Home Authors Posts by Ralph Lucas

Ralph Lucas


Benita Ha

Benita Ha, actress,

B: January 19 in Hong Kong

Benita Ha was once known for hosting the television show Street Cents, but her rapidly expanding list of credits on both the small screen and the big screen has allowed her to get beyond the early days of her career. She studied Journalism at King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Communications at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia.


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

Cadillac Girls (1993)
When the Vows Break (TV-1995)
The X-Files: The Unopened File (VR-1996)
Hard Core Logo (1996)
Panic in the Skies! (TV-1996)
The Alibi (TV-1997)
Love and Death on Long Island (1997)
The Christmas List (TV-1997)
10,000 Delusions (1999)
A Feeling Called Glory (1999)

Up, Up, and Away! (TV-2000)
How to Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog (2000)
The 6th Day (2000)
Antitrust (2001)
Valentine (2001)
Exiles in Paradise (2001)
Black River (TV-2001)
Kevin of the North (2001)
Lily’s Crickets (2002)
Final Destination 2 (2003)
Wilder Days (TV-2003)
Picking Up and Dropping Off (TV-2003)
Paycheck (2003)
NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323 (TV-2004)
Catwoman (2004)
White Noise (2005)
Personal Effects (TV-2005)
Flight 93 (TV-2006)
Civic Duty (2006)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Unnatural & Accidental (2006)
The Invisible (2006)
Case 39 (2008)
Scooby Doo: The Mystery Begins (TV-2009)

Innocent (TV-2011)
Underworld: Awakening (2012)
No Men Beyond this Point (2015)
Unleashing Mr. Darcy (TV-2016)
Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders (TV-2016)
Brain on Fire (2016)
Christmas Cookies (TV-2016)
The Birthday Wish (TV-2017)
Walking the Dog (TV-2017)
The Mistletoe Inn (TV-2017)
Fifty Shades Freed (2018)
The Sweetest Heart (TV-2018)
A Midnight Kiss (TV-2018)
Benchwarmers 2 (2019)
Good Boys (2019)
My Mom’s Letter from Heaven (TV-2019)
A Christmas Miracle (TV-2019)

Ecotone (2020, short)
When Time Got Louder (2021)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Metro Cafe (1994)
The X Files (1995)
Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996)
Madison (1996, 1997)
Breaker High (1997)
The Net (1998)
The Outer Limits (1999)

Higher Ground (2000)
Da Vinci’s Inquest (2000)
Caitlin`s Way (2001)
The Chris Isaak Show (2001, 2004)
Mysterious Ways (2002)
Cold Squad (2002)
Jake 2.0 (2004)
Stargate SG-1 (2004)
Huff (2004)
Smallville (2005)
Killer Instinct (2005, 2006)
Whistler (2006)
Blade: The Series (2006)
Reaper (2007)

V (2009, 2010)
Psych (2010)
The Troop (2010)
Sanctuary (2010)
R.L.Stine’s The Haunting Hour (2011)
Emily Owens M.D. (2013)
Single & Dating in Vancouver (2013)
Motive (2014)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (2014)
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (2015)
Second Chance (2016)
Young & Reckless (2016)
Rogue (2017)
The Flash (2018)
The InBetween (2019)

NarcoLeap (2020)

Unnatural & Accidental, movie, poster,

Sarah Gadon

B: April 4, 1987 in Toronto, Ontario

Sarah Gadon made her stage debut at the age of seven, playing a lamb in the National Ballet School of Canada’s production of The Nutcracker. Her professional television debut came a few years later when she made a guest appearance on the TV show Nikita at age 11. Since then, she has worked steadily in both film and TV, both in Canada and internationally. She is best known for appearing in three of David Cronenberg’s films, breaking out with A Dangerous Method, winning a Vancouver Film Critics Award for Cosmopolis and appearing in Map to the Stars. She won a Canadian Screen Award for her performance in Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy. In November of 2015 it was announced that Sarah Gadon would be honoured by ACTRA Toronto with their Award of Excellence in 2016. She won a 2018 Canadian Screen Award for Best Lead Actress in a Limited Series for her role in the mini-series Alias Grace.

Watch the trailer for Indignation on Northernstars.ca on Vimeo.
Also see: Sarah Gadon in The Northwoods.
Also see: McGowan Shoots Puny Sorrows.

