Canadian actors who deceased in 2009

Here are 14 famous actors from Canada died in 2009:

Joseph Wiseman

Joseph Wiseman (May 15, 1918 Montreal-October 19, 2009 Manhattan) was a Canadian actor. He had one child, Martha Graham Wiseman.

Wiseman was best known for his role as the villainous Dr. No in the first James Bond film, "Dr. No" (1962). He also appeared in other films such as "The Unforgiven" (1960) and "Viva Zapata!" (1952), as well as on Broadway in productions such as "Detective Story" and "In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer." Despite his success in acting, Wiseman was known to be a private person and rarely granted interviews. In his later years, he lived in New York City where he continued to work in theater and film until his death in 2009.

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Test (March 17, 1975 Whitby-March 13, 2009 Tampa) also known as Andrew James Robert Patrick Martin, Andrew J. Martin, Andrew Martin, Andrew 'Test' Martin, Big Foot, Martin Kane, The Punisher or T.J. Thunder was a Canadian wrestler and actor.

Test began his career in wrestling in the late 1990s and quickly gained popularity for his impressive size and strength. He competed in various wrestling promotions, including WWE, TNA, and ECW, and won several titles during his career. In addition to wrestling, Test also appeared as an actor in several films and television shows, including "Ready to Rumble" and "Pacific Blue." Unfortunately, Test's life was cut short when he passed away in 2009 due to an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Despite his untimely death, Test's legacy as one of wrestling's most impressive and formidable competitors lives on.

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Jackie Washington

Jackie Washington (November 12, 1919 Hamilton-June 27, 2009 Hamilton) a.k.a. Jack was a Canadian singer-songwriter and actor.

He was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, and began his career as a performer in the local clubs and theaters. Washington is widely regarded as a pioneer of Canadian folk music, and was one of the first Black musicians to achieve commercial success in the country.

In addition to his musical career, Washington also acted in several films and television shows, including the Canadian TV series "The King of Kensington". He was known for his powerful and soulful voice, as well as his ability to connect with audiences through his storytelling.

Throughout his career, Washington released numerous albums and toured extensively, both in Canada and abroad. In 2003, he was inducted into the Hamilton Music Hall of Fame, and in 2004 he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Maple Blues Awards.

Washington passed away in his hometown of Hamilton in 2009, but his legacy as a trailblazer in Canadian music and culture lives on.

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Pierre Falardeau

Pierre Falardeau (December 28, 1946 Montreal-September 25, 2009 Montreal) also known as Pierre Guillaume Falardeau or Elvis Falardeau was a Canadian film director, writer, screenwriter and actor.

Falardeau was known for his politically charged films, often exploring themes of Quebec nationalism and social injustice. He co-directed his first feature film, "Octobre", in 1994 with Julien Poulin, which won several awards and was highly acclaimed. His other notable films include "Le Party" and "15 février 1839", both of which were nominated for Genie Awards. Falardeau was also a prolific writer, publishing several books including "Elvis Gratton: Le king des kings" and "Le steak de la mort". He was recognized for his contributions to Canadian cinema, receiving the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2009, just months before his death.

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Lou Jacobi

Lou Jacobi (December 28, 1913 Toronto-October 23, 2009 Manhattan) a.k.a. Louis Harold Jacobovitch or Louis Harold Jacobi was a Canadian actor and comedian.

Jacobi began his career in Toronto's Yiddish theater scene before transitioning to English-language theater and eventually television and film work. He appeared in numerous Broadway productions, including "Come Blow Your Horn" and "The Diary of Anne Frank." He also had a successful film career, with notable roles in "Arthur" and "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)." Jacobi was known for his impeccable comedic timing and his ability to play a wide range of characters, from lovable to irritable. He continued to act throughout his life, even in his 90s, and was beloved by many in the entertainment industry.

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Jan Rubeš

Jan Rubeš (June 6, 1920 Volyně-June 29, 2009 Toronto) also known as Jan Ladislav Rubeš or Jan Rubeš was a Canadian actor and opera singer. He had three children, Christopher Jan Rubeš, Jonathan Mark Rubeš and Anthony Dean Rubeš.

Jan Rubeš was born in Volyně, Czechoslovakia (now Ukraine) and grew up in Prague. He began his career as an opera singer, performing with the National Theatre in Prague and later with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. His notable roles as a bass baritone included Don Basilio in Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" and the title role in Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov."

In addition to his opera career, Rubeš also appeared in numerous films and television shows. He is perhaps best known for his role as the KGB agent Yuri in the 1984 film "Witness" starring Harrison Ford. Other notable film credits include "The Amateur," "Moonstruck," and "The Dead Zone." On television, Rubeš appeared in shows such as "The X-Files," "Seinfeld," and "Tales from the Crypt."

Rubeš was also a dedicated teacher, serving as a professor of voice at the University of Toronto for many years. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1995 for his contributions to the arts in Canada. Rubeš passed away in 2009 at the age of 89.

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Douglas Campbell

Douglas Campbell (June 11, 1922 Glasgow-October 6, 2009 Montreal) a.k.a. Campbell, Douglas, Douglas Campbell, CM or Doug Campbell was a Canadian actor, theatre director, screenwriter and professional golfer. His children are called Benedict Campbell, Torquil Campbell, Dirk Campbell, Beatrice Campbell, Teresa Taylor and Tom Campbell.

