Known for his films like eXistenZ (1999), Last Night (1998), and Blindness (2008), Don McKellar is an actor, director, writer, and producer from Canada. He was also one of the founders of a production company called Toronto’s Augusta Company. His partners were Daniel Brooks and his future wife, Tracy Wright.
He made a record by appearing in 6 films that screened at the 1998 Toronto International Film Festival.
Don McKellar’s Early Life
Don McKellar was born on the 17th of August, 1963, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His father was a lawyer, and his mother was a teacher. He has two siblings, an older brother, and a younger sister. Don started his career in the theater as an actor from quite an early age.
Don went to Glenview Senior Public School, Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute in his hometown. He joined the University of Toronto’s Victoria College for his higher education and studied English there. He had already started acting in the theater when he discovered film acting.
Although Don began his career as an actor early in the theater, he had to wait till he was 26 to get a break in the Canadian film industry. He appeared for the very first time in a film called Roadkill in 1989. The film was directed by Bruce McDonald. After his first film, his career took off and he went on acting in many feature films, TV series, and short films throughout his career. Don debuted as a writer from the same film he started his acting career from. Three years after he debuted as an actor, he directed his first film. However, his directing career has not been as thriving as his acting career. So, he has managed to direct only 13 films till date.
Don McKellar’s Career
Don’s debut film Roadkill got him the Genie Award nominations for screenwriting and best supporting actor. The film was also awarded the Toronto-Citytv Award for best Canadian feature film in 1990. Don earned his second Genie Award nominations for best actor and best screenwriter two years later in 1991 with his film Highway 61. The film was also directed by the director of his debut film, Bruce McDonald. Since then, he has appeared in more than 66 feature films, TV series, short films, and TV movies. However, he has directed only 13 films and written about the same number of projects.
Career as an Actor
Don won the Genie Award nomination for the best supporting actor from his debut film. Two years later, he again won his second Genie Award nomination as an actor from his second appearance, this time for the best actor. After that, don has acted in numerous projects. Some of his good works include Atom Egoyan’s films Exotica (1994) and The Adjuster (1991). Exotica got him the Genie Award for best supporting actor. Don acted in François Girard’s films Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1992), and The Red Violin (1998), which also starred Samuel L. Jackson. He also shared the screen with famous Hollywood actors Jude Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh in the film eXistenZ which released in 1999, directed by David Cronenberg.
Don’s latest film was a short film Your Mother and I that released in 2016. He is currently working in another short film called Lolz-ita which is under pre-production and will release in 2017. Don’s another film The Bequest will come out in the later part of 2016 and is currently under post-production.
Career as a Director
Don debuted as a director in 1992 with his short film Blue. His first feature film as a director was Last Night which released in 1998. It got critical acclaim all over the world and won the prestigious Prix de la Award at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was also awarded the Claude Jutra Award at the Genies. His later work as a director includes a couple of TV series like Michael: Every Day (2011-2016) and Sensitive Skin (2014-2016).
Career as a Writer
The first film Don did as an actor was written by Don himself. He has been nominated several times for the Genie Award for best screenplay. He wrote numerous short films, TV series, and feature films.
Don McKellar’s Personal Life
Don currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Acknowledging his contributions to the Canadian culture as a director, writer, and actor, he was honored with the membership of the Order of Canada in 2016.
Don married Canadian actress and his longtime partner Tracy Wright, on January 3, 2010. She died on June 22, 2010, from Cancer.
Don is not very active on social media. We could not find him on the social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. However, people can find information about him on his Wikipedia and internet movie database (IMDB) page.
Don McKellar Net Worth
Don’s net worth has not been disclosed. However, he has made a decent amount for himself through his acting, writing, and directing career.