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

The Other Me (2000)
What Girls Learn (TV-2001)
Society`s Child (voice, TV-2002)
Cadet Kelly (TV-2002)
Moms on Strike (TV-2002)
Fast Food High (2003)
Siblings (2004)
Where Love Reigns (2005)
Code Breakers (TV-2005)
Charlie Bartlett (2007)
Burgeon and Fade (2007)
The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream (TV-2008)
Spoliation (2008)
Leslie, My Name Is Evil (2009)

A Dangerous Method (2011)
The Moth Diaries (2012)
Cosmopolis (2012)
Antiviral (2012)
Enemy (2013)
Belle (2014)
The Nut Job (voice, 2014)
The Amazing Spiderman 2 (2014)
Maps to the Stars (2014)
Lucid Dreams: The Making of Enemy (VR-2014, short)
Dracula Untold (2014)
A Royal Night Out (2015)
The Girl King (2015)
The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2015)
Indignation (2016)
Paseo (2017, short)
Lolz-ita (2017, short)
Octavio is Dead! (2018)
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)
The Northwoods (2019)
American Woman (2019)

Black Bear (2020)
Vampires vs. The Bronx (2020)
All My Puny Sorrows (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Mattimeo: A Tale of Redwall (voice, 2000)
The Strange Legacy of Cameron Cruz (2002)
My Dad the Rock Star (voice, 2003)
Ruby Gloom (2006)
Total Island Drama (2007-2010)
The Border (2008)
Being Erica (2009-2011)

Happy Town (2010)
World Without End (2012, mini-series)
11.22.63 (2016, mini-series)
Alias Grace (2017, mini-series)
True Detective (2019)

Most Dangerous Game (2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
La Femme Nikita (1998)
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1999)

Twice in a Lifetime (2000)
In a Heartbeat (2000)
Mutant X (2002)
Doc (2003)
My Dad the Rock Star (2003)
The Eleventh Hour (2004, 2005)
Time Warp Trio (2005)
Life with Derek (2005)
Flashpoint (2008)
Murdoch Mysteries (2009, 2010, 2011)

The Dating Guy (2010)
The Plateaus (2015)
Man Seeking Woman (2016)
Letterkenny (2017, 2018)

Evel (2020)

The Northwoods, poster,

Black Bear, 2020 movie, poster,

Kevin Durand

Kevin Durand, actor,

B: January 14, 1974 in Thunder Bay, Ontario

A graduate of St. Ignatius High School in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Kevin Serge Durand co-starred as Lenny Jackson in the 2011 movie Edwin Boyd, which brought him a Genie Award nomination. He is pictured as Harbard the Wanderer from the series Vikings. He played the role of Vasily Fet in 46 episodes of The Strain between 2014 and 2017.

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

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Mystery, Alaska (1999)
Hard Time; Hostage Hotel (TV-1999)

K-9: P.I. (VR-2002)
Mob Princess (TV-2003)
The Goodbye Girl (TV-2004)
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Touching Evil (TV-2004)
Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
Walking Tall (2004)
Greener Mountains (2005)
Big Momma`s House 2 (2006)
12 Hours to Live (TV-2006)
Smokin’ Aces (2006)
Wild Hogs (2007)
Throwing Stars (2007)
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Stars (2007, short)
The Echo (2008)
Winged Creatures (2008)
Legion (2009)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Otis E. (2009)

Robin Hood (2010)
I am Number Four (2011)
Real Steel (2011)
Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster (2011)
Cosmopolis (2012)
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
The Truth (2012)
Fruitvale Station (2013)
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)
Devil’s Knot (2013)
Winter’s Tale (2014)
Noah (2014)
The Captive (2013)
Dark Was the Night (2013)
Garm Wars: The Last Druid (2014)
Mean Dreams (2016)
The Colonel (2016, short)
Tragedy Girls (2017)
Bigger (2018)
Take Point (2018)
Primal (2019)

Dangerous (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Dark Angel (2001-2002)
Taken (2002, mini-series)
Touching Evil (2004)
Lost (2008, 2010)

The Strain (2014-2017)
Swamp Thing (2019)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Exhibit A: Secrets of Forensic Science (1997)

The Outer Limits (2000)
ER (2000)
Beggars and Choosers (2000, 2001)
Stargate SG-1 (2000, 2001, 2002)
Jackie Chan Adventures (2001)
Andromeda (2001, 2005)
Dead Like Me (2003)
Tarzan (2003)
The Collector (2005)
Threshold (2005)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2005)
Kyle XY (2006)
The Dead Zone (2006)
Without a Trace (2006)
CSI: Miami (2007)
Shark (2007)

American Dad (voice, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016)
Glen Martin DDS (2011)
Republic of Doyle (2012)
Vikings (2015, 2016)
Trial & Error (2017)
Voltron: Legendary Defender (voice, 2017, 2018)
Ballers (2018, 2019)
Wu Assassins (2019)

Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? (voice, 2020)


Tracey Hoyt

Tracey Hoyt, actress,
Tracey Hoyt photo by Graham Powell. Used with permission.

B: January 14, in Chatham, Ontario

Tracey Hoyt is a double Gemini Award nominee. She trained at The Banff School of Fine Arts, York University and the Second City. She recently played series lead Aurora Farqueson on the mockumentary series The Tournament for CBC-TV. Hoyt worked with Robert De Niro in the feature film Godsend and with Julianne Moore and Laura Dern in The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio. Theatre highlights include seeing Canada with the Second City National Touring Company and appearing in all three Canadian versions of The Drowsy Chaperone. She has recurring voice roles on Radio Free Roscoe, and the animated series Delilah & Julius, 6Teen and Bob and Margaret. Known as a versatile actor and improviser, Hoyt has voiced hundreds of commercials for television and radio and taught Improvisation extensively at the Second City Training Centre and at Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto.

