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Dave Foley

Dave Foley
Foley in 2012
Born David Scott Foley
(1963-01-04) January 4, 1963
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Other names David Foley
Occupation Actor, director, producer, comedian, writer
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Tabatha Southey (m. 1991; div. 1997)
Crissy Guerrero (m. 2002; div. 2008)
Children 3, including Alina

David Scott "Dave" Foley (born January 4, 1963) is a Canadian actor, comedian, writer, director and producer, best known for his work in The Kids in the Hall and NewsRadio.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Acting and stand-up comedy 2.1
    • Web series 2.2
    • Music video appearances 2.3
    • Songwriting 2.4
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Foley was born in Etobicoke, Ontario, the son of Mary, a homemaker, and Michael, a steam-fitter.[1][2]


Acting and stand-up comedy

The Kids in the Hall at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival

After dropping out of high school, Foley pursued standup comedy for about a year in the Toronto Second City Training Centre, where he began taking improv classes and met Kevin McDonald who got Foley a job with him as an usher at a local art house movie theatre. In 1987, he played Lewis Allen in the TV mini-series Anne of Avonlea. Together, they formed the original The Kids in the Hall. In October 1988, The Kids in the Hall debuted on TV, with the cast of Foley, McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson. Some of Foley's famous characters include Hecubus, one of the Sizzler sisters, the A. T. & Love boss, Bruno Puntz Jones, Mr. Heavyfoot, Jocelyn, and Lex. The show ended in 1995. Initially involved with Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, he left the troupe in the middle of the writing, dissatisfied with the internal strife and the quality of the script, and joined the NewsRadio cast instead. As the remaining Kids still hadn't signed any contract with the studio, Foley agreed to sign a deal, which would allow the rest of the troupe to get paid for the script, though he was convinced that it would never be shot. When it was greenlighted, Foley did the film because he was contractually obligated. He is the only member of the group who is not credited as a writer.[3] Foley rejoined the troupe in 2000 and has been an integral part of their various reformations. He appeared in the Kids in the Hall 2010 reunion project Death Comes to Town.[4] Paul Simms, creator of NewsRadio, happened to be a huge fan of Foley's work, and wrote the role of Dave Nelson specifically for him. Much of his character on the show was based on his own personality quirks, including his coffee addiction and his love of the sitcom Green Acres. He was recently reunited with NewsRadio writer Joe Furey, when he recorded the special featurette Working with Joe Furey, an add-on to Furey's comedy Love and Support. Foley released his stand-up special, Relatively Well in January 2013, distributed by Showtime.[5] In the comedy-thriller The Wrong Guy, Foley played Nelson Hibbert, an office worker who finds his boss murdered, mistakenly believes he will be blamed for the crime and runs off as a fugitive.[6] In A Bug's Life, he voiced Flik, an ant who tries to gain respect for his colony. In 2001, he played the boss of 'N Sync singer Lance Bass in the film On the Line. Foley hosted the CBC Christmas Special, The True Meaning of Christmas Specials, in which he, a Mexican Elvis, Elvis Stojko and Dick Dale travel to Canada in search of the true meaning of Christmas specials. In 2004, Foley became host of Celebrity Poker Showdown on Bravo. In 2007, he appeared, nude in Uwe Boll's film adaptation of the controversial PC game Postal and became the judge for the US version of Thank God You're Here. He portrayed a middle management employee who happens to be a vampire) in the undead office comedy Netherbeast Incorporated (2007) and voiced the disgruntled elf Wayne in the holiday special series, Prep & Landing. He also guest-starred in the 2007 special, Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary. He played a high school principal in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In 2011, he appeared in How I Met Your Mother as Marshall's possible future boss, Mr. Bloom. From 2011 to 2012, Foley played Jerry Dunham, the boss of Andrew Carlson (David Hornsby) in the short-lived CBS sitcom How to Be a Gentleman. In 2012 and 2013, Foley played Dr. Fulton, Brick's (Atticus Shaffer) school therapist in The Middle, which in "Life Skills", he refers to Brick's classmates as "the kids in the hall", after an awkward pause and glance by both characters and mentioned their behavior similar to those of comedy sketches from The Kids in the Hall. In February 2013, Foley played Detective Bob in the TV Land sitcom, Hot in Cleveland, starred in the third season of Robson Arms on CTV and also starred CTV's new sitcom Spun Out in 2014.[7]

Web series

In 2009, Foley was hired by 49 North Inc./Fuel Industries, a multi-national branded content and entertainment company, to star in a web series titled, The Sensible Traveler with Bobby Fargo with six episodes that are written by TV writer Stephen Hibbert and directed by a number of people, including Leslie Iwerks and Chris Roach. To date, the series is one of 49 North Inc./Fuel Industries' most successful web series at well over 20,000 hits since the beginning of 2010. No word has yet been released as to a second season being filmed.[8]

