Monday, September 6, 2010

40 after 40: Patrick Gallagher

Back in 1988, Chilliwack’s Patrick Gallagher hadn’t quite figured out who he was. He had gone from being a good student to goofing around after his parents’ divorce. He enrolled in the Theatre Program at Douglas College to, as he puts it “get my parents off my ass.” But he ended up finding a lot more.

You may recognize Gallagher as the short-shorts wearing football coach, Ken Tanaka, from the first two seasons of the hit musical comedy series Glee. Gallagher also had a recurring role as a bloodsucker in HBO’s Southern gothic vampire series True Blood. He has had roles in Vancouver-shot staples Da Vinci’s Inquest and Da Vinci’s City Hall, along with Master and Commander and Sideways. He came to life as Attila the Hun in both Night at the Museum films, and invented his character’s gibberish language. “I learned the joy of performing there. That’s the biggest thing I took from my time at Douglas,” says Gallagher.

40 after 40 is a series showcasing our amazing grads and employees in celebration of our 40th anniversary. Check back every Wednesday and Friday for another inspiring story. See more about our 40th on our Anniversary page.