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F I N A L E X A M 56 Professionally Speaking | March 2017 Describe yourself in elementary school. Enthusiastic, energetic, innocent. Describe yourself in high school. Reluctant, discouraged, impatient. What was your favourite subject? Science challenged me; I felt as though I was learning important things. Your most challenging? Reading aloud; I know, look at me now! Favourite way to spend recess? Group sports like handball — and dreaming about girls. Fondest school-related memory? In Grade 6, I had a friend named Richard Gonzales who had the most amazingly infectious laugh, and we did nothing but disrupt Mrs. Irvine's class. I'll never forget how much we laughed. Most embarrassing memory? I had a dunce cap placed on my head by a girl when I was in Grade 5. Who are your favourite writers? Robert Ludlum, James Michener, Napoleon Hill, Robert Kiyosaki, Trevanian and Noam Chomsky. Favourite literary pieces studied? I enjoyed anything by Steinbeck — they were always entertaining and piqued my imagination. What are you currently reading? The Border City Blues books by Michael Januska. Who is your hero? Guy Lafleur, Gilles Villeneuve. Favourite heroes from fiction? Jason Bourne, Tintin, Han Solo. As a student, what career path did you dream of following? Being a movie star or the Aqua Velva man. What natural gift did you wish you possessed in the past? I really hoped I'd be taller, still do. Lesson learned in kindergarten that still applies today? Keep your hands to yourself. What prepared you for acting? Group work and co-operative learning activities. Every day, I work hand in hand with a team of 100-plus people and each one has a critical role. Who is your favourite fictional teacher? Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. Most memorable teacher? My Grade 7 and 8 theatre arts teacher, Mrs. Daniels. She was overworked and yet put on epic school musicals, taught us tech and was fabulous. Qualities you appreciate in a teacher? Enthusiasm and strict rules. Best memory from graduation day? I never got to graduate. Seeing my eldest daughter be the first in my family to graduate was a very big honour for me. PS PHOTO: CBC MYSTERY MAN TV detective Yannick Bisson discusses dunce caps, Dead Poets Society and the day his daughter graduated. BY LAURA BICKLE NAME: Yannick Bisson • Born May 16, 1969, in Montréal • His father worked in bridge construction, which meant many moves growing up • Attended K–Grade 3 in Montréal; went to three different schools in Florida for Grade 4–5 and part of Grade 6, moved to Texas in Grade 6 and back to Florida for part of Grade 7 • Attended Highland Junior HS (Grade 7–8); Eastern Commerce CI (Grades 9–10); took a few Grade 11 credits at Central Commerce CI, all in Toronto • Left high school to pursue acting and support his family, worked in construction and a variety of other jobs between gigs • Married actress, author and producer Shantelle Bisson when he was 21 • Made his acting debut in the CBC's critically acclaimed movie Hockey Night (1984) • Has appeared in more than 60 television shows and movies, including Sue Thomas: F. B. Eye, Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy, Soul Food, Casino Jack and Too Late To Say Goodbye • Cast as Detective William Murdoch in Murdoch Mysteries (2007); has directed several episodes • Stars in The Adventures of Napkin Man, the CBC preschool show in which he plays a teacher; won Best Host in a Pre-School, Children's or Youth Program or Series at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards • Lives in Toronto with his wife and three daughters

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