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Marina Orsini

Marina Orsini, actress,

B: January 4, 1967 in Ville-Emard, Québec

Marina Orsini was still in high school when, at 15 years of age, she took second place in a contest for models held in Québec. After a short career as a model, she landed a spot on the series, Lance et Compte, or He Shoots, He Scores, which launched her acting career. She won Gemini Awards in 1990 and 1991 for her roles in Les Filles de Caleb and L’or et le papier. Marina Orsini played the role of Anémone Leduc in 83 episodes of the series Une autre histoire between 2019 and 2022.

Features & TV Movies:
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La grenouille et la baline (1987)
Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989)
Misercorde (TV-1994)
Les muses orphelines (1999)

Dr. Lucille (TV-2000)
Agent of Influence (TV-2002)
Geraldine`s Fortune (2004)
La rage de l’ange (2006)
A vos marques… Party! 2 (2007)
Noémie (2009)

Lance et compte (2010)
Sur le rythme (2011)
Le fils de mon père (2012, short)
La Légende de Sarila (voice, 2013)

TV Series – Cast:
Lance et compte (1986)
Lance et compte II (mini-series, 1988)
Lance et compte III (mini-series, 1989)

L’or et la papier (1990)
Les filles de Caleb (1990)
Shehawah (1992)
Blanche (1993)
Urgence (1996)

L’or (2001)
Lance & compte IV (2001)
Cauchmar d’amour (2001)
The Last Chapter: the War Continues (mini-series, 2003)
Il Duce canadese (mini-series, 2004)
Lance et compte: La revanche (2006)
Lance et compte: Le grand duel (2008)

30 Vies (2011)
Lance et compte: La déchirure (2012)
Lance et compte (2015)

Une autre histoire (2019-2022)

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Vanity

Vanity, singer, actor,

B: January 4, 1959 in Niagara Falls, Ontario
D: February 15, 2016 in Fremont, California

Vanity started out in life as Denise Katrina Matthews. She became the lead singer of the group Vanity 6 in 1982 and went on to record two albums on her own but was best known for her collaboration with Prince. She had given up the name Vanity and had become a Christian evangelist minister. She was 57 when she died of kidney failure in hospital in California.

Learn more about Vanity
Official website

Features & TV Movies:
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Klondike Fever (1980)
Terror Train (1980)
Tanya`s Island (1980)
The Last Dragon (1985)
Never Too Young to Die (1986)
52 Pick-Up (1986)
Deadly Illusion (1987)
Action Jackson (1988)

Memories of Murder (TV-1990)
Lady Boss (TV-1992)
South Beach (1992)
Neon City (1992)
Da Vinci’s War (1993)
Kiss of Death (1995)

This poster for the movie Terror Train was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.
This poster for the movie Terror Train was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.

Matt Frewer

Matt Frewer, actor,

B: January 4, 1958 in Washington D.C.

American-born Matthew George Frewer was raised in Victoria, B.C., and started his career on the stages of the UK before landing a small role in the comedy classic Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life. He also had bit roles in the films Spies Like Us and Supergirl before landing the role that would establish his career, the futuristic Max Headroom. Matt Frewer plays the role of Dr. Aldous Leekie on the hit series Orphan Black.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Meaning of Life (1983)
The Lords of Discipline (1983)
The First Olympics: Athens 1896 (TV-1984)
Supergirl (1984)
Spies Like Us (1985)
Displaced Person (TV-1985)
Ishtar (1987)
The Fourth Protocol (1987)
Speed Zone! (1989)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Far From Home (1989)

Short Tme (1990)
The Taking of Beverly Hills (1991)
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (TV-1993)
Twenty Bucks (1993)
The Day My Parents Ran Away (TV-1993)
Long Shadows (TV-1994)
In Search of Dr. Seuss (TV-1994)
National Lampoon`s Senior Trip (1995)
Kisinger and Nixon (TV-1995)
Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (1996)
Generation X (TV-1996)
Apollo 11 (TV-1996)
Dead Man`s Gun (TV-1997)
Quicksilver Highway (TV-1997)
Desert`s Edge (TV-1997)
Dead Fire (TV-1997)
Breast Men (1997)
In the Doghouse (TV-1998)
Heartwood (voice, 1998)
Gargoyles: The Hunted (voice, VR-1998)
Gargoyles: Brothers Betrayed (voice, VR-1998)
6ix (1999)
Hercules: Zero to Hero (voice, VR-1999)

