Dean McDermott

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Dean McDermott
Born (1966-11-16) November 16, 1966 (age 49)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Mary Jo Eustace (1993–2006)
Tori Spelling (2006–present)
Children 5

Dean McDermott (born November 16, 1966)[1] is a Canadian-American actor best known as a reality television personality with his wife, actress Tori Spelling, and as the host of the cooking competition Chopped: Canada. He played the role of Constable Renfield Turnbull on the TV series Due South.

Early life[edit]

McDermott was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to David and Doreen McDermott.[1] He has three sisters, Dale, Dawn, and Dana.[2]


McDermott has performed in films Open Range,[3] Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy[4] and Against the Ropes[5]

McDermott has appeared in several TV movies including Always and Forever.,[6] Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe[7] and A Christmas Visitor[8]

McDermott has had a variety of guest and recurring roles on television series, such as Earth: Final Conflict,[9]Tracker,[10]1-800-Missing,[11]NCIS[12] and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[13] 2016 saw McDermott take on a starring role, portraying Iain Vaughn on Slasher[14][15]

Culinary arts[edit]

McDermott is a professionally trained chef.[16] In 2013, he became a member of "Team Guy" on the second season of Food Network's Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off and was the winner,[17] and in January 2014, McDermott began hosting Chopped Canada on Food Network Canada.[18] McDermott hosted Chopped Canada for two seasons, announcing in March 2015 that he would leave the show.[19]

McDermott released a cookbook The Gourmet Dad, in which he wanted to make intimidating plates more attractive to kids.[16][20]

Personal life[edit]

McDermott's first wife is Mary Jo Eustace.[1] They have one child, son Jack, born in October 1998.[21] In July 2005, McDermott began filming the Lifetime TV movie Mind Over Murder in Ottawa, during which he met actress Tori Spelling. The two began an affair the night they met,[22] Upon his subsequent divorce from Eustace, McDermott was granted joint custody of their son Jack, opting not to move forward with the adoption of a baby girl, Lola, whom he and Eustace were in the process of adopting prior to their separation.[23]

McDermott married Tori Spelling on May 7, 2006, in Fiji.[24] Spelling and McDermott renewed their vows on May 8, 2010 in Beverly Hills.[25] Spelling and McDermott have four children: sons Liam Aaron (born March 13, 2007) and Finn Davey (born August 30, 2012) [26] and daughters Stella Doreen (born June 9, 2008)[27] and Hattie Margaret (born October 10, 2011).[28]

On July 1, 2010, McDermott was involved in a dirt bike accident, his second motorcycle accident of the year. He was hospitalized in Los Angeles with a punctured and collapsed lung, and doctors said they expected him to make a full recovery.[29] McDermott was released from the hospital on July 6, 2010.[30]

McDermott became an American citizen at a ceremony in Los Angeles on August 21, 2010.[31]

On January 23, 2014, McDermott's publicist announced that he had entered rehab for "some health and personal issues." In a statement, he said he was "truly sorry for the mistakes I have made and for the pain I've caused my family."[32] While he is receiving treatment, McDermott is allowed to visit his four children with wife Tori Spelling at their home.[33]


