Anyone who has been near a television or movie screen the last 20 years will recognize him immediately. J.C. MacKenzie has appeared in such films as The Aviator, The Wolf of Wall Street, What Planet Are You From and The Departed and television series such as House Of Cards, The Good Wife, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives. MacKenzie grew up in Ottawa and had no interest in acting until he saw Jack Lemmon on Broadway performing in Bernard Slade’s Tribute. Subsequently he enrolled in Concordia University’s Theatre Program and then went on to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Playwright Neil Simon picked MacKenzie to perform in the national tour of his play Biloxi Blues. His first television success was Stephen Bochco’s Emmy Award winning series Murder One on ABC. Currently MacKenzie plays the role of Dr. Spivak on HBO’s Hemlock Grove. He is shooting another project for HBO that is yet untitled but is being directed by Martin Scorcese and produced by Mick Jagger.
Ken Rockburn spoke to J.C. MacKenzie in Santa Monica, California.
A veteran journalist and broadcaster widely recognized for his irreverent and entertaining interview and presentation style, Ken is an award-winning journalist with almost 40 years of experience on radio and television. He first joined CPAC in 2001 as host of Talk Politics which ran for eight seasons. He returned to CPAC in 2010 to host Rockburn Presents. Prior to joining CPAC, Ken hosted CBC Radio’s All In a Day, CBC TV Ottawa’s Rockburn and Company and was news director at CHEZ-FM in Ottawa.