Yannick Bisson

Yannick Bisson
Born Yannick D. Bisson
(1969-05-16) May 16, 1969
Montreal, Quebec
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Chantal Craig

Yannick D. Bisson (born May 16, 1969) is a Canadian film and television actor and director best known to international audiences for playing Det. William Murdoch on the series Murdoch Mysteries.


Born in Montreal, Quebec, of French and English ancestry,[1] Bisson 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".[2]

His big break was in the CBC's critically acclaimed 1984 movie of the week Hockey Night, alongside Megan Follows and Rick Moranis. He starred in the Canadian television series Learning the Ropes from 1988-89. From 1994-97, he gained national exposure in the syndicated action series, High Tide co-starring Rick Springfield. From 2000-04, he had a recurring role as attorney Brian Tedrow on the Showtime drama Soul Food.

He starred as the F.B.I agent Jack Hudson, in the PAX TV series Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye[3][4] and in the short-lived CBC drama Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy.[5]

He appeared on Falcon Beach in season two, as well as several Lifetime cable movies, such as Crazy for Christmas and I do (but I don't), and the Disney Channel movie Genius.[6] Bisson was a guest star on Flashpoint[7] and starred in the television movies Brothers by Choice and Keshan. He appeared in all of the Roxy Hunter movies to date as Jon. 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 plays the lead in the CBC Television drama series Murdoch Mysteries,[8] and made his directorial debut with the show's fourth-season episode, "Buffalo Shuffle".[9]

Starting on December 30, 2013, Bisson starred as a preschool teacher in The Adventures of Napkin Man on CBC Television.[10]

Bisson was awarded the Fan's Choice Award at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards on March 13, 2016.[11]

Personal life

Bisson is married to actress Chantal (or Chantelle) Craig.[12] They met in high school and married when Bisson was 19.[13] She is a former fitness instructor, and currently works as a television content creator and writer.[14] They have three daughters: Brianna, Dominique and Mikaela.[15] Craig made guest appearances on two of Bisson's television series, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye and Murdoch Mysteries.[16]

In the past, Bisson worked as a builder between acting jobs to support his family.[17]

