Canadian actors who deceased in 2008

Here are 6 famous actors from Canada died in 2008:

Jeff Healey

Jeff Healey (March 25, 1966 Toronto-March 2, 2008 Toronto) also known as Norman Jeffrey Healey, Healey, Jeff or Norman Jeffrey "Jeff" Healey was a Canadian musician, disc jockey, singer-songwriter, songwriter, actor and guitarist.

Healey was born blind due to a rare form of eye cancer called retinoblastoma. He began playing guitar at the age of three and developed a unique, unconventional playing style by resting the guitar flat on his lap and playing with all ten fingers. He gained popularity in the 1980s with his band The Jeff Healey Band and their hit songs "Angel Eyes" and "See the Light". He also appeared in the movie Road House as the lead guitarist in the house band. Healey continued to release music throughout his career and even hosted his own radio show in Canada. He passed away in 2008 at the age of 41 due to cancer.

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Barry Morse

Barry Morse (June 10, 1918 Shoreditch-February 2, 2008 London) a.k.a. Herbert Morse, Herbert "Barry" Morse or The most hated man in America was a Canadian actor, film director, author and writer. His children are called Hayward Morse, Melanie Morse MacQuarrie and Barry Richard Charles Morse.

Morse trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and went on to work for the Old Vic and later the Stratford Festival in Canada. He appeared in a number of films, including "Kings of the Sun" and "The Changeling", but is best known for his work on television. Morse played the role of Lt. Gerard in the hit TV series "The Fugitive" and also appeared in "The Twilight Zone", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", and "Space: 1999". He was also a successful author, writing several books on acting and directing, as well as a memoir titled "Remember With Advantages". Morse was awarded the Order of Canada in 1993 for his contributions to Canadian theatre and television.

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Jack Duffy

Jack Duffy (September 27, 1926 Montreal-May 19, 2008 Toronto) was a Canadian comedian, singer and actor.

He began his career in entertainment as a teenager, performing in community theatre productions in Montreal. He later moved to Toronto and became a popular performer on the nightclub circuit, known for his quick wit and improvisational skills.

Duffy's career highlights include appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He also appeared in several films, including the Canadian comedy "Meatballs" and the horror film "Black Christmas."

In addition to his work in entertainment, Duffy was also a philanthropist and activist, supporting a number of causes related to education, healthcare, and the arts. He was awarded the Order of Canada in recognition of his contributions to Canadian culture.

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Richard Monette

Richard Monette (June 19, 1944 Montreal-September 9, 2008 London) also known as Richard Jean Monette was a Canadian actor and television director.

Monette was best known for his work in the theatre as the artistic director of the Stratford Festival from 1994 until 2007. Prior to that, he had an extensive acting career in film, television, and theater, appearing in over 100 productions. Monette received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in theatre in 2000. He was also a member of the Order of Canada and the French Order of Arts and Letters. Monette passed away in London, Ontario in 2008 at the age of 64 due to complications related to his treatment for skin cancer.

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Henry Beckman

Henry Beckman (November 26, 1921 Halifax-June 17, 2008 Barcelona) also known as Sir Henry Beckman or Henry Beckerman was a Canadian actor and author. He had two children, Brian Beckman and Stuart Beckman.

Beckman began his acting career in the 1950s and appeared in various television shows and films, including "Gunsmoke," "Bonanza," "The Twilight Zone," and "The Love Boat." He is perhaps best known for his role as Captain Clancey in the television series "Here Come the Brides" which aired from 1968 to 1970. In addition to his acting career, Beckman was also an author and wrote several books, including "Acting and How to Survive It." He received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2006, honoring his contributions to the entertainment industry.

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Peter Kastner

Peter Kastner (October 1, 1943 Toronto-September 18, 2008 Toronto) was a Canadian actor.

Kastner began his acting career as a teenager in Toronto before moving on to work in New York and London. He is best known for his role in the 1970 film "Goin' Down the Road" and its sequel "Down the Road Again" that was released in 2011. He also appeared in a number of TV shows, including "The Beachcombers," "Street Legal," and "Little House on the Prairie." Besides acting, Kastner was also an avid musician and played the guitar and piano. He passed away in Toronto at the age of 64.

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