Music video appearances

In 1993, Foley appeared in a music video for the Vancouver, BC band Odds, alongside fellow The Kids in the Hall members Mark McKinney and Kevin McDonald. In the video for "Heterosexual Man" the three comedians play stereotypical macho jocks in the audience of a small bar where Odds are playing until Foley inexplicably turns into a woman. In 2008, he appeared in Hollerado's original music video for their song 'Americanarama' where he portrays a sexually promiscuous boss/ underwear model, in the band's parody to American Apparel. He also appeared in another of the band's music videos for the song 'Desire 126'. In 2010, Foley appeared in a music video for the Los Angeles band Black Robot. The song is a cover of the JJ Cale classic "Cocaine". The video was released on May 5, 2010[9] exclusively on top rated gaming website and was filmed at the legendary burlesque club Jumbo's Clown Room.[10] Foley starred in Neva Dinova's video for the song "Yellow Datsun" from their album Hate Yourself Change released on Side Cho Records.[11] In 2012, Foley starred in Off!'s music video for their song Borrow and Bomb, playing a "professional educator" by the name of Dale Antwerp who hosts a public access talk show entitled Teen Talk.[12] He appeared in another Off! video in 2014 for their song "Red White and Black", playing the role of a Fascist dictator.[13]


He co-wrote the Stripper's Union single "Give Up and Go Away", a song originally written for his former wife Crissy.

Personal life

Foley married Tabatha Southey on December 31, 1991 and had two children: Edmund "Ned" (born in 1991) and Basil (born in 1995). They divorced in 1997 after six years of marriage. In 2011, Foley stated that as a result of having been judicially mandated to pay Southey "literally 400 per cent of [his] income" in child support, he cannot return to Canada without facing imprisonment.[14]

On August 1, 2002, Foley married Crissy Guerrero and they had a daughter, Alina.[1] They divorced in 2008.


