Canadian actors who deceased in 1959

Here are 1 famous actors from Canada died in 1959:

Wyrley Birch

Wyrley Birch (May 7, 1883 Montreal-February 7, 1959 Mount Kisco) a.k.a. Wyrly Birch or Ernest Wyrley Birch was a Canadian actor.

He started his acting career on the stage in London and went on to appear in numerous Broadway productions such as "The Royal Family" and "Design for Living". Birch appeared in over 70 films, beginning with silent films such as "The Fourth Musketeer" and "Ben-Hur" and transitioning to talking pictures with roles in films such as "The Divorcee" and "The Thin Man". He later became a frequent character actor in Hollywood comedies such as "The Awful Truth" and "Bringing Up Baby". Birch was also a writer and his screenplay for "The Awful Truth" was nominated for an Academy Award.

In addition to his work on stage and in films, Wyrley Birch was also active in radio. He was a regular performer on "The March of Time", a popular news and dramatization radio program of the 1930s and 1940s. He was also a writer for the program and received an Emmy Award for his work on a 1949 episode. Later in his career, Birch worked as a talent scout for Paramount Pictures, helping to discover future stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Tony Curtis. He passed away in 1959 at the age of 75.

Birch was born in Montreal to English parents and raised in Toronto. He attended the University of Toronto before moving to England to pursue a career in acting. Upon his return to North America, he settled in New York City and continued to work in the entertainment industry. In addition to his work on stage, screen, and radio, Birch was also a published author, with his works including "Beneath the Fourth Plinth" and "Duel for Kilimanjaro". Birch was married to actress and writer Mildred Shay for 14 years until their divorce in 1944.

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