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Overview (3)

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameJames Arthur O'Regan
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

James O'Regan has more slashes to his name than Freddie from Nightmare on Elm Street: actor/writer/editor/producer/theologian. Canadian viewers will remember his acting best from his many comic commercials like: the stubby beer bottle guy for Molson, the sinking on the couch guy for Leon's, the ENO guy, the double talking mechanic for Canadian Tire, the stern boss with steam coming out his ears for Nutriwhip, or the dad who gets punched in the head by the big baby for Granada.

Younger viewers will recognize him as Abner Jeffries, comic town constable on CBC/Disney's "Road to Avonlea" (1990) - still playing somewhere in the world as we speak. He plays the smart alec neighbor, Carl Jones, on the never-ending TVO series Renovating: The Inside Story. He has appeared in almost every TV series in Canada including Top Cops, Katts & Dog, ENG, Hitchcock, Twilight Zone, Street Legal, T&T, Friday the 13th, and a comedy pilot Peeping Tom playing a cross-dresser! His film work includes Hurt Penguins, Edsville, Blue City Slammers, Clarence, Dream Team, Sea of Love, Anne of Green Gables II, Jane of Lantern Hill and the recent Les Annees Noires on SRC. He continues to audition in Montreal Ottawa, Toronto and Los Angeles.

He has written for all media: stage plays (Eschaton), screenplays (A Charmed Life, Edsville), television (True Life), television skits (The Great Baby Potato Hunt), ad copy for all media, radio plays (Joe Samedi) and commentary (The Food Show, CBA's Information Morning), articles (Harrowsmith), business (Co-op Atlantic, ACOA) and short humor pieces. He also contributes to academic journals, most recently to Ephemerides Liturgicae.

James has produced in theatre, radio and film. He has acted as PR consultant for the arts and business. Many of those slashes came together when Mr. O'Regan conceived, co-wrote, script edited, produced and acted (playing a priest) in the short comedy film, Edsville. The film, about a couple who stumbles upon a town of Ed Sullivan impersonators, won a Spanish gold medal (Jabega de Oro 1991) for the world's best comedy short and was nominated for both a 1991 Golden Sheaf Award and a 1991 Genie Award for Best Short. Edsville was also the first short film to generate box office revenue in rep cinemas across Canada with a theatrical audience of 10,000. It played in 15 festivals world-wide and had its prime-time network premiere on CBC, January 18, 1992. With a 14 share and 1.02M viewers, it outdrew all CBC comedies for the week. Edsville had its US premiere in New York over Christmas 1992. It continues to play theatrically in Canada.

His second film, a war documentary, is called Shooters (2004), about the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit during WWII. It took a long seven years to get it done and released as a DVD-on-demand, a television product showing on four Canadian networks. Both Edsville and Shooters are available as DVDs.

James has spent a couple of years researching methodology for live event analysis, especially as it pertains to liturgy. He presented a paper at the McGill-hosted American Academy of Religion conference in May 2005 and will have presented another in Toronto at the North American Academy of Liturgy. An eBook is in the offing.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: James O'Regan

Trivia (1)

Developing comedy scripts and projects. Consulting for government and industry. Auditioning in Canada and the US. Researching methodology in live event analysis. [December 2006]

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