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

Outcast (VR-1990)
Sailor Moon R: The Movie (voice, 1993)
Sailor Moon S: The Movie (voice, 1994)
Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie (voice, 1995)
Gotti (TV-1996)
Time to Say Goodbye? (1997)
Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story (TV-1998)

Straight in the Face (2002)
Godsend (2004)
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)

Care Bears: Big Wish Movie (voice, VR-2005)

Servitude (2011)
Stag (2013)
Guidance (2014)
Len and Company (2015)
Pet Peeves (VR-2015, short)
Don’t Talk to Irene (2017)
Christmas Encore (TV-2017)
Emily and Andrew’s Grand Finale (2018, short)
90/91 (2019, short)

Eros (2020, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Keroppi and Friends (1984)
Flash Gordon (voice, 1996)
Bob and Margaret (1998)
Pecola (voice, 2001)
6Teen (2004-)
Delilah & Julius (voice, 2005)
The Tournament (2005)
The Animated Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie (voice, 2009)

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (voice, 2010-2018)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Street Legal (1992)
Sailor Moon (voice, 1995)

Radio Free Roscoe (2003, 2004)
Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye (2004)
Doc (2004)
Kevin Hill (2005)
This Is Wonderland (2005)
M.V.P. (2008)
Bob & Doug (voice, 2009)
The Ron James Show (2009, 2013, 2014)

Pure Pwnage (2010)
Living in Your Car (2010)
Arthur (voice, 2010)
The Dating Guy (2010)
Covert Affairs (2011)
The Firm (2012)
The L.A.Complex (2012)
The Rick Mercer Report (2013)
Suits (2015)

Decoys (2020)

Tracey Hoyt is represented by:
Steve Young & Associates
(416) 972-1046

Voice Representation:
Fusion Artists, Inc.
(416) 408-3304

Don't Talk to Irene, movie, poster,
Poster for the 2017 film Don’t Talk to Irene.

Wil Zmak

Wil Zmak, screenwriter,

Wil Zmak’s is a Screenwriter and Producer. His first feature, The Dark Hours picked up about 15 awards including the Audience Award at the Dead of the Dawn horror-film festival in Scotland, as well as awards from festivals in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Texas, South Korea and the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal. At the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, Zmak won the Best Screenplay Award. He grew up in Toronto and studied film at Toronto’s York University and at the Canadian Film Centre. We list his credits as a Screenwriter first.

Features & TV Movies:

The Dark Hours (2005)

TV Series:
Tom Stone (2002, 2003)
Being Erica (2009)

The Listener (2011, 2012)
Motive (2013, 2014)
Bitten (2014, 2015, 2016)
Somewhere Between (2017)
Carter (2018)

Credits as a Producer:
The Listener (Co-producer, 2011)
The Dark Corner (2013, mini-series)
Motive (2013, 13 episodes)
Bitten (Executive Producer, 2014-2016, 33 episodes)
Somewhere Between (Co-Executive Producer, 2017, 10 episodes)
Carter (Co-Executive Producer, 2018, 10 episodes)

The Dark Hours, movie poster

Matthew Cope

Matthew Cope, screenwriter,

B: in England
D: January 13, 2021 in Montréal, Québec

Born in England, Matthew Cope worked in radio and television after moving to Montreal in the 1970s. In addition to his writing he was also a highly accomplished photographer.

Photo © Matthew Cope – Used with permission.

Features & TV Movies:

Flood (2007)

TV Series – at least one episode of:
The Busy World of Richard Scarry (1993)
Caillou (1997)
Lassie (1997)
The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures (1998
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1999)

George Shrinks (2001, 2003)
Pig City (2002)
Mystery Hunters (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006)
Young Blades (2005)
What’s With Andy (2006)
Sophie (2009)

Matthew Cope is represented by:
Lenhoff & Lenhoff
830 Palm Avenue
West Hollywood CA 90069

Ph: 310-855-2411

Flood, movie, poster,

Len Doncheff

Len Doncheff, actor,

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

One Night Stand (TV-1978)
Home to Stay (TV-1978)
High-Ballin’ (1978)

Final Assignment (1980)
Heavy Metal (voice, 1981)
Murder by Phone (1982)
Strange Brew (1983)
Mrs. Soffel (1984)
The Big Town (1987)
The Child Saver (TV-1988)

Change of Heart (1992)
Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (TV-1992)
Devlin (TV-1992)
Deadly Matrimony (TV-1992)
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
Soft Deceit (1994)
Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (TV-1994)
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
Night of the Twisters (TV-1996)
Promise the Moon (TV-1997)
Peacekeepers (TV-1997)
Moving Target (1997)
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples (TV-1998)
Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (TV-1998)
Dick (1999)
Happy Face Murders (TV-1999)
A Slight Case of Murder (TV-1999)

Mail to the Chief (TV-2000)
Hendrix (TV-2000)
True Blue (2001)
Between Strangers (2002)
Phenomenon II (TV-2003)
Deluxe Combo Platter (2004)
The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico (2005)
Gooby (2009)

TV Series – Cast:
A Second Look (1969)

The Silver Surfer (voice, 1998)

Nuremberg (2000, mini-series)

Strange Brew, movie poster
This poster for Strange Brew was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.

