Lochlyn Munro is a Canadian actor who is best known for appearing in comedy films such as ‘Scary Movie’ and ‘A Night at the Roxbury.’ Born and raised in British Columbia, Canada, Lochlyn wished to take up ice hockey as a career when he was a child. An injury at the age of 18 had him drifting away from the sport. Following this, he became inclined toward his other passion: acting. Following his high-school graduation, Lochlyn also played music for a while before enrolling into drama and improvisational comedy classes. After doing theater for a few years, Lochlyn moved to Los Angeles to build a career in acting. He made his acting debut in 1987, with the series titled ‘21 Jump Street.’ Since then, he has played pivotal roles in many series, such as ‘Riverdale’ and ‘Beyond.’ After making his film debut in 1990, with ‘Sylvan Lake Summer,’ Lochlyn played supporting roles in films such as ‘Scary Movie,’ ‘High Voltage,’ ‘White Chicks,’ and ‘Let the Game Begin.’ He has also appeared in many TV films over the years, the most notable of them being ‘Stand against Fear,’ ‘The Investigation,’ and ‘A Snow Capped Christmas.’
Childhood & Early Life
Lochlyn Munro was born Richard Laughlain Munro, on February 12, 1966, in Lac La Hache, British Columbia, Canada. Lochlyn grew up with his siblings in his middle-class family. The family struggled financially from time to time. Lochlyn considers his father his biggest hero, as he never let his children face any trouble despite their poor financial condition.
While he was in school, Lochlyn aspired to become a professional hockey player and to be part of the ‘National Hockey League’ (NHL). Though he was quite good at hockey, an unfortunate injury struck him when he was 18 years old. This thrashed his dreams of playing professional hockey. Thus, after graduating high school, his dreams of a college hockey career ended.
However, there was a silver lining to his injury. It made him pursue acting seriously. He had always been a film buff and loved reading novels. He was slightly inclined toward music, too.
During his university years, Lochlyn played music for a few bands and performed at a few local Vancouver-based clubs to earn some additional money. He also enrolled into acting classes and trained in drama and improvisational comedy.
One of his teachers in his acting classes was famed actor Susan Strasberg. Lochlyn started acting in theater and did many stage plays before he considered a career on screen. He then moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980s and started auditioning for TV and film roles.
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Lochlyn made his screen debut in 1987, with a small role in the police-procedural series titled ‘21 Jump Street.’ He appeared in the series for 3 years, playing various characters.
In 1990, he made his big-screen debut with a small role in the film ‘Sylvan Lake Summer.’ The same year, he appeared in a small role in the film ‘Cadence.’
In 1991, he got his first major acting breakthrough when he was cast as the main lead in the Canadian TV series ‘Northwood.’ The series ran for four successful seasons.
Throughout the 1990s, he continued to appear in pivotal roles in series such as ‘The Outer Limits,’ ‘Sliders,’ ‘JAG,’ and ‘Partners.’
He slowly graduated to playing supporting roles in the 1990s. It was a busy decade for him, as he appeared regularly in two or three films every year. In the early 1990s, he appeared in supporting roles in films such as ‘Run,’ ‘Unforgiven,’ and ‘Digger.’
In 1997, he appeared in what was probably the first major role of his film career. He played ‘Larry,’ a lead role, in the action–drama titled ‘High Voltage.’ However, the film could not manage to bag a traditional theatrical release and was limited to only a direct-to-video release.
In 1998, he appeared in a black comedy film titled ‘Dead Man on Campus,’ playing ‘Cliff,’ one of its key roles. Although the film was a critical failure, it did decent business at the box office.
In the late 1990s, he appeared in supporting roles in films such as ‘A Murder of Crows’ and ‘2 Extra Days.’
He also starred in the film ‘A Night at the Roxbury.’ Starring Will Ferrell in the lead role, the film had Lochlyn portraying ‘Craig.’ The film was a commercial success but was severely panned by critics.
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He got his major acting breakthrough in 2000, when he was cast in the key role of ‘Greg Cox’ in the satirical comedy ‘Scary Movie.’ The film was a parody of the clichés that are prevalent in American horror films. It received mixed reviews but was a huge success at the box office, which paved way for many sequels and turned it into a successful franchise.
The same year, he appeared in a horror film titled ‘Dracula 2000,’ starring Gerard Butler in the lead role. The film was a box-office and commercial failure.
In 2003, he appeared in the highly successful slasher film ‘Freddy vs. Jason,’ playing ‘Deputy Scott Stubbs.’ The film was surprisingly a critical and commercial success.
The next year, Lochlyn appeared in the comedy film ‘White Chicks,’ playing the supporting role of an FBI agent. Around that time, Lochlyn played a lot of police officers in many films and in TV series such as ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ and ‘Weeds.’
More recently, he was seen playing ‘Hal Cooper’ in the teen drama ‘Riverdale.’ He has been appearing as a recurring character in the series since 2017.
He was lately seen in films such as ‘The Predator’ and ‘Rosemont.’
He has also been busy playing key roles in TV films such as ‘Out of Reach.,’ ‘The Perfect Child,’ and ‘Broken Pledges.’
He co-produced the 2014 movie ‘Xtinction: Predator X.’
Family & Personal Life
Lochlyn Munro married Sharon Munro on June 14, 1997, and the couple has been together ever since. They have two children.
Although he has mostly been cast in comic roles or as law enforcement officers, Lochlyn says playing a “bad guy” has always been his ultimate fantasy.
He is a dedicated film buff and watches as many films as he can whenever he finds free time.
Lochlyn’s first job was to pump diesel at a truck stop in Lac Le Hache at the age of 13.