Birthday: March 17 1970
Hometown: Montreal, QC
Michel was born in Montreal QC.
His first big break came with a starring role in "He Shoots, He Scores," a hugely popular Canadian television series about
hockey. A six-year role on the series "The Duval Family" followed, during which Truesdale also found time to co-host a live
daytime talk show for teenagers called "Special Delivery."
Though Yanic (pronounced Ya-neek) Truesdale is a fresh face to American audiences, he has been one of Canada's busiest
and most popular actors for years. He made his American television debut in "Gilmore Girls," the first role he auditioned
for after relocating to Los Angeles. His performance as the arrogant Frenchman, Michel, prompted Daily Variety to select him
as one of the "10 Actors to Watch" last season.
On stage, his hilarious performance as the maid in the long-running Canadian production of "The Bird Cage," earned him
After many professional accomplishments in Canada, Truesdale decided it was time for new challenges. He studied at the
Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York and moved to Los Angeles, which he now calls home, and enjoys dual citizenship.
The self-described "movie maniac" sees several films each week, and also enjoys writing and traveling.
Truesdale was later nominated for a Gemini Award (the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy) for playing the only black child
of white parents on the sitcom "Roommates." The role mirrored his own life offscreen, as Truesdale was raised solely by his
mother, who is Caucasian.