James B. Douglas

James B. Douglas, actor,

B: 1928 in Cape Town, South Africa
D: December 29, 2009 in Stratford, Ontario

James B. Douglas emigrated to Canada at the age of six and was an alumnus of Upper Canada College. He received his master of arts at Amherst College and then attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England. After appearing in the West End and touring in England, he returned to Canada starring in many film roles for the National Film Board including The Drylanders. A fiercely proud Canadian and passionate man of the theatre, he decided to remain in Canada, where, over the years, he made a considerable mark in theatre, film and television and was one of the three founding members of Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre. Near the end of his career, he produced and acted in his own creation, Sunshine and Shadows: An Evening with Stephen Leacock that he presented first in Stratford, Ontario, also in Vermont and in England where it enjoyed a sold-out performance in Leacock’s birthplace, Swanmore, Hampshire. James B. Douglas was 81 when he died at his home in Stratford, Ontario following a six mnonth battle with cancer.

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

Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
Drylanders (1963)
David Thompson: The Great Mapmaker (short, 1964)
Jamie: The Story of a Sibling (short, 1964)

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970, uncredited)
M.A.S.H. (1970, uncredited)
The Barefoot Executive (1971)
The National Dream: Building the Impossible Railway (miniseries, 1974)
The Dawson Patrol (TV-1978)
An American Christmas Carol (TV-1979)
The Gong Show Movie (1980)
The Changeling (1980)
The Intruder (1981)
Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper (TV-1981)
Murder by Phone (1982)
The Hot Touch (1982)
Deadly Eyes (1982)
After the Axe (1982)
All in Good Taste (1983)
Bedroom Eyes (1984)
The Boy in Blue (1986)
The Liberators (TV-1987)
Dead Bang (1989)

Conspiracy of Silence (TV-1991)
Million Dollar Babies (TV-1994)
Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (TV-1994)
The Babymaker: The Dr. Cecil Jacobson Story (TV-1994)
Mary Silliman’s War (TV-1994)
Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story (TV-1995)
Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore Story (TV-1996)
My Father’s Shadow: The Sam Sheppard Story (TV-1998)
Shadow Builder (1998)
Survivor (TV-1999)

The Sandy Bottom Orchestra (TV-2000)
Men with Brooms (2002)

Camille (2008)
Waiting for the Tall Man (2009, short)

TV Series – Cast:
The Whiteoaks of Jalna (1972)
Drylanders (1974)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
T.H.E. Cat (1966)
The Young Rebels (1970)
The Littlest Hobo (1980, 1983)
Seeing Things (1982)
ABC Weekend Specials (1983)
Katts and Dog (1988)
Friday the 13th (1988, 1989)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1989)

Counterstrike (1991)
Beyond Reality (1991)
Tales from the Cryptkeeper (1993)
Street Legal (1993, 1994)
Road to Avonlea (1995)
Wind at My Back (1996)
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1997)

Soul Food (2001, 2002)
Queer as Folk (2001)
Puppets Who Kill (2002, 2004)
The 5th Quadrant (2002)
Wild Card (2005)
Zoe Busiek: Wild Card (2005)
ReGenesis (2008)

Drylanders, movie poster
This poster for Drylanders was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.

Reginald Doresa

Reginald Doresa, actior,

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

Soft Deceit (1994)
To Catch a Yeti (TV-1995)
Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions (TV-1996)
Shoemaker (1996)
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

Harlan County War (TV-2000)
Range of Motion (TV-2000)
Crime Spree (2003)
Rhinoceros Eyes (2003)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Little Men (1998, 1999)
Doc (2001)

Rhinoceros Eyes, movie, poster,

Cynthia Ashperger

Cynthia Asperger, actress,

B: May 4, 1963 in Zagreb, Croatia

Born in Croatia, Cynthia Ashperger started out in life as Cintija Asperger and started her career as an actor there in theatre, film and television. Settling in Toronto, she received a PhD from the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for Studies in Drama. She has taught acting at Toronto’s Ryerson University since 1994 where she is also the Director of Acting Program. At Ryerson she has directed some twenty productions of the world classics, including Tales from Vienna Woods, Martin Chuzzlewit, The Chaste Maid of Cheapside, The Country Wife, All for Love, The Three Sisters and The Girl from Maxim’s. In film, her role in The Waiting Room by Igor Drljača she was nominated for Canadian Screen Award (CSA) for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film.

