If he could portray any real-life person in a film, David would want to play World War II fighter pilot and hockey player Hobey Baker.
When he is not working, David plays hockey and mountain bikes. He also practices yoga to keep himself in shape.
Even before playing the role of an Olympic snowboarder on Whistler, David used to snowboard on a regular basis.
David married Evangeline Duy on February 28, 2009.
Before he got into acting, Paetkau used to milk cows while living and working on a Kibbutz in Israel.
Film and TV Movie Credits:
• Perfect Little Angels (1998) as Jeff
• Candy fro Strangers (2001) as David
• Bang Bang You're Dead (2002) as Brad Lynch
• Thanksgiving Family Reunion (2003) as Jimmy Hodges
• Becoming Bardo (2006) as Bardo
• For Heaven's Sake (2008) as Young David
Among the books that mean a lot to David are the complete works of William Shakespeare, Moby Dick by Herman Melville and Flux by Joe Denham.
When he was growing up, David had Elisabeth Shue as his celebrity crush.
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.