Jailbait (TV-2000)
Cyberworld (voice, 2000)
The Hounds of the Baskervilles (TV-2000)
The Sign of Four (TV-2001)
The Royal Scandal (TV-2001)
The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire (TV-2002)
Mickey`s House of Villains (voice, VR-2002)
Intern Academy, aka Whitecoats (2003)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
A Home at the End of the World (2004)
Riding the Bullet (2004)
Going the Distance (2004)
Geraldine`s Fortune (2004)
Intelligence (TV-2005)
Desperation (TV-2006)
Weirdsville (2007)
Wushu Warrior (2008)
Watchman (2009)
Darfur (2009)
Frankie and Alice (2009)

Battle of the Bulbs (TV-2010)
50/50 (2011)
Foreverland (2011)
Hattie`s Heist (2014, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Tender is the Night (mini-series, 1985)
Max Headroom (1985-1987)
The Original Max Talking Headroom Show (1987)
Doctor Doctor (1989)
Shaky Ground (1992-1993)
The Pink Panther (voice, 1993)
Aladdin (1993)
The Stand (mini-series, 1994)
Dumb and Dumber (voice, 1995)
Bruno the Kid (voice, 1996)
Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1997-1999)
Hercules (voice, 1998)
Toonsylvania (voice, 1998)
House of Mouse (voice, 2001)
Taken (mini-series, 2002)
Desperation (mini-series, 2006)
Intelligence (2006-2007)
Eureka (2006-2012)

Bag of Bones (mini-series, 2011)
Falling Skies (2012, 2013)
Witches of East End (2013)
Orphan Black (2013, 2014)
The Knick (2014)
The Librarians (2014)
Olympus (2015)

Kristen Hager

Kristen Hager, actress,

B: January 2, 1984 in Red Lake, Ontario

Kristen Hager completed her studies at York University’s Acting Program in 2005 and has been very busy ever since. She costarred as Joan Kennedy in the mini-series, The Kennedys: After Camelot; played the titled role of played Leslie Van Houten (the convicted murderer and former member of the Manson Family) in the 2009 feature Leslie, My Name Is Evil; and starred as Nora Sergeant (pictured) in the supernatural comedy-drama series, Being Human from 2011 to 2014, to name just a few of her credits. She has played the recurring character of Mae Barber in the series Condor from 2018 to 2020. She plays Dr. Stevie Hammer on Chicago Med.

Features & TV Movies:
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Recipe for a Perfect Christmas (TV-2005)
I’m Not There (2007)
Aliens vs Predator – Requiem (2007)
Wanted (2008)
Murder on Her Mind (TV-2008)
You Might as Well Live (2009)
Leslie, My Name Is Evil (2009)
Sorority Wars (TV-2009)

Ties that Bind (TV-2010)
Textuality (2011)
Servitude (2011)
A Little Bit Zombie (2012)
The Right Kind of Wrong (2013)
Trigger (2013)
The Adversaries (TV-2015)
In Embryo (2016)
Clara (2018)
The Turkey Bowl (2019)

Blood and Money (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Beach Girls (2005, mini-series)
St. Urbain’s Horseman (2007, mini-series)
Runaway (2006-2008)
Wild Roses (2009)
Valemont (2009)

Being Human (2011-2014)
The Kennedys: After Camelot (2016, mini-series)
Condor (2018-2020)
Chicago Med (2021-)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The Dresden Files (2008)
Sophie (2008)
The Listener (2009)

CSI: Miami (2010)
NCIS: Los Angeles (2011)
Masters of Sex (2015)
The Expanse (2015)
Gotham (2016)
Code Black (2016)
Schitt’s Creek (2017)
Ransom (2017)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2017)
NCIS: New Orleans (2018)
What If (2019)

Clara, movie, poster,

Caroline Cave

Caroline Cave, Canadian, actress,

B: January 25, 1974 in West Vancouver, British Columbia

Caroline Cave was inituially interested un and studied classical piano and ballet. IN addition to her work in film and television, she is also a stage actor. A selection of her stage credits include productions of Joanna McClelland Glass’ Trying, Stephen Sachs’ Miss Julie: Freedom Summer, David Eldridge’s Festen and Pamela Gien’s The Syringa Tree, in which she played all 23 different characters resulting in rave reviews including this: “After sitting mesmerized for about an hour and forty-five minutes, the audience jumped to its feet at the end of the play in a spontaneous standing ovation. This rare display of enthusiasm and appreciation was for Caroline Cave.” She won a Dora Award in 2004 for that play when it was staged in Toronto and a Jesse Award in 2006 when it was staged in Vancouver. She played the role of Beth Marzden in the series Siren.

