A Canadian actor who got his start as a stand-up comedian, Colin Ferguson first attracted the attention of American audiences as an amnesiac in Showtime's miniseries, “Armistead Maupin's 'More Tales of the City'” and as a dead gay lover in the movie “The Opposite of Sex” (both 1998). After starring in the unsuccessful TV series “Then Came You” (ABC, 2000) and “Coupling” (NBC, 2003), the blond actor gained even more recognition thanks to his work in the Sci-Fi channel series “Eureka” (2006-present), where he stars as Sheriff Jack Carter. Remarking about the series' success, he said, “It's sort of fun. I think that's the reason you go to cable in the first place, to have a show that has a chance and that (the network) nurtures. It's great to know that it's going to air, that people will get a chance to see it.”
The former founding member of Detroit's Second City is also known for having roles in the movies “Rowing Through” (1996), “The Surprise Party” (2001), “Guy in Row Five” (2005), “Because I Said So” (2007) and has been seen in a number of TV films, including “Daydream Believers: The Monkees Story” (2000), “Inside the Osmonds” (2001), “We Were the Mulvaneys” (2002), “Ladies Night” (2005), “Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber” (2005), “The House Next Door” (2006) and “Christmas in Paradise” (2007). His guest spot credits include “The Outer Limits,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Line of Fire,” “CSI: Miami” and “Fear Itself.”
Ferguson loves playing street hockey. He also enjoys traveling, a hobby that has brought him to various exotic places around the world like Morocco, Bolivia, Turkey, Cuba, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Peru, Ecuador, Thailand, Iceland, and Malaysia. He also wants to travel to Africa and India.
Childhood and Family:
Colin Ferguson was born on July 22, 1972, in Montreal, Québec, Canada. In addition to Montreal, he grew up in Hong Kong, England, Toronto and Connecticut. He speaks English and French and is a citizen of Canada, Britain and America.
He studied at Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario, and McGill University in Montreal, the same university attended by William Shatner. At age 17, he became the winner of a public speaking contest.
Colin Ferguson began performing stand-up routines in local clubs while still in college to pay his tuition. A talented comedian and improve performer, he was chosen among thousands of applicants to start the Second City Theater comedy club in Detroit while he was still in school, but later quit to continue his studies. Eventually, he became a founding member of the Montreal-based improve troupe On the Spot, which has performed many times in the “Just for Laughs Festival.”
Ferguson, who made his television acting debut in a 1995 episode of the Canadian series “Are You Afraid of the Dark,” worked various jobs before he decided to focus solely on acting. He taught high school, planted trees in Canada, and even worked as a mannequin in store windows. He also worked the assembly line at a light-bulb factory for General Electric. Recalling his experience working in the factory, he said, “Yeah, I've really worked my way up! (laughs) For the job interview, they brought out something with a bunch of bolts on it and they start a stopwatch and say, ‘Go!’ You've gotta screw them in, test your fine motor skills. So if you ever want to know how a light bulb is made, I can break it down for you. (laughs) I also worked at a phone factory for a while.”
After graduating from college, Ferguson won the lead role of Tiff Wood in the Canadian/Japanese-made film “Rowing Through” (1996), which was helmed by Masato Harada. The sport-themed film was adapted from David Halberstam's book, “The Amateurs.” He then relocated to Los Angeles to pursue more opportunities.
Once in the U.S., Ferguson landed a role in the unsold pilot “Texas Graces” (1996), which he followed with a supporting role opposite Martin Donovan, Tim DeKay and Colm Feore in the CBS miniseries “Night Sins” (1997), based on a novel by Tami Hoag. He then starred as an escapee from prison in the drama “A Prayer in the Dark” (1997), which won a Film Award for Best Feature Film at the 1997 Santa Clarita International Film Festival. He was then reunited with Donovan in a non-speaking role in Don Ross' acclaimed “The Opposite of Sex” (1998). The film also starred Christina Ricci, Lisa Kudrow, Lyle Lovett, and William Lee Scott. Still in 1998, Ferguson gained notice for his portrayal of Burke Andrew in the miniseries “More Tales of the City,” based on a novel by Armistead Maupin. Among his costars in the show were Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney, Nina Siemaszko, Bill Campbell and Barbara Garrick. He closed out the decade playing Andrew Chase in the Canadian miniseries “Cover Me.”
