David Scott "Dave" Foley (born January 4, 1963) is a Canadian actor, comedian, director, writer and producer. He starred in The Kids in the Hall, NewsRadio and A Bug's Life.

Early life

Foley was born in Etobicoke, Ontario, the son of Mary, a homemaker, and Michael, a steamfitter.[2][4]


Acting and stand-up comedy

After dropping out of high school, Foley pursued standup comedy for about a year in the Toronto Second City Training Centre, where he began taking improv classes and met Kevin McDonald who gave him a job as an usher at a local art house movie theatre. In 1987, he played Lewis Allen in the miniseries Anne of Avonlea. Together, they formed the original The Kids in the Hall. In October 1988, the group debuted on television, including Foley, McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson. Foley played some characters, including Hecubus, one of the Sizzler sisters, the A. T. & Love boss, Bruno Puntz Jones, Mr. Heavyfoot, Jocelyn and Lex. The series ended in 1995. Initially involved with Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, he left the troupe in the middle of the writing, dissatisfied with the internal strife and the quality of the script, and joined the NewsRadio cast instead. As the remaining Kids still hadn't signed any contract with the studio, Foley agreed to sign a deal, which would allow the rest of the troupe to get paid for the script, though he was convinced that it would never be shot. When it was greenlighted, Foley did the film because he was contractually obligated. He is the only member of the group who is not credited as a writer.[5] Foley rejoined the troupe in 2000 and has been an integral part of their various reformations. He appeared in the Kids in the Hall 2010 reunion project Death Comes to Town.[6] Paul Simms, creator of NewsRadio, happened to be a huge fan of Foley's work, and wrote the role of Dave Nelson specifically for him. Much of his character on the show was based on his own personality quirks, including his coffee addiction and his love of the sitcom Green Acres. He was recently reunited with NewsRadio writer Joe Furey, when he recorded the special featurette Working with Joe Furey, an add-on to Furey's comedy Love and Support. Foley released his stand-up special, Relatively Well in January 2013, distributed by Showtime.[7] In the comedy-thriller The Wrong Guy, Foley played Nelson Hibbert, an office worker who finds his boss murdered, mistakenly believes he will be blamed for the crime and runs off as a fugitive.[8] In A Bug's Life, he voiced Flik, an ant who tries to gain respect for his colony. In 2001, he played the boss of 'N Sync singer Lance Bass in the film On the Line. Foley hosted the CBC Christmas Special, The True Meaning of Christmas Specials, in which he, a Mexican Elvis, Elvis Stojko and Dick Dale travel to Canada in search of the true meaning of Christmas specials. In 2004, Foley became host of Celebrity Poker Showdown on Bravo. In 2007, he appeared nude in Uwe Boll's film adaptation of the controversial PC game Postal and became the judge for the US version of Thank God You're Here. He portrayed a middle management employee who happens to be a vampire) in the undead office comedy Netherbeast Incorporated (2007) and voiced the disgruntled elf Wayne in the holiday special series, Prep & Landing. He also guest-starred in the 2007 special, Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary. He played a high school principal in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In 2011, he appeared in How I Met Your Mother as Marshall's possible future boss, Mr. Bloom. From 2011 to 2012, Foley played Jerry Dunham, the boss of Andrew Carlson (David Hornsby) in the short-lived CBS sitcom How to Be a Gentleman. In 2012 and 2013, Foley played Dr. Fulton, Brick's (Atticus Shaffer) school therapist in The Middle, which in "Life Skills", he refers to Brick's classmates as "the kids in the hall", after an awkward pause and glance by both characters and mentioned their behavior similar to those of comedy sketches from The Kids in the Hall. In February 2013, Foley played Detective Bob in the TV Land sitcom, Hot in Cleveland, starred in the third season of Robson Arms on CTV and also starred CTV's new sitcom Spun Out in 2014.[9] In 2015, he took the role of hospital administrator Pat in the cast of the ABC sitcom, Dr. Ken.