Features & TV Movies:
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The War Bride (2001)
Almost America (TV-2001)
Six Figures (2005)
This Beautiful City (2007)
One Week (2008)
Saw VI (2009)

The Exit (2010, short)
The Horses of McBride (TV-2012)
End of the World (TV-2013)
What an Idiot (2014)
Splitting Adam (TV-2015)
The Wolf Who Came to Dinner (2015, short)
Hit & Run (TV-2015)
Date with Love (TV-2016)
A Dog’s Purpose (2017)
Power Rangers (2017)
Story of a Girl (TV-2017)
Deadly Deed: A Fixer Upper Mystery (TV-2018)
The Ride Home (2018, short)
Darrow & Darrow: Body of Evidence (TV-2018)

The Christmas Bond (TV-2021)
Our Christmas Journey (TV-2021)

TV Series: Cast:
Cra$h & Burn (2009)
The Gathering (2007, mini-series)

Unspeakable (2019, mini-series)
Siren (2019)
Devil in Ohio (2022, mini-series)

TV Series: Guest appearances:
The Associates (2002)
ReGenesis (2004)
Kevin Hill (2005)
Stargate: Atlantis (2007)
The L Word (2007)
True Crime Scene (2008)

Haven (2010)
SGU Stargate Universe (2010)
Sanctuary (2011)
Supernatural (2012)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (2014)
Aftermath (2016)
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (2016)
Van Helsing (2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
Charmed (2018)

Morning Show Mysteries (2021)
A Million Little Things (2022)

This Beautiful City, movie, poster,

One Week, movie, poster,

Jeremy Podeswa

Jeremy Podeswa, director,

B: January 5, 1962 in Toronto, Ontario

Jeremy Podeswa was awarded Best Director honours at the 2000 Genies for his feature, The Five Senses. A graduate from the film studies program at Toronto’s Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, Podeswa completed a directing fellowship at the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film Studies in Los Angeles. Podeswa wrote, directed and co-produced his first feature film, Eclipse, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals and the New Directors/New Films series at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His second feature, The Five Senses, received its world premiere at the Director’s Fortnight program of the Cannes Film Festival in 1999. The film was nominated for nine Genies and won the best director award. Fugitive Pieces was selected to open the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. Beginning with an episode of Weeds in 2009, Podeswa’s calendar has been quite full directing episodes of some of the top series on television. In July 2018 Jeremy Podeswa received one of 22 Emmy Award nominations given to the series Game of Thrones, his specifically for his work on the episode titled The Dragon and the Wolf. Fellow Canadian Sandra Oh received a nomination for best actress in a drama for her role in the BBC America thriller, Killing Eve, becoming the first woman of Asian descent to ever score a nod in that category. Tatiana Maslany was also nominated for her work on the series Orphan Black. Maslany won an Emmy in 2016 for that same series.

Features & TV Movies:
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David Roche Talks to You About Love (1983, short)
Nion (1984, short)
The Revelations of Becka Paulsen (1985, short)
In The Name of Bobby (1985, short)

Standards (TV-1990)
Diamond Time (1995, short)
Standards (1992, short)
Walls (1993, short)
Caveman Rainbow (1993, short)
Eclipse (1994)
The Five Senses (1999)

24fps (2000)
After The Harvest (TV-2001)
Touch (2001)
The Susan Smith Tapes (2001)
Fugitive Pieces (2007)
Empire State (TV-2009)

Mission Control (TV-2017)

TV Series – at least 1 episode:
Queer as Folk (2000)
The Chris Isaak Show (2001)
Six Feet Under (2001)
The Chris Isaak Show (2002)
Wild Card (2003)
Carnivale (2003, 2005)
The L Word (2004)
Wonderfalls (2004)
Queer as Folk (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
Into the West (2005, mini-series)
Six Feet Under (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005)
Rome (2005)
Nip/Tuck (2005)
Commander in Chief (2005)
The Book of Daniel (2006)
The Riches (2007)
John from Cincinnati (2007)
Dexter (2007)
The Tudors (2008, 2009, 2010)
Weeds (2009)

