Jacob Tierney

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Jacob Tierney
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Born Jacob Daniel Tierney
(1979-09-26) September 26, 1979 (age 39)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter
Years active 1988–present

Jacob Daniel Tierney (born September 26, 1979) is a Canadian actor, director and screenwriter.

Early life[edit]

Tierney was born in Montreal, Quebec, the son of Terry Smiley, a teacher, and veteran producer Kevin Tierney.[1][2]


Tierney started his career as a child actor, beginning at age six.[3] Aside from acting, Tierney also writes and directs. He made his directorial debut in 2002, with the short film titled Dad.[3]

Since Dad, Tierney has written and directed the feature films Twist (2003),[3] for which he was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Adapted Screenplay,[4] The Trotsky (2009),[3][5] which garnered him two Canadian Comedy Awards[6] and a Genie Award,[4] Good Neighbors (2010),[1] and Preggoland (2014).[7] He has also directed episodes of the television sitcom Mr. D and Gavin Crawford's comedy special Gavin Crawford's Wild West.[8][9] In 2012, Tierney participated in the jury of the Air Canada enRoute Film Festival.[10]

Tierney is the co-creator of the television series Letterkenny along with writer Jared Keeso.[11] Tierney also writes and directs the series, in addition to starring as Pastor Glen. At the 5th Canadian Screen Awards in 2017, Tierney won several awards for his work on the series, including Best Comedy Series.[12] In 2018, Tierney's work as series director was recognized once again as he took home the CSA for Best Direction in a Comedy Series as well as Best Writing in a Comedy Series with Letterkenny co-writer and co-creator Jared Keeso.


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Horses in Winter Ben Waxman at age 9
1988 Pin Leon, age 7
1989 Mindfield Mario
1990 Nathaël and the Seal Hunt (voice) Short film
1993 Josh and S.A.M. Joshua 'Josh' Whitney
1995 The Neon Bible David, age 15
1995 Rainbow Steven Bailey
1998 Motel Young Tom
1998 This Is My Father Jack
1998 Dead End Adam Compton
1999 You Can Thank Me Later Simon Cooperberg
1999 The Life Before This Justin
2000 Poor White Trash Lennie Lake
2002 Dad Dad/Edward Short film
Writer, director
2004 Trouser Accidents Mark Short film
2004 Blood Chris Terry
2007 Walk All Over Me Paul
2009 The Trotsky V.I. (Lenin) Writer, director
2010 Good Neighbors Jonah Writer, director
2011 Sorry, Rabbi Josh Short film
2011 French Immersion Jonathan Hornstein
2012 Camion
2016 Lovesick Dash
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Extra! Extra! TV series
1988 Hitting Home David Hughes TV movie
1990–1991 Dracula: The Series Max Townsend 21 episodes
1991–1992 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Eric 13 episodes
1991 Watatatow Greg TV series
1992 A Bunch of Munsch Episode: "Angela's Airplane/The Fire Station"
1994 TekWar: TekJustice Eugene Leopold TV movie
1995 The Little Lulu Show Wilbur VanSnob (voice) TV series
1997 Princess Sissi Prince Karl (voice) TV series
1997 Whiskers Jed Martin (21 years old) TV movie
1999 The Hunger Snake Episode: "Nunc Dimittis"
1999-2000 Big Wolf on Campus Brother Ambrose 2 episodes
2000 Touched by an Angel Max Episode: "Legacy"
2000 A Diva's Christmas Carol Guy Playing Charades TV movie
2005 Murder in the Hamptons TV movie
2005 Slings and Arrows Scott 4 episodes
2005 The Many Trials of One Jane Doe Eric Golden TV movie
2007 St. Urbain's Horsemen Joey TV miniseries
2016 Letterkenny Glen Also co-creator, director

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2004 Genie Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Twist Nominated [4]
Achievement in Music – Original Song Won
2010 Canadian Comedy Awards Best Writing – Film The Trotsky Won [6]
Best Direction – Film Won
Genie Awards Best Original Screenplay Won [4]
2014 Canadian Screen Awards Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series Gavin Crawford's Wild West Nominated
Vancouver International Film Festival Awards Most Popular Canadian Feature Film Preggoland Won [13]
2015 Directors Guild of Canada Awards Best Direction – Feature Film Nominated [14]
Omaha Film Festival Awards Audience Choice Feature Film Won [15]
2016 Canadian Screen Awards Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series Mr D Nominated [4]
2017 Canadian Screen Awards Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series Letterkenny Won [16]
Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series (shared with Jared Keeso) Won
Best Comedy Series (shared with Mark Montefiore, Patrick O'Sullivan, Jared Keeso) Won
WGC Screenwriting Awards Best Script From a Rookie Series (shared with Jared Keeso) Nominated [17]
Best TV Comedy (shared with Jared Keeso) Won


  1. ^ a b Matthew Hays, Jacob Tierney's unneighbourly conduct. The Globe and Mail, September 13, 2010.
  2. ^ https://www.pressreader.com/canada/montreal-gazette/20100313/283558036757101
  3. ^ a b c d "Exclusive Interview with "The Trotsky" Writer/Director Jacob Tierney » My Cinema | My Entertainment World". www.myentertainmentworld.ca. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e "awards database". academy.ca/. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  5. ^ Stevenson, Jane (2009-09-16). "Canadian Baruchel channels Trotsky". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved 2009-09-16.
  6. ^ a b "Canadian Comedy Awards". NOW Toronto Magazine - Think Free. 19 October 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Jacob Tierney on his latest film, Preggoland". Montreal Gazette. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  8. ^ Knight, Chris. "VIFF: Director Jacob Tierney's latest labour follows fake pregnancy". www.nationalpost.com. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Thunderbird — The Canadian Screen Awards Nominations was today and here is the full list of television nominees…". thunderbird.tv. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  10. ^ enRoute | The 2012 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival Jury
  11. ^ "Letterkenny's love affair with Sudbury". Sudbury Star. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  12. ^ Furdyk, Brent (March 12, 2017). "2017 Canadian Screen Awards: And The Winners Are…". ET Canada. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  13. ^ "The winners of the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival". www.theprovince.com. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  14. ^ "2015 nominees" (PDF). dgc.ca. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  15. ^ "» Winners Omaha Film Festival". omahafilmfestival.org. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  16. ^ "2017 TV Nominees - Academy.ca". Academy.ca. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  17. ^ "2017 WGC Screenwriting Awards Finalists". www.wgc.ca. Retrieved 10 March 2017.

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