Dean McDermott (born November 16, 1966) is a Canadian actor best known as a reality television personality with his wife, actress Tori Spelling, and as the host of the cooking competition Chopped Canada. He played the role of Constable Renfield Turnbull on the TV series Due South.
McDermott has had a variety of guest and recurring roles on television series, such as Earth: Final Conflict, Tracker, 1-800-Missing, NCIS and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 2016 saw McDermott take on a starring role, portraying Iain Vaughn on Slasher.
McDermott is a professionally trained chef. In 2013, he became a member of "Team Guy" on the second season of Food Network's Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off and was the winner, and in January 2014, McDermott began hosting Chopped Canada on Food Network Canada. McDermott hosted Chopped Canada for two seasons, announcing in March 2015 that he would leave the show.
McDermott's first wife is actress Mary Jo Eustace. They have one child, son Jack Montgomery (born October 10, 1998). In July 2005, McDermott began filming the Lifetime TV movie Mind Over Murder in Ottawa, during which he met actress Tori Spelling, who was then married to writer-actor Charlie Shanian. Spelling and McDermott began cheating on their spouses the night they met. Upon his subsequent divorce from Eustace, McDermott was granted joint custody of their son Jack, opting not to move forward with the adoption of a baby girl, Lola, whom he and Eustace were in the process of adopting prior to their separation.
McDermott married Tori Spelling on May 7, 2006, in Fiji. Spelling and McDermott renewed their vows on May 8, 2010, in Beverly Hills. Spelling and McDermott have five children: three sons Liam Aaron (born March 13, 2007), Finn Davey (born August 30, 2012) and Beau Dean (born March 2, 2017) and two daughters Stella Doreen (born June 9, 2008) and Hattie Margaret (born October 10, 2011).
On July 1, 2010, McDermott was involved in a dirt bike accident, his second motorcycle accident of the year. He was hospitalized in Los Angeles with a punctured and collapsed lung, and doctors said they expected him to make a full recovery. McDermott was released from the hospital on July 6, 2010.
McDermott became an American citizen at a ceremony in Los Angeles on August 21, 2010.
In October 2019, McDermott and his ex-wife, Mary Jo Eustace, buried the hatchet when she appeared as a guest on his podcast Daddy Issues.
2013 cheating scandal and aftermath
In December 2013, after welcoming their second son, Us Weekly broke the news that McDermott was unfaithful to Spelling. The couple worked through the aftermath of the affair on a Lifetime series titled True Tori.
On January 23, 2014, a month after the news broke, McDermott's publicist announced McDermott had entered rehab for "some health and personal issues."
While McDermott and Spelling's marriage was back on track, the couple once again made headlines in 2016 for owing $39,000 to American Express in unpaid credit card bills. McDermott's mother-in-law Candy, who was also on good terms with her daughter, told TMZ at the time that she was helping out the family financially.
In March 2018, McDermott and Spelling were in contact with the police three times over the course of nine days. On Thursday, March 1, McDermott called the police around 7:00 am to say that Spelling was going through some sort of mental breakdown. Per an LAPD spokesperson, the situation ended up being a "domestic incident" and that "no crime" was committed. Nearly a week later, on Wednesday, March 7, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office showed up at a doctor's office around 9:45 am because of McDermott raising a concern. He called the police to check up on his wife after she had left their house with one of their kids and that he was worried about her well-being. The deputies located Spelling at the doctor's office, spoke to her and determined she and their kids were okay. Because no crime had been committed, no further action was taken. On Friday, March 9, Spelling and McDermott went out to dinner with their five children at the Black Bear Diner in Tarzana, California. However, the LAPD arrived at the restaurant and it appeared that the couple were having a serious conversation inside. Their meal was cut short when the family was escorted out the back of the restaurant. It was later reported that the reason why the police were called to the diner was because the paparazzi would not allow them to eat in peace and for the safety of Spelling, McDermott and their children, they needed a police escort from the restaurant.
It was reported in February 2019 that the couple appeared to be stronger than ever. According to Spelling, they didn't have relationship problems as they communicated.
In June 2021, it was reported that the couple's marriage has been in "trouble for over a year". They recently sparked split rumors after fans noticed that Spelling stopped sharing photos of McDermott on social media and she being out and about without her wedding ring on. A source told Us Weekly that things between the couple are "not great". Spelling appeared on Jeff Lewis' radio show, Jeff Lewis Live, on June 16, 2021, and revealed that she and McDermott don't sleep in the same bedroom anymore.