Rubicon (2010)
Boardwalk Empire (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Camelot (2011)
The Borgias (2011)
True Blood (2011)
Homeland (2012)
The Newsroom (2012, 2013)
American Horror Story (2012, 2013)
Ray Donovan (2013)
The Walking Dead (2013)
Tyrant (2014)
True Detective (2015)
Game of Thrones (2015, 2017)
Here and Now (2018)
The Handmaid’s Tale (2018)
The Loudest Voice (2019)
On Becoming a God in Central Floria (2019)

The Mosquito Coast (2021)
Station Eleven (2021, 2022)
The Three Body Problem (2023)
The New Look (2023)

Fugitive Pieces, movie, poster,

Matt Zimmerman

Matt Zimmerman, actor,

B: December 26, 1934 in Sudbury, Ontario
D: June 9, 2022

Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Matt Zimmerman was brought up in Detroit, Michigan where he began singing on radio as a child performer and in his teens began acting in local productions. After appearing at Ontario’s Stratford Shakespearean Festival and winning a Best Actor award for his performance as Phyrrus in Racine’s Adromache he moved to England on a Scholarship to study at LAMDA, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. After finishing his one year professional course and having joined the London production of West Side Story, he decided to stay in England having met his future wife, the Mezzo-Soprano Shirley Chapman, who passed away in 2002. Matt Zimmerman was the voice of Alan Tracy in the 1960s television series Thunderbirds and sequel films Thunderbirds Are Go and Thunderbird 6.

Also see: Neil McCallum.

Features & TV Movies:
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A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Thunderbirs Are Go (1966)
Thunderbirds 6 (1968)

Birth of the Beatles (1979)
Quincy’s Quest (1979)

Haunted Honeymoon (1986)
Still Crazy Like a Fox (TV-1987)
The Forgotten (1989)

Margaret’s Museum (1995)

TV Series – Cast:
Thunderbirds (1965-1966)

Oppenheimer (1980.mini-series)
The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1981, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
UFO (1970)
Docteur Caraibes (1973)
Mr. Big (1977)

Dick Turpin (1981)
Whoops Apocalypse (1982)
Constant Hot Water (1986)
Turn on to T-Bag (1988)
T-Bag and the Revenge of the T-Set (1989)

T-Bag and the Rings of Olympus (1991)
Jeeves and Wooster (1992)
Rab C. Nesbitt (1992)
Lexx (2002)

Margaret's Museum, movie poster

Nicole de Boer

Nicole de Boer, actress,
Nicole de Boer as Ezri Dax on the final season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Click to enlarge.

B: December 20, 1970 in Toronto, Ontario

Nicole de Boer started acting at age 9 when she came home from school and announced she had a part in a production of The Wizard of Oz. One wonders if her early exposure to fantasy shaped her career. While her early TV work included a recurring role on the sketch comedy series, The Kids in the Hall as Laura, she is usually known for her work in off-beat and sci-fi projects. Her first major role was in the 1997 series, Deepwater Black. She followed that with a role in the sci-fi film Cube and has appeared in the sci-fi series The Outer Limits. Her most noted role is that of Ezri Dax, pictured above, on the 7th season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Between 2002 and 2007 she played the role of Sarah Bannerman in 66 episodes of the television series The Dead Zone. She plays a recurring role on Private Eyes as Becca D’Orsay

Features & TV Movies:
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Freddy the Freeloader’s Christmas Dinner (TV-1981)

The Kissing Place (TV-1990)
The Prom (TV-1990)
Prom Night IV: Deliver Us from Evil (1992)
Family Pictures (TV-1993)
The Counterfeit Contessa (TV-1994)
Jungleground (1995)
National Lampoon’s Senior Trip (1995)
Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
When Innocence is Lost (TV-1997)
Cube (1997)
My Date with the President’s Daughter (TV-1998)
Family of Cops III (TV-1999)

Rated X (2000)
Public Domain (2003)
5ive Days to Midnight (TV-2004)
Phil the Alien (2004)
Ties That Bind (TV-2006)
Christmas Town (VR-2008)
Suck (2009)

Metal Shifters (TV-2011)
Metal Tornado (TV-2011)
Secrets from Her Past (TV-2011)
My Mother’s Secret (TV-2012)
Corrupt (2015)
Where’s My Baby? (TV-2016)
Trust No One (2016)
Stranger (2016, short)

