Yannick Denis Bisson (born May 16, 1969) is a Canadian film and television actor and director best known to international audiences for playing Detective William Murdoch on the series Murdoch Mysteries.
Yannick Denis Bisson
May 16, 1969
|Known for||Murdoch Mysteries|
Shantelle Bisson (aka Chantal Craig)
Bisson was born in Montreal, Quebec, and is of French and English ancestry. He moved to Toronto, Ontario, as a teenager and his acting career began when he was still in high school. His father, noting his son's interest in acting, encouraged him to reply to a newspaper advertisement seeking "child actors".
Bisson's first major role was in the 1984 CBC movie of the week Hockey Night, alongside Megan Follows and Rick Moranis. He starred in the Canadian television series Learning the Ropes from 1988 through 1989. From 1994 through 1997, he starred in the syndicated action series High Tide, co-starring Rick Springfield. He moved back from Los Angeles to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1998 when he was cast as the lead in CBC'S Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy. From 2000 though 2004, he had a recurring role as attorney Brian Tedrow on the Showtime drama Soul Food.
He appeared on Falcon Beach in season two as well as in several Lifetime cable movies, such as Crazy for Christmas and I do (but I don't), and the Disney Channel movie Genius. Bisson was a guest star on Flashpoint and starred in the television movies Brothers by Choice and Keshan. He appeared as Jon in all of the Roxy Hunter movies to date. Bisson is featured in a series of commercials for CIBC. He starred in the 2001 TV movie Loves Music, Loves to Dance based on the book by Mary Higgins Clark. He provided the voice of Ferdie in the children's animated series Maxie's World.
Bisson was awarded the Fan's Choice Award at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards on March 13, 2016. Murdoch Mysteries has been awarded several Canadian Screen Award Golden Screen Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2020.
Bisson played as Martin Bartell, in Hallmark Channel's Aurora Teagarden Mysteries. He is introduced in "Three Bedrooms, One Corpse" as a CIA agent who moves to town, falls in love with Teagarden, and later dates her. Bisson left the series in 2018.
Bisson is married to actress Chantal Craig, a former fitness instructor who currently works as a television content creator and writer. She now goes by the name Shantelle Bisson and has become an author. The couple met in high school and married when Bisson was 21. They have three daughters: Brianna, Dominique and Mikaela.
Craig made guest appearances on two of Bisson's television series, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye and Murdoch Mysteries. Their daughter played "Penny Renton" in an episode of Murdoch Mysteries entitled "Love and Human Remains." Dominique Bisson had a part as Gloria Abercrombie in an episode of Murdoch Mysteries, season 2, entitled "Snakes and Ladders".
Bisson is also an avid bicycle collector and enjoys cycling in any free time possible. The actor enjoys biking as a way to relax and ground himself when his life starts to get hectic.
Bisson formerly worked as a builder between acting jobs to support his family.
|My Pet Monster||Rod||Video|
|Where's Pete||Pete||Short film|
|1999||Velocity Trap||Franklin J. Robinson|
|2004||Some Things That Stay||Dr. Ostrum|
|Nothing Really Matters||Leo|
|2010||Casino Jack||Oscar Carillo|
|2012||Your Side of the Bed||Steve|
|Year by the Sea||Cahoon|
|2020||Anything for Jackson||Rory|
|A Perfect Plan||Gerry|
|1984||Hockey Night||Spear Kozak||TV film|
|1986||Brothers by Choice||Scott|
|1986–88||Danger Bay||Larry / Todd||2 episodes|
|1987||First Offender||Jeff||TV film|
|Night Heat||Regan||Episode: "The Kid"|
|Maxie's World||Ferdie (voice)|
|1988||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Ty||Episode: "Twisted Sisters"|
|Learning the Ropes||Mark Randall||Main role, 13 episodes|
|1989||Pray for Me, Paul Henderson||Mike Stanoulis|
|Street Legal||Lennie Smith||Episode: "Complex Offer"|
|1991||Gold: The World's Play||Johnny||TV film|
|Gold: The Merchants of Venice|
|Gold: The Dynamiters|
|Gold: Frenchie's Gold|
|Gold: A Fistful of Gold|
|1991–93||The Hidden Room||John / Glenn||2 episodes|
|1992||Tropical Heat||Harry Jr.||Episode: "Double Fault"|
|The Ray Bradbury Theater||Roger (ages 18–22)||Episode: "Some Live Like Lazarus"|
|Catwalk||Nick||Episode: "Here Today"|
|1993||Matrix||Rick Beals||Episode: "Blindside"|
