An Interview with Dan Woods, Degrassi's Mr. Raditch
As many of you know, I’ve been on a personal mission to recap every single episode of the ‘80s Canadian teen drama Degrassi Junior High for a few years now. Because the Degrassi production was such a low-key affair, I always had a feeling my recaps would get noticed by some of the actors from the show. But I always assumed it would be along the lines of the Asian kid who is not Yick Yu, or that girl in the high school years who was always carrying around a jar of peanut butter.
Imagine my surprise to hear from one of the actors who’s been with the Degrassi franchise the longest. Dan Woods played teacher (and later, principal) Dan Raditch on all five seasons of Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High, and then returned to play Raditch again on Degrassi: The Next Generation for four more seasons.
Despite being one of the “adults”, to me Mr. Raditch has always been a key ingredient in the Degrassi formula, and the show just hasn’t been the same without him. (Well, okay, maybe Joey, Caitlin, and Spike leaving also may have been a factor.)
Join me now as we discuss the beginnings of the Raditch character, what Dan did in the downtime between the two shows, and what he’s been up to since leaving TNG in 2005.