Range Roads (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
9B (1998)
Beyond Reality (1991-1993)
JFK: Reckless Youth (1993, mini-series)
Heart of Courage (1993)
Catwalk (1994)
Mission Genesis (1997)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1998-1999)
Dooley Gardens (1999)

The Dead Zone (2002-2007)
Private Eyes (2016-2021)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Street Legal (1989)
The Kids in the Hall (1989, 1990, 1991)

C.B.C.’s Magic Hour (1990)
Sweating Bullets (1991)
Maniac Mansion (1992)
Forever Knight (1992)
E.N.G. (1992, 1994)
The Hidden Room (1993)
TekWar (1995)
Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996)
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1996)
Ready or Not (1997)

The Fearing Mind (2000)
Stargate: Atlantis (2008)

Haven (2010, 2013, 2015)
Perception (2012)
Cracked (2013)
Reign (2014)

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Simon Deblois

B: June 14, 1980 in Sorel, Québec

Simon Dublois was a hockey player when he appeared in the 2005 feature Maurice Richard. He is the son of former NHL player Lucien Deblois.

Features & TV Movies:
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Maurice Richard (2005)

Maurice Richard, movie poster

Of Christmas Movies Past & Present

Of Christmas Movies Past & Present, image,
Image from The Man Who Invented Christmas courtesy of Elevation Pictures.

Of Christmas Movies Past & Present
by Jim Slotek

(December 15, 2020 – Toronto, ON) The Canadian co-production The Man Who Invented Christmas is a highly recommended, witty and touching family film, a fable-within-a-fable about how Dickens (Dan Stevens) came to imagine A Christmas Carol and Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), pictured above.

But with winter as one of our main selling points, why was it shot in a studio in England?

It’s worth noting that Charles Dickens’ tale was influenced by the same phenomenon that makes our winter backdrop increasingly unreliable – climate change.

The “white Christmas” that blesses everyone on Christmas Day was pretty much a thing of the past when the story was written. But Dickens’ childhood, which informs the narrative, happened at the tail end of what climatologists call the “Little Ice Age” that cooled Europe. He grew up with snowy winters (where today, an inch of snow can paralyze the U.K.).

This is the first time Plummer has played Scrooge in his career. And I was on the set the one time he played Santa, in the 2002 Canadian film Blizzard (in which one of Santa’s elves – voiced by Whoopi Goldberg
– breaks the rules to help a sad little girl with a dream of becoming a figure skater.

It was minus-5C, on the old-timey skating rink in Pickering, Ontario, and my numbing toes attested to the fact that I was definitely wearing the wrong shoes.

And it was starting to snow. Too little too late for the production, which had “suffered” through 14 degree days in mid-December that had turned the skating rink into water by mid-day every day.

On this day, as they had from the beginning, the crew hosed down the trees with a soap-based foam and covered buildings with white cotton batting. I notice that some of the flakes on my jacket were real and melting, others were sudsy.

The next year, I got a much more dramatic on-set taste of can-do fake-winter, with, of all things, a Christmas movie that was shot in Toronto in August in the midst of a sweltering 33 degree C heat wave.
It was a CBS TV movie called The Man Who Saved Christmas – not to be confused with The Man Who Invented Christmas – the real-life story of Erector Set inventor A.C. Gilbert (Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander) who defied his father, his soldier son, the U.S. Army and Congress to keep producing toys for children during the First World War rather than turn his company into a munitions factory.

How do you make fried-eggs-on-the-sidewalk weather look like winter? Ironically, the look was masterminded by Icelandic-born Canadian director Sturla Gunnarsson. “Snowbanks” of, yes, cotton batting were strewn all over the sidewalks, with carefully hidden hoses trickling away to make it look like it was melting.

And speaking of melting, Alexander’s sweat had to be mopped frequently as he shot scene-after-scene in about a 30-pound overcoat, just slightly less thermal than the Gortex parka George Costanza wore in that Seinfeld episode.

Which is not to say that Canadian winters are never obliging. The 2009 film Whiteout saw Kate Beckinsale play a detective trying to solve a murder at a research station in Antarctica. The stand-in for the bottom of the world: the frozen shores of Lake Manitoba, a two-hour drive north of Winnipeg. Temperatures of minus-30 C and colder left Beckinsale, “unable to speak at all for a while, because my whole throat closed on that first breath.”

The crew were also given cold-weather literature which warned it was just as easy to be overcome by heat as by frostbite, given the heat-retaining qualities of their polar gear, “especially if we went inside and didn’t take our coats off.”