Web series

In 2009, Foley was hired by 49 North Inc./Fuel Industries, a multi-national branded content and entertainment company, to star in a web series titled, The Sensible Traveler with Bobby Fargo with six episodes that are written by TV writer Stephen Hibbert and directed by a number of people, including Leslie Iwerks and Chris Roach. To date, the series is one of 49 North Inc./Fuel Industries' most successful web series at well over 20,000 hits since the beginning of 2010. No word has yet been released as to a second season being filmed.[10]

Music video appearances

In 1993, Foley appeared along with Mark McKinney and Kevin McDonald in the music video for the Vancouver band Odds. In the video for "Heterosexual Man", the three comedians played stereotypical macho jocks in the audience of a small bar where Odds are playing until Foley inexplicably turns into a woman. In 2008, he appeared in Hollerado's original music video for their song 'Americanarama' where he portrays a sexually promiscuous boss/ underwear model, in the band's parody to American Apparel. He also appeared in another of the band's music videos for the song 'Desire 126'. In 2010, Foley appeared in a music video for the Los Angeles band Black Robot. The song is a cover of the JJ Cale classic "Cocaine". The video was released on May 5, 2010[11] exclusively on top rated gaming website IGN.com and was filmed at the legendary burlesque club Jumbo's Clown Room.[2] Foley starred in Neva Dinova's video for the song "Yellow Datsun" from their album Hate Yourself Change released on Side Cho Records.[2] In 2012, Foley starred in Off!'s music video for their song Borrow and Bomb, playing a "professional educator" by the name of Dale Antwerp who hosts a public access talk show entitled Teen Talk.[2] He appeared in another Off! video in 2014 for their song "Red White and Black", playing the role of a Fascist dictator.[2]


He co-wrote the Stripper's Union single "Give Up and Go Away".

Personal life

Foley married Tabatha Southey on December 31, 1991 and divorced in 1997. They have two children, Edmund (born 1991) and Basil (born 1995). On August 1, 2002, Foley married Crissy Guerrero and they divorced in 2008. They had a daughter Alina, who is also a child actress.[2]

In 2011, Foley stated that as a result of having been judicially mandated to pay Southey some $10,700 per month, or "literally 400 per cent of [his] income" in child support, he cannot return to Canada without facing imprisonment.[17] He was also over $500,000 in arrears for unpaid support.

Foley is an atheist.[2]


