Derek McGrath

Derek McGrath (born July 15, 1951) is a Canadian actor.

Derek McGrath
Born (1951-07-15) July 15, 1951
Timmins, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1970s-present

Life and career

McGrath was born in Timmins, Ontario. He is known for his roles in Cheers as "Andy-Andy" Schroeder (the would-be strangler of Diane Chambers), Dr. Benjamin Jeffcoate in My Secret Identity, Crewman Chell in Star Trek: Voyager, and as Dr. Derek Hebert in Doc. McGrath also played Buck the dog in a fantasy sequence in a second-season episode of Married... with Children and a mutant in the 1993 comedy film Freaked. He most appeared in a recurring role as the character of Anglican priest Duncan Magee in the CBC Television sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie. He voices Spiff in the animated children's series Iggy Arbuckle. He also voices Melvin, the mayor of Maple Lake in the animated series Bob & Doug. He also provided the voice of Heathcliff's nemesis Spike in DIC's Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats. He has also voiced various characters in Grossology, Pole Position, The Romance of Betty Boop, Intergalactic Thanksgiving, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Super Why!, Wayside, Ruby Gloom, Toot and Puddle, Spliced, Jane and the Dragon and Take Me Up to the Ball Game. In 2002, he narrated the National Film Board of Canada short The Hungry Squid, which won the Genie Award for Best Animated Short.[1] In the 1970s, he was a prominent actor on TVOntario educational programming, most notably Mathmakers.

He voices Mr. McFeely in Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and Chief Quimby in Inspector Gadget. He also played Garth Harble, Animal Control Officer, in the fifth season of The Red Green Show.

Currently, McGrath appears as the recurring character of Frank the handyman on Kim's Convenience.

Awards and nominations

McGrath was nominated two years in a row (1989 and 1990) for a Gemini Award for My Secret Identity. The first time was for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Continuing Dramatic Role, and the second time was for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series (shared with Michael O'Connell, father of My Secret Identity lead Jerry).


  1. "The Hungry Squid". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 30 September 2010.
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