Entering the new millennium, Ferguson made his U.S. TV series debut as a regular on the ABC mid-season sitcom “Then Came You” (2000), opposite Susan Floyd. In the series, he played Lewis, the high strung attorney and ex-husband of book editor Billie Thornton (played by Floyd). The show, however, was canceled after one season. He went on to work with director Neill Fearnley for two made-for-TV biopics: “Daydream Believers: The Monkees Story” (VH1, 2000) and “Inside the Osmonds” (ABC, 2001). He returned to movies in the 2001 comedy “Jungle Juice,” which was directed and written by Tony Vitale, and the Garrett Rice-helmed independent film “The Surprise Party” (also 2001), where he played the leading role of Oscar.
Ferguson appeared in episodes of Fox Network's “Titus,” the short-lived drama series “Dead Last,” the Ted Danson-led comedy “Becker,” “Malcolm in the Middle” (all 2001), “The Outer Limits” (2002) and “Crossing Jordan” (2003). He was also seen in the TV movies “Jenifer” (2001) and “We Were the Mulvaneys” (HBO, 2002), starring Emmy nominees Beau Bridges and Blythe Danner, before revisiting the TV series realm in 2003 with the NBC comedy “Coupling,” adapted from the popular British TV series of the same name. The series, however, was axed after a season of 13 episodes.
After the cancellation of “Coupling,” Ferguson shot a TV pilot called “Americana” (2004) and appeared with Deborah Vancelette in the short film “Career Suicide” (2004). Also that year, he had a four episodic role in the drama series “Line of Fire,” starring Leslie Bibb as FBI Agent Paige Van Doren and David Paymer as mobster Jonah Mallo. Following a costarring role alongside Bobby Field and Clare Kramer in the comedy feature “Guy in Row Five” (2005), which was jointly directed by Jonathon E. Stewart and Phil Thurman, Ferguson extensively worked on television. He appeared in such television movies as the Norma Bailey thriller “Ladies Night” (2005), “Vinegar Hill” (2005), a drama directed by Peter Werner and starring Mary-Louise Parker, Tom Skerritt and Tim Guinee, Dana Lustig's “Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber” (2005), costarring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Danielle Panabaker's vehicle “Mom at Sixteen” (2005), which reunited the actor with “Vinegar Hill” director Peter Werner, the Canadian production “Playing House” (2006) and the disappointing thriller “The House Next Door” (Lifetime, 2006), opposite Lara Flynn Boyle. He also made guest appearances in the series “Girlfriends” (2005), “Teachers,” (2006) and “My Boys” (2006).
The Montreal-born actor, however, did not hit the big time until he landed the starring role of Sheriff Jack Carter on the science fiction series “Eureka,” which debuted on TV on July 18, 2006. The series was a success and is now in the third season. About the show, Ferguson, who costars with Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Hinson, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston and Ed Quinn, commented, “I like science so yeah, that's not a tough sell for me. It's the selling of the ideas that gets me rather than the science of the show. Like, for example, we have one show where [a citizen of the town] figures out to how to run really fast. I'm not so interested in the chemical composition of whatever it is that the guy is taking as much as I am (like), 'That's a pretty cool idea!' You're back to when you're 12. That'd be really cool to be able to do that.”
In 2007, Ferguson could be seen playing the role of Derek in Michael Lehmann's “Because I Said So.” Among his costars in the film were Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Gabriel Macht, Tom Everett Scott, Lauren Graham and Piper Perabo. He also portrayed Dan Casey in the TV film “Christmas in Paradise” (with Charlotte Ross), appeared as Dominic Whitford in an episode of “CSI: Miami” and played DCI Sloan in the short-lived series “Night is Day” (all 2007). The next year, after starring in the direct-to-video-release “Happenings Around Town: The Second Season” (2008), he was cast in the 33-minute award-wining comedy “Stan Maynard's Best Day Ever” (2008) by David Tamkin. He was then cast in the Ryan Hathaway-directed drama “Allegheny Sunset” (2008) and appeared as Dennis Mahoney in the anthology series “Fear Itself”
Recently, Colin completed filming “The Egg Factory.” The drama, which is directed by William Fruet, will be released in Canada later this year.