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy Hugh Thompson
2008 Saving God Blaze/John Henry James
2007 Kiss the Bride Plumber
2004 The Skulls III Detective Staynor direct to video
2004 Against the Ropes Pete Kallen
2004 Touch of Pink Alisdair Keith
2003 Open Range Doc Barlow
2001 Picture Claire Attendant at the Station
1998 Bone Daddy Mort Jr.
1998 A Cool, Dry Place Sheriff Pritchard
1995 Iron Eagle IV Major Miles Pierce
1991 Stepping Out Young Man at Bar Minor role
1990 Straight Line John Minor role
1988 Graveyard Shift II Best Boy
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Slasher Chief Iain Vaughn Main role; 6 episodes
2014 Chopped Canada Host Main role; 21 episodes
2014 True Tori Himself Main role; 6 episodes
2014 Tori & Dean: Cabin Fever Himself Main role; 9 episodes
2013 Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off Himself/Team Guy Guest role; 6 episodes
2010-2011 Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings Himself Main role, executive producer, composer; 39 episodes
2009 Head Case guest role; additional material writer (1 episode) "The Wedding Ringer"
2009 RuPaul's Drag Race Himself Season 1, Episode 3; Guest for the main challenge
2009 Santa Baby 2 Luke Jessup TV movie
2009 Always & Forever Michael Foster TV movie
2007 Housesitter Philip 'Phil' TV movie
2007-2012 Tori & Dean: Inn Love Himself Main role, executive producer, field producer, senior story producer; 52 episodes
2006 Mind Over Murder Max Luckett TV movie
2005 Without a Trace James Costin (1 episode) "Viuda Negra"
2005 The Closer FBI Agent Stephen Simms (1 episode) "The Big Picture"
2005 NCIS Lt. Commander Allan Witten (1 episode) "Conspiracy Theory"
2005 Kojak Detective Dan Riggins (1 episode) "Pilot"
2005 Tilt Martin Shea Main; 2 episodes
2005 The Tournament Stan Ryckman Recurring;
2004 H20 Clark TV movie
2003-2004 1-800-Missing Alan Coyle Main; 18 episodes
2003 Wall of Secrets Mark Emerson TV movie
2002 A Christmas Visitor Matthew TV movie
1999-2002 Earth: Final Conflict Brenton Michaels/Colonel Liam Kincaid Main Role
2001-2002 Tracker Detective Vic Bruno Recurring; (5 episodes) "Tracker (Pilot)", "Cloud Nine", "Trust", "The Beast", "Without a Trace".
2002 Blue Murder Sgt. Jim Weeks (1 episode) "Spankdaddy"
2001 Stolen Miracle Ron McKinley TV movie
2001 Brian's Song Ralph Kurek TV movie
2001 Loves Music, Loves to Dance Craig Sheridan TV movie
2001 Rough Air: Danger on Flight 534 Grant Blyth TV movie
2001 Relic Hunter Dash Palmerston (1 episode) "Treasure Island"
2001 The Zach Files Park Warden (1 episode) "What's Eating Zack Greenburg
2001 Hysteria - The Def Leppard Story Peter Mensch TV movie
2001 WW 3 Dr. Watson TV movie
2001 What Makes a Family O'Brien TV movie
2000 Deliberate Intent Leasure TV movie
2000 Rescue Heroes unknown role (1 episode)
1998-2000 Power Play Mark Simpson Main role; 26 episodes
2000 Twice in a Lifetime Albert Weaver (1 episode); "Even Steven"
1999 Mystic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend Phoenix voice role; (1 episode); "Cadmus & Europa"
1999 Spenser: Small Vices Tommy Miller TV movie
1999 To Love, Honor & Betray Nick TV movie
1995-1999 Due South Countrable Turnbull/Bubba Dean/Laurier Recurring role; 18 episodes
1998 The Wall Captain Alle1n TV movie; segment "The Pencil Holder"
1998 Evidence of Blood Young Harlan Wade TV movie
1998 Blood on Her Hands Detective Steve Nelson TV movie
1998 Fast Track Unknown Role (2 episodes) "Change of Heart", "Real Time"
1998 La Femme Nikita Sykes (1 episode) "New Regime"
1997 Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way David Cone TV movie
1997 F/X: The Series Ted Abbott (1 episode); "Reunion"
1996 Critical Choices Johnny TV movie
1996 Jack Reed: Death & Vengeance] Vasili TV movie
1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Sheriff (1 episode) "Storm Warning"
1996 The Outer Limits Ray Carter (1 episode) "Vanshing Act"
1996 Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice Tim Moore TV movie
1995 Nancy Drew Mackerin (1 episode) "Welcome to the Callisto"
1995 Bloodknot Local Boy TV movie
1995 Derby Eric McDowell TV movie
1994 Lives of Girls & Women Garet French TV movie
1994 Wild C.A.T.s WarBlade voice role; (2 episodes) "Cry of the Coda", "Change of Mind"
1994 Sodbusters Young Destiny TV movie
1994 The Forget-Me-Not Murders Agent Alex TV movie
1993 Sweating Bullets Tony (1 episode) "Feedback"
1993 Counterstrick Johnny (1 episode) "Clearcut"
1993 Exploring Ontario's Provincial Parks Nick Ward TV mini-series
1993 Street Legal Harris Kepler (1 episode) "Believe the Children"
1992 Top Cops Wasco (1 episode) "Steve Sessler/Jerry Smith/Terry Blaylock"
1991 Final Judgment Young Marty TV movie
1991 Conspiracy of Silence Constable Dutton TV mini series
1989 My Secret Identity Roger (2 episodes) "Photon Blues", "The Video Connection"
1989 C.B.C.'s Magic Hour Chris Ryan (2 episodes) "Rookies", "High Country"
1989 Friday's Curse Peter (1 episode) "Crippled Inside"


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