Former ABS-CBN actor Don Laurel now a real-life police officer in Canada

by Nikko Tuazon
Jul 10, 2017
Former Star Magic talent Don Laurel has been serving Toronto Police Service 32 Division for nine years now.

Remember Don Laurel?

He is a former talent of ABS-CBN who is now a police officer in Toronto, Canada.

Don debuted in the entertainment scene via the hit Kapamilya teen drama Gimik (1996), which starred Judy Ann Santos, Patrick Garcia, Diether Ocampo, Rico Yan, and many others.

He also starred in several primetime dramas including Mula Sa Puso (1997), Saan Ka Man Naroroon (1999), and Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan (2001).

His film credits included Batang PX (1997), Soltera (1999), and Anak (2000).

Shortly after his last project, Jologs, which was released in 2002, Don flew back to Toronto, Canada, where he grew up.

He then pursued his long-time dream of becoming a police officer.

These days, the former Star Magic talent still makes headlines but not as an actor.

Don has been bubbed as the "Filipino James Van Der Beek" of Dawson's Creek.

Last Thursday, July 6, Don was featured once again on CBC Toronto.

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In his interview, Don said becoming a police officer has always been his childhood dream.

"I have always wanted to be a police officer," he told CBC Toronto.

"This is the best job in the world. What I play on TV is make believe. When the camera stops rolling, that's it.

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"As an officer, this is a front-row seat to real life."

It would seem he rarely talks about showbiz stint in the Philippines, but his colleagues would usually find out each time a Pinoy would ask for a photo op.


But his past has also helped him in more ways than one.

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In his interview, the former actor recalled how his showbiz background helped him pacify a man in distress.

"It was a call where a male had barricaded himself inside his apartment with a huge knife [pointed at his neck].

"As soon as I started having conversation, engaging with this person who was in crisis at that point in time, immediately he calmed down 'cause he recognized that I was there to help him.

"He looked at me and said, 'Hey! Aren't you so-and-so?,' and I said. 'Yeah.'"

Don has been part of the Toronto Police Service 32 Division for nine years now.

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Former Star Magic talent Don Laurel has been serving Toronto Police Service 32 Division for nine years now.
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