And she discovered the joy of frozen breath moisture. “I showed up and all the men had beards full of ice that I thought had been applied by the makeup department. I was wrong. I discovered my hair had an unfortunate tendency to freeze into a point.”

Sometimes the Canadian winter has actually informed the look of a movie, like Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail (1973), which was shot in Toronto and starred Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid as a pair of Navy officers who had to escort a convicted sailor (Otis Young) to his inevitable incarceration.

The movie was the debut of legendary cinematographer Michael Chapman (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull). In an interview on the YouTube channel Web of Stories – Life Stories Of Remarkable People he remembered the temperature more than anything else. “It was very, very cold and awful. We all had warm clothes on, but the poor actors, they had to wear peacoats and simple black shoes like they wore in the Navy. And they were just dying in the cold, just dying. (Young) was so cold that his skin became kind of grey. It was very strange to see.”

The cold gave a starkness to the sailors and their grim assignment, a backdrop for the cynical humour Ashby hoped to capture from the novel by Darryl Ponicsan.

It was one of Canada’s most chilly close-ups. And if global warming lives up to its billing, it may just be a snapshot of how it used to be.

Northernstars logo imageThis article was originally published on December 11, 2017. Jim Slotek is a longtime Toronto Sun columnist, movie critic, TV critic and comedy beat reporter who has interviewed thousands of celebrities. He’s been a scriptwriter for the NHL Awards, Gemini Awards and documentaries, and was nominated for a Gemini Award for comedy writing on a special. His writing also appears in Cineplex, Movie Entertainment magazines and in the blog Original-Cin.

James Cameron

B: August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario

James Francis Cameron was born in Kapuskasing, but grew up in Chippawa, a small town just outside of Niagara Falls, Ontario. His father Phillip Cameron, was an electrical engineer and his mother, Shirley Cameron was an artist. Due to his father’s career the family moved to Orange County. Cameron went to California State University at Fullerton to study physics. Although he got good marks, he came to the realization that science was not for him, and so he switched his major to English. But he dreamed of being involved in filmmaking, a dream that had started as a young boy when he saw 2001: A Space Odyssey. Finally surrendering to his dreams, he dropped out of school and took a series of menial jobs including working in a machine shop, being a truck driver, a school bus driver, and painting pictures, which allowed him to write the stories he wanted to write. After toying with making his own short films, he landed a job as a miniature model maker for the Roger Corman Studios. Making fast, low-budget productions, he learned how to make films efficiently and effectively. Soon he was working as an art director on the sci-fi movie Battle Beyond the Stars in 1980, and he did special effects work design and direction on John Carpenter’s Escape from New York in 1981. He has become one of the most successful producer-directors ever. His futuristic feature Avatar earned more than $2.7 billion at the box office and is the bestselling Blu-ray disc of all time. Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5 are planned for production and release beginning in 2010. His older films, including Titanic, have earned more than a combined $3 billion. Pandora: The World of Avatar is a new theme park that opened in May of 2017 as part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida.

In 2018 he hosted a series on AMC titled James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction.

Features & TV Movies:
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Xenogenesis (1978)

Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)
The Terminator (1984)
Aliens (1986)
The Abyss (1989)
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
True Lies (1994)
Strange Days (1995)
Titanic (1997)

Expedition: Bismark (TV-2002)
Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)
Aliens of the Deep (2005)
Avatar (2009)

Battle Angel (2011)
Titanic 3D (2012)

Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)
Avatar 3 (2025)

TV Series:
Dark Angel (2000)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
The Terminator (1984)
Aliens (1986)
The Abyss (1989-W)
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
True Lies (1994)
Strange Days (1995)
Titanic (1997)

Avatar (2009)

Titanic 3D (2012)

Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)
Avatar 3 (2025)

TV Series:
Dark Angel (2000)

Credits as a Producer:
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
True Lies (1994)
Strange Days (1995)
Titanic (1997)

Expedition: Bismark (TV-2002)
Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)
Aliens of the Deep (2005)
Avatar (2009)

Battle Angel (2011)
Titanic 3D (2012)

Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)
Avatar 3 (2025)

TV Series:
Dark Angel (2000)

Years of Living Dangerously (2013)

Avatar: The Way of Water, movie, poster,

Margaret Bannerman

Margaret Bannerman, actress,
This image of Margaret Bannerman was scanned from an original postcard in the Northernstars Collection.

