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Neil Hope (September 24, 1972 in Toronto, Canada - November 25, 2007 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) was a Canadian actor who portrayed Robin "Griff" Griffith on The Kids of Degrassi Street, and Derek Wheeler on Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High, School's Out! and Degrassi: The Next Generation. He was nominated for a Young Artist Award along with the rest of his Degrassi cast mates for Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast.

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  • He started acting at age the age of 9.
  • He started wearing glasses at the age of 15.
  • His father died in 1987 due to cirrhosis, a disease of the liver as a result of his drinking.
  • Both his parents were alcoholics.
  • He was the 5th born child in his family. He had 3 brothers (Tracey, Brian, and Danny) and 1 sister (Cheryl).
  • His parents were divorced. He and his siblings would live with one parent for a while, switch, and so on.
  • Neil disliked country music.
  • One of his favorite cartoons as a child was Bugs Bunny from Looney Tunes.
  • He was previously engaged to Christina Boulard until the point of his death.
  • Four years after the date of his death, it was revealed that he had died of natural causes in November 2007 at the age of 35.
  • Neil Hope had dealt with the death of parents on Degrassi and in his personal life.
  • A memorial website has been set up for Neil at http://www.neil-hope.com

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