Brianna Bisson played "Penny Renton" in an episode of Murdoch Mysteries entitled "Love and Human Remains"[18] Dominique Bisson had a part as Gloria Abercrombie in another episode of Murdoch Mysteries, Series 2 entitled "Snakes and Ladders".[19]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Toby McTeague Toby
1986 My Pet Monster Rod Video
1986 Where's Pete Pete Short film
1999 Velocity Trap Franklin J. Robinson
2004 Some Things That Stay Dr. Ostrum
2008 Animal 2 Dillen
2008 Nothing Really Matters Leo
2010 Casino Jack Oscar Carillo
2012 Your Side of the Bed Steve
2016 Static Billy Short film
2016 Year by the Sea Cahoon
2016 WolfCop II Swallows Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Hockey Night Spear Kozak TV film
1986 Brothers by Choice Scott TV film
1986 Danger Bay Todd "The Turning Tide"
1987 First Offender Jeff TV film
1987 Night Heat Regan "The Kid"
1987 Maxie's World Ferdie (voice) TV series
1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Ty "Twisted Sisters"
1988 Danger Bay Larry "The Rally"
1988 Learning the Ropes Mark Randall Main role
1989 C.B.C.'s Magic Hour Corey / Mike Stanoulis "Rookies", "Pray for Me, Paul Henderson"
1989 Street Legal Lennie Smith "Complex Offer"
1991 Gold: The World's Play Johnny TV film
1991 Gold: The Merchants of Venice Johnny TV film
1991 Gold: The Dynamiters Johnny TV film
1991 Gold: Frenchie's Gold Johnny TV film
1991 Gold: A Fistful of Gold Johnny TV film
1991 Hidden Room, TheThe Hidden Room Glenn "Splinters of Privacy"
1992 Tropical Heat Harry Jr. "Double Fault"
1992 Ray Bradbury Theater, TheThe Ray Bradbury Theater Roger (ages 18–22) "Some Live Like Lazarus"
1993 Matrix Rick Beals "Blindside"
1993 Top Cops Mike Sheehan "Mike Sheehan and Stephen Davis"
1993 Hidden Room, TheThe Hidden Room John "Marion & Jean"
1994 Forget-Me-Not Murders, TheThe Forget-Me-Not Murders Greg Gale TV film
1994-97 High Tide Joey Barrett Main role
1995 Young at Heart Joey TV film
1999 Genius Mike MacGregor TV film
1999 Relic Hunter Stavros Vordalos "Myth of the Maze"
1999-2000 Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy Richmond P. Hobson, Jr. Main role
2000 Moving of Sophia Myles, TheThe Moving of Sophia Myles Rev. Young TV film
2000-04 Soul Food Brian Tedrow Recurring role
2001 Pretender 2001, TheThe Pretender 2001 NSA Agent Edward Ballinger TV film
2001 Twice in a Lifetime Julian Fanshaw "Mama Mia"
2001 Mutant X Richard Saunders "Fool for Love"
2001 Undergrads Stoner Dave / Crougar (voice) Recurring role
2001 Loves Music, Loves to Dance Charley / Paul Nash TV film
2001 Day Reagan Was Shot, TheThe Day Reagan Was Shot Buddy Stein TV film
2002-05 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Jack Hudson Main role
2003 See Jane Date Max Garrett TV film
2003 Missing Bruce Skeller "Thin Air"
2003 Playmakers Police Detective "Choice: Part 1"
2004 I Do James "Jay" Corina TV film
2005 Kevin Hill Austin Brooks "Sacrificial Lambs"
2005 Crazy for Christmas Peter Archer TV film
2006 Secrets of Comfort House, TheThe Secrets of Comfort House Curtis TV film
2007 Falcon Beach Michael Prescott Recurring role
2007 Dresden Files, TheThe Dresden Files Sergeant Darren Munzer "Second City"
2007 Roxy Hunter and the Mystery of the Moody Ghost Jon TV film
2008 Roxy Hunter and the Myth of the Mermaid Jon Steadman TV film
2008 Roxy Hunter and the Secret of the Shaman Jon Steadman TV film
2008 Roxy Hunter and the Horrific Halloween Jon Steadman TV film
2008 Urban Vermin No-neck "Arms Race", "Dog of War"
2008–present Murdoch Mysteries Det. William Murdoch Main role
2009 Too Late to Say Goodbye Bobby Corbin TV film
2010 Flashpoint Philip Sobol "Jumping at Shadows"
2011 Listener, TheThe Listener Keith Shelton "Vanished"
2011 Murdoch Mysteries: The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs Det. William Murdoch Main role
2012 My Mother's Secret Dennis Coulson TV film
2012 Murdoch Mysteries: The Murdoch Effect Det. William Murdoch TV series
2012 Beauty and the Beast Alex Webster "Pilot"
2012 Royal Canadian Air Farce Det. William Murdoch "Air Farce New Year's Eve 2012"
2013 Murdoch Mysteries: Nightmare on Queen Street Det. William Murdoch Main role
2013-14 Adventures of Napkin Man!, TheThe Adventures of Napkin Man! Mr. Anthony Main role
2014 Republic of Doyle Det. Bill Murdoch "If the Shoe Fits"
2016 Julius House: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, TheThe Julius House: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery Martin TV film
2016 Three Bedrooms, One Corpse: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery Martin TV film


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  2. David Wesley. "Yannick Bisson: The Next Michael J. Fox?", Montreal Gazette, May 17, 1986, p. T8.
  3. "Interview with Yannick Bisson by Kees Boer". www.positive-entertainment.com. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  4. Karen A, Romanko. 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.
  5. "Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy - TV Show, Episode Guide & Schedule". TWC Central. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  6. "16 Questions I Had After Rewatching The Disney Channel Original Movie Genius". mtv.com. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  7. "Flashpoint: Jumping At Shadows". The Great Dark Wonder. September 13, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  8. "Yannick Bisson on the staying power of 'Murdoch Mysteries'". Toronto Sun. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  9. "'Murdoch' mysteries revealed". tvguide.ca. July 28, 2010. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  10. "New Show! Napkin Man is Coming Next Month - CBC Parents". Cbc.ca. November 19, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  11. "Canadian Screen Awards 2016: Murdoch Mysteries' Yannick Bisson Is The Fan's Choice". TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  12. Rita Zekas. "F.B. Eye Spy Who Came Up from the Warm", Toronto Star, December 28, 2002, pg. J8.
  13. Rita Zekas. "All-Canadian Guy Trades Skates for Horse." Toronto Star, December 29, 1991, p. C2.
  14. Rita Zekas. "At Home With the Man of Mystery." Toronto Star, August 30, 2014, p. H1.
  15. "Yannick Bisson biodata". Cbc.ca. March 21, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  16. "Chantal Craig profile at". IMDb. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  17. Dave Leblanc (September 19, 2013). "Peek Inside the Home of TV's Detective Murdoch". Globe & Mail. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  18. Brianna Bisson profile, IMDb.com; accessed October 30, 2016.
  19. Dominique Bisson profile, IMDb.com; accessed October 30, 2014.

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