Canadian actors who deceased at age 76

Here are 9 famous actors from Canada died at 76:

Raymond Burr

Raymond Burr (May 21, 1917 New Westminster-September 12, 1993 Healdsburg) also known as Raymond William Stacey Burr, Raymond William Stacy Burr, Ray Burr or Ray was a Canadian actor, television director and teacher.

He died as a result of kidney cancer.

Burr is best known for two iconic television roles; playing Perry Mason in the highly successful legal drama of the same name, and playing the titular character in the crime drama Ironside. He won two Emmys for his portrayal of Perry Mason and continued to play the character in several TV movies even after the series ended. Burr also appeared in numerous films, including the classic crime noir "Rear Window'' directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Outside of his acting career, Burr was also an accomplished musician and owned several vineyards in California.

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Sidney Olcott

Sidney Olcott (September 20, 1873 Toronto-December 16, 1949 Hollywood) a.k.a. John Sidney Alcott or Sid Olcott was a Canadian screenwriter, film director and actor.

He began his career as an actor, appearing in over 100 films between 1908 and 1911. Olcott also worked as a writer and director, and made a name for himself in the early days of the film industry. He is known for directing many silent films, including "From the Manger to the Cross" (1912), which is considered to be one of the first feature-length films ever made. Olcott was an early proponent of using real locations in his films, and often shot on location in Europe and the Middle East. He worked for many studios including Biograph, Kalem, and Famous Players-Lasky. Olcott's last film was "The Beloved Brat" (1938), and he spent his later years in Hollywood, where he died in 1949.

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John Hanson

John Hanson (August 31, 1922 Oshawa-December 3, 1998 Shepperton) was a Canadian singer and actor.

He began his career as a radio announcer, but quickly transitioned to music and acting. Hanson became a popular performer in the United Kingdom and Europe during the 1950s and 1960s, known for his smooth baritone voice and suave style.

He appeared in several films, including "The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb" and "The Spy Who Loved Me," and starred in the British television series "The Flying Swan." Hanson also released several albums, with hits including "Canadian Sunset" and "I Love Paris."

In addition to his career on stage and screen, Hanson was also a committed philanthropist. He established the John Hanson Foundation, which provided support for artists and musicians, and he served as a goodwill ambassador for the Canadian government.

Hanson was awarded the Order of Canada in 1984 for his contributions to the arts and charity work. He passed away in 1998 at the age of 76.

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Marc Favreau

Marc Favreau (November 9, 1929 Montreal-December 17, 2005) was a Canadian actor.

He died caused by cancer.

Marc Favreau was best known for his portrayal of the character "Sol" in the popular Canadian children's program "Sol et Gobelet". He was also a writer, director, and producer, and he worked extensively in the Canadian film and television industry. Favreau received many accolades for his contributions to Canadian culture, including the Order of Canada and the Governor General's Performing Arts Award. He was known for his wit and humor, and his work continues to be celebrated by generations of Canadians.

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Charlie Biddle

Charlie Biddle (July 28, 1926 Philadelphia-February 4, 2003 Montreal) also known as Charles Biddle Sr or Charles Reed Biddle was a Canadian actor. His children are called Stephanie Biddle, Charles Biddle Jr. and Sonya Biddle.

Charlie Biddle was not only a successful Canadian actor but also an accomplished jazz bassist. He began playing the bass at the age of 16 and quickly gained recognition for his skills, becoming a part of the Philadelphia jazz scene. In 1948, Charlie moved to Montreal to become a part of the city's thriving jazz community. There, he formed his own band, the Charlie Biddle Trio, which quickly gained popularity across Canada and beyond.

Throughout his life, Charlie left an indelible mark on the Canadian jazz scene. In recognition of his contributions, he was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1993. After his death in 2003, the Charlie Biddle Jazz Suite was established in his honor as a performing arts space in Montreal, ensuring that his legacy lives on.

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Ray Bellew

Ray Bellew (March 26, 1939-April 5, 2015) was a Canadian actor.

He is best remembered for his roles in popular TV series and films. Bellew appeared in more than 70 TV series and films throughout his career. Some of his notable works include "Street Legal", "The Dead Zone", "The Littlest Hobo", and "The Edison Twins". Bellew also worked as a voice actor and lent his voice to many animated shows, including "The Raccoons", "The Care Bears", and "Inspector Gadget". In addition to his successful acting career, Bellew also taught acting and voice classes at Toronto's Humber College for more than 25 years. He passed away in 2015 at the age of 76.

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John McLiam

John McLiam (January 24, 1918 Alberta-April 16, 1994 Los Angeles) a.k.a. John Williams was a Canadian actor. His child is Claire McLiam.

He died as a result of melanoma.

John McLiam was best known for portraying tough characters in films and television shows. He appeared in over 70 movies including the classics “Cool Hand Luke” and “The Magnificent Seven.” McLiam also had a successful Broadway career and wrote several plays, including “The Song of the Vine” and “Wilderness of Mirrors.” In addition to acting, he was a professor at Antioch University in Los Angeles, where he taught drama. McLiam was also an avid painter and sculptor. He was married to actress Helen Kleeb until her death in 2003.

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Ovila Légaré

Ovila Légaré (July 21, 1901 Montreal-February 19, 1978 Montreal) otherwise known as Légaré, Ovila was a Canadian actor and singer.

He was a well-known performer of traditional Quebec chansons, and his songs focused on rural elements of Quebec's society. Ovila Légaré started his career as a singer in the 1930s and performed on the radio until the 1950s. He later became an actor and appeared in several films and television shows, including the Radio-Canada series "La Famille Plouffe" where he played the role of "Pit" Caron. Légaré was widely loved for his charming personality, his humor, and his music, which continues to be celebrated in Quebec's cultural heritage. In recognition of his contributions to Quebec's music, he was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.

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Bernard Braden

Bernard Braden (May 16, 1916 Vancouver-February 2, 1993 London Borough of Camden) a.k.a. Bernard Chastey Braden was a Canadian actor, film producer, television producer and comedian. His children are called Christopher Braden and Kim Braden.

He died caused by stroke.

Braden started his career as a radio announcer and performer in Canada before moving to London, where he became a household name thanks to his work on both radio and television. He co-created the satirical television program "The Braden Beat" with his wife Barbara Kelly, which became a hit in the UK during the 1960s. In addition to his work as a producer, he also acted in several television shows and films, including the 1970s British television series "The Good Life". Despite his success in the entertainment industry, Braden was also known for his philanthropic work and activism, including his involvement with Amnesty International.

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