Donal Logue is known for playing intense characters. He was a fanatical detective in Sons of Anarchy and in The Vikings he played a king losing his grip on power. The Ottawa-born Harvard grad’s latest role is Detective Harvey Bullock in Gotham. Donal is as committed to philanthropic causes as his character is to fighting crime. He donated his stem cells to someone with cancer in 2011 and regularly plays tennis matches for charity. He spoke about inspiring his teenage sons to be charitable.
“My parents were Irish immigrants who were really hard-working people and they honestly were never didactic about anything. I read because my parents read, not because they told me to read. As a kid, I remember my dad pulled over to help a person change their tire. They gave people rides. They let people stay at the house. My son spoke to me the other day about the stem cell initiative because his friend’s father has cancer. He said, ‘you did that for someone who has cancer. That’s cool Dad.’ I think the only thing you can do is just live your life knowing they watch you and your examples.”
Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, December 2014.