|1988||Graveyard Shift II||Best Boy|
|1991||Stepping Out||Young Man at Bar|
|1995||Iron Eagle IV||Major Miles Pierce|
|1998||Bone Daddy||Mort Jr.|
|A Cool, Dry Place||Sheriff Pritchard|
|2001||Picture Claire||Attendant at the Station|
|2003||Open Range||Doc Barlow|
|2004||The Skulls III||Detective Staynor||direct to video|
|Against the Ropes||Pete Kallen|
|Touch of Pink||Alisdair Keith|
|2007||Kiss the Bride||Plumber|
|2008||Saving God||Blaze/John Henry James|
|2011||Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy||Hugh Thompson|
|2017||Garlic & Gunpowder||Agent Bean|
|2017||Dead Again in Tombstone||Dr. Goldsworthy|
|1989||My Secret Identity||Roger||(2 episodes) "Photon Blues", "The Video Connection"|
|C.B.C.'s Magic Hour||Chris Ryan||(2 episodes) "Rookies", "High Country"|
|Friday's Curse||Peter||(1 episode) "Crippled Inside"|
|1991||Final Judgment||Young Marty||TV movie|
|Conspiracy of Silence||Constable Dutton||TV mini series|
|1992||Top Cops||Wasco||(1 episode) "Steve Sessler/Jerry Smith/Terry Blaylock"|
|1993||Sweating Bullets||Tony||(1 episode) "Feedback"|
|Counterstrick||Johnny||(1 episode) "Clearcut"|
|Exploring Ontario's Provincial Parks||Nick Ward||TV mini-series|
|Street Legal||Harris Kepler||(1 episode) "Believe the Children"|
|1994||Lives of Girls & Women||Garet French||TV Movie|
|The Forget-Me-Not Murders||Agent Alex||voice role; (2 episodes) "Cry of the Coda", "Change of Mind"|
|1995||Due South||Constable Turnbull/Bubba Dean/Laurier||Recurring role, 18 episodes/1 episode "Doctor Longball"/1 episode "The Man Who Knew Too Little"|
|Nancy Drew||Mackerin||(1 episode) "Welcome to the Callisto"|
|Bloodknot||Local Boy||TV movie|
|Jack Reed: Death & Vengeance]||Vasili|
|Kung Fu: The Legend Continues||Sheriff||(1 episode) "Storm Warning"|
|The Outer Limits||Ray Carter||(1 episode) "Vanshing Act"|
|Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice||Tim Moore||TV movie|
|1997||Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way||David Cone|
|F/X: The Series||Ted Abbott||(1 episode); "Reunion"|
|1998||Power Play||Mark Simpson||Main role; 26 episodes|
|The Wall||Captain Alle1n||TV movie|
|Evidence of Blood||Young Harlan Wade|
|Blood on Her Hands||Detective Steve Nelson|
|Fast Track||Unknown Role||(2 episodes) "Change of Heart", "Real Time"|
|La Femme Nikita||Sykes||(1 episode) "New Regime"|
|1999||Earth: Final Conflict||Brenton Michaels/Colonel Liam Kincaid|
|Mystic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend||Phoenix||voice role; (1 episode); "Cadmus & Europa"|
|Spenser: Small Vices||Tommy Miller||TV movie|
|To Love, Honor & Betray||Nick|
|Rescue Heroes||Sergeant Siren||(2 episode)|
|Twice in a Lifetime||Albert Weaver||(1 episode); "Even Steven"|
|2001||Tracker||Detective Vic Bruno||Recurring; (5 episodes) "Tracker (Pilot)", "Cloud Nine", "Trust", "The Beast", "Without a Trace".|
|Stolen Miracle||Ron McKinley||TV movie|
|Brian's Song||Ralph Kurek|
|Loves Music, Loves to Dance||Craig Sheridan|
|Rough Air: Danger on Flight 534||Grant Blyth|
|Relic Hunter||Dash Palmerston||(1 episode) "Treasure Island"|
|The Zach Files||Park Warden||(1 episode) "What's Eating Zack Greenburg|
|Hysteria - The Def Leppard Story||Peter Mensch||TV movie|
|WW 3||Dr. Watson|
|What Makes a Family||O'Brien|
|2002||A Christmas Visitor||Matthew|
|Blue Murder||Sgt. Jim Weeks||(1 episode) "Spankdaddy"|
|2003||1-800-Missing||Alan Coyle||Main; 18 episodes|
|Wall of Secrets||Mark Emerson||TV movie|
|2005||Without a Trace||James Costin||(1 episode) "Viuda Negra"|
|The Closer||FBI Agent Stephen Simms||(1 episode) "The Big Picture"|
|NCIS||Lt. Commander Allan Witten||(1 episode) "Conspiracy Theory"|
|Kojak||Detective Dan Riggins||(1 episode) "Pilot"|
|Tilt||Martin Shea||Main; 2 episodes|
|The Tournament||Stan Ryckman||Recurring|
|2006||Mind Over Murder||Max Luckett||TV movie|
|Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood||Himself||Main role, executive producer, field producer, senior story producer; 52 episodes|
|2009||Head Case||guest role; additional material writer (1 episode) "The Wedding Ringer"|
|RuPaul's Drag Race||Season 1, Episode 3; Guest for the main challenge|
|Santa Baby 2||Luke Jessup||TV movie|
|Always & Forever||Michael Foster|
|2010||Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings||Himself||Main role, executive producer, composer; 9 episodes|
|2013||Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off||Guest role; 6 episodes (Team Guy)|
|2014||Tori & Dean: Cabin Fever||Main role; 9 episodes|
|Chopped Canada||Host||Main role; 21 episodes|
|True Tori||Himself||Main role; 15 episodes|
|2015||Hell's Kitchen||Dining room guest; (1 episode) "18 Chefs Compete"|
|2016||Slasher: The Executioner||Chief Iain Vaughn||Main role; 6 episodes|
|2017||Slasher: Guilty Party||Alan Hayes||Recurring role|
|2018||The Last Sharknado: It's About Time||Gilly||TV movie|
|2019||Slasher: Solstice||Dan Olensky||Recurring role|
|2019||Badland Wives||Major Fromm||TV movie|
|2021||Pretty Hard Cases||Det. Barry Hamm|
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