David Sutcliffe

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David Sutcliffe
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Sutcliffe in 2012
David R. Sutcliffe

(1969-06-08) June 8, 1969 (age 49)
EducationUniversity of Toronto
Years active1995–2019
Julie McCullough
(m. 2001; div. 2003)

David R. Sutcliffe (born June 8, 1969) is a Canadian actor. He is best known for playing Christopher Hayden on the television series Gilmore Girls and Detective Aidan Black on the television series Cracked.

Early life[edit]

Sutcliffe was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but raised in Grimsby and St. Catharines, Ontario.[1] He studied English literature at Victoria College in the University of Toronto.[1] He was recruited to play varsity basketball at university, but had to give up the sport when he was diagnosed with a herniated disk.[1]


Sutcliffe has appeared in numerous TV shows, his most notable roles are Adam Williams on Cold Feet,[2] Patrick Owen on I'm with Her,[3] Christopher Hayden on Gilmore Girls,[1] Officer Kevin Nelson on Private Practice,[4] Detective Aidan Black on Cracked[5] and Dr. Len Barliss on Proof.[6]

Sutcliffe's film work includes the straight to DVD film Cake,[7] Testosterone,[8] Under the Tuscan Sun,[5] Misconceptions[9] and the made-for-TV movies Murder in the Hamptons[10] and Before You Say I Do.[11]

He also produced and directed the 11-part documentary series Group, about a week-long group therapy retreat.[12]

Other work[edit]

Sutcliffe is also a Certified Core Energetics Practitioner, a graduate of the Radical Aliveness Institute of Southern California.[13]


Sutcliffe played on the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home games, for the Hollygrove House charity.[14] In 2013, he helped raise funds in support of children’s mental health programs in Toronto.[15]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Bad Day on the Block Helicopter Observer Direct-to-video
1998 Half Baked After School Dad
Jack & Jill
1999 Two or Three Words Ryder
2003 Testosterone Dean Seagrave
Under the Tuscan Sun Ed
2005 Happy Endings Gil Palmer
Cake Ian Grey
2007 Hacia la oscuridad Charlie Bain Also known as Total Darkness in English
2008 Inconceivable Jon Du Bose
Norm Norm Short film
Misconceptions Parker Bliss Sr.
2013 Hunting Season Mike Davis
2016 Milton's Secret Bill Adams
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Forever Knight Fiance Season 2 episode 15: "Be My Valentine"
Nancy Drew Tyler Reed Episode 3: "Exile"
Where's the Money, Noreen? Satterfield Lookalike TV film
1996 Night of the Twisters Farm Dad TV film
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Campus Cop Season 1 episode 6: "The Infestation/Human Apportation"
Holiday Affair
1997 Melanie Darrow Carl TV film
Fast Track Marty James Episode 7: "The Whole Truth"
1998 Carly TV film
Two of a Kind Rick Episode 4: "First Crush"
1999 Will & Grace Campbell Season 1 episode 17: "Secrets and Lays"
Cold Feet Adam Williams Main role
8 episodes
2000 Grapevine Matt Brewer Main role
5 episodes
Friends Kyle Season 7 episode 5: "The One with the Engagement Picture"
2001 Providence Russell Banks Season 3 episode 16: "Love Story"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ian Wolf Season 2 episode 3: "Overload"
2001–2007 Gilmore Girls Christopher Hayden 37 episodes
2002 Body & Soul Barry Matheson Season 1 episode 5: "The Curse"
Mutant X Mark Kearney Season 2 Episode 9: "Body and Soul"
2003 CSI: Miami Rick Breck Season 1 episode 16: "Evidence of Things Unseen"
The Atwood Stories Morrison Episode 1: "Polarities"
The Division Jonah/Dr. Michaelson 6 episodes
2003-2004 I'm with Her Patrick Owen Series regular
1 season, 22 episodes
2005 Murder in the Hamptons Ted Ammon TV film
Snow Wonder Jim TV film
His and Her Christmas Tom Lane TV film
2007–2009 Private Practice Kevin Nelson 13 episodes (season 1 - season 2)
2008 Sticks and Stones Neil Martin TV film
2009 Before You Say "I Do" George TV film
Accidentally on Purpose Brian Episodes 3 and 8: "One Night Stand" and "The Third Man"
2010 Drop Dead Diva Charles Ellis Season 2 episodes 3: "The Long Road to Napa"
The Wish List Fred Jones TV film
Lie to Me John Stafford Season 3 Episode 6: "Beyond Belief"
On Strike for Christmas Stephen Robertson TV film
2011 Mega Cyclone Jason TV film
2013 Cracked Det. Aidan Black Season 1–2
21 Episodes
2015 Rookie Blue Lloyd Hill Season 6 episode 2: "Perfect Family"
Proof Dr. Leonard "Len" Barliss Main role
10 Episodes
Charming Christmas Nick TV film
2016 Degrassi: Next Class Himself Season 1 episode 6: #NotAllMen
The Convenient Groom Lucas Wright TV film
Mistresses Adam 5 episodes
Timeless Lucy's Boss Season 1 episode 1: "Pilot"
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Christopher Hayden Episode 4: "Fall"
Deadly Inferno Colin TV film
2018 The Romanoffs Philip Hayward Season 1 episode 6: "Panorama"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2014 ACTRA Awards Outstanding Performance - Male Cracked Nominated [16]
Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Nominated [17]
2015 Nominated
2016 Golden Maple Awards Best actor in a TV series broadcast in the U.S. Proof Nominated [18]


  1. ^ a b c d "From U of T grad to Rory's dad: actor David Sutcliffe on the 'Gilmore Girls' revival - Arts & Science News". Arts & Science News. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  2. ^ "'COLD FEET': PUNCHLESS IN SEATTLE". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  3. ^ "I'm With Her | EW.com". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  4. ^ "David Sutcliffe returning to Private Practice". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  5. ^ a b Eramo, Steve (9 September 2013). "The Human Equation: Interview with David Sutcliffe from Cracked". The Morton Report. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Gilmore Girls star joins Proof". Digital Spy. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Cheryl Hines jons the cast of Cake". movieweb.com. 2 June 2004. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  8. ^ "We Love Soaps talks to actor David Sutcliffe about playing Antonio Sabato Jr.'s lover in "Testosterone"". greginhollywood.com. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  9. ^ Staff, Variety (9 July 2009). "Review: 'Misconceptions'". Variety. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  10. ^ "REALITY MUCH BETTER THAN 'MURDER'". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Before You Say 'I Do' (2009) starring David Sutcliffe, Jennifer Westfeldt, Lauren Holly, Brad Borbridge, Jeff Roop, John Boylan, Brandon Firla, Reagan Pasternak directed by Paul Fox - movie review on The Movie Scene". www.themoviescene.co.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Media Distributors Exposes New Archival Production Values for Reality Show Pilot 'Group' Using Archive Station". www.consumerelectronicsnet.com. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Cracked star David Sutcliffe on how therapy helps him play a cop with mental health issues | Toronto Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  14. ^ "A Winning Pair: Celebrity Poker Aces and Top Pros Ante Up for World Poker Tour Invitational". prnewswire.com. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Hincks-Dellcrest Centre One Night Stand Charity Fundraiser". Filler Magazine. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  16. ^ "The ACTRA Awards in Toronto | ACTRA Toronto". www.actratoronto.com. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  17. ^ "awards database". www.academy.ca. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  18. ^ "Golden Maple Awards Nominees Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 November 2016.

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