Born in Toronto, Potter discovered a love of acting in school but never considered pursuing it as a career. Eventually he worked as a stockbroker in Europe and in Canada, while continuing to perform in amateur theater productions. He caught the attention of Martha Henry, one of Canada's leading actresses, who cast him in the Canadian production of "Biloxi Blues" in Toronto. Potter won rave reviews and within a month landed a leading role in the CBC television series "Material World" (1990).
He made a name for himself in television starring in two long-running popular dramatic series, which at one point let to him appearing on screen in two different roles at the same time. He played David Carradine's son and crime fighting partner in "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" (1993), which debuted in 1993 and aired for four seasons, and starred as a hard-hitting police sergeant for three years in USA Network's "Silk Stalkings" (1991), for which he also served as an episode director. Some of his other credits include CBS's Open House (2003) (TV), Rush of Fear (2003) (TV), the ABC pilots The Big House (2001) (TV) and Astronauts (2002) (TV), "Andromeda" (2000), the USA Network television movie, The Waiting Game (2001) (TV), as the voice of Gambit in the Fox animated series "X-Men" (1992) and as a guest star on "Will & Grace" (1998).
An actor with a flair for edgy, unconventional roles, Potter guest starred as Dr. David Cameron in the first season of Showtime's much-talked-about hit series, "Queer as Folk" (2000). He has also completed production on the Miramax feature film release Spymate (2006) and was in the ABC mini-series A Wrinkle in Time (2003) (TV). In 2001, he received the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Award for best actor for his first feature film role in the drama Rocket's Red Glare (2000).
Potter is married and has four children.
|Karen||(1985 - present) 4 children|
Chris has 4 children: Jessie, Quinn, Claire, and Gray.
He plays the Drums.
Directing television is not unlike being a father of four... you get questions all day long, some of them are relevant, some of them are not... you have to keep marching forward.
[on his recurring role on "Queer as Folk" (2000)]: They asked me to stay the season which I did but I was commuting back to San Diego and the money was very poor. So I asked for more the second season and they declined so I left.
[on his hopes to stay with "Heartland" (2007/II) for a longtime]: The stories are still fresh, the scenery is magnificent and these kids have great energy. What's not to like about this family saga?
My secret is I like to work, but I also have to work -- I have four kids.
I'm one of those people who everyone recognizes but no one knows my name. People always come up to me and are like, 'Hey, you're that guy, you're um ... Hey, honey come over here. Who is this guy?' It can be a bit of a long process. It would actually be easier to be Tom Cruise sometimes and be recognized from two blocks away.
[on the death of David Carradine]: David loved his life, his children, his grandchildren, his friends. His happiest times seemed to be with Annie. He worshipped, worried for and protected his brothers. He held a special place in his heart for Bobby.
[on his on- and off-camera relationship with David Carradine, who played Kwai Chang Caine, from 1972-1997]: It was quite a ride. I phoned him from Calgary two days before he passed -- he was in Bangkok. David was a magnificent eccentric. When he died, I mourned him and went to his funeral attended by 500 friends. Three ex-wives were there, grandchildren were there, we all went back to Jane Seymour's Malibu pad to pay our respects. He had hundreds of friends.
[Of David Carradine]: By the end of that day, I had witnessed his ex-wife get kicked by a horse, drank almost a half a gallon of vodka, a bucket full of Bud, witnessed him strip down to his famous green speedo [to relax], while explaining the story of his life as told by the complex, colorful tattoos that covered his lanky frame, [long before tattoos became open season]. I'd been given a tour of the nude oil paintings of his mother, painted by his uncle, played guitar and piano, sang, danced, and was introduced to an ex-con Vietnam vet friend just released from prison. Finally, I charged bare back across a rocky paddock atop his horse Captain whom David had slapped hard across the ass the moment mine hit the horses back - the final test. I passed and was released back into my world. And that was just our first day together. We spent 14 hours a day together for the next five years.
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