Canadian actors who deceased at age 61

Here are 4 famous actors from Canada died at 61:

Donald Brittain

Donald Brittain (June 10, 1928 Ottawa-July 21, 1989 Montreal) also known as Donald Brittain, OC was a Canadian film director, screenwriter, film producer and actor.

Brittain is known for his contributions to Canadian cinema, particularly in the realm of documentary films. He began his career as a journalist for the Montreal Gazette before transitioning to film in the 1950s. He produced and directed numerous documentaries over the course of his career, many of which explored Canadian history and culture. Some of his best-known works include "Fields of Endless Day" (1963), "Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks" (1978), and "Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry" (1976), which won numerous awards including an International Emmy. Brittain was a respected figure in Canadian film and was awarded the Order of Canada in 1983 for his contributions to the country's cultural landscape.

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Maury Chaykin

Maury Chaykin (July 27, 1949 Brooklyn-July 27, 2010 Toronto) otherwise known as Maury Alan Chaykin or Maury Chaken was a Canadian actor. He had one child, Rose Hoffman Chaykin.

He died in heart valve disease.

Maury Chaykin is best known for his character acting roles in both film and television. He began his acting career in the 1970s and appeared in over 125 films and TV shows throughout his career. He received critical acclaim for his performances in films such as "The Sweet Hereafter," "Dances with Wolves," and "My Cousin Vinny." Chaykin also had recurring roles in popular TV series such as "Entourage," "Boston Legal," and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." In 2002, he was awarded a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for his role in the Canadian television series "A Nero Wolfe Mystery." Despite his success in the industry, Chaykin preferred to keep a low profile and lived a private life with his family in Toronto.

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Willard Mack

Willard Mack (September 18, 1873 Morrisburg, Ontario-November 18, 1934 Brentwood) also known as Charles Willard McLaughlin, William Mack or Charles McLaughlin was a Canadian screenwriter, film director, actor, playwright and writer.

He began his career as a stage actor and playwright and soon became a well-known name in the theatre industry. In the 1910s, he moved to Hollywood and started his career in the film industry. He wrote screenplays for many successful silent films including Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917) and Joan the Woman (1917). He later became a director and directed films like The Voice from the Minaret (1923) and The Dove (1927).

Along with his successful career as a screenwriter and a director, he also continued writing plays and authored several novels. His most successful plays include The Noose (1916) and Tiger Rose (1917). Mack is known to have launched the careers of several famous actors like Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson, who worked with him during their early days in the film industry.

Mack was married to actress and screenwriter Rosemary Theby and the couple had two children together. He passed away in 1934 at the age of 61 due to a heart attack. His contribution to the film and theatre industry continues to be remembered and appreciated even today.

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Allen Kearns

Allen Kearns (August 14, 1894 Brockville-April 20, 1956 Albany) was a Canadian actor.

Kearns began his career in vaudeville and later transitioned to film in the 1920s. He appeared in many silent films including "The Three Musketeers" (1921) and "Why Girls Say No" (1927). Kearns also had success in the early days of sound films, with notable roles in "The Man Who Came Back" (1931) and "42nd Street" (1933).

In addition to his film work, Kearns was also a popular radio personality, hosting his own show called "Allen Kearns Sings" in the 1930s. He also made occasional appearances on television in the 1950s. Kearns was known for his smooth baritone voice and charm, and was a popular leading man of his time.

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