Canadian actors who deceased in 2001

Here are 5 famous actors from Canada died in 2001:

Ernie Coombs

Ernie Coombs (November 26, 1927 Lewiston-September 18, 2001 Pickering) also known as Ernest "Ernie" Arthur Coombs, Canada's Mr. Dress-Up or Ernest Coombs was a Canadian actor.

He was best known for his role as Mr. Dress-Up, a beloved children's television host in Canada. Coombs began his career in children's television in the 1960s and his Mr. Dress-Up show ran for nearly 30 years on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He was known for his gentle nature and ability to connect with children, as well as his signature costume changes and imaginative play. Coombs was awarded the Order of Canada in 1996 for his contributions to children's programming and charity work. He continued to be an icon in Canadian television even after his retirement, and his impact on children's television in Canada is still felt today.

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Al Waxman

Al Waxman (March 2, 1935 Toronto-January 18, 2001 Toronto) also known as Albert Samuel Waxman, Waxman, Stan Ferris, Albert Waxman or Albert S. Waxman was a Canadian actor, film director, television director and screenwriter. He had two children, Tobaron Waxman and Adam Waxman.

Waxman was born in Toronto and grew up in a Jewish family. He initially worked as a teacher and then as a taxicab driver before transitioning into acting. He is best known for his role as Lieutenant Bert Samuels in the American television series Cagney & Lacey, which he played from 1982-1988. His other notable works include the Canadian television series King of Kensington, which he co-created and starred in, and his role in the film Meatballs.

Aside from acting, Waxman also directed several films and television series, including the Canadian television show The Littlest Hobo. He also wrote several screenplays.

Waxman was a prominent figure in the Canadian entertainment industry and was well-loved by his colleagues and fans. After his death in 2001 due to complications from a heart attack, several tributes were held in his honor.

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K. Dock Yip

K. Dock Yip (November 27, 2014-November 27, 2014) a.k.a. Yè Qiúduó or Kew Dock Yip LLB was a Canadian actor and lawyer.

He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia. While still in law school, he developed a love for acting and performed in several productions.

After obtaining his law degree, Yip worked as an associate in a law firm but continued to pursue his passion for acting. He appeared in numerous movies, TV shows, and theatrical productions throughout his career.

Aside from his successful legal and acting careers, Yip was also a dedicated community activist. He was involved in many Asian-Canadian organizations and was a strong advocate for social justice and equality.

Sadly, Yip passed away on his 100th birthday in 2014, but his legacy as a respected lawyer, accomplished actor, and community leader lives on.

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Russell M. Saunders

Russell M. Saunders (May 21, 1919 Winnipeg-May 29, 2001 West Los Angeles) otherwise known as Russell Maurice Saunders, Russ Saunders or Russell Saunders was a Canadian actor and stunt performer.

He began his career in the entertainment industry as a stuntman in the 1940s and later transitioned to acting. Saunders was known for his work in westerns, including the TV series "The Lone Ranger" and the film "3:10 to Yuma". He also appeared in several classic sci-fi films such as "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and "Forbidden Planet". Saunders was a talented athlete, specializing in gymnastics and diving, which made him a natural fit for stunt work. He continued to work in the industry until his retirement in the 1980s. Saunders was also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Bob Dawson

Bob Dawson a.k.a. Bobby Dawson was a Canadian radio broadcaster and actor.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1936, Bobby Dawson began his broadcasting career in the 1950s as a disc jockey at CKOM in Saskatoon. He later worked for radio stations in Toronto and Vancouver before settling in Montreal, where he became a beloved personality on CJAD for over 30 years.

In addition to his work in radio, Dawson also lent his voice to a number of animated television shows, including "Babar" and "The Adventures of Tintin." He also appeared in a few film and television roles, most notably as a news anchor in the 1987 film "Nowhere to Hide."

Dawson was known for his wit, charm, and unpretentious manner, and was fondly remembered by his colleagues and listeners alike. He died in 2013 at the age of 77.

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