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

Bobi (TV-1982)
Podijum-Zarko Lausevic (TV-1983)
S.P.U.K. (1983)
In the Jaws of Life (1984)
Nadia (TV-1984)
U pozadini (TV-1984)
Debeli I mrsavi (1985)
Best dana juna (1985)
Anticasanova (1985)
Za srecu je potrebno troje (1985)
Obecana zemlja (1986)
Ford: The Man and the Machine (TV-1987)
U sredini mojih dana (1988)

Hrvatske katedrale (1991)
Bozic u Becu (1997)
Hidden Agenda (1999)

Chasing Cain (2001)
Accidental Co-Traveller (2004)

The Waiting Room (2015)

Violation (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Gabrijel (1984, mini-series)
Race for the Bomb (1987, mini-series)

Dirigenti i muzikasi (1990, mini-series)
Zone of Separation (2009, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Putovanje u Vucjak (1986)

RoboCop (1994)
The City (1999)

Foreign Objects (2000)
The Guardian (2001)
Blue Murder (2003)
This is Wonderland (2004)
Degrassi: The Next Generation (2004)

Violation, movie, poster,

Frédérique Dufort

Frédérique Dufort, actress,

B: in Québec

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

CQ2 (Seek You Too) (2004)
Un été sans point ni coup sûr (2008)

CQ2 (Seek You Too), movie, poster,

Ryan Reynolds

B: October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia

Ryan Rodney Reynolds is the youngest of four brothers and started acting at the age of 12 when he went to audition for a part in the series, Fifteen. He not only landed a role but went on to spend 4 years working on the series. He was nominated for a Youth in Film Award for his work in Fifteen. His time as a TV actor was short and by 1993 he had been cast in his first feature, the Canadian-made film, Ordinary Magic. He was just 17 but it seemed like his decision to become an actor was going to pay off. Just one year later Reynolds moved to Hollywood where he now makes his home. He married Scarlett Johansson in Vancouver in September of 2008 but the marriage didn’t last. He married actress Blake Lively in 2012. In November of 2010 People Magazine crowned him the Sexiest Man Alive. His 2020 movie, Free Guy, costars Jodie Comer known for her work in Killing Eve with Sandra Oh.

Trailer for 6 Underground courtesy of Netflix.
Also see: Ryan Reynolds Wraps 6 Underground.

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

Ordinary Magic (1993)
My Name is Kate (TV-1994)
Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (TV-1995)
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV-1996)
In Cold Blood (TV-1996)
When Friendship Kills (TV-1996)
Life During Wartime (1997)
Tourist Trap (TV-1998)
Big Monster on Campus (1998)
Coming Soon (1999)
Dick (1999)

We All Fall Down (2000)
Finder`s Fee (2000)
Buying the Cow (2002)
Van Wider (2002)
The In-Laws (2003)
Foolproof (2003)
School of Life (2003)
Harold and Kumar go to White Castle (2004)
Blade: Trinity (2004)
The Amityville Horror (2005)
Waiting (2005)
Just Friends (2005)
Smokin’ Aces (2007)
Chaos Theory (2007)
The Nines (2008)
Definitely, Maybe (2008)
Fireflies in the Garden (2008)
Adventureland (2008)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
The Proposal (2009)
Paper Man (2009)

Buried (2010)
The Green Lantern (2011)
Change-Up (2011)
Safe House (2012)
The Croods (2013)
R.I.P.D. (2013)
Turbo (2013)
The Captive (2014)
The Voices (2015)
Selfless (2015)
Mississippi Grind (2015)
The Woman in Gold (2015)
Self/less (2015)
Deadpool (2016)
Criminal (2016)
Life (2017)
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)
Deadpool 2 (2018)
6 Underground (2019)

Free Guy (2020)
Deadpool 3 (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Fifteen (1991-1993)
The Odyssey (1993-1994)
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Parlor (1998-2001)

Zeroman (voice, 2004-2005)

Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool 2,
Poster courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Lindy Booth

Lindy Booth, actress,

B: April 2, 1979 in Oakville, Ontario

Lindy Booth played screen legend Lana Turner in the 2001 TV movie, Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. Booth began writing and performing plays for the benefit of her neighbours when she was only six. In high school, she continued writing and acting, and won 1994-95 Junior Drama and 1997-98 Senior Drama Awards. Her high school drama teacher helped her get an agent after graduation, and at her third audition, Booth landed her first series, playing the role of Carrie Taylor in the short-lived series Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension, which was filmed in Toronto. She plays the role of Cassandra Cillian on the series The Librarians.

