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Bruce Mackey portrayed Mr. Mackey on The Kids of Degrassi Street. He also made a cameo appearance on Degrassi High, in the episode Star-Crossed as "Teacher Number 1"."The show was named after Toronto’s De Grassi Street where Schuyler’s gay best friend, Bruce Mackey, lived. The show’s first episode was shot at Mackey’s home, who would go on to make several appearances on Degrassi. Schuyler
describes Mackey, who passed away from cancer in 1997, as someone who pretended to be straight during the week at the school they both worked at, but then was out at gay bars on the weekend." Daniel Costa, The Queer Legacy of Degrassi: Next Class