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In 1985 a 13-year-old boy responded to a flyer distributed throughout local grade schools inviting kids to try out for a new TV show. “No Experience Necessary.”
That show turned out to be Degrassi High and would change his life forever.
Pat Mastroianni started his acting career thinking his role on Degrassi would be a summer job – a few months at the most. Six seasons later, however, Pat found himself on the highest rated show in Canada, syndicated in over 60 countries (including Showtime and PBS in the U.S.), in dozens of languages.
“In my opinion, Pat is a legend in Canada, and we are honored that he has agreed to come down to Niagara in June at Comic Con; he simply doesn’t do many appearances like this one, so it’s a real treat for the fans,” said Chris Dabrowski, Co-owner of the Niagara Falls Comic Con. “So many of Degrassi’s shooting locations including the “school” were shot right up the road in and around the GTA, so even though the show has an international following, it has a lot of local homegrown appeal too,” he added.
In 1991, the Degrassi series came to a close. The two-hour series finale, School’s Out, brought the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) its highest ratings to date.
Niagara Falls Comic Con takes place on Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.
Celebrities confirmed to date include: Wrestling legends Mick Foley and Ted DiBiase, “Green Power Ranger” Jason David Frank, Ian Ziering from Beverly Hills 90210 fame, Larry Thomas, the “Soup Nazi” from Seinfeld; Sam J Jones, “Flash Gordon”, Tim Russ (Commander Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager) and Star Wars actors Dave Prowse and Jeremy Bulloch, who portrayed Darth Vader and Boba Fett in the original trilogy. Falls Horror Fest presented by FANGORIA will also take place at NFCC. Legendary special effects, make up artist and actor Tom Savini was recently announced, with more celebrity announcements planned.
Tickets are available online now by visit www.NFComicCon.com