Dean McDermott

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Dean McDermott
Born (1966-11-16) November 16, 1966 (age 53)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active1988–present

Dean McDermott (born November 16, 1966)[1] is a Canadian 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 actress Mary Jo Eustace.[1] They have one child, son Jack Montgomery (born October 10, 1998).[21] In July 2005, McDermott began filming the Lifetime TV movie Mind Over Murder in Ottawa, during which he met actress Tori Spelling, who was then married to writer-actor Charlie Shanian. Spelling and McDermott began cheating on their spouses 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 five children: three sons born March 2007,[26], August 2012[27] and March 2017[28] and two daughters born June 2008[29] and October 2011.[30][31][32]

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.[33] McDermott was released from the hospital on July 6, 2010.[34]

McDermott became an American citizen at a ceremony in Los Angeles on August 21, 2010.[35]

On January 23, 2014, McDermott's publicist announced McDermott 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."[36]



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Graveyard Shift II Best Boy
1990 Straight Line John
1991 Stepping Out Young Man at Bar
1995 Iron Eagle IV Major Miles Pierce
1998 Bone Daddy Mort Jr.
A Cool, Dry Place Sheriff Pritchard
2001 Picture Claire Attendant at the Station
2003 Open Range Doc Barlow
2004 The Skulls III Detective Staynor direct to video
Against the Ropes Pete Kallen
Touch of Pink Alisdair Keith
2007 Kiss the Bride Plumber
2008 Saving God Blaze/John Henry James
2011 Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy Hugh Thompson
2017 Garlic & Gunpowder Agent Bean
2017 Dead Again in Tombstone Dr. Goldsworthy


Year Title Role Notes
1989 My Secret Identity Roger (2 episodes) "Photon Blues", "The Video Connection"
C.B.C.'s Magic Hour Chris Ryan (2 episodes) "Rookies", "High Country"
Friday's Curse Peter (1 episode) "Crippled Inside"
1991 Final Judgment Young Marty TV movie
Conspiracy of Silence Constable Dutton TV mini series
1992 Top Cops Wasco (1 episode) "Steve Sessler/Jerry Smith/Terry Blaylock"
1993 Sweating Bullets Tony (1 episode) "Feedback"
Counterstrick Johnny (1 episode) "Clearcut"
Exploring Ontario's Provincial Parks Nick Ward TV mini-series
Street Legal Harris Kepler (1 episode) "Believe the Children"
1994 Lives of Girls & Women Garet French TV Movie
Wild C.A.T.s WarBlade
Sodbusters Young Destiny
The Forget-Me-Not Murders Agent Alex voice role; (2 episodes) "Cry of the Coda", "Change of Mind"
1995 Due South Constable Turnbull/Bubba Dean/Laurier Recurring role, 18 episodes/1 episode "Doctor Longball"/1 episode "The Man Who Knew Too Little"
Nancy Drew Mackerin (1 episode) "Welcome to the Callisto"
Bloodknot Local Boy TV movie
Derby Eric McDowell
1996 Critical Choices Johnny
Jack Reed: Death & Vengeance] Vasili
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Sheriff (1 episode) "Storm Warning"
The Outer Limits Ray Carter (1 episode) "Vanshing Act"
Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice Tim Moore TV movie
1997 Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way David Cone
F/X: The Series Ted Abbott (1 episode); "Reunion"
1998 Power Play Mark Simpson Main role; 26 episodes
The Wall Captain Alle1n TV movie
Evidence of Blood Young Harlan Wade
Blood on Her Hands Detective Steve Nelson
Fast Track Unknown Role (2 episodes) "Change of Heart", "Real Time"
La Femme Nikita Sykes (1 episode) "New Regime"
1999 Earth: Final Conflict Brenton Michaels/Colonel Liam Kincaid Main Role
Mystic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend Phoenix voice role; (1 episode); "Cadmus & Europa"
Spenser: Small Vices Tommy Miller TV movie
To Love, Honor & Betray Nick
2000 Deliberate Intent Leasure
Rescue Heroes Sergeant Siren (2 episode)
Twice in a Lifetime Albert Weaver (1 episode); "Even Steven"
2001 Tracker Detective Vic Bruno Recurring; (5 episodes) "Tracker (Pilot)", "Cloud Nine", "Trust", "The Beast", "Without a Trace".
Stolen Miracle Ron McKinley TV movie
Brian's Song Ralph Kurek
Loves Music, Loves to Dance Craig Sheridan
Rough Air: Danger on Flight 534 Grant Blyth
Relic Hunter Dash Palmerston (1 episode) "Treasure Island"
The Zach Files Park Warden (1 episode) "What's Eating Zack Greenburg
Hysteria - The Def Leppard Story Peter Mensch TV movie
WW 3 Dr. Watson
What Makes a Family O'Brien
2002 A Christmas Visitor Matthew
Blue Murder Sgt. Jim Weeks (1 episode) "Spankdaddy"
2003 1-800-Missing Alan Coyle Main; 18 episodes
Wall of Secrets Mark Emerson TV movie
2004 H20 Clark
2005 Without a Trace James Costin (1 episode) "Viuda Negra"
The Closer FBI Agent Stephen Simms (1 episode) "The Big Picture"
NCIS Lt. Commander Allan Witten (1 episode) "Conspiracy Theory"
Kojak Detective Dan Riggins (1 episode) "Pilot"
Tilt Martin Shea Main; 2 episodes
The Tournament Stan Ryckman Recurring;
2006 Mind Over Murder Max Luckett TV movie
2007 Housesitter Philip 'Phil'
Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood Himself Main role, executive producer, field producer, senior story producer; 52 episodes
2009 Head Case guest role; additional material writer (1 episode) "The Wedding Ringer"
RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1, Episode 3; Guest for the main challenge
Santa Baby 2 Luke Jessup TV movie
Always & Forever Michael Foster
2010 Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings Himself Main role, executive producer, composer; 39 episodes
2013 Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off Guest role; 6 episodes (Team Guy)
2014 Tori & Dean: Cabin Fever Main role; 9 episodes
Chopped Canada Host Main role; 21 episodes
True Tori Himself Main role; 15 episodes
2015 Hell's Kitchen Dining room guest; (1 episode) "18 Chefs Compete"
2016 Slasher: The Executioner Chief Iain Vaughn Main role; 6 episodes
2017 Slasher: Guilty Party Alan Hayes Recurring role
2018 The Last Sharknado: It's About Time Gilly TV movie[37]
2019 Slasher: Solstice Dan Olensky Recurring role
2019 Badland Wives Major Fromm TV Movie


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