As an actor, Douglas Campbell was known for his Shakespearean roles and appeared in several productions at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada. He also acted in films such as "The Wars" and "The Naked Lunch". In addition to acting, Campbell was a prolific theatre director, having directed over 100 productions throughout his career.

Before pursuing a career in the arts, Campbell was a professional golfer and won several tournaments. He also served in the Royal Canadian Army during WWII.

In 1990, Campbell was made a Member of the Order of Canada for his contribution to Canadian theatre. He continued to work in the arts until his death in 2009 at the age of 87.

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Shane McConkey

Shane McConkey (December 30, 1969 Vancouver-March 26, 2009 Dolomites) a.k.a. Saucer Boy or Cliff Huckstable was a Canadian freestyle skier and actor. His child is called Ayla McConkey.

Shane McConkey is widely regarded as one of the most influential skiers in the world, known for his innovation and fearless approach to skiing. He grew up skiing in Squaw Valley, California and quickly gained a reputation for pushing the limits of the sport. McConkey was instrumental in the development of ski base jumping, which involved skiing off cliffs and then deploying a parachute to glide to the ground.

In addition to his skiing career, McConkey also worked as a stunt double and appeared in several ski and snowboard films. He was known for his humor and infectious energy, and his death in a ski base jumping accident in 2009 was a shock to the skiing community. McConkey's legacy continues to inspire young skiers and his influence can be seen throughout the sport.

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Les Lye

Les Lye (November 18, 1924 Toronto-July 21, 2009 Ottawa) a.k.a. Leslie Earnest Lye was a Canadian actor.

He was best known for his work on the children's television show "You Can't Do That on Television," which aired from 1979 to 1990. Lye played several characters on the show, including the famous "barf bag" character. Aside from his work on the show, Lye also acted in several films and television shows throughout his career. He was also a voice actor, lending his voice to various characters in animated TV series and films. Lye was married to his wife, Ruth, for 64 years until his death in 2009.

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Edmund Hockridge

Edmund Hockridge (August 9, 1919 Vancouver-March 15, 2009 Peterborough) otherwise known as Hockridge, Edmund was a Canadian singer and actor.

Edmund Hockridge began his career singing in dance bands and with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He later moved to England and gained fame as a singer and actor in musicals such as "Carousel" and "The King and I". He also appeared in numerous films and television shows. Hockridge had a rich baritone voice and was known for his charismatic stage presence. He continued to perform well into his 80s, and was a beloved figure in the entertainment industry. Outside of his career, Hockridge had a passion for aviation and owned several planes.

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Russ Conway

Russ Conway (April 25, 1913 Brandon-January 12, 2009 Laguna Hills) also known as Russell Zink, Russell Conway or Russell Clarence Zink was a Canadian actor.

In addition to his acting career, Russ Conway was also a talented pianist and composer. He began his career in Vaudeville as a pianist in the 1930s and went on to pen over 300 songs. Some of his most popular compositions include "Snow Coach", "Ridin' the Range", and "Smilin' Through". As an actor, he appeared in many films and TV shows throughout the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, including "The Clock", "The Bandit of Sherwood Forest", and "Perry Mason". Despite achieving success in both music and acting, Conway's true passion remained the piano, and he continued to perform and compose music throughout his life. He passed away in 2009 at the age of 95, leaving behind a legacy as both a talented musician and versatile actor.

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Richard Carlyle

Richard Carlyle (March 20, 1914 St. Catharines-November 15, 2009) was a Canadian actor.

He was best known for his work on stage, appearing in numerous productions on Broadway and in London's West End. Carlyle also appeared in several films and television shows throughout his career, including "The Manchurian Candidate" and "The Edge of Night." In addition to his acting career, he was also a published author, writing several books on theatre and acting. Carlyle was regarded as one of the most versatile and talented actors of his generation and his contributions to the world of theatre and entertainment are still celebrated today.

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William Patterson Dunlop

William Patterson Dunlop (November 27, 2014-November 27, 2014) was a Canadian actor.

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Bernard Arcand

Bernard Arcand (April 18, 1945 Deschambault-Grondines-January 30, 2009 Canada) was a Canadian actor, anthropologist, author, teacher and radio personality.

Arcand was fluent in French, English, and the Wendat (Huron) language. He studied anthropology at Laval University and earned his doctorate in 1980. He was a professor at the same university and also taught at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where he also founded the Department of Anthropology.

Arcand authored numerous books on anthropology, including "The Decline of the Inland Huron," which won the Governor General's Award for French-language non-fiction in 1992. He also wrote several plays and screenplays, and was a regular contributor to radio shows, including "Les chemins de travers" on Radio-Canada.

In addition to his academic and literary pursuits, Arcand also acted in films, television shows, and stage productions. Some of his notable film roles include "Screamers" (1981), "J.A. Martin Photographer" (1977), and "Les Plouffe" (1981). He was also active in the theatre community and performed in productions such as "Les Belles-Soeurs" and "Les Fourberies de Scapin."

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