May. 8th, 1960
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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Patrick McKenna is a Canadian comedian and actor. He is best known for playing Harold Green on the television series The Red Green Show.
He became interested in Second City when a high-school teacher took him to a show at Second City Toronto. After he graduated from high school, he attended Sheridan College, graduating with a business degree in 1982. To help with tuition, he worked his way to being night manager at Second City, learning how improv worked. In 1983, he auditioned successfully for the main stage. During the 1980s he tried his hand at standup and spent 5 years performing his act in Canada and the US.
One night at Second City during the late 1980s, McKenna received the acting-job offer which would change his life. Steve Smith was recruiting cast members, especially a sidekick, for his new project, The Red Green Show. He had come to Second City and was scoping out the entire troupe, but when Patrick did his twitchy-nerd character, Smith knew he had his sidekick. He approached McKenna after the show, and he accepted the part. This twitchy nerd character would be seen on television screens throughout Canada and the US for the next 15 years as the lovable nephew Harold Green on The Red Green Show. McKenna's main acting role was that of Harold Green in the popular television comedy The Red Green Show. He also played Marty Stephens on Traders, working alongside future Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis star, British-born Canadian actor David Hewlett and McKenna also starred in the Trudeau miniseries.
For his work on Traders and The Red Green Show, McKenna received two Gemini awards. He is the only Canadian actor to receive these for drama and comedy in the same year, winning them at the 13th Gemini Awards on 4 October 1998.
McKenna was the subject of the PBS Documentary ADD and Loving It?! In 2006, McKenna played producer Jeffrey Littleman on the short-lived CBC television series Getting Along Famously.
In 2007, he appeared in the pilot of Sabbatical. He stars as Victor in indie horror film Silent But Deadly.
McKenna guest starred in two episodes of Stargate SG-1 playing Dr. Jay Felger, first in the Season 6 episode "The Other Guys" and then in the Season 7 episode "Avenger 2.0".
In late 2011, he played the politician and Canadian Confederation leader Alexander Galt in the CBC television movie John A: Birth of a Country.
Throughout the mid-2000s and early 2010s, McKenna saw work as a voice actor in Canadian animated series such as Atomic Betty, Iggy Arbuckle, Crash Canyon and Sidekick. As of 2012, McKenna is still active in acting, live speakings, and charitable work. He occasionally can be seen as Mr. Telson in Wingin It, and in the television series Hard Rock Medical. He appeared in the first episode of the third season, and the first two episodes of the eighth season of Murdoch Mysteries as Detective, and later Inspector, Hamish Slorach.
- Married his High School Sweetheart.
- One child a son Brendan (b.1985)
- Is the only person ever to win a Gemini award for Best Actor in a Drama (for Traders) and Best Actor in a Comedy (for The Red Green Show) in the same year (1998).
- Attended Westmount High School in Hamilton.
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