Canadian actors who deceased in 1980

Here are 4 famous actors from Canada died in 1980:

Marshall McLuhan

Marshall McLuhan (July 21, 1911 Edmonton-December 31, 1980 Toronto) a.k.a. Herbert Marshall McLuhan was a Canadian educator, philosopher, futurist, writer, author and actor. He had six children, Teri C. McLuhan, Eric McLuhan, Mary McLuhan, Stephanie McLuhan, Elizabeth McLuhan and Michael McLuhan.

McLuhan is best known for his groundbreaking theories on media and communication, especially the way technology shapes our understanding of the world. His most famous work, "Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man," was published in 1964 and explored the effects of different media on human perception and behavior. McLuhan was regarded as a controversial figure in his time, and his ideas were often met with skepticism and criticism. However, his influence on the fields of media theory and cultural studies has been profound, and his legacy continues to influence scholars and thinkers today.

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Jay Silverheels

Jay Silverheels (May 26, 1912 Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation-March 5, 1980 Calabasas) a.k.a. Harold J. Smith, Harry Smith, Harold Smith or Harry Silversmith was a Canadian actor. He had one child, Jay Silverheels Jr..

Jay Silverheels was best known for his portrayal of Tonto, the Lone Ranger's Native American companion in the popular TV series "The Lone Ranger". He played Tonto in over 220 episodes from 1949 to 1957, and also appeared in two of the show's theatrical films. Silverheels was an accomplished athlete and played professional lacrosse before turning to acting. He was also a member of the Mohawk Nation, and took pride in representing his Native American culture and heritage in his acting roles. Silverheels had numerous roles in film and television throughout his career, but his portrayal of Tonto remains his most iconic role to this day.

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Bob Nolan

Bob Nolan (April 13, 1908 Winnipeg-June 16, 1980 Newport Beach) a.k.a. Nolan, Bob, Clarence Robert Nobles, The Stephen Foster of the West, America's No. 1 Cowboy Composer, Sons of the Pioneers, Bob Noland and The Sons of the Pioneers, Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers or Robert Clarence Nobles was a Canadian singer, singer-songwriter, actor and film score composer. He had one child, Roberta Irene.

Nolan's family moved to Tucson, Arizona when he was a child, and he spent much of his early life in the Western United States. He began his music career as a radio performer while studying at the University of Arizona. In 1933, Nolan founded the musical group Sons of the Pioneers, alongside fellow musicians Roy Rogers and Tim Spencer. The group became known for their Western-style harmonies and became a beloved fixture in classic Western films. Nolan wrote many of the group's most famous songs, including "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" and "Cool Water".

In addition to his work with the Sons of the Pioneers, Nolan had a successful solo career as a musician and also appeared in several Western films. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971 and the Western Music Association Hall of Fame in 1989. Despite his success, Nolan remained humble about his contributions to Western music, famously saying, "I'm only a guitar player with a repertoire of cowboy songs."

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Don Mason

Don Mason (September 8, 1929 Canada-January 20, 1980 Mississauga) was a Canadian voice actor and actor.

Mason started his career as a radio announcer in the early 1950s in Windsor, Ontario. He later moved to Toronto and began working in theater, both as an actor and a director. In the 1960s, he began providing voices for cartoons and commercials, and became one of the most sought-after voice actors in Canada. He lent his voice to many beloved characters, such as the titular character in "The Red Baron" and Gargamel in "The Smurfs". He also provided the voice for the villainous Dr. Claw in the popular animated series "Inspector Gadget". In addition to his voice work, Mason also had a successful career as a character actor, appearing in several television shows and films throughout the 1970s. He was known for his deep, distinctive voice and his ability to bring gravitas to any role he played. Mason passed away in 1980 at the age of 50.

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