Derek McGrath





6/4/1951 , Porcupine, Ontario, Canada

Birth Name

Derek McGrath




Derek McGrath began performing on stage and in radio plays at the age of 10 in Timmons, Ontario and later moved to Toronto where he landed in his first major theatrical role in a production of "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown." He has gone on to appear in numerous stage productions for Second City in Toronto, Canada's premiere improvisational theatre, and for The Shaw Festival Theatre in Ontario, the second largest repertory company in North America. McGrath has had recurring roles in numerous television series, including "Against the Grain," "Cheers," "Dallas," "Heathcliff," "The Comedy Factory," "My Secret Identity" and "The Client," as well as guest roles in "Ellen," "Married With Children," "Newhart" and "Growing Pains." In addition to TV, he has appeared in several feature films, including "Chameleon," starring Anthony LaPaglia and Kevin Pollak, "Star Trek Voyager – Elite Force," "Freaked" with Brooke Shields, "She's Out Of Control," starring Tony Danza, "Police Academy IV: Citizens On Patrol" and "Mr. Mom" with Michael Keaton.

Derek's comments on working on "Doc"

(from the official Pax-TV webpage,

Derek McGrath On Second Time Around

Hi everybody…Derek McGrath here.

I'd like to invite you to watch this week's episode of DOC in which an old friend of Derek's, whom he hasn't seen in many years, comes to town and announces his engagement to a very beautiful and much younger woman. The part of the old friend "Ben" is played by Allan Royal who in real life is an old friend of mine that I haven't seen in almost thirty years.

An even more fascinating co-incidence is that Allan himself has recently married a beautiful and much younger woman.

I am hoping that this pattern continues to the point where I too will soon be marrying a beautiful and much younger woman. Interested parties may phone me at 555 777 2132…just kidding…sort of.

This episode has a unique twist which I have never seen on any other show. I think you will love it.

Derek McGrath

P.S. That number again is...