John Ralston (actor)

John Ralston
Born (1957-10-09) October 9, 1957 (age 63)
Chatham, New Brunswick (Miramichi, New Brunswick), Canada
Nationality Canadian
Years active 1997-present
Spouse(s) Karen Waddell (?-present)[1]

John Ralston (born October 9, 1957)[2] is a Canadian actor.


Ralston's most notable roles are George Venturi on Life with Derek, and his role as Mr. Avenir on Strange Days at Blake Holsey High. He was also the lead on the 2010–12 HBO Canada series Living in Your Car.[3]

Earlier in his career, Ralston was seen on the Toronto stage in a production of George F. Walker's Risk Everything in 1998.[4]

In 2006 and 2007, he was featured in Toyota Tundra truck commercials airing in Canada, and starred as Ming the Merciless in the 2007 Sci-Fi Channel original series Flash Gordon.[5][6] In 2008 he was in the Lifetime movie A Near Death Experience.

In July 2013, Ralston appeared on Degrassi in its 13th season as Miles Hollingsworth II, a role he continued through its 14th and final season. Ralston reprised this role in the follow-up series, Degrassi: Next Class. In 2015, he co-starred as Jean-Claude Van Damme's estranged brother in the film, Pound of Flesh.[7][8]

Personal life

Ralston was born in Miramichi, New Brunswick.[3] He grew up in Fredericton and St. Andrews, New Brunswick. He received a Bachelor of Education degree (Literature and Anthropology) from The University of New Brunswick. He became interested in acting while studying for a diploma in jazz studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.[citation needed]

Ralston lives in Toronto, Canada. He has a son named Stuart who voices Rocky in Seasons 1 and 2 of the TV series PAW Patrol.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Turn It Up Mr. White
2001 Khaled Mr. Borquin
2004 Vendetta: No Conscience, No Mercy Paul Keaton
2007 Kaw Oskar
2008 South of the Moon Matt Hawkins
2010 One Night Jack Short
2011 Counselling Clark Short
2013 The Last Round Sammy Short
2013 The Informant John Wexford
2014 The Calling Andrew Pederson
2014 Billy the Kid Edward McCarthy Short
2015 Pound of Flesh George Lyle [7][8]
2016 An American Dream: The Education of William Bowman Coach Reynolds
2016 Dog Days of Summer Jack Darling Short
2016 Sadie's Last Days on Earth Burt
2017 Buckout Road John Buckhout
2017 Mary Goes Round Walt
2018 Stockholm Detective Jackobsson
2018 On the Basis of Sex Tom Miller
2019 Ready or Not Stevens
2020 Our House Richard


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Psi Factor Corbin Dean "The Undead/The Stalker"
1998 La Femme Nikita Sullivan Bates "Soul Sacrifice"
1998 Highlander: The Raven Riley Del Deegan "Birthright"
1999 Vanished Without a Trace Neil Farley TV film
1999 Mythic Warriors Paris (voice) "Ulysses and the Trojan Horse"
1999–00 The City Jack Berg Main role
2000 The Deadly Look of Love District Atty. Barry Fenley TV film
2000 Earth: Final Conflict Dr. Raymond Fuchs / Stephen "First Breath"
2001 Sanctuary David Delaney Television film
2001 Doc Rick "Love or Money"
2002 Queer as Folk Rev. Tom Butterfield "Accentuate the Positive"
2002 Her Best Friend's Husband Elliott TV film
2002 Jeremiah Dr. Sean Alexander "Firewall"
2002 Power and Beauty Frank Sinatra TV film[9]
2002 Adventure Inc. Prof. Halpern "Beyond the Missing Link"
2002 No Night Is Too Long Kit Winwood TV film
2002 Chasing Cain: Face Pessoa TV film
2003 Another Country Lloyd Chandler TV film
2003 Blue Murder Phil Green "Boy Band"
2003 Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story Steve 42 TV film
2003 Jinnah: On Crime - White Knight, Black Widow Neil Thompson TV film
2003 Mutant X Carl "The Hand of God"
2004 The Eleventh Hour Nathan Halpern "Swimmers"
2004 The Cradle Will Fall Dr. Richard Carroll TV film
2004 Wild Card Dr. Kadar "Premonition Mission"
2004 The Jane Show Cary "Pilot"
2005–06 Strange Days at Blake Holsey High Jack Avenir Recurring role
2005–06 This Is Wonderland Len Taft "3.2", "3.12"
2005–09 Life with Derek George Venturi Main role
2006 The Velvet Devil Jake TV film
2006 Instant Star Don Recurring role
2006 Earthstorm Dr. Garth Pender TV film
2006 Angela's Eyes Ed Mulhall "Undercover Eyes"
2007 Demons from Her Past Quentin Baxter TV film
2007–08 Friends and Heroes Lucius / Various (voice) Recurring role
2007–08 Flash Gordon Ming the Merciless Main role[5][6]
2008 A Near Death Experience Dr. William Shaw TV film
2010 Vacation with Derek George Venturi TV film
2010 The Cult William Rivers TV film
2010–12 Living in Your Car Steve Unger Main role
2011 Nikita Dr. Joseph Mars "Falling Ash"
2012 Good God Danny McClure Main role
2012 The Listener Mitch Deerfoot "She Sells Sanctuary"
2012 Flashpoint Senator Mark Drury "A World of Their Own"
2012–13 Bomb Girls Pastor Vernon Rowley Recurring role
2013 Played Thomas Novak "Secrets"
2013–15 Degrassi: The Next Generation Miles Hollingsworth II 18 episodes
2014 Not With My Daughter Detective Mike TV film
2014 Ascension Robert Bryce TV miniseries
2015 The Lizzie Borden Chronicles Ezekiel Danforth Recurring role
2015 Degrassi: Don't Look Back Mr. Miles Hollingsworth II TV film
2015 Haven Walter "Wild Card", "Perditus"
2016-17 Degrassi: Next Class Mr. Miles Hollingsworth II 4 episodes
2016 The Stepchild Bill TV film
2016 Bitten Sasha Antonov Recurring role
2017 Reign Lord Ruthven "The Shakedown", "Coup de Grace", "A Bride. A Box. A Body."


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  2. ^ Gentile, Petrina (June 30, 2010). "It's no Rolls-Royce, but this actor loves his Kia". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  3. ^ a b MacDonald, Gayle (May 7, 2010). "With Living in Your Car, an expat fires up an HBO satire". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  4. ^ Friedlander, Mira (July 20, 1998). "Review: 'Risk Everything'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  5. ^ a b Lowry, Brian (August 7, 2007). "Review: 'Flash Gordon'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  6. ^ a b Richmond, Ray (August 9, 2007). "Flash Gordon". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  7. ^ a b Scheck, Frank (May 14, 2015). "'Pound of Flesh': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  8. ^ a b Harvey, Dennis (June 1, 2015). "Film Review: 'Pound of Flesh'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  9. ^ Speier, Michael (July 17, 2002). "Review: 'Power and Beauty'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-23.

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