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Actor Derek Theler on sports, learning to play hockey, his pets and working with Petco

Derek Theler at the JDRF LA Chapter 2018 Imagine Gala
Derek Theler at the JDRF LA Chapter 2018 Imagine Gala
Modified 07 Dec 2018

For almost a decade Derek Theler has been a successful film and television actor. Many people first learned about Theler from his work on Baby Daddy, which he appeared on more than 100 episodes over the course of six seasons. His next announced high-profile roles are on the Starz ahow American Gods and the YouTube Red series Wayne.

Beyond his acting career, Theler is also known for being an animal lover. This is presumably why he is working with Petco, a popular American retailer with many pet-specific holiday gift offerings on the market. This includes festive outfits, toys and treats for the many pet owners who also shop for their animals during the holiday season.

Specific to the scope of Sportskeeda, on the aforementioned show Baby Daddy, Derek Theler portrayed Danny Wheeler, the brother of the program's titular character. Especially notable about Danny Wheeler was that he played on the NHL's New York Rangers. This is not Wheeler's only link to the sports world, as the Colorado State University alumnus studied sports medicine within his collegiate studies and is otherwise a big sports fan.

So was Derek Theler a hockey player before he landed the role of Danny Wheeler? He answered: "It's funny, I played a professional hockey player on a sitcom, but I'd never played hockey in my life. So that was an interesting moment in my life, trying to learn how to play a professional in a sport I had never played before. But sports have always been an important part of my life, especially basketball and football." However, the role did apparently lead him to attending plenty of Rangers games as invited guests.

I had the pleasure of doing Q&A with Derek Theler -- the full interview is embedded above in video-form -- not only about his ties to the sports world, but also about his work with the aforementioned Petco. More on Theler can be found by visiting his official website at or following him on social media via @DerekTheler, while Petco keeps a 24/7 home online at

Published 07 Dec 2018, 09:24 IST
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