Transcript: Patrick McKeena "Steve Gow" | Jun 06, 1999

(jazz music plays)

Against a black background, white letters read "Patrick McKenna. Actor."

Patrick McKenna is in his mid-thirties, clean-shaven with combed brown hair. He wears a light brown jacket and brown shirt.

Patrick says WHEN I WAS IN HIGH
SCHOOL I HAD AN
ENGLISH TEACHER,
Mr. STEVE GOW,
WHO IS LIKE A FRIEND
OF MINE TODAY.
BUT HE INTRODUCED ME TO
SECOND CITY THEATRE.
HE TOOK A FRIEND AND I
THERE BECAUSE I WASN'T
DOING VERY WELL IN ENGLISH.
SO HE THOUGHT MAYBE A DIFFERENT
POINT OF VIEW ON TOPICS
THAT WE WERE DOING...
ENTERTAINMENT AND PLAYS
AND THINGS LIKE THAT.
WE WERE STUDYING I THINK
IT WAS
ROMEO AND JULIET
AT THE TIME.

He sits talking as pictures of classrooms and students in a blue shade flash by behind him.

He continues SO HE TOOK US TO SEE
THIS TYPE OF PLAY,
AND I SAW MARTIN
SHORT PERFORM.
AND I JUST KNEW IMMEDIATELY
THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO DO.
I'M GONNA BE ON THAT
STAGE, AND I'M GOING
TO BE THERE AT SOME
POINT IN MY LIFE.
SO IT WAS DEFINITELY
MY GRADE 10 ENGLISH TEACHER
WHO GOT ME TO
WHERE I AM TODAY.
THAT I WAS ABLE TO STAND
THERE ON THAT STAGE,
LIKE 9 YEARS LATER, AND
KNOW THE EXACT SEAT I SAT
IN OUT IN THAT ROOM.
AND HOPEFULLY THAT YOU'RE
INSPIRING SOMEBODY ELSE.
AND THERE'S NUMEROUS PEOPLE
COME UP AFTER A SHOW AND GO
I KNOW WHAT I WANT TO
DO NOW, HOW DO YOU DO THIS.
AND IT'S LIKE YOU
PASS ON THE TORCH.
AND IT WAS ALL BECAUSE
OF ONE ENGLISH TEACHER
WHO'S STILL LIKE
MY BEST FRIEND.

A final slate reads "The best thing that the great teachers can do for us is to help us to discover what is already present in ourselves. Irving Babbit. TVO where education matters."

Watch: Patrick McKeena "Steve Gow"