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

Teenage Space Vampires (1998)
Mr. Music (TV-1998)
Detroit Rock City (1999)
Strange Justice (TV-1999)
Frog Pond (1999)

Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)
Jett Jackson: The Movie (TV-2001)
Century Hotel (2001)
Winter Sun (2002)
Her Best Friend`s Husband (TV-2002)
The Skulls II (2002)
American Psycho 2 (2002)
Odyssey 5 (TV-2002)
Fairytales and Pornography (2002)
Bollywood/Hollywood (2002)
Rub & Tug (2002)
Black Painted Moon (2002)
A Christmas Visitor (TV-2002)
Bar Life (2003)
Hollywood North (2003)
Wrong Turn (2003)
Public Domain (2003)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Choke (2004)
Cooking Lessions (TV-2004)
Lucid (2005)
Cry Wolf (2005)
Category 7: The End of the World (TV-2005)
Christmas in Boston (TV-2005)
In the Stars (2006)
Nobel Son (2007)
Dark Honeymoon (2007)
Behind the Wall (2008)

Brain Trust (TV-2011)
Christmas Magic (TV-2011)
Pull the Trigger, Mr. Wicker (2012, short)
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
Twelve Trees of Christmas (TV-2013)
Eyewitness (2016)
Rocky Mountain Christmas (TV-2017)
Under the Autumn Moon (TV-2018)
The Creatress (2019)
SnowComing (TV-2019)

Swept Up By Christmas (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension (1998)
Relic Hunter (1999-2001)

Category 7: The End of the World (mini-series, 2005)
October Road (2007-2008)
The Philanthropist (2009)

The Librarians (2014-2018)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1999)

Twice in a Lifetime (2000)
Traders (2000)
Earth: Final Conflict (2000)
Big Wolf on Campus (2000)
A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2002)
Mutant X (2002)
Strange Days at Blake Holsey High (2002)
Veritas: The Quest (2002)
Odyssey 5 (2002, 2003)
The Twilight Zone (2003)
Platinum (2003)
Starhunter 2300 (2003, 2004)
The 4400 (2005)
CSI: NY (2006)
Ghost Whisperer (2006)
Cold Case (2008)
Warehouse 13 (2009)
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2009)

Republic of Doyle (2011)
Fairly Legal (2012)
Copper (2013)
Supernatural (2013)
Tweet Out (2015)

Oliver Platt

B: January 12, 1960 in Windsor, Ontario

Oliver Platt is pictured as Jerry Ceppos in a Focus Features publicity still from the 2014 film Kill the Messenger. Like a number of Northern Stars, Oliver Platt is best thought of as American. He may have been born in Canada, but was raised in the United States. But where he was born seems of little consequence because it could be said that his success in life was determined for him before he was born. As a talented character actor and a sought after addition to many ensemble casts, Platt has shared the silver screen with a number of the Hollywood elite. And no wonder, if you look at the Platt family tree, you will find a member of the British Royal Family, and a member of Hollywood Film Royalty. Oliver Platt is a distant relative of famed director and actor Orson Welles, and a second cousin once-removed to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. He has played Dr. Daniel Charles across all three “Chicago” series, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med.

Learn more about Oliver Platt.

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

Married to the Mob (1988)
Working Girl (1988)
Crusoe (1988)

Flatliners (1990)
Postcards for the Edge (1990)
Bethoven (1992)
Diggstown (1992)
The Temp (1993)
Indecent Proposal (1993)
Benny & Joon (1993)
The Three Musketeers (1993)
Tall Tale (1995)
Funny Bones (1995)
The Infiltrator (TV-1995)
Executive Decision (1996)
A Time to Kill (1996)
Dangerous Beauty (1998)
Bulworth (1998)
Doctor Dolittle (1998)
Simon Birch (1998)
The Imposters (1998)
Lake Placid (1999)
Three to Tango (1999)
Bicentennial Man (1999)
Cinderelmo (TV-1999)

Gun Shy (2000)
Ready to Rumble (2000)
Don’t Say a Word (2001)
Liberty Stands Still (2002)
Zigzag (2002)
Ash Wednesday (2002)
Queens Supreme (TV-2002)
Hope Springs (2002)
Pieces of April (2003)
Strip Search (TV-2004)
Kinsey (2004)
Loverboy (2005)
The Ice Harvest (2005)
Casanova (2005)
The Ten (2007)
The Martian Child (2007)
Frost/Nixon (2008)
The Year One (2009)
2012 (2009)

Please Give (2010)
Love and Other Drugs (2010)
The Oranges (2011)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Dorothy of OZ (voice, 2012)
Chinese Zodiac (2012)
Ginger & Rosa (2013)
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (voice, 2013)
Lucky Them (2013)
Gods Behaving Badly (2013)
Chef (2014)
Kill the Messenger (2014)
Cut Bank (2014)
A Merry Friggin’ Christmas (2014)
The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2015)
When I Live My Life Over Again (2015)
Bessie (TV-2015)
Frank and Cindy (2015)
Mortdecai (2015)
The Master Cleanse (2016)
The Ticket (2016)
Shut In (2016)
Rules Don’t Apply (2016)
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)
The Burning of Wall Street (Narrator, TV_2018, documentary)

I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)
Emperor (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Deadline (2000)
Queens Supreme (2002)
Huff (2004)
The Bronx is Burning (2007)
Bored to Death (2009-2011)

The Big C (2010-2013)
American Exerience (narrator, 2012-2018)

Fargo (2014)
Chicago Fire (2015-2017)
Chicago P.D. (2015-2016)
Chicago Med (2015-)

Shut In, movie, poster,

Bill Boyle

Bill Boyle, screenwriter, producer,

Bill Boyle is an award-winning writer-producer-director. We list his credits as a Screenwriter first.

