John Ralston (actor)

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John Ralston
Born (1964-10-09) October 9, 1964 (age 52)
Chatham, New Brunswick (Miramichi, New Brunswick)

John Ralston (born October 9, 1964[1] in New Brunswick[2]) is a Canadian actor.


Ralston's most notable roles are George Venturi on Life with Derek, and his role as Mr. Avenir on Strange Days at Blake Holsey High. He was also the lead on the 2010–12 HBO Canada series Living in Your Car.[2]

Earlier in his career, Ralston was seen on the Toronto stage in a production of George F. Walker's Risk Everything in 1998.[3]

In 2006 and 2007, he was featured in Toyota Tundra truck commercials airing in Canada, and starred as Ming the Merciless in the 2007 Sci-Fi Channel original series Flash Gordon.[4][5] In 2008 he was in the Lifetime movie A Near Death Experience.

In July 2013, Ralston appeared on Degrassi in its 13th season as Miles Hollingsworth II, a role he continued through its 14th and final season. Ralston reprised this role in the follow-up series, Degrassi: Next Class. In 2015, he co-starred as Jean-Claude Van Damme's estranged brother in the film, Pound of Flesh.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Although John Ralston was born in Chatham, New Brunswick (Miramichi, New Brunswick), he grew up in Fredericton and St. Andrews, New Brunswick, and lived in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. He became interested in acting while going after a diploma in jazz studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.[citation needed]

Ralston now lives in Toronto, Canada. He has a son named Stuart who voices Rocky in Seasons 1 and 2 in the TV series PAW Patrol.[citation needed]




  • Turn It Up (2000) — Mr. White
  • Exit Wounds (2001) — Mulcahy's Date
  • Khaled (2001) — Mr. Borquin
  • Hurt (2003) — Stevie's Dad
  • Crust (2003) — Father / Narrator
  • Bar Life (2003) — Boss
  • South of the Moon (2008) — Matt Hawkins
  • One Night (2010) — Jack
  • Counselling (2011) — Clark
  • The Last Round (2013) — Sammy
  • The Informant [aka Gibraltar] (2013) — John Wexford
  • Billy the Kid (2014) — Edward McCarty
  • Client Seduction (2014) — Detective Mike
  • Pound of Flesh (2015) — George[6][7]


  1. ^ Gentile, Petrina (June 30, 2010). "It's no Rolls-Royce, but this actor loves his Kia". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  2. ^ a b MacDonald, Gayle (May 7, 2010). "With Living in Your Car, an expat fires up an HBO satire". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  3. ^ Friedlander, Mira (July 20, 1998). "Review: 'Risk Everything'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  4. ^ a b Lowry, Brian (August 7, 2007). "Review: 'Flash Gordon'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  5. ^ a b Richmond, Ray (August 9, 2007). "Flash Gordon". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  6. ^ a b Scheck, Frank (May 14, 2015). "'Pound of Flesh': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  7. ^ a b Harvey, Dennis (June 1, 2015). "Film Review: 'Pound of Flesh'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  8. ^ Speier, Michael (July 17, 2002). "Review: 'Power and Beauty'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 

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