Dave Foley

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Dave Foley
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Foley in 2006
Born David Scott Foley
(1963-01-04) January 4, 1963 (age 52)
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor, director, producer, writer, stand-up comedian
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Tabatha Southey (1991–1997 Divorced)
Crissy Guerrero (2002–2008 Divorced)
Children 3

David Scott "Dave" Foley (born January 4, 1963) is a Canadian actor, stand-up comedian, writer, director and producer best known for his work in The Kids in the Hall and NewsRadio.

Personal life[edit]

Foley, the third of four children, was born in Etobicoke, Ontario, the son of Mary, a homemaker and Michael, a steam-fitter.[1][2] He married his first wife Tabatha Southey on December 31, 1991 in Canada. Together they had two children, Edmund "Ned" (born in 1991) and Basil (born in 1995). They divorced in 1997 after six years of marriage. He resides in Los Angeles. On August 1, 2002, he married Crissy Guerrero. Their daughter, Alina Chiara[1] (born April 16, 2003), portrays Ellie on FX's The League, Claire Brady on the soap opera Days of Our Lives from January 3 to March 24, 2008 and starred in the Jackie Chan film, The Spy Next Door, released on January 15, 2010. Foley and Guerrero divorced in 2008.

In 2011, Foley stated that as a result of having been judicially mandated to pay Southey "literally (...) 400 per cent of (his) income" in alimony, he cannot return to Canada without facing imprisonment.[3]


The Kids in the Hall[edit]

After dropping out of high school, Foley pursued standup comedy for about a year in the Toronto Second City Training Centre where he began taking improv classes. There, he met Kevin McDonald. McDonald got Foley a job with him as an usher at a local art house movie theatre. Together, they formed the original The Kids in the Hall. In October 1989, The Kids in the Hall debuted on TV, with a cast of Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson. Some of Foley's famous characters include Hecubus, one of the Sizzler sisters, the A. T. & Love boss, Bruno Puntz Jones, Mr. Heavyfoot, Jocelyn, and Lex. The show ended in April 1994.

The Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy[edit]

The Kids in the Hall at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival

Initially involved with The Kids in the Hall film Brain Candy project, he left the troupe in the middle of the writing, dissatisfied with the internal strife and the quality of the script, and joined the NewsRadio cast instead. As the remaining Kids still hadn't signed any contract with the studio, Foley agreed to sign a deal, which would allow the rest of the troupe to get paid for the script, though he was convinced that it would never be shot. When it was greenlighted, Foley did the film because he was contractually obligated. He is the only member of the group who is not credited as a writer.[4] Foley rejoined the troupe in 2000 and has been an integral part of their various reformations. He appeared in the Kids in the Hall 2010 reunion project Death Comes to Town.[5]


Paul Simms, creator of NewsRadio (1995–99), happened to be a huge fan of Foley's work, and wrote the role of Dave Nelson specifically for him. Much of his character on the show was based on his own personality quirks, including his coffee addiction and his love of the sitcom Green Acres. He was recently reunited with NewsRadio writer Joe Furey, when he recorded the special featurette Working with Joe Furey, an add-on to Furey's comedy Love and Support.

Other roles[edit]

Foley starred in the third season of Robson Arms on CTV. Beginning in 2014, he also headlines CTV's new sitcom Spun Out.[6]

Film appearances[edit]

Foley co-wrote and starred in the comedy The Wrong Guy,[7] as Nelson Hibbert, an office worker who finds his boss murdered, mistakenly believes he will be blamed for the crime and runs off as a fugitive. He also starred in High Stakes, as Bo Baker, a day dreaming 'star reporter' looking for the perfect story. His other films include Monkeybone, Blast from the Past, Swindle and Sky High. He also played one of the office workers in My Boss's Daughter. In 2001, he played the boss of 'N Sync singer Lance Bass in the film On the Line. In 2007, he appeared, nude in Uwe Boll's film adaptation of the controversial PC game Postal. Foley's other credits include Anne of Avonlea as Lewis Allen, California Dreaming (along with NewsRadio co-star Vicki Lewis), and Broken Lizard's Freeloaders. He also starred in Last Call.

Other television appearances[edit]

In 2004, Foley became host of Celebrity Poker Showdown on Bravo.

