David Paetkau

David Paetkau


11/10/1978, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Canadian film and television actor David Paetkau, born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, is most known for his role as Sam Braddock on the CBS suspense drama Flashpoint. People also recognize him as the lotto winner who got impaled through his eye socket by an apartment ladder…more


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    • David: (a concert that changed his life) I just missed getting hit by lightning watching Herbie Hancock at RFK stadium.

    • David: When I was fourteen and fifteen years old, I watched horror movies all the time. I don't know what it is. It just seems like that genre is the most resilient among the other genres in the movie business. They always have new fans.

    • David: (on the most memorable thing about doing the show "Whistler") I think the most fun we had was filming in Whistler because that's where I grew up learning how to ski and snowboard. It was just a little surreal for me. We weren't pretending to be somewhere else. We were set in Whistler and filmed in Whistler. It was somewhat of a dream come true. It was fun.

    • David: (on staying in Toronto) I'm starting to get to know the city -- and the great thing is, when you ask someone what their favourite neighborhood is, everyone has a different answer!

    • David: (about portraying a sniper on "Flashpoint") I'm trying to be vigilant about getting the little things right, because that's the least we can do. It's an art form in itself; how they carry a gun, or use a gun, how they enter a room and walk and talk. They've had thousands upon thousands of hours of training, and I'm just trying to make do with what I can get.

    • David: (on doing the show, "Flashpoint") I get to run around in this full uniform and with all these great gadgets. It's a lot of fun, a lot of action.

    • David: (advice on breaking into the acting profession) Don't dress up as a clown for a clown audition.

    • David: (on getting awards and nominations) If acting were a team sport where there was a set goal at the beginning of the season, that goal being the sole purpose of the team, like the Stanley Cup in hockey then yeah I could see how one might feel hollow if they have no ring or championship to show for it. Luckily acting in itself is not a team sport and the reward I enjoy most is making a living doing something I love (most of the time anyways).

    • David: (on the difference between working in Canada and the US; 2007 interview) Now that the dollars are on par, not much, especially when you shoot in the states outside of L.A., but there is a big difference when you work in Hollywood, in that it's fricken' HOLLYWOOD! Nothing beat the first day I drove to work at a Hollywood studio. It was a dream come true.

    • David: Acting is merely a stepping stone to bigger and better things; writing, directing, running a studio, going into politics, and then ruling the world.