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

Crossbar (TV-1979)
Sealed with a Kiss (TV-1996)
Now & Forever (2002)

Credits as a Director:
Prairie Landscapes (1977)

Credits as a Producer:
Sealed with a Kiss (TV-1996)
Now & Forever (2002)

Mary Harron

Mary Harron, director,

B: January 12, 1953 in Bracebridge, Ontario

Mary Harron is the daughter of actor Don Harron. She is known recently for her work directing the 6-part Canadian mini-series Alias Grace based on the book by Margaret Atwood and starring Sarah Gadon. The series was adapted and written by Sarah Polley. In October 2018 it was announced that she would receive the prestigious Stockholm Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, the Bronze Horse.

Also see: The Not So Notorious Mary Harron.
Also see: Mary Harron Honoured by Stockholm.

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

Winds of Change (TV-1994)
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)

American Psycho (2000)
The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)

Sonnet for a Towncar (2010, short)
The Moth Diaries (2012)
XX (2015)
Charlie Says (2018)

TV Series:
Homicide: Life on ths Streets (1993)
Oz (1997)

Pasadena (2001)
The L Word (2004)
Six Feet Under (2005)
Bog Love (2006)
Six Degrees (2006)
The Nine (2007)
Fear Itself (2008)

Alias Grace (2017, mini-series)

The Expecting (2020)

The Moth Diaries, movie, poster,

Who Has Seen the Wind

Who Has Seen the Wind, movie, image,

103 minutes – Drama
Language: English
Release date: October 20, 1977 (Arcola, Saskatchewan)
Production company:
Canadian distributor: Astral Films

Based on the novel by W.O. Mitchell, the main focus of the story is Brian O’Connal, a young boy growing up in rural Saskatchewan during the Great Depression. Populated by stereotypes – the book was an attempt to explain the meaning of life to young readers – the film rises above what could have been a fatal flaw thanks to a terrific retelling from Patricia Watson, and Allan King`s deft direction. We meet Brian’s father Gerald, played by Gordon Pinsent, who is the local pharmacist and The Ben, the town drunk, played by American actor, José Ferrer. But it is Brian`s best friend, The Young Ben, and the friendship between them that is the true centre of the story. Despite the hardships of the times, the boys live an almost enchanted life on the prairies. But they are quite different in their approach to life and the more The Young Ben gets into trouble, the more ammunnition the self-appointed guardians of decency have to get the town council to do something about what they consider to be a local disgrace. But as Mrs. Abercrombie (Charmion King), and the Reverend Powelly (David Gardner) gather their forces, they are met head-on by the school principal, Mr. Digby (Thomas Hauff), and by Brian’s teacher, Ruth Thompson (Helen Shaver) who is no stranger to fighting for what’s right. When tragedy strikes, it doesn’t pick on The Ben or The Young Ben but on the O’Connal family. Brian is forced to grow up when he comes face-to-face with the meaning of life after his father dies. Who Has Seen the Wind was the highest-grossing Canadian film of 1978, winning The Golden Reel Award.

Also see: A review of Who Has Seen the Wind.

Who Has Seen the Wind, movie poster



Allan King


Allan King


Patricia Watson


Richard Leiterman


Arla Saare


Eldon Rathburn

Art Director:

Anne Pritchard

Cast: Roles:

Charmion King
David Gardner
Gordon Pinsent
Brian Painchaud
José Ferrer
Douglas Junor
Patricia Hamilton
Helen Shaver
Thomas Hauff
Chapelle Jaffe
Nan Stewart
Cedric Smith
Linda Leitch
Billy Hunter
Chris Raum
Ed McNamara
Vern Brooks
Leslie Carlson
Hugh Webster
Sandy Webster
Ches Robertson
Frank Scherr
Gerard Parkes
J. Vernon Buller
Susan Wowk
Ed Yee
Litty Meikle
Cinthia Yee
William Fung
Michael Peters
William Hubbard

Mrs. Abercrombie
Reverend Powelly
Gerald O’Connal
Brian O’Connal
The Ben
Young Ben
Miss MacDonald
Ruth Thompson
Maggie O’Connal
Mrs. MacMurray
Dr. Svarich
Saaint Sammy
Milt Palmer
Joe Pivotte
Judge Mortimer
Mayor Neally
Ed Harris
Uncle Sean
Jake Harris
Mrs. Ben
Mr. Abercrombie

