Filmmaker Kevin Otterness this past week had the opportunity to work with the legendary actor/comedian Colin Mochrie. Mochrie is currently filming with The Second City here in Chicago.
Colin Andrew Mochrie was on born Nov. 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, he said he tended to be a bit of a loner because of moving around so much, but other then 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 BC, he did theatre sports and there he met Ryan Stiles, with whom he has remained friends for more than 20 years.
In 1989, he married comedienne Debra McGrath and they have one son, Luke 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)). Colin 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, Colin has been busy on the stage, which is where he actually 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 Once a Thief (1991), Love and Other Disasters (2006), The Campbells (1986), The Real Blonde (1997) and The January Man (1989).