Yanic Truesdale is a Canadian actor best known for his role as Michel Gerard in the television series Gilmore Girls, from 2000-2007.
Though Yanic (pronounced Ya-neek) 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."
Truesdale was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. He got into acting "by accident" at age 17 when he decided on a whim to audition for acting school with a friend.
Though his friend was turned down, Truesdale got in, and soon discovered a passion for acting. He graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada when he was 20.
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.
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.
On stage, his performance as the maid in the long-running Canadian production of The Bird Cage earned him rave reviews.
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.