DENNIS, Darrell




Author Tags: Aboriginal Authors, Humour

Darrell Dennis is a Secwepemc (Shuswap)-raised comedian, actor and broadcaster from B.C. who has provided a humourous but astute overview of First Nations issues—particularly pertaining to identity--with his essays in Peace Pipe Dreams: The Truth about Lies about Indians (D&M 2014).

The book arises from his experiences as an actor best-known for his roles as Brian Potter on Northwood and Frank Fencepost on The Rez, but also from his roles as producer and host for ReVision Quest, a show challenging Native American stereotypes on CBC Radio One in the summer of 2008. According to to IMDb, Dennis's career in show business began when he walked into his first professional audition at age seventeen and was hired to play the lead role of Brian Potter in Northwood. His one-man show Tales of an Urban Indian was nominated for two Dora Awards. He has lived in Vancouver, Williams Lake, Alkali Lake, Toronto and New York City. When his first book was published, he was living in Los Angeles. He hosted the 2014 Actra Awards in Toronto. 978-1-77100-040

His first 24 acting credits from 1991 to 2015 are:

2015 Open Heart (TV Series) (filming)
Detective Goodis
- Last Things First, Part One (2015) ... Detective Goodis
- Trust Fund ... Detective Goodis
- Time Out of Mind ... Detective Goodis
- Paying for It ... Detective Goodis
- Ancient History ... Detective Goodis
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2014 Blackstone (TV Series)
Clyde Bearspaw
- Episode #4.1 (2014) ... Clyde Bearspaw
- Episode #4.8 ... Clyde Bearspaw
2014 Unusual Suspects (TV Series)
Samuel
- Wicked Impulse (2014) ... Samuel
2013 Clutch (TV Series)
The Trafficker
- The Lucky Ones (2013) ... The Trafficker
2010 Doodlebops Rockin' Road Show (TV Series)
Super Fast / Super Strong / Mayor Icky / ...
- Super Doodles/One Up (2010) ... Super Fast / Super Strong (voice)
- Icky Ewwy/Show and Tell (2010) ... Mayor Icky / Pirate Captain (voice)
2009 Tales of an Urban Indian (TV Movie)
Brian
2009 Degrassi: The Next Generation (TV Series)
Detective
- Heat of the Moment (2009) ... Detective
2007 Saw IV
Additional Voice Talent (voice)
2006 Saw III
Additional Voice Talent (voice)
2006 Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis (TV Mini-Series)
2005 Shania: A Life in Eight Albums (TV Movie)
John Kim Bell
2004 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye (TV Series)
Chico
- The Actor (2004) ... Chico
2004 Might of the Starchaser (Short)
Larry / Nigel
2003 Adventure Inc. (TV Series)
Larn
- Secret of the Sand (2003) ... Larn
2002 The Associates (TV Series)
- All About C (2002)
2002 Deceived (Video)
Native Pilot
2001 Exhibit A: Secrets of Forensic Science (TV Series)
David MacDonald
- Deadly Thrills (2001) ... David MacDonald
1997 Keeping the Promise (TV Movie)
1996-1997 The Rez (TV Series)
Frank Fencepost
- Der deutsche Indianer (1997) ... Frank Fencepost
- Wendigo (1997) ... Frank Fencepost
- Too Many Chiefs (1997) ... Frank Fencepost
- They Call Her Tanya (1997) ... Frank Fencepost
- Strange Bedfellows (1997) ... Frank Fencepost
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1996 F/X: The Series (TV Series)
Milo
- The Ring (1996) ... Milo
1996 Brothers of the Frontier (TV Movie)
Tasunke
1992 Leaving Normal
Clyde
1992 Neon Rider (TV Series)
- Straight Home (1992)
- Color Line (1992)
1991 Northwood (TV Series)
Brian Potter

BOOKS:

Peace Pipe Dreams: The Truth about Lies about Indians (D&M 2014). $22.95 978-1-77100-040-6

[BCBW 2014]