Best known around the world for his five seasons as Sam Braddock in the award winning television series Flashpoint, David Paetkau grew up dreaming of being an actor or a professional hockey player. While he didn’t make it to the NHL, he did manage to play a hockey player who did in Slap Shot 2, the sequel to the classic Paul Newman comedy.
Before immersing full time into acting, David studied philosophy and psychology in Montreal, while working summers as a prawn fisherman on BC’s Sunshine Coast. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree David backpacked for a year through Europe and the Middle East, before being cast in his first job by David Nutter in the teen thriller Disturbing Behavior. His next big break was a co-starring role in the Chevy Chase comedy Snow Day, where he was lucky enough to hang out with Iggy Pop for a few story filled days.
David booked his first pilot, LAX, with Heather Locklear and Blair Underwood. Unfortunately, despite being the most expensive TV show NBC had ever made up to that time, it was cancelled after one season. David continued working on the small screen including the Emmy award winning Steven Spielberg mini-series Taken and the Showtime original movie Bang, Bang, You’re Dead. David’s guest star credits include Dexter, Smallville, CSI: Miami, Stargate SG-1, and Eureka, and he has recurred in such shows as Just Deal, Supernatural, and Whistler.
Much to the chagrin of his mother, David has found many interesting ways to die in his career whether it be a hook through his mouth in I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, or being melted by Alien blood (thanks to a Predator) in AVP: Requiem, and of course, in Final Destination 2, he even managed to die twice! He not only burned to death in a car accident, but also was famously impaled through the eye by a ladder.
David has also survived in some movies, like the hockey comedy Goon, Man of Steel, and most recently The Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship.
David will soon begin production on the The Space Between written and directed by his Flashpoint co-star Amy Jo Johnson.
Born in Vancouver, David currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children. His birthday is November 10th.