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Overview (4)

Born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK
Birth NameColin Andrew Mochrie
Nicknames Captain Hair
Col
Lightning rod of hate
Baldy Flatscalp
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Colin Andrew Mochrie was on born November 30, 1957, in Kilmarnock, Scotland. His father, an airline maintenance executive, moved the family to Montreal, Canada, in 1964, and finally to Vancouver in 1969. When asked about his childhood, Mochrie said he tended to be a bit of a loner because of moving around so much, but other than that he was a pretty typical kid: "I fought with my younger brother, was protective of my younger sister and didn't get my parents." After he dropped out of school in B.C., he did theater sports and there met Ryan Stiles, with whom he has remained friends for more than 20 years. In 1989, Mochrie married comedian Debra McGrath; they have one daughter, Kinley Mochrie. He worked at Second City in Toronto before joining the British comedy improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988) (and he also stars in the American version, Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998)). Mochrie and his family once resided in Los Angeles but moved back to Canada. He had a recurring role on The Drew Carey Show (1995) as Eugene Anderson. He won the Canadian Comedy award as Male Improvisational Comic. In addition to his TV work, Mochrie has been busy on the stage, which is where he began his career, the early part of which he spent touring with the National Touring Company, and has starred in such popular stage productions as "She Stoops to Conquer" and "The Brady Bunch." He also writes as well as stars in the Canadian comedy series Supertown Challenge (1998), as well as the sitcom Blackfly (2001). He has also appeared in such films as John Woo's Zong heng si hai (1991), Love and Other Disasters (2006), The Campbells (1986), The Real Blonde (1997), and The January Man (1989).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Spouse (1)

Debra McGrath (8 January 1989 - present) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Receding hairline
Hangdog expression

Trivia (17)

Graduated as valedictorian from Killarney Secondary School in Vancouver. [1975]
Alumnus of Second City Toronto.
Has a daughter, Kinley Mochrie, with Debra McGrath.
Bears a striking resemblance to actor Tom Noonan.
Was appearing regularly on six different television shows at the same time.
Has been used many times as a star of or for cameo appearances in many internet Flash videos.
Is frequently mocked by his co-stars on Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998) for his receding hairline, flamboyant shirts, and Canadian heritage.
Has become an internet meme, as amateur Flash animations called animutations often use images of him.
Is the actor/comedian present in many Mohegan Sun casino commercials.
The "Hollywood Director" skit on the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998), in which Mochrie always plays the improv director of the other characters, is a reference to his real-life role directing the touring company at Second City Toronto, which he's done since 1996.
Best friends with Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998) co-star Ryan Stiles.
He and Brad Sherwood are currently on tour doing their improvisation show. [November 2004]
Getting Along Famously (2006), a CBC pilot, with wife Debra McGrath, airs January 10, 2005. [January 2005]
Can be seen in a couple of Nabisco commercials as the tutu-wearing Snack Fairy. [March 2005]
Is going to host "Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader?". [2007]
(1996-) Director of the touring company at Second City Toronto.

Personal Quotes (28)

The people who influenced me most were the people who said I would never make it. They gave me a thirst for revenge.
We'll be back to our nature documentary, 'Baggy the Anorexic Elephant' in just a second.
Nine out of ten Americans believe that out of ten people, one person will always disagree with the other nine!
Onstage I do all the stuff I'd never do in real life, like lashing out at people who make me mad or freaking out in a long bank lineup. Performing allows me to fulfill all the sicko fantasies I've ever had.
My god! It's a hamster with explosives taped around its waist!
My most important professional accomplishment to date is the ability to keep working with absolutely no skills whatsoever.
Please call your second witness, and then call your mother, she worries.
The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, these are just some of the people who threatened to sue if we used their songs.
This just in: Beverly Hills 90210, Cleveland Browns 3.
To be a dramatic writer takes hard work, talent, and discipline. And that's why I just make up crap.
We want to be funny. We want to make people laugh... We'll do whatever it takes.
Well, it seems all the fish in the rivers are dying. Could this be an act of cod?
As a kid I watched television 24 hours a day and loved every minute of it. The two shows that always make me laugh and are therefore my favorites are The Dick Van Dyke Show and Fawlty Towers.
I do enjoy working with Ryan [Stiles] although he owes me money.
I have many favorite artists... Van Gogh was one, but he didn't really sing a lot!
I'm a traveling practical joker. That's my line of work.
I'm handsome, no ands, buts or ifs.
Many people think it's in bad taste to advertise for an insane asylum... but come on down. We're going crazy.
And if that isn't the truth, it would be a lie.
I am such a pessimist that every project has surpassed what I envisioned.
We all have a dinosaur deep within us just trying to get out.
Give me liberty or give me a bran muffin!
If Sting retires, will he change his name to Stung?
I think the challenge is going out in front of a paying audience with absolutely nothing and trying to entertain them for two hours. Thankfully, I only think about that right before we go on, and then once we're out there, everything's fine.
There are so many things I'd like to change in the industry. Everything from the reliance of style over substance to their reluctance to hire me for big budget blockbusters, but the thing I would love most would be if they understood people don't have to be Hollywood beautiful to be sexy or interesting.
There's many times this year I've sat back and thought, I'm making a living from making things up. It's the only skill I have so I've been really lucky.
When I'm on stage, it's a little world I've created where I'm sort of the thing, so I have total control over everything that happens. When we're improvising, I'm with someone I totally trust. I know things are going to work out. I don't have those guarantees in life. There are no consequences on stage.
You know, in the 1970's, when I was in high school, I belonged to a band called the Happy Funk Band. Until an unfortunate typo caused us to be expelled from school.

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