|Top Cops||Mike Sheehan||Episode: "Craig Gravel and Jerry Jones/Mike Sheehan and Stephen Davis"|
|1994||The Forget-Me-Not Murders||Greg Gale||TV film|
|1994–97||High Tide||Joey Barrett||Main role, 63 episodes|
|1995||Young at Heart||Joey||TV film|
|Relic Hunter||Stavros Vordalos||Episode: "Myth of the Maze"|
|1999–00||Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy||Richmond P. Hobson, Jr.||Main role, 26 episodes|
|2000||The Moving of Sophia Myles||Rev. Young||TV film|
|2000–04||Soul Food||Brian Tedrow||Recurring role, 14 episodes|
|2001||The Pretender 2001||NSA Agent Edward Ballinger||TV film|
|Twice in a Lifetime||Julian Fanshaw||Episode: "Mama Mia"|
|Mutant X||Richard Saunders||Episode: "Fool for Love"|
|Undergrads||Crougar / Stoner Dave (voice)||Recurring role, 10 episodes|
|Loves Music, Loves to Dance||Charley / Paul Nash||TV film|
|The Day Reagan Was Shot||Buddy Stein|
|2002–05||Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye||Jack Hudson||Main role, 56 episodes|
|2003||See Jane Date||Max Garrett||TV film|
|Missing||Bruce Skeller||Episode: "Thin Air"|
|Playmakers||Police Detective||Episode: "Choice: Part 1"|
|2004||I Do (But I Don't)||James "Jay" Corina||TV film|
|2005||Kevin Hill||Austin Brooks||Episode: "Sacrificial Lambs"|
|Crazy for Christmas||Peter Archer||TV film|
|2006||The Secrets of Comfort House||Curtis|
|2007||Falcon Beach||Michael Prescott||4 episodes|
|The Dresden Files||Sergeant Darren Munzer||Episode: "Second City"|
|Roxy Hunter and the Mystery of the Moody Ghost||Jon Steadman||TV film|
|2008||Roxy Hunter and the Secret of the Shaman|
|Roxy Hunter and the Myth of the Mermaid|
|Roxy Hunter and the Horrific Halloween|
|Urban Vermin||No-neck||2 episodes|
|2008–present||Murdoch Mysteries||Det. William Murdoch||Main role, 155 episodes|
Produced 75 episodes
Directed six episodes
Nominated – ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance – Ensemble (2017)
|2009||Too Late to Say Goodbye||Bobby Corbin||TV film|
|2010||Flashpoint||Philip Sobol||Episode: "Jumping at Shadows"|
|2011||The Listener||Keith Shelton||Episode: "Vanished"|
|2012||My Mother's Secret||Dennis Coulson||TV film|
|Beauty and the Beast||Alex Webster||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Royal Canadian Air Farce||Det. William Murdoch||Episode: "Air Farce New Year's Eve 2012"|
|2013||This Hour Has 22 Minutes||Himself||Guest host|
Season 20 episode 18
|2013–14||The Adventures of Napkin Man!||Napkin Man
|Main role, 52 episodes|
Co-executive produced 14 episodes
Won – Canadian Screen Award for Best Host in a Pre-School, Children's or Youth Program or Series (2015)
|2014||Republic of Doyle||Det. Bill Murdoch||Episode: "If the Shoe Fits"|
|2016||Three Bedrooms, One Corpse: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery||Martin Bartell||TV film|
|The Julius House: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery|
|2017||Dead Over Heels: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery|
|A Bundle of Trouble: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery|
|2018||Last Scene Alive: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery|
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- Wesley, David (May 17, 1986). "Yannick Bisson: The Next Michael J. Fox?". Montreal Gazette. p. T8.
- "Interview with Yannick Bisson by Kees Boer". www.positive-entertainment.com. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
- Romanko, Karen A (March 2016). Television's Female Spies and Crimefighters: 600 Characters and Shows, 1950s to the Present. Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub. p. 204. ISBN 978-0786496372. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
- "Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy – TV Show, Episode Guide & Schedule". TWC Central. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
- Grant, Stacey (June 22, 2016). "16 Questions I Had After Rewatching The Disney Channel Original Movie Genius". mtv.com. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
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- "'Murdoch' mysteries revealed". tvguide.ca. July 28, 2010. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
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- "Discovery Channel Goes Full Throttle with Star Racer – Search for Canada's Best Racer Takes to the Track Oct. 24". bce.ca. September 21, 2006.
- "Star Racer". tv.com. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
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