IAN TRACEY won a Gemini Award in 1999 (Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role) for his portrayal of David Milgaard in the acclaimed and controversial CTV movie Milgaard
. Based on the true story of a man who was sentenced to a life in prison for a crime he did not commit, Tracey delivered a searing performance. Critics agreed. The Vancouver Sun
raved "Milgaard is boosted by a barn-burner of a performance from the smoldering, quietly affecting Vancouver actor Ian Tracey. "TV Week called his portrayal "mesmerizing and haunting."
Tracey will next be seen in Intelligence
, a CBC movie from Da Vinci
creator Chris Haddock, in which he stars as head of a third generation west coast crime family.
Tracey is well known for the character he plays on Da Vinci
, Homicide Detective turned coroner Mick Leary. He has been a series regular since the show's debut in the fall of 1998, and has been nominated for several Gemini and Leo Awards for Best Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series. The Globe and Mail
singled him out saying "Tracey has a swagger and a style that stand out in the solemn and earnest world of Canadian TV."
His recent films include starring opposite Ian McKellen in the independent feature Emile
and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the critically acclaimed Owning Mahoney
, as well as in the independent Desolation Sound
. He was also seen in Open Range
with Kevin Costner and Robert Duval. Other feature films include the indie Rupert's Land
(which earned him a Leo Award for Best Actor in 1999), Double Edged, Touched, Icemen, Free Willy III, Man With A Gun, Time Cop, Change of Heart, Home Movie, Crooked Hearts, The Last Island, Stakeout
, and The Journey of Natty Gann
. He has appeared in numerous movies of the week including Rookies
(nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Actor in A Supporting Role in 1991), Dirty Little Secret, Mountain of Fear, Murder in My Mind, The War Between Us, Jacks, Miracle on I-880, Conspiracy of Silence
, and Dreamspeaker
(ACTRA nomination for Lead Role).
He was a series regular on Sweating Bullets
and the star of Hucklebery Finn & His Friends
, as well as a recurring character on The Commish
. Guest-starring roles include The Outer Limits, The X-Files, Welcome To Paradox, Highlander
, and Knightwatch
Ian Tracey was born in British Columbia and has been acting since the age of 11.