Duncan Regehr

Duncan Peter Regehr (born October 5, 1952) is a Canadian writer, multi-media artist, and film and television actor. He was also a figure skater and a classically trained Shakespearean stage actor in his native Canada, before heading to Hollywood in 1980. He is perhaps best known as Zorro in The Family Channel's television series based upon Johnston McCulley's classic hero, and from his roles in multiple television incarnations of Star Trek.

Duncan Regehr
Regehr in 2013
Born (1952-10-05) October 5, 1952

Early life

Regehr was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. His mother, Dorothy Mary (née Mulkern), was UK-born and his father, Peter Regehr, was a Russian artist.[1][2] He was active in broadcasting at age 14, when he was host of a teenager-oriented talk show on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). As a high school student, he figure-skated in ice shows.[3] He received early acting instruction at the Bastion Theater School in Victoria.[4]


After numerous appearances in Canadian theatre, television (e.g., in the family TV show Matt and Jenny on the Wilderness Trail),[5] and notable roles on radio for the CBC, he and his wife, Catherine, moved to Los Angeles, California, where he began to develop his work in film. Shortly after arriving, he was hired to play villain Prince Dirk Blackpool in the short-lived 1983 fantasy-comedy series Wizards and Warriors opposite Jeff Conaway's Prince Erik Greystone.[6]:1187 He went on to star in many more US television films, including the 1984 television mini-series The Last Days of Pompeii, as Lydon, the gladiator;[3] as Errol Flynn in the 1985 CBS film My Wicked, Wicked Ways, based on the autobiography of Flynn; and on the science fiction series V as the Visitor military leader Charles.[6] He also starred in the 1982 mini-series The Blue and the Gray as Captain Randolph. In 1987, Regehr portrayed a dynamite-slinging Count Dracula in the film The Monster Squad.

One of Regehr's best-known roles to date was in Zorro as Don Diego De La Vega and his alter ego, the swashbuckling hero, Zorro.[6]:1214 Regehr portrayed the masked hero for 88 episodes on The Family Channel from 1990 to 1993.

Regehr has also made numerous TV guest appearances. He was guest actor on Cybill, Murder, She Wrote, Hotel and the seventh-season Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Sub Rosa" as Ronin, a ghost who falls in love with Beverly Crusher. He also appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Shakaar Edon.

Regehr has been painting and drawing since childhood. An accomplished and successful artist, Regehr first exhibited his artwork in 1974 at the Stratford Festival in Ontario. The following year, he showed at the Yorkville Art Center in Toronto. Since then, he has had numerous exhibitions in Canada, Europe, and the United States.[7] His work is found in collections worldwide, including the Jilin Collection (China), The Kunsthallen (Copenhagen), Focus on the Masters Archives for the Getty Museum (USA), and the Syllavethy Collection of Scotland (GB). Regehr's automonograph, The Dragon's Eye: An Artist's View, received international acclaim and was lauded by art critics and literary reviewers as a book of visual and poetic excellence. In 1996 he won the American Vision Award of Distinction in the Arts, and was granted the lifetime appellation 'Royal Canadian Artist' with honours in 2000 by the Royal Canadian Academy of Art for his outstanding artistic achievements.[8]

On November 10, 2008, Regehr was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts by the University of Victoria, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Some of his art works are also displayed in art galleries in the region.

Personal life

Regehr lives and works out of studios in the United States and Canada. He has been married twice: first to Francine Wurster in 1974–1978 and second to Catherine Campion in 1979–2016.


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1981 Goliath Awaits Paul Ryker
1985 My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn Errol Flynn Lead role
1987 The Monster Squad Count Dracula
1988 Earth Star Voyager Jacob Dryden 'Jake' Brown Shown on the Disney Sunday Movie
1989 Billy the Kid Pat Garrett
The Banker Spaulding Osbourne
1995 Timemaster (film) Jonathan Adams
2000 Air Bud: World Pup Geoffrey Putter
Blood Surf John Dirks
2001 Flying Virus Savior
2005 Secret Lives (2005 film) Mike
2006 Presumed Dead Seth Harmon
2008 Nightmare at the End of the Hall Mr. Ramsay
The Strange Case of DJ Cosmic DJ Cosmic
2009 The Good Times Are Killing Me U.S. Senator Sam Talbot
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1979-80 Matt and Jenny Kit Lead role
1981 The Greatest American Hero Palmer Bradshaw Appeared in the episode The Best Desk Scenario
1982 The Blue and the Gray (miniseries) Captain Randolph Television miniseries
1983 Wizards and Warriors (TV series) Lord Blackpool Lead role
1984 The Last Days of Pompeii (miniseries) Lydon Television miniseries
1984-5 V (1984 TV series) Charles Appeared in four episodes
1990-93 Zorro Zorro Lead role
1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Ronin On the episode Sub Rosa
1995-97 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Shakaar Appeared in three episodes
1997-98 Fast Track (U.S. TV series) Christian Chandler Jr. Lead role


  1. "Duncan Regehr's Biography". www.newworldzorro.com. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  2. Chamberlain, Adrian (16 January 2016). "Beginnings, endings and birth of a new style for Victoria artist". Times Colonist. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  3. "Duncan Regehr stars as gladiator in 'Last Days of Pompeii'". Longview News-Journal. Texas, Longview. April 29, 1984. p. 34-H. Retrieved September 4, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  4. Hill, Michael E. (January 20, 1985). "Duncan Regehr/Flynn's Look-Alike". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 5 September 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  5. "Fantasy-Adventure Series To Begin". The Leaf-Chronicle. Tennessee, Clarksville. February 20, 1983. p. 44. Retrieved September 4, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  6. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 1134. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  7. Amos, Robert (2007). Artists in Their Studios: Where Art is Born. TouchWood Editions. p. 103. ISBN 9781894898584.
  8. "List of members « Royal Canadian Academy of Arts". rca-arc.ca. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
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