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Overview (3)

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameChristopher Jay Potter
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Toronto native, Chris Potter, is a veteran of the film & television industry.

Having appeared in over 450 episodes of various programs (including the Lead of 8 television series), in 10 feature films, in excess of 20 TV movies, and having directed 15 television episodes, Chris is without a doubt one of the hardest working individuals in the business!

Chris stars in CBC's internationally airing hit show Heartland.

Chris starred in the made-for-television feature The Good Witch and its six sequels. The films' success led to Hallmark turning it into a television series.

Chris has amassed an impressive list of credits over the years and has garnered much recognition for his work. He won the award for Best Actor in a Featured Drama at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival for his work for the thriller Rocket's Red Glare, and he received a Gemini nomination for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of "Tom Harsburgh" in the provocative television movie Sex Traffic.

Chris was a Series Regular on projects such as Zoe Busiek: Wild Card; Queer As Folk; Silk Stalkings; and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (with the late David Carradine).

Guest appearances include: Law & Order: SVU; One Tree Hill; Andromeda; The Outer Limits; Lonesome Dove, Counterstrike, Street Legal and Will & Grace.

On the big screen, Chris has appeared in the feature films Spymate and The Pacifier (an action thriller starring Vin Diesel). He was also directed by Richard Benjamin in The Shrink Is In, a romantic comedy with Courtney Cox and David Arquette.

When not busy at work (which is a rarity these days) Chris spends his time with his lovely wife and four children in Ontario.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: AS

Spouse (1)

Karen (1985 - present) ( 4 children)

Trivia (8)

Chris has 4 children: Jessie, Quinn, Claire, and Gray.
He plays the Drums.
His acting mentor was the late David Carradine.
His acting mentor, David Carradine, passed away on June 3, 2009, at age 72.
Credits David Carradine as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
Surrogate son of David Carradine.
As an actor, he was highly influenced by David Carradine.
Actor [David Carradine] took him under his wing, since he was 32.

Personal Quotes (9)

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) 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.
[When asked if [David Carradine] was a drunk]: I don't know if he was or if he wasn't, but it was his style. His was a real enigma; so, anyways, I was finished and I went out and lie down on the floor at John Levy's office and he was a legendary casting agent and he was a really nice guy; but I was having anxiety, I just lie down on the carpeted floor and David came out of the room and he just kicked me, right in the ribs and he said, 'You got it!' And I said, 'Really?' He went, 'Yeah, they're in there, talkin' about it.' I told him 'You're the guy, you got it!' He went, 'Do you drink?' I said, 'Sure, let's celebrate. It's about 10:30 A.M. in the morning, where are we going to celebrate?' Well, he walked me across the street to El Turito, into the kitchen. Everybody knew David; 'Hello, David!, Hi David!' He walked us in and we sat at the bar, they're not open yet, and ordered tequilas and beers and began to tell me the story of his life. And by the end of the day, I was taken out to his ranch and that story can be read and it was written.

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