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Jonathan Ormond Torrens (born October 25, 1972) is a Canadianmarker actor and television personality best known for his co-hosting of Street Cents, his talk show Jonovision, and his role as "J-Roc" in the popular Canadianmarker mockumentary Trailer Park Boys. In October 2009, Torrens will host TV with TV's Jonathan Torrens, a comedic newsmagazine program set to be broadcast on the TVtropolis network.

Biography

Personal life

Torrens was born in Charlottetownmarker, Prince Edward Islandmarker. His sister is actress and playwright Jackie Torrens, and his nephew is also named Jonathan Torrens. He currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotiamarker.

Career

Torrens's past work includes co-hosting CBC Television's teen-oriented consumer affairs series Street Cents from 1989 until 1996. He then went on to host, co-produce and write for his own teen-oriented talk show, Jonovision, from 1996 until 2001.

In 1998 he played David in Beefcake, a movie about 1950s muscle magazines and their connection with the homosexual community. The same year, he won a Gemini in the category of Best Short Dramatic Program for his work on Nan's Taxi. In 1999, he hosted and narrated a 33 minute docudrama on the consequences of impaired driving for the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC) called When Choices Collide. In 2001 he played Tony Moressa on the show Pit Pony and had two appearances on Royal Canadian Air Farce as 'The Clean Cut Keen SportsNet Guy'. From there he went on to play Daniel VanDusen on Rideau Hall in 2002 and had a guest appearance on This Hour Has 22 Minutes. In 2003, he starred in the CBC six episode mini-series Jonathan Cross's Canada, in which he travelled across Canada in a Winnebago.

During the summer of 2004 he starred as "The Gotta-be-Gay-Guy" on the Spike TV mock reality show, Joe Schmo 2, and has made appearances on the shows The Greatest Canadian and 50 Most Outrageous TV Moments. In 2005 he played Mike in Dirty Love, a romantic comedy starring Playboy playmates Jenny McCarthy and Carmen Electra that held six nominations for the 2005 Golden Raspberry Awards and won the award for Worst Picture.

He also played Shane McKay, Emma Nelson's biological father on Degrassi: The Next Generation. Since 2001, Torrens has had a recurring role as J-Roc on the television series Trailer Park Boys. He also appeared in both of the Trailer Park Boys movies. On 11/22/08 Jonathan was the guest host of the CBC radio show Definitely Not the Opera entitled "Sending you some brotherly (and sisterly) love", the 11/29/08 episode "What's your breaking point?" and the 12/06/08 episode "DNTO gets Hali-Fantastic!".

In 2008 he appeared in the award-winning short film Treevenge directed by Jason Eisener.

In 2009, Torrens debuted in his own Canadian television show called "TV With TV's Jonathan Torrens" on Canadian specialty network TvTropolis.

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