Bayview/Sheppard) and De La Salle College, Oaklands, where he later worked as a physical education teacher and hockey coach. He studied kinesiology and athletic therapy at York University and education at St. Francis Xavier University. His father was a bus driver for the TTC in Toronto for over 20 years.[citation needed]

Career

Dee was relatively successful long before being on Last Comic Standing. He had already had his own comedy special on The Comedy Network in Canada, appeared on the Comedy Network special "The Nubian Disciples", and performed at the world-famous Montreal Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival, having his segment aired on Just For Laughs. He has appeared in television commercials and has performed at many comedy clubs, including Just For Laughs and Yuk Yuks. Dee also had a role in the 2006 film Trailer Park Boys: The Movie, where he played the role of Donny. That same year, Dee played former Boston Bruins player Wayne Cashman in the CBC miniseries Canada Russia '72.[citation needed]

Dee placed third on the fifth season of Last Comic Standing. He had tried out for Last Comic Standing during the second and fourth seasons, but never advanced to the finals. He missed the birth of his daughter while appearing on the show. Since late 2007, Dee has had his own segment on Canadian cable channel The Score. These segments, entitled Gerry Dee: Sports Reporter, have Dee conducting humorous interviews and segments. The interviews have included such sports personalities as Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Cito Gaston, Randy Couture, and Chris Bosh.[citation needed]

Dee appeared in television commercials for Rogers, Wisers, KFC, and Nissan, and is currently making guest appearances on CBC's The Hour. He won a 2008 Canadian Comedy Award in the Best Male Stand-Up comic category.[4]

In January 2012, his sitcom Mr. D premiered on CBC Television. Created, written by and starring Dee, the show is based on his experience as a high-school teacher. Dee’s children, Alyce, Faith, and Breton Donoghue, are also a part of the cast. Alyce played "Amanda-Susan" as well as some background characters, Faith played "Faith" as well as some background characters, and Breton played "John".

On July 8, 2019, it was announced that Dee would be the host of Family Feud Canada.[5]

Publishing career

In October 2012, Doubleday Canada published Dee's Teaching: It's Harder Than It Looks. Like Dee's sitcom Mr. D, Teaching is based on his ten years as a teacher. A national bestseller, the book came out in paperback in May 2013.[6]

Personal life

Dee is the son of Scottish immigrant parents. He is a former high school physical education teacher. He was the first Canadian ever to win the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition. He played Varsity hockey at St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Dee and his wife Heather have two daughters Alyce and Faith, as well as one son, Breton.[1] His daughters played recurring roles on his comedy show Mr. D as Amanda-Susan (Alyce) and Faith (Faith), while his son appeared in the series finale as John. Gerry is a supporter of Celtic Football Club.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Trailer Park Boys: The Movie Donny
2011 388 Arletta Avenue Boss
2012 Moving Day Jim
2017 Prom Night Paul Short
Also executive producer

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Comedy Now! Himself 1 episode
Also writer
2006 Canada Russia '72 Wayne Cashman 2 episodes
2008–2019 CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival Himself/Host 3 episodes
2011 Skins Dr. Westly Episode: "Michele"
2012–2018 Mr. D Gerry Duncan 73 episodes
Also director, executive producer and writer
2014 Gerry Dee: The Substitute Himself Television film
Also director, producer and writer
2019–present Family Feud Canada Himself/Host
2019–2021 The Moodys Roger 10 episodes

References

  1. ^ a b Profile Archived 2009-03-13 at the Wayback Machine, oct.ca; accessed February 23, 2015.
  2. ^ Dee's Twitter page
  3. ^ "Comic Gerry Dee will be a stand-up guy kicking off the Henry Burris All-Star Weekend". Calgary Sun. May 3, 2009. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
  4. ^ 2008 Canadian Comedy Award recipients Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine, Canadian Comedy Award website; accessed February 25, 2010.
  5. ^ "CBC'S FAMILY FEUD CANADA KICKS OFF NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR CANADIAN FAMILIES TO COMPETE THIS FALL". cbc.ca. July 8, 2019.
  6. ^ [1], Random House website; accessed March 9, 2015.

External links

  • "Gerry Dee Sports Reporter" page on TheScore.com
  • Gerry Dee at IMDb
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