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Teach Grant is the Canadian actor who portrays Dead Eye on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Teach Grant was born in 1974 and grew up in Toronto, Canada. His wife works as a prop manager on the TV series Supernatural.[1]

When Teach was a child, he and his older brother would perform in plays in theater programs during summer camps, which made him interested in acting.[1] When he was around eleven or twelve years old,[1] he made a go at voice-over work[1] for a children's network,[2] but quickly ended it when a producer walked into the studio and told him that he sounded like a little girl. In high school, he enrolled in a four-year old drama program, where he also acquired skills as a set builder, which lead him to pursue a career as a carpenter.[1][2]

After finishing high school, Grant did some group theater at the Carleton University,[1] where he was studying psychology.[3] He also entered into the theater program at the Ottawa University, but it did not work out, as he didn't like the roles he was given. He knew The X-Files was shooting in Vancouver and sold everything he had and got on a plane to start a new life there.[1] After a series of black box theater productions, he booked his first audition,[2] which was for the 1997 independent film Limp.[3] This landed him a leading role opposite the late rock star Michael Hutchence.[2][3] In 2005, he played one of the leading roles in the horror film Devour, where he acted opposite Supernatural star Jensen Ackles.[1]

Grant is best known for[4] guest starring as the Envoy super soldier Jimmy Desoto in the science fiction series Altered Carbon[5] and the alcoholic Preston Riley in the drama series Damnation,[5] as well as the recurring role of Scarhead on the horror drama series Van Helsing.[6] He has worked most prolifically in television and is notable for his recurring roles on television series such as The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, Supernatural and The 100.[7] He is also known for playing the grown-up version of the murderous bully Henry Bowers in the 2019 supernatural horror film It Chapter Two[4] (a movie which also features Once Upon a Time guest star Wyatt Oleff).


  • Acts opposite fellow Once Upon a Time actor Rose McIver on the iZombie episode "Eat a Knievel", where he plays a friend of a victim in a murder case investigated by Rose's character Liv Moore.
  • Originally, his character on Damnation was going to die in episode two or three, but show creator Tony Tost was so impressed with Teach's performance that he expanded his character into a series-spanning role.[8]


External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Ruth (October 19, 2017). Interview With Actor Teach Grant. My Devotional Thoughts.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 McRea, Kate (November 12, 2017). An Interview with Teach Grant, Preston Riley on Damnation. TVSeries Hub.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 20 questions with Teach Grant. Vancouver Presents (September 27, 2017). “After studying Psychology at Carlton, and Theatre at Ottawa U, Teach decided to move across the country and give acting a real shot. He sold everything he had, and with $150 to his name, he flew to Vancouver and began the hustle. After a series of black box theatre productions, Teach landed his first film role in the 1997 independent film Limp, opposite the late Michael Hutchence.”
  4. 4.0 4.1 Breznican, Anthony (June 25, 2018). It: Chapter Two adds Teach Grant and Jess Weixler to cast. Entertainment Weekly. “In It: Chapter Two, the grown-up version of murderous bully Henry Bowers is headed back to Derry, Maine, in the form of actor Teach Grant. (...) Grant is best known for his work on the recent Netflix sci-fi show Altered Carbon, as well as the TV series Damnation and Van Helsing.”
  5. 5.0 5.1 Gonzales, Catherine (November 7, 2017). Interview: Actor Teach Grant stars in USA's new series "Damnation". Shuffle Online. “Actor Teach Grant stars in the new USA Network series "Damnation," which premieres on the network November 7 and later internationally on Netflix. (...) Teach plays Preston Riley in the series, which also stars Killian Scott, Logan Marshall-Green, Sarah Jones and Christopher Heyerdahl. (...) Teach is also set to star in a heavy recurring guest-star role as Jimmy DeSoto in Netflix' [sic] new series "Altered Carbon" out in early 2018.”
  6. Scarhead. Retrieved on July 7, 2019.
  7. Harp, Justin (June 26, 2018). IT: Chapter 2 casts The Good Wife's Jess Weixler and Altered Carbon star Teach Grant. Digital Spy. “Canadian actor Grant has worked most prolifically in television, with recurring roles in Once Upon a Time, The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, Van Helsing, Supernatural and The 100.”
  8. TwitterLogo.svg @tonytost (Tony Tost) on Twitter (June 25, 2018). "Originally, cousin Preston Riley was going to die in episode two or three of Damnation. Then I realized we had a total badass in the role so I expanded Preston Riley into what would've been a series-spanning role. Teach is the real fucking deal. Now everyone will know it."
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