Dan Redican (Dan Barlow)
Since co-founding The Frantics comedy troupe in 1979, Dan has been a central figure in the comedy scene on both sides of the border. He worked as Story Editor and supervising producer on the critically acclaimed The Kids in the Hall, and MTV’s Jenny McCarthy Show.
For his role of ‘Dan Barlow’ in season one, Redican was nominated for a Best Actor Canadian Comedy Award. Dan has received two Best Performance in a Variety Program Gemini Award nominations (now called The Canadian Screen Awards); one for The Dan Redican Comedy Hour and the other for The Frantics: Four on the Floor.
Dan has previously co-starred with puppets; first with The Jim Henson Hour, which he starred in 13 episodes and then as a series lead in Groundling Marsh. Dan also wrote and appeared in the critically acclaimed TV comedy opera Burnt Toast. Dan has also recently worked as story editor on the CBC comedy Little Mosque on the Prairie. Dan’s feature film credits include The Wrong Guy and Elvis Meets Nixon.
In addition to playing the role of ‘Dan’ on Puppets Who Kill, Dan is also Executive Story Editor of the series.
James Rankin (Buttons)
A highly accomplished actor and puppeteer, James Rankin was the hand behind ‘J.J.’ in CBC’s Sesame Park, ‘Hextar Vigar’ in Brats of The Lost Nebula, ‘Larry The Bug’ in Freaky Stories, ‘Eco’ and ‘Stacks’ in Groundling Marsh and was various puppets for Scoop & Doozie, Adventures of Noddy and The Adventures of Dudley Dragon.
As an actor he has performed with numerous theatre companies including productions at the Shaw Festival, Theatre Passe Muraille, Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Toronto Free Theatre, National Arts Centre, Centre Stage and Neptune Theatre.
He was also seen in such television shows as My Home Town, Forever Knight, Kung Fu and War of the Worlds and has voiced characters in such shows as Babar, Pippi Longstocking, Ace Ventura, Franklin The Turtle and Rupert The Bear, to name a few.
Bob Martin (Cuddles)
Bob is one of the busiest writers and actors in Canada. Apart from Puppets Who Kill, he’s the Tony Award-winning co-writer and lead actor of the acclaimed Broadway hit The Drowsy Chaperone. Bob also wrote the book for the hit seasonal Broadway musical Elf.
Bob also co-wrote and appeared in the hit series Slings and Arrows, seen in the US on The Sundance Channel. Bob also co-created, wrote and starred in the critical success Michael, Tuesdays and Thursdays on CBC Television in 2011.
He is currently the writer and executive producer of a six-episode TV series based on an adaptation of the 2005 British comedy series, Sensitive Skin, starring Kim Cattrall and set to premiere on The Movie Network .
Gord Robertson (Bill)
Gord has worked on television shows from Fraggle Rock to I Was a Sixth Grade Alien and everything inbetween. Some of his TV credits include The Fabulous Miss Piggy Special, The Muppets 30th Anniversary, Sesame Street, The Jim Henson Hour, Lamb Chop’s Play-Along, Groundling Marsh, Goosebumps, Zoboomafoo, A Very Muppet Christmas and Don’t Eat The Neighbours.
On the big screen Gord was Johnny 5-The Robot in Short Circuit 2, Rhazar in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II and Michelangelo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.
Gord Robertson also was the reindeer puppeteer in the movie The Santa Clause and worked on the popular films The Never Ending Story III, The Trilogy of Terror II, Cats & Dogs, The Santa Clause II and They.
Bruce Hunter (Rocko)
A renowned comedic actor on both screen and stage, Bruce was part of the critically acclaimed comedy troupe Illustrated Men for thirteen years. He has taught at the famous Second City in Toronto for twenty years and is a recipient of a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Improviser.
On the small screen Bruce starred as ‘Edward Taylor’ in Eerie Indiana: The Other Dimension and as ‘Bob Stuyvesant’ in The Red Green Show. His extensive guest starring credits include such series as Rookie Blue, Falling Skies, The Border, Across The River To Motor City, The Famous Jett Jackson, PSI Factor, Wind at My Back, Honey I Shrunk The Kids [TV series] FX The Series, Spygirl and Monk He was also a puppeteer for CBC Kids and for the Henson production of 30 Years Of The Muppets.
Bruce also appeared in such movies-of-the-weeks as Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story, starring William Hurt and The Day Reagan Was Shot, starring Richard Dreyfuss as well as the Academy Award-winning film Good Will Hunting, with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and Canadian Bacon with John Candy.
On stage, Bruce has starred in numerous productions in Canada and Europe including Democracy, The Danish Play, Communicating Doors, Penal Colony, White Mice and Waiting for Godot.