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John Kapelos

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B: March 8, 1956 in London, Ontario
An accomplished actor in both comedy and drama, John Kapelos came to prominence while performing at Chicago’s The Second City. In his eight years at the legendary improvisational theatre he spent three years in the National Touring Company and then opened six Revues in the Resident Company. He was part of Second City’s triumphant off-Broadway return in All’s Well That Ends Well at the legendary Village Gate in 1984. He is usually remembered for his role as Carl, the Janitor in the John Hughes teen classic The Breakfast Club.

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Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Thief (1981)
Doctor Detroit (1983)
Class (1983)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
The Naked Face (1984)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Weird Science (1985)
Off Beat (1986)
Nothing in Common (1986)
Head Office (1986)
Roxanne (1987)
Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (TV-1988)
Vibes (1988)
The Boost (1988)
Nick Knight (TV-1989)
All’s Fair (1989)

Internal Affairs (1990)
Defenseless (1990)
And The Sea Will Tell (TV-1991)
Deadly Betrayal: The Bruce Curtis Story (TV-1991)
Highway Heartbreaker (TV-1992)
Man Trouble (1992)
A Twist of the Knife (TV-1993)
Guilty As Sin (1993)
We’re Talking Serious Money (1993)
For the Love of Arron (TV-1994)
The Shadow (1994)
Cool and Crazy (TV-1994)
Deep Red (1994)
The Late Shift (TV-1996)
Wiseguy (TV-1996)
The Craft (1996)
The Relic (1997)
Johnny Skidmarks (1998)
Young Hearts Unlimited (TV-1998)
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Blood Type (1999)

Bad Faith (2000)
The Sports Pages (TV-2001)
Fire & Ice (TV-2001)
Legally Blonde (2001)
Ignition (2001)
L.A.X. (2002)
Auto Focus (2002)
Croon (TV-2002)
Fast Food High (2003)
Mimic: Sentinel (VR-2003)
I Accuse (2003)
Dinner with Fival (voice, 2003)
Shallow Ground (2004)
Knuckle Sandwich (2004)
Phil the Alien (2004)
Identity Theft: The Michelle Brown Story (TV-2004)
Greener (2004)
Aurora Borealis (2005)
McBride: Tune in for Murder (TV-2005)
The River King (2005)
Stick It (2006)
Fifty Pills (2006)
Pandemic (TV-2007)
Whisper (2007)
Everybody Wants to Be Italian (2007)
The Babysitter (2008)
The Beneficiary (2008)
Tripping Forward (2009)
Commentary (2009)

Junkyard Dog (2010)
Flight 29 Down: The Hotel Tango (TV-2010)
Farewell Mr. Kringle (TV-2010)
Not That Funny (2011)
Miss Dial (2012)
Free Ride (2012)
Who the F Is Buddy Applebaum (2013)
The Face of Marty Gleason (2014, short)
Underdog Kids (2015)
Love On The Air (TV-2015)
First Round Down (2016)
The Taker (2016)
22 Chaser (2017)
The Shape of Water (2017)
Blood Type (2017)


TV Series – Cast:
Forever Knight (1992-1993)
Category 7: The End of the World (mini-series, 2005)

Justified (2013-2014)


TV Series – Guest appearances:Miami Vice (1985)
Who`s the Boss (1986)

E.N.G. (1990)
L.A.Law (1990)
Grand (1990)
Street Legal (1990)
Counterstrike (1990)
Shannon`s Deal (1991)
Palace Guard (1991)
Murder, She Wrote (1991)
Matlock (1992)
Civil Wars (1992)
Quantum Leap (1992)
Sienfeld (1993)
Rebel Highway (1994)
Platypus Man (1995)
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1995)
Diagnosis Murder (1995)
Home Improvement (1996)
Dave’s World (1996)
Goode Behavior (1997)
Nash Bridges (1997)
Life… And Stuff (1997)
The Practice (1997)
Timecop (1997)
John Woo’s Once a Thief (1997)
It`s Like, You Know… (1997)
The West Wing (1999)

God, the Devil and Bob (voice, 2000)
First Wave (2000)
Angel (2000)
The Sports Pages (2001)
The X Files (2002)
State of Grace (2002)
The District (2002)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2002)
Just Cause (2002)
Boomtown (2002)
ER (2002)
Judging Amy (2003)
The Dead Zone (2003)
Dead Like Me (2003)
Frasier (2004)
Cold Case (2004)
Crossing Jordan (2004)
Without a Trace (2004)
Boston Legal (2004)
Queer as Folk (2005)
Gilmore Girls (2005)
Desperate Housewives (2006)
The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman (2006)
CSI: NY (2006)
One Tree Hill (2007)
Monk (2007)
Las Vegas (2007)
The Young and the Restless (2007)
Chuck (2007)
Dirty Sexy Money (2008)
The Gemini Division (2008)
The Suite Life on Deck (2008)
House (2009)
Zeke and Luther (2009)
Days of Our Lives (2009)
iCarly (2009)

Dan For Mayor (2010)
Lost Girl (2010)
Law & Order: Los Angeles (2010)
Castle (2011)
No Ordinary Family (2011)
Shameless (2011)
Criminal Minds (2011)
The Hard Times of RJ Beaver (2011)
Modern Family (2013)
Psych (2013, 2014)
Graceland (2014)
Transparent (2014)
Franklin & Bash (2014)
Republic of Doyle (2014)
The Exes (2015)
Togetherness (2016)
Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street (2016)
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2016)
Conviction (2016)
Good Girls Revolt (2016)
Impastor (2016)



The Shape of Water, movie, poster,