Nina Dobrev

B: January 9, 1989 in Sofia, Bulgaria

Born Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva in Sofia, Bulgaria, Nina Dobrev came to Canada with her family when she was only two-years-old. In school she took ballet and jazz classes, and competed in rhythmic gymnastics. She took acting classes at Armstrong Acting Studios in Toronto. The star of the series Vampire Diaries since 2009, Dobrev plays the multiple roles of Elena Gilbert, Katherine Pierce, Katerina Petrova, Tatia Petrova, and Amara. She is fluent in French and Bulgarian, when not on set she loves all beach sports, including swimming, windsurfing and scuba diving. Nina Dobrev was chosen as one of the Top 5 Northernstars of 2010 by our readers.
Also see: Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Kiefer Sutherland in Flatliners.

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

Repo! The Genetic Opera (2006)
Playing House (TV-2006)
Away from Her (2006)
How She Move (2007)
The Poet (2007)
Fugitive Pieces (2007)
Too Young to Marry (TV-2007)
How She Move (2007)
The House Next Door (2008)
The American Mall (2008)
Never Cry Werewolf (2008)
Chloe (2009)
Degrassi Goes Hollywood (TV-2009)
Merry Madagascar (voice, TV-2009, short)

The Roommate (2011)
Arena (VR-2011)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Let’s Be Cops (2014)
The Final Girls (2015)
xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)
Crash Pad (2017)
Flatliners (2017)
Dog Days (2018)
Departures (2018)
Run This Town (2019)
Lucky Day (2019)

Redeeming Love (2021)
Sick Girl (2021)
Love ard (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Degrassi (2006-2009)
The Vampire Diaries (2009-2011, 134 episodes)
Fam (2018)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The Border (2008)
Eleventh Hour (2009)

Family Guy (voice, 2011)
Robot Chicken (voice, 2014)
The Originals (2014)
Workaholics (2017)

Run This Town, move, poster,


96 minutes – Comedy
Language: English
Release date: September 14, 1977
Distributor: Alliance Atlantis Communications

Based on a short story by Margaret Gibson Gilboord, this now dated, yet charming film is a rather simple story of a bashful drag queen and his friend, a young schizophrenic. The aspiring drag queen is Robin, played by Craig Russell in his film debut. Robin is still trying to find the courage to take his act on stage and do drag. Suddenly an old pal, Liza, played by Hollis McLaren shows up wearing a robe and nightgown. She has just run away from a mental hospital where she had voluntarily committed herself. It is Liza’s manic energy that gives Robin the strength to act on his desires. He in turn gives her a much needed stable and loving home. But encouraged and emboldened Robin leaves Liza behind when he travels to an important audition in New York. Here we see glimpses of Craig Russell’s perfect impressions of such stars as Bette Davis, Barbra Streisand, Carol Channing, and Mae West. And as Robin`s star rises, a pregnant Liza spirals into misery and madness. After all these years, Outrageous remains heartfelt, with a number of wonderful performances.

Outrageous! movie poster



William Marshall
Henk Van der Kolk

Associate Producer:

Peter O’Brian


Richard Brenner


Richard Brenner


James B. Kelly


George Appleby


Paul Hoffert
Brenda Hoffert (lyrics)

Art Director:

Karen Bromley

Cast: Roles:

Craig Russell
Hollis McLaren
Richard Easley
Allan Moyle
David McIlwrath
Helen Shaver
Michael Ironside

Robin Turner
Liza Conners

Meredith Vuchnich

Meredith Vuchnich, photo,

Meredith Vuchnich is an award-winning Canadian screenwriter for film and TV. Her writing for television includes one-hour dramas (Regenesis, Remedy, Godiva’s, REMEDY, GODIVA’S) and half-hour dramatic comedies. As a creator, she has developed series with CBC, Global and YTV. She was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Writer in a Dramatic Series and, with Tracey Deer, won the 2019 TIFF-CBC Screenwriter Award. She has a M.A. in theatre from Northwestern University and attended the Canadian Film Centre TV Writing Programme. Co-writing with Tracey Deer, their 2020 feature Beans had its World Premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. We list her credits as a Screenwriter first.

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

Heartbeat (Story Editor, 2014)
Beans (2020)

TV Series:
Train 48 (2003-2005, 252 episodes)
Godiva’s (2006)
ReGenesis (2008)
Wild Roses (2009, 13 episodes)

The Saddle Club (2014)
Remedy (2015)
Carter (2018)

Credits as a Producer:
Jack & Jill (Co-producer, 1998)
Beans (2020)

TV Series:
Train 48 (2003-2005, 203 episodes)
Remedy (2015, 10 episodes)

Credits as an Actress:
Jack & Jill (1998)
Love Wine (TV-2005)
Love is Work (2005)

TV Series:
Starhunter (2000)
Train 48 (2003)
Slings and Arrows (voice, 2006)

Love is Work, movie, poster