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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 5 October 1952Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Birth NameDuncan Peter Regehr
Height 6' 3½" (1.92 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Duncan Regehr was born in Lethbridge, Alberta and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. In his youth he distinguished himself as a champion figure skater, then had his own radio program at age 16. Regehr was also an Olympic boxing contender, and a classically trained Shakespearean stage performer in his native Canada before tackling Hollywood in 1980, where he began to develop his work in film. From 1986 to the present Duncan Regehr has continued to paint, write, and film throughout the world.

At six feet, five inches tall, Regehr's imposing physique, good looks and commanding presence often cause him to be cast as larger-than-life heroes and stylishly wicked villains. His voice is refined and elegant, and he is frequently contacted for voice work. He is adept at adopting the accent of many languages for his work in theatre and film.

Less known about Duncan Regehr is that he is also a highly accomplished and internationally exhibited artist. As a child he was encouraged by his father, artist Peter Regehr, to develop his talents. He later studied painting with Dutch Surrealist, Henry Poesiat, as well as literature, psychology and sociology at Camosun College on Vancouver Island.

Regehr first exhibited in 1974 at the Stratford Festival in Ontario. The following year he showed at the Yorkville Art Center in Toronto. Since then, numerous exhibitions in Canada, the USA, Britain and Europe have attracted the attention of museums, critics and the public. His work is found in important collections worldwide, among them are the Smithsonian Institute (West Coast Archives USA), The Jilin Collection (China), The Kunsthallen (Copenhagen), Focus on the Masters Archives for the Getty Museum (USA), and the Syllavethy Collection of Scotland (GB).

Regehr's automonograph, "The Dragon's Eye: An Artist's View," received international acclaim and was lauded by art critics and literary reviewers as a book of visual and poetic excellence. In 1996 he won the American Vision Award of Distinction in the Arts, and was granted the lifetime appellation, 'Royal Canadian Artist' with honours in the year 2000 by the Royal Canadian Academy of Art and the Queen's Governor General for his outstanding artistic achievements. In 2008, Duncan Regehr received the honourary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

His art may be viewed on his website.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: kate@duncanregehrfineart.com

Spouse (2)

Catherine Campion (1977 - present) (separated)
Francine Wurster (1974 - 1976)

Trivia (10)

After studying acting, he worked in Canadian regional theater and at the Stratford (Ont.) Shakespearean Festival.
Had his own cable talk show at age 14.
Raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Was an Olympic boxing contender, champion figure skater, and has classical Shakespearean stage training.
His boxing and fencing abilities were Olympic Games level.
In 1969 a theatre company called, Victoria Fair, was created by Dr. Ralph Allen, who later produced "Sugar Babies" on Broadway. Regehr auditioned and was hired as the youngest member of the company.
Has an astonishing track record of successful professional art exhibits, beginning in 1974. His art work hangs in significant private collections and is exhibited internationally.
He is an accomplished horseman and did the majority of his riding (and action) stunts while filming as Zorro in New World Pictures/Family Channel's "New World Zorro".
His performance as Dracula in The Monster Squad (1987) is considered by many to be one the best interpretations of the character. In fact, in 2006 when "Wizard" magazine did a list of the 100 Greatest Villains of All Time, and Dracula was ranked at #30, it was Regehr's version that appeared on the list.
His Russian-Mennonite father, Peter Regehr, was a microbiologist whose lifelong passion for painting had an influence on Duncan.

Personal Quotes (2)

Speaking about acting: I enjoy working in film and will continue to give as much as I can through both media. As long as you can give something valuable, you should continue to work. If your work isn't valuable, you should get off the stage. I believe mine is. At least, I have fun with everything that comes my way.
Speaking about his art: I have always worked to express in a direct, intimate way what it means to be human. Exploring below the surface continues to reveal intensely personal content that invites reciprocal identification by the viewer. The business of scumbling and scraping applications of paint, in order to bring forth an image, can be likened to the process of therapeutically peeling back layers of the psyche and the imagination in order to expose truth. The difference is that the search is actually a physical operation whereby the unknown can be realized. Figurative mysteries initially presented as raw expression, resolve into allegorical paintings that hold their form, line, colour and subject matter with equal importance.

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