He has been a guest on many television series, including Becker, Carpoolers, Comedy Central Presents, Committed, Desperate Housewives, Dinner for Five, Father of the Pride, Grounded for Life, Hot Properties, I Love the '70s, I'm with Her, In Plain Sight, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Joey, Just Shoot Me!, Justified, L.A. Blues, Las Vegas, Less Than Kind, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Lovespring International, MADtv, Mr. Show, Odd Job Jack, Scrubs, Sketch Pad, South Park, Testing Bob, The King of Queens, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The New Adventures of Old Christine, The Prodigious Hickey, Stargate Atlantis, The Tick, Tom Goes to the Mayor, What's Up Peter Fuddy?, What's New, Scooby-Doo?, Brothers & Sisters, Will & Grace, True Jackson VP, Eureka, Leverage, The Middle and Maron. He delivered a portrayal of astronaut Alan Bean in the seventh episode of the television mini-series From the Earth to the Moon.

In 1987, he danced with Anne Shirley in the TV mini-series Anne of Avonlea.

In 2002, Foley hosted the CBC Christmas Special, The True Meaning of Christmas Specials, in which he, a Mexican Elvis, Elvis Stojko and Dick Dale travel to Canada in search of the true meaning of Christmas specials.

In 2007, Foley became the judge for the US version of Thank God You're Here. He portrayed a middle management employee (who happens to be a vampire) in the undead office comedy Netherbeast Incorporated (2007) and lends his voice to the disgruntled elf Wayne in the 2009 Disney-produced holiday specials "Prep and Landing", "Prep and Landing: Operation Secret Santa" and "Prep and Landing: Naughty vs Nice". He also made a guest appearance in the 2007 special, Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary.

He has appeared as a high school principal in episodes of the comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In 2011, he appeared in How I Met Your Mother as Marshall's possible future boss, Mr. Bloom. In 2011-12, Foley played Jerry Dunham, the boss of lead character Andrew Carlson (David Hornsby) in the short-lived CBS sitcom How to Be a Gentleman.

In 2012 and 2013, Foley guest-starred on The Middle as Dr. Fulton (Brick's school therapist) in the season 4 episodes "The Ditch", "Bunny Therapy" and "Life Skills". During "Life Skills", Foley's character refers to Brick's (Atticus Shaffer) classmates as "the kids in the hall" (following an awkward pause and glance by both characters) and mentioned their behavior similar to those of comedy sketches from The Kids in the Hall.

Since February 2013, Foley has played the recurring character Detective Bob on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland.

The Sensible Traveler with Bobby Fargo[edit]

In 2009, Foley was hired by 49 North Inc./Fuel Industries, a multi-national branded content and entertainment company, to star in a web series titled with six episodes that are written by TV writer Stephen Hibbert and directed by a number of people, including Leslie Iwerks and Chris Roach. To date, the series is one of 49 North Inc./Fuel Industries' most successful web series at well over 20,000 hits since the beginning of 2010. No word has yet been released as to a second season being filmed.[8]

Relatively Well[edit]

Foley released his stand-up special in January 2013, distributed by Showtime.[9]

Music video appearances[edit]

In 1993, Foley appeared in a music video for the Vancouver, BC band Odds, alongside fellow The Kids in the Hall members Mark McKinney and Kevin McDonald. In the video for "Heterosexual Man" the three comedians play stereotypical macho jocks in the audience of a small bar where Odds are playing until Foley inexplicably turns into a woman. In 2008, he appeared in Hollerado's original music video for their song 'Americanarama' where he portrays a sexually promiscuous boss/ underwear model, in the band's parody to American Apparel. He also appeared in another of the band's music videos for the song 'Desire 126'. In 2010, Foley appeared in a music video for the Los Angeles, CA band Black Robot. The song is a cover of the JJ Cale classic "Cocaine". The video was released on May 5, 2010[10] exclusively on top rated gaming website IGN.com and was filmed at the legendary burlesque club Jumbo's Clown Room.[11] Foley starred in Neva Dinova's video for the song "Yellow Datsun" from their album Hate Yourself Change released on Side Cho Records.[12] In 2012, Foley starred in Off!'s music video for their song Borrow and Bomb, playing a "professional educator" by the name of Dale Antwerp who hosts a public access talk show entitled Teen Talk.[13] He appeared in another Off! video in 2014 for their song "Red White and Black", playing the role of a Fascist dictator.[14]

Voice acting[edit]

Foley voiced the robot, Yes Man in the 2010 video game, Fallout: New Vegas,[15] Chris on The Hub's show Dan vs., Agent Rick in Pound Puppies, one of the Baldwin brothers in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and Terry Perry, part of a monster with two heads in Monsters University. He also voiced Flik, an ant who tries to gain respect for his colony in A Bug's Life and makes brief cameos in Toy Story 2, Cars and a season 6 episode of Robot Chicken.


Foley is listed as a co-writer of the Stripper's Union single "Give Up and Go Away", a song originally written for his former wife Crissy.


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