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Mike O’Brien

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B: 1964 in Inuvik, Northwest Territories
D: May 24, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Mike O”Brien grew up in Inuvik and Victoria, BC. He began his working career at the Medicine Hat News in Alberta, then moved to the Regina Leader-Post. Always interested in acting, he landed a recurring role on Corner Gas as the small town liquor store/insurance agency owner Wes Humboldt. He also had a regular role as Lorne Goldstein on HBO Canada’s Less Than Kind. Diagnosed in the summer of 2011 with synovial sarcoma, O’Brien was admitted to palliative care in February of 2015 and it was there that he learned the cancer had spread to his lungs, lymph nodes and kidney. O’Brien’s sense of humour was evident as be maintained a blog about his health right up to the end. He was 51 when he died in Regina. The image above is from a celebration of his life which was hosted by Mark McKinney and Al Rae at the Winnipeg Art Gallery when he was undergoing treatment for cancer in 2012.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Solitude (2001)
The Unsaid (2001)
The Stuff That Maes You Lift Cars (2002, short)
The Lost Angel (2005)
Hollywood Files (2005)
Just Friends (2005)
The Velvet Devil (TV-2006)
Elijah (TV-2007)
The Rooster (2008, short)
The Lazurus Project (2008)
The Hessen Affair (2009)
Amreeka (2009)
New in Town (2009)

In Redemption (2010)
Silent Night (2012)
Late (2014, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story (2006, mini-series)
Redemption SK (2007, mini-series)
Corner Gas (2004-2008)
Less Than Kind (2008-2013)

Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story (2010, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
MythQuest (2001)
Renegadepress.com (2004)
Moccasin Flats (2005)

The Pinkertons (2015)