David Sutcliffe

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David Sutcliffe
David Sutcliffe (cropped).jpg
Sutcliffe in March 2012
Born (1969-06-08) June 8, 1969 (age 52)
EducationUniversity of Toronto
Years active1995–2019
(m. 2001; div. 2003)

David Sutcliffe (born June 8, 1969) is a Canadian-American retired actor. He is 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, and 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 television 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]

He was also in an episode of the show Nancy Drew in 1995, titled "Exile", playing the character of actor Tyler Reed.

Sutcliffe's film work includes Cake,[7] Testosterone,[8] Under the Tuscan Sun,[5] Misconceptions[9] and the television films 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]

On May 20, 2019, Sutcliffe announced his retirement from acting via his official Facebook page.[13]

Other work[edit]

Sutcliffe is also a Certified Core Energetics Practitioner, a graduate of the Radical Aliveness Institute of Southern California.[14]


Sutcliffe played on the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home games, for the Hollygrove House charity.[15] In 2013, he helped raise funds in support of children's mental health programs in Toronto.[16]

Political activities[edit]

When the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol occurred, Sutcliffe denied attending via Twitter, but stated that he would be proud to share a smoke with a certain person who did.[17][18] Later, in reply to a tweet, he said he was "kidding".[19][18]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Bad Day on the Block Helicopter observer
1998 Half Baked After school dad
1998 Jack & Jill N/A
1999 Two or Three Words Ryder
2003 Testosterone Dean Seagrave
2003 Under the Tuscan Sun Ed
2005 Happy Endings Gil Palmer
2005 Break a Leg Happy actor
2005 Cake Ian Grey
2007 Hacia la oscuridad Charlie Bain Also known as Total Darkness in English
2008 Inconceivable Jon Du Bose
2008 Misconceptions Parker Bliss Sr.
2013 Hunting Season Mike Davis
2016 Milton's Secret Bill Adams


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Forever Knight Fiance Episode: "Be My Valentine"
1995 Nancy Drew Tyler Reed Episode: "Exile"
1995 Where's the Money, Noreen? Satterfield lookalike Television film
1996 Night of the Twisters Farm dad Television film
1996 Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Campus cop Episode: "The Infestation/Human Apportation"
1996 Holiday Affair N/A Television film
1997 Melanie Darrow Carl Television film
1997 Fast Track Marty James Episode: "The Whole Truth"
1998 Two of a Kind Rick Episode: "First Crush"
1999 Will & Grace Campbell Episode: "Secrets and Lays"
1999 Cold Feet Adam Williams Main role
2000 Grapevine Matt Brewer Main role
2000 Friends Kyle Episode: "The One with the Engagement Picture"
2001–2007 Gilmore Girls Christopher Hayden 36 episodes
2001 Providence Russell Banks Episode: "Love Story"
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ian Wolf Episode: "Overload"
2002 Body & Soul Barry Matheson Episode: "The Curse"
2002 Mutant X Mark Kearney Episode: "Body and Soul"
2003 CSI: Miami Rick Breck Episode: "Evidence of Things Unseen"
2003 The Atwood Stories Morrison Episode: "Polarities"
2003 The Division Jonah/Dr. Michaelson 6 episodes
2003–2004 I'm with Her Patrick Owen Main role
2005 Murder in the Hamptons Ted Ammon Television film
2005 Snow Wonder Jim Television film
2005 His and Her Christmas Tom Lane Television film
2007–2009 Private Practice Kevin Nelson 13 episodes
2008 Sticks and Stones Neil Martin Television film
2009 Before You Say "I Do" George Murray Television film
2009 Accidentally on Purpose Brian 2 episodes
2010 The Wish List Fred Jones Television film
2010 Drop Dead Diva Charles Ellis Episode: "The Long Road to Napa"
2010 Lie to Me John Stafford Episode: "Beyond Belief"
2010 On Strike for Christmas Stephen Robertson Television film
2011 Mega Cyclone Jason Newmar Television film
2013 Cracked Detective Aidan Black Main role
2015 Rookie Blue Lloyd Hill Episode: "Perfect Family"
2015 Proof Dr. Leonard "Len" Barliss Main role
2015 Charming Christmas Nick Television film
2016 Degrassi: Next Class Himself Episode: "#NotAllMen"
2016 The Convenient Groom Lucas Wright Television film
2016 Mistresses Adam 5 episodes
2016 Timeless Lucy's boss Episode: "Pilot"
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Christopher Hayden Episode: "Fall"
2016 Deadly Inferno Colin Television film
2017 Insecure Isaac Episode: "Hella Perspective"
2017 A Man for Every Month Ben Television film
2018 The Romanoffs Philip Hayward Episode: "Panorama"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2014 ACTRA Awards Outstanding Performance – Male Cracked Nominated [20]
Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Nominated [21]
2015 Nominated
2016 Golden Maple Awards Best Actor in a TV Series Broadcast in the U.S. Proof Nominated [22]


  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. November 25, 2016. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "'COLD FEET': PUNCHLESS IN SEATTLE". NY Daily News. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "I'm With Her". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "David Sutcliffe returning to Private Practice". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Eramo, Steve (September 9, 2013). "The Human Equation: Interview with David Sutcliffe from Cracked". The Morton Report. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "Gilmore Girls star joins Proof". Digital Spy. August 28, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "Cheryl Hines jons the cast of Cake". movieweb.com. June 2, 2004. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "We Love Soaps talks to actor David Sutcliffe about playing Antonio Sabato Jr.'s lover in "Testosterone"". greginhollywood.com. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  9. ^ Variety Staff (July 9, 2009). "Review: 'Misconceptions'". Variety. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  10. ^ "REALITY MUCH BETTER THAN 'MURDER'". NY Daily News. Retrieved December 2, 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 December 2, 2016.
  12. ^ "Media Distributors Exposes New Archival Production Values for Reality Show Pilot 'Group' Using Archive Station". www.consumerelectronicsnet.com. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  13. ^ Sutcliffe, David. "I officially retired from acting..." Retrieved January 5, 2020 – via Facebook.
  14. ^ "Cracked star David Sutcliffe on how therapy helps him play a cop with mental health issues | Toronto Star". thestar.com. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  15. ^ "A Winning Pair: Celebrity Poker Aces and Top Pros Ante Up for World Poker Tour Invitational". prnewswire.com. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  16. ^ "Hincks-Dellcrest Centre One Night Stand Charity Fundraiser". Filler Magazine. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  17. ^ Yang, Rachel (January 18, 2021). "Gilmore Girls actor David Sutcliffe says he didn't storm U.S. Capitol, but praises 'Patriot' who did". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  18. ^ a b Lewis, Isobel (January 19, 2021). "Gilmore Girls star claims he was 'kidding' in Capitol riots post". The Independent. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  19. ^ "Gilmore Girls' David Sutcliffe Calls Capitol Rioter 'Patriot' ... Then Claims He Was Joking". Too Fab. January 19, 2021. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  20. ^ "The ACTRA Awards in Toronto | ACTRA Toronto". www.actratoronto.com. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  21. ^ "awards database". www.academy.ca. Archived from the original on December 3, 2016. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  22. ^ "Golden Maple Awards Nominees Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 12, 2016.

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