Don McKellar

Don McKellar

  • Highest Rated: 100% Highway 61 (1992)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% The Art of Woo (2001)
  • Birthday: Aug 17, 1963
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Actor, screenwriter, and director Don McKellar is one of the most prolific and well-respected members of the Canadian film industry. During the 1990s, he frequently collaborated with such directors as Atom Egoyan, Bruce McDonald, David Cronenberg, and François Girard, and he did a substantial amount of work for television and the stage. In 1998, McKellar stepped behind the camera to make Last Night, which he also wrote and starred in. The film--a comedy-drama about the last night of the world--was enthusiastically received at both the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, further establishing McKellar as a dynamic personality in both Canadian and world cinema.McKellar was born in Toronto on August 17, 1963. After earning a BA in English and Theatre from the University of Toronto, he made both his screenwriting and acting debut in 1989's Roadkill, a Bruce McDonald film that cast him as a serial killer. He won Genie nominations for his performance and screenplay, and he went on to collaborate with McDonald two years later on Highway 61. McKellar reprised his actor-writer role for the film, starring as the lead character, a barber who finds a corpse. That same year, the he appeared in The Adjuster, his first screen collaboration with Atom Egoyan. After making his directorial debut with the 1992 Blue, which starred Cronenberg, McKellar collaborated with Girard on Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1994). Directed by Girard and co-written with him by McKellar, the film was a critical success, going on to win four Genies (Canada's equivalent of the Oscar) and a Special Jury Citation for Best Canadian Film at the 1993 Toronto Film Festival. More success followed that same year for McKellar when he starred in Egoyan's Exotica. A lush, mysterious film centering on the happenings of the titular strip club, the film featured McKellar as a gay pet shop owner, a man as low-key and moody as the movie itself.That same year, McKellar served as the screenwriter for the similarly acclaimed Dance Me Outside, a film about Anglo-Indian tensions in Canada. After another collaboration with Egoyan--the made-for-TV Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach: Sarabande--as well as roles in a number of other films, he turned back to screenwriting, co-writing Il Violino rosso with Girard, who also directed the film. McKellar also acted in the film, which received decent reviews. Its reception paled in comparison to that of Last Night, which also came out (in Canada) that year. A studied contrast to the doomsday heroics of such films as Armageddon and Deep Impact (which also came out that year), Last Night took a laid-back, casually comic look at the end of the world. The film won a Prix de la Jeunesse at that year's Cannes Film Festival, as well as a number of Genies and a Best Canadian First Feature Film award at the Toronto Film Festival. It also allowed its director to step out from the shadows of his more famous mentors (McDonald, Girard, and Cronenberg all had cameos in the film) and into his own patch of limelight. In 1999, Last Night was released in the United States. Audiences could also see McKellar that year in Cronenberg's eXistenZ and in The Passion of Ayn Rand, which premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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14% Blood Honey Dr. Bert Morrison 2018
33% Through Black Spruce Director 2018
91% Window Horses Actor 2017
89% Meditation Park Actor 2017
63% Zoom Horowitz 2016
40% Treading Water Richard 2015
No Score Yet Bem-Vindo a Tickle Head Director 2015
59% The Grand Seduction Director 2014
No Score Yet Three Days In Havana Pepe 2013
No Score Yet I'm Yours Actor 2012
88% Trigger Brian 2011
81% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Director $31.5M 2010
83% This Movie Is Broken Screenwriter $35.3K 2010
43% Cooking with Stella Michael Laffont 2009
67% Manson, My Name Is Evil Prosecutor 2009
44% Blindness Thief Screenwriter $3.1M 2008
75% Monkey Warfare Dan 2006
No Score Yet Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story Actor 2006
41% Where the Truth Lies Greg $0.8M 2005
78% Childstar Rick Schiller Screenwriter Director 2005
73% Clean Vernon 2005
43% The Event Matt 2003
50% Rub & Tug (Les Masseuses) Actor 2003
57% Public Domain Actor 2003
70% Waydowntown Brad 2002
0% The Art of Woo Nathan 2001
No Score Yet Sea People Mr. Whittaker 2001
No Score Yet I Was a Rat Actor 2001
No Score Yet Vinyl Actor Screenwriter 2000
83% The Passion of Ayn Rand Alfred 1999
74% The Red Violin (Le violon rouge) Screenwriter Evan Williams 1999
74% Existenz Yevgeny Nourish 1999
84% Last Night Screenwriter Patrick Wheeler Director 1998
No Score Yet In the Presence of Mine Enemies Paul Heller 1997
No Score Yet Joe's So Mean to Josephine Mike 1997
No Score Yet Never Met Picasso Jerry 1996
50% When Night Is Falling Timothy 1995
40% Camilla Security Guard 1994
69% Dance Me Outside Screenwriter 1994
97% Exotica Thomas 1994
92% Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould Concert Promoter 1993
69% The Adjuster Tyler, the Young Censor 1992
100% Highway 61 Screenwriter Pokey Jones 1992
No Score Yet Roadkill Russel the Serial Killer Screenwriter 1989

TV

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No Score Yet Sensitive Skin
2014-2016
Executive Producer Director Al
  • 2017
  • 2014

QUOTES FROM Don McKellar CHARACTERS

Barbara Branden
Can you dance to this?
Richard
Unless you're Amish.