1987Three Men and a BabyGrocery Store Clerk
1994It's PatChris
1996Kids in the Hall: Brain CandyMarv / Psychiatrist / New guy / Raymond Hurdicure
1997The Wrong GuyNelson Hibbert
1998A Bug's LifeFlik (voice)
1999Blast from the PastTroy
1999South Park: Bigger, Longer & UncutThe Baldwin brothers (voice)
1999DickBob Haldeman
2001On the LineHiggins
2002Run Ronnie RunNetwork Executive #1
2002SwindleMichael Barnes
2002Stark Raving MadRoy
2003GrindTour Manager
2004Employee of the MonthEric
2004Ham & CheeseTom Brennemen
2004ChildstarPhilip Templeman
2005Sky HighMr. Boy
2006CarsFlik Car (voice)
2007California DreamingStu Gainor
2007Netherbeast IncorporatedHenry Welby
2007PostalUncle Dave
2010Vampires SuckPrincipal Smith
2011Monster BrawlBuzz Chambers
2012Last CallMr. Nunley
2013Monsters UniversityTerry (voice)
2014Party CentralTerry (voice)
1987Anne of Green Gables: The SequelLewis AllenUnknown episodes
1987American PlayhouseWelsh Rabbit / Old Ironsides / SmithEpisode: "The Prodigious Hickey"
1988–95The Kids in the HallVarious characters / Jaques102 episodes
1995–99NewsRadioDave Nelson97 episodes
1996Mr. Show with Bob and DavidToddEpisode: "Operation Hell on Earth"
1998From the Earth to the MoonAlan BeanEpisode: "That's All There Is"
2001BeckerOwenEpisode: "Hanging with Jake"
2002The TickFrancisEpisode: "Arthur, Interrupted"
2002Just Shoot Me!JayEpisode: "Blind Ambition"
2003The Toronto ShowVariousEpisode: "#1.1"
2003Odd Job JackGary GerbilEpisode: "The Wheel Is Not Enough"
2003The King of QueensPsychiatristEpisode: "Jung Frankenstein"
2003What's New, Scooby-Doo?Laslow Oswald (voice)Episode: "High-Tech House of Horrors"
2003Lilo & Stitch: The SeriesPriest (voice)Episode: "Fibber: Experiment 032"
2003Grounded for LifeDerek PurcellEpisode: "Baby Come Back"
2004Will & GraceStuart Lamarack5 episodes
2004I'm with HerPrincipal HarrisEpisode: "Friends in Low Places"
2004Prom Queen: The Marc Hall StoryMr. WarrickMovie
2005Las VegasMertensEpisode: "Letters, Lawyers and Loose Women"
2005Father of the PrideKelsey Grammer's Cat (voice)Episode: "Stage Fright"
2005Hot PropertiesTed Begley Jr.Episode: "The Return of the Ring"
2006Lovespring InternationalTimothy EntsweilerEpisode: "The Loser Club"
2006Tom Goes to the MayorDr. Dave FoleyEpisode: "Glass Eyes"
2006; 2007ScrubsDr. Lester Hedrick2 episodes
2007The BatmanFrancis Grey (voice)Episode: "Seconds"
2007Slacker CatsCult cat
2007Little Mosque on the PrairieU.S. Consulate ClerkEpisode: "No Fly List"
2007–09The New Adventures of Old ChristineTom3 episodes
2008CarpoolersMr. LateroEpisode: "Take Your Daughter to Work Day"
2008In Plain SightHorst VanderhofEpisode: "Trojan Horst"
2008Robson ArmsChuck Hoskins5 episodes
2008Brothers & SistersPaulEpisode: "Going Once... Going Twice"
2008Stargate: AtlantisMalcolm TunneyEpisode: "Brain Storm"
2009True Jackson, VPTed Begley, Jr.Episode: "Company Retreat"
2009–11Prep & Landing shortsWayne (voice)Short
2010Less Than KindDr. Raymond SheasgreenEpisode: "Third Death's a Charm"
2010The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to TownMarilyn Bowman / Levon Blanchard / Doc Porterhouse / Bingo LadyMiniseries
8 episodes
2010The SoupGrownup Pageant PrincessEpisode dated August 6
2010LeverageEben Dooley Jr.Episode: "The Ho Ho Ho Job"
2010; 2013It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaPrincipal MacIntyre3 episodes
2010; 2013–15Hot in ClevelandBob / Dr. Moore19 episodes
2011Desperate HousewivesMonroe CarterEpisode: "Flashback"
2011How I Met Your MotherMr. BloomEpisode: "Challenge Accepted"
2011Friends with BenefitsKeithEpisode: "The Benefit of Forgetting"
2011Pound PuppiesAgent RickEpisode: "Homeward Pound"
2011EurekaDr. PlotkinEpisode: "One Giant Leap"
2011Nick Swardson's Pretend TimeCaptain RuddEpisode: "The Mis-Education of Garry Gaga"
2011–12How to Be a GentlemanJerry9 episodes
2011–13Dan Vs.Chris47 episodes
2012UnsupervisedDarren (voice)Episode: "Rich Girl"
2012–14The MiddleDr. Fulton4 episodes
2013Robot ChickenFlik / Space Invader / Allan Sherwood (voices)Episode: "Choked on a Bottle Cap"
2013NewsreadersDonny HayflackEpisode: "31-Up"
2013MaronDave FoleyEpisode: "Internet Troll"
2013VeepOsmo HäkkinenEpisode: "Helsinki"
2013The Goodwin GamesMr. QuiltyEpisode: "Hamletta"
2013We Are MenCarter's DadEpisode: "Pilot"
2013–16Comedy Bang! Bang!The Bomber / King Arthur2 episodes
2013DadsBenEpisode: "Dad Abuse"
2014JustifiedCanadian GangsterEpisode: "A Murder of Crowes"
2014Mr. PicklesScientistEpisode: "The Lair"
2014-2015Spun OutDave Lyons26 episodes
2015The Odd CoupleRoy4 episodes
2015Harvey BeaksMoff4 episodes
2015–presentDr. KenPat HeinMain role
Video games
YearTitleVoice role
1998A Bug's LifeFlik
2010Fallout: New VegasYes Man[2]