Tom's father Ben is a municipal judge in the small claims division, which is the most important position in the free world, at least according to his wife Judith. Part Robert DeNiro in "Meet The Parents", part Judge Judy, and all gravitas, Ben knows how to play the intimidation card both at work and at home. But he also has a sense of humour, albeit one so dry it leaves others parched. Ben likes to wrestle with weighty questions, analyzing issues from every conceivable angle, something he has not been able to pass onto his son. He's a spiritual man, but doesn't express it often ... unless it's to his own advantage.
Hailed as “…the funniest man in Canadian television…” by the Toronto Star (January 2003), Peter Keleghan is a multi-award winning actor who has worked successfully and extensively in Canadian and US film, television, theatre and put his humour to good use as Ben Bellow.
His television credits include the role of Ranger Gord on The Red Green Show for 15 seasons and he has guest-starred on Seinfeld, Murphy Brown and Cheers. He also spent 2 months on ABC’s General Hospital as Barry Durbin. In the mid-Nineties, Peter created the role of Jim Walcott with Ken Finkleman for The Newsroom. From there, he joined the cast of Made In Canada for a successful five-year run. Peter has appeared in Billable Hours, This Is Wonderland, Slings and Arrows, Little Mosque On the Prairie, Murdoch Mysteries, Davis Rules, Zoe Busiek: Wild Card, Majority Rules, The Ron James Show, The Rick Mercer Reportand the hit series Da Kink in My Hair.
He has appeared on stage in the one-man show Fully Committed, produced his own two-episode pilot for CBC entitled Walter Egoand shot his fourth US pilot Business Class for NBC. On film he’s been part of the casts of Eating Buccaneers, The Bend, Cooper’s Camera, Gravytrain and Leslie, My Name is Evil, as well as the short film PMO all in the last year-and-a-half. With his partner Leah Pinsent, he created, produced and starred in Love Letters For Canada, a 2010 Valentine’s Day special for CBC.
A fierce supporter of the Canadian performing arts scene, Peter is on the Board of Directors and helped to spearhead the creation of the new Creative Arts Savings and Credit Union. Created by and for actors, directors, writers and film and TV technicians and agents, CASCU now boasts assets of $9 million after little over a year of existence. A licensed private pilot, he resides with partner Leah Pinsent.