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Three Men and a Baby Grocery Store Clerk
1994 It's Pat Chris
1996 Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy Marv / Psychiatrist / New guy / Raymond Hurdicure
1997 The Wrong Guy Nelson Hibbert
1997 Hacks Neal
1998 A Bug's Life Flik (voice)
1999 Blast from the Past Troy
1999 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut The Baldwin brothers (voice)
1999 Dick Bob Haldeman
1999 Toy Story 2 Flik (voice) Cameo
2001 Monkeybone Herb
2001 On the Line Higgins
2002 Run Ronnie Run Network Executive #1
2002 Swindle Michael Barnes
2002 Stark Raving Mad Roy
2003 Grind Tour Manager
2003 My Boss's Daughter Henderson Uncredited
2004 Employee of the Month Eric
2004 Ham & Cheese Tom Brennemen
2004 Childstar Philip Templeman
2005 Sky High Mr. Boy
2006 Cars Flik Car (voice) Cameo
2007 California Dreaming Stu Gainor a.k.a. Out of Omaha
2007 Netherbeast Incorporated Henry Welby
2007 Postal Uncle Dave
2009 Suck Jeff
2010 Vampires Suck Principal Smith
2011 Monster Brawl Buzz Chambers
2012 Last Call Mr. Nunley
2013 Monsters University Terry (voice)
2014 Party Central Terry (voice) Short
Year Title Role Notes
1987 American Playhouse Welsh Rabbit / Old Ironsides / Smith Episode: "The Prodigious Hickey"
1987 Echoes in the Darkness Witness Movie
1988–95 The Kids in the Hall Various characters / Jaques 102 episodes
1995–99 NewsRadio Dave Nelson 97 episodes
1996 Mr. Show with Bob and David Todd Episode: "Operation Hell on Earth"
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Alan Bean Episode: "That's All There Is"
2001 Becker Owen Episode: "Hanging with Jake"
2002 The Tick Francis Episode: "Arthur, Interrupted"
2002 Just Shoot Me! Jay Episode: "Blind Ambition"
2003 The Toronto Show Various Episode: "#1.1"
2003 Odd Job Jack Gary Gerbil Episode: "The Wheel Is Not Enough"
2003 The King of Queens Psychiatrist Episode: "Jung Frankenstein"
2003 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Laslow Oswald (voice) Episode: "High-Tech House of Horrors"
2003 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Priest (voice) Episode: "Fibber: Experiment 032"
2003 Grounded for Life Derek Purcell Episode: "Baby Come Back"
2004 Will & Grace Stuart Lamarack 5 episodes
2004 I'm with Her Principal Harris Episode: "Friends in Low Places"
2004 Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story Mr. Warrick Movie
2005 Las Vegas Mertens Episode: "Letters, Lawyers and Loose Women"
2005 Father of the Pride Kelsey Grammer's Cat (voice) Episode: "Stage Fright"
2005 Hot Properties Ted Begley Jr. Episode: "The Return of the Ring"
2006 Lovespring International Timothy Entsweiler Episode: "The Loser Club"
2006 Tom Goes to the Mayor Dr. Dave Foley Episode: "Glass Eyes"
2006; 2007 Scrubs Dr. Lester Hedrick 2 episodes
2007 The Batman Francis Grey (voice) Episode: "Seconds"
2007 Slacker Cats Cult cat
2007 Little Mosque on the Prairie U.S. Consulate Clerk Episode: "No Fly List"
2007–09 The New Adventures of Old Christine Tom 3 episodes
2008 Carpoolers Mr. Latero Episode: "Take Your Daughter to Work Day"
2008 In Plain Sight Horst Vanderhof Episode: "Trojan Horst"
2008 Robson Arms Chuck Hoskins 5 episodes
2008 Brothers & Sisters Paul Episode: "Going Once... Going Twice"
2008 Stargate: Atlantis Malcolm Tunney Episode: "Brain Storm"
2009 True Jackson, VP Ted Begley, Jr. Episode: "Company Retreat"
2009–11 Prep & Landing shorts Wayne (voice) Short
2010 Less Than Kind Dr. Raymond Sheasgreen Episode: "Third Death's a Charm"
2010 The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town Marilyn Bowman / Levon Blanchard / Doc Porterhouse / Bingo Lady Miniseries
8 episodes
2010 The Soup Grownup Pageant Princess Episode dated August 6
2010 Leverage Eben Dooley Jr. Episode: "The Ho Ho Ho Job"
2010; 2013 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Principal MacIntyre 3 episodes
2010; 2013–15 Hot in Cleveland Bob / Dr. Moore 19 episodes
2011 Desperate Housewives Monroe Carter Episode: "Flashback"
2011 How I Met Your Mother Mr. Bloom Episode: "Challenge Accepted"
2011 Friends with Benefits Keith Episode: "The Benefit of Forgetting"
2011 Pound Puppies Agent Rick Episode: "Homeward Pound"
2011 Eureka Dr. Plotkin Episode: "One Giant Leap"
2011 Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Captain Rudd Episode: "The Mis-Education of Garry Gaga"
2011–12 How to Be a Gentleman Jerry 9 episodes
2011–2013 Dan vs. Chris 47 episodes
2012 Unsupervised Darren (voice) Episode: "Rich Girl"
2012–14 The Middle Dr. Fulton 4 episodes
2013 Robot Chicken Flik / Space Invader / Allan Sherwood (voices) Episode: "Choked on a Bottle Cap"
2013 Newsreaders Donny Hayflack Episode: "31-Up"
2013 Maron Dave Foley Episode: "Internet Troll"
2013 Veep Osmo Häkkinen Episode: "Helsinki"
2013 The Goodwin Games Mr. Quilty Episode: "Hamletta"
2013 We Are Men Carter's Dad Episode: "Pilot"
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! The Bomber Episode: "Rashida Jones Wears a Black Blazer & Flowered Pants"
2013 Dads Ben Episode: "Dad Abuse"
2014 Justified Canadian Gangster Episod: "A Murder of Crowes"
2014 Mr. Pickles Scientist Episode: "The Lair"
2014 Spun Out Dave Lyons 13 episodes
2015 The Odd Couple Roy 4 episodes
Video games
Year Title Voice role
1998 A Bug's Life Flik
2010 Fallout: New Vegas Yes Man[15]


  1. ^ a b "Dave Foley Biography (1963–)". 
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  3. ^ "Interview from June 2004 with The Onion AV Club". 
  4. ^ "Nothing is sacred in new Kids in the Hall series".  
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  6. ^ Rabin. Nathan. The A.V. Club. May 11, 2011. Accessed May 26, 2011. Sad Sack Case File #188: The Wrong Guy,55875/
  7. ^ "Canada's CTV Orders Dave Foley Comedy 'Spun Out' to Series". The Hollywood Reporter, March 7, 2013.
  8. ^ "Dave Foley at". 
  9. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET – BLACK ROBOT: 'Cocaine' Video". May 5, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Black Robot Releases "Cocaine" Video". May 7, 2010. 
  11. ^ "DAVE FOLEY TO BE IN NEVA DINOVA VIDEO". September 29, 2005. 
  12. ^ "OFF! – "Borrow and Bomb" / "I Got News For You" (OFFicial video)". July 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ "OFF! - "Red White and Black" (OFFicial video)". 5 May 2014. 
  14. ^ 'Hall' star can't return to Canada?, in the Toronto Sun; published March 9, 2011; retrieved January 27, 2015
  15. ^

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