B: December 15, 1896 in Toronto, Ontario
D: April 25, 1976 in Englewood, New Jersey

Margaret Bannerman began life as Marguerite Grande. For some reason after the outbreak of World War I, her family moved to England. She began her career at just 19 years of age when she was signed to perform with Charlot’s Revue in 1915. Over the next few years she was tremendously successful in light comedies, making her film debut in 1917. She continued with her stage career and went on to be a rival of such greats as Edith Evans and Sybil Thorndyke. One of her greatest triumphs was her role as Lady George Graystone in the play Our Betters which was performed 548 times. In 1925 she temporarily put her career aside following a nervous breakdown. Recovery was slow in coming but by 1928 she was strong enough to launch a one year tour in Australia. Returning to London, she continued to perform on stage and in film until the mid-1930s but then moved to the United States where she didn’t work again until 1946’s Cluny Brown, the next-to-last film of the great director Ernst Lubitsch. Only two more projects came her way before she fully retired from acting. Margaret Bannerman was married to the actor, Pat Somerset.

The image of Margaret Bannerman was scanned from an original postcard in the Northernstars Collection.

Features & TV Movies:
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Mary Girl (1917)
Justice (1917)
The Gay Lord Quex (1917)
Flames (1917)
Hindle Wakes (1918)
Goodbye (1918)
Her Secret (1919)

Lady Audley’s Secret (1920)
The Grass Orphan (1922)

Two White Arms (1932)
Lily Christine (1932)
Over the Garden Wall (1934)
The Great Defender (1934)
Royal Cavalcade (1935)
I Give My Heart (1935)

Cluny Brown (1946)
The Homestretch (1947)

Evening Primrose (TV-1966)

Jordan Madley

Jordan Madley, actress,

B: December 14, 1978 in Calgary, Alberta

Features & TV Movies:
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Shotgun Love Dolls (TV-2001)
Get Over It (2001)
Lucky Girl (TV-2001)
The Tuxedo (2002)
Beautiful Girl (TV-2003)
Honey (2003)
My Baby’s Daddy (2004)
Ham & Cheese (2004)
5ive Girls (2006)
American Pie Presents The Naked Mile (2006)
The Mad (2007
Vampire Apocalypse (VR-2008)
Shark City (2009)

Unrivaled (2010)
American Riot (2015, short)

1UP (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Beautiful People (2005)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Doc (2001)
Tracker (2001)
Show Me Yours (2004)
Tilt (2005)
The Dresden Files (2007)
Lovebites (2009)

Femme Fatales (2011)
Heartland (2014)
Bitten (2015)
Hemlock Grove (2015)
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (2016)

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Taylor Hickson

Taylor Hickson, actress, actor,

B: December 11, 1997 in Kelowna, British Columbia

Taylor Hickson created a buzz when she appeared as Meghan Orlovsky in the Ryan Reynolds hit film Deadpool. She played Brianna Copeland in 13 episodes of the series Aftermath.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Mary Alice Brandon File (2015, short)
Go With Me (2015)
Deadpool (2016)
Hunting Pignut (2016)
Residue (2017)
Everything, Everything (2017)
Incident in a Ghostland (2017)
Giant Little Ones (2018)
A Picnic Table, At Dusk (2018, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Aftermath (2016)
Deadly Class (2018-2019)
Motherland: Fort Salem (2020-)

Hunting Pignut, movie, poster,
Poster for Hunting Pignut courtesy of A71 Entertainment.

Peter Kelamis

Peter Kelamis, actor,

B: December 11, 1967 in Sydney, Australia

Peter Kelamis was born in Sydney, Australia and was sent to the Greek Islands to live with his grandparents while his family relocated and re-established themselves in Canada. Prior to 1995, Kelamis divided his time between stand-up comedy tours, commercial work and the odd television role but turned more and more to acting in the late ’90s.

Features & TV Movies:
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Dragon Ball Z: The Super Battle in the World (voice, 1990)

Dragon Ball Z: The Movie – The World’s Strongest (voice, 1990)
Sherlock Holmes Returns (TV-1993)
Suspicious Agenda (1994)
Sleeping with Strangers (1994)
Key: The Metal Idol (voice, VR-1996)
Happy Gilmore (1996)
For Hope (TV-1996)
Bliss (1997)
Jitters (TV-1997)
The Right Connections (TV-1997)
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998)
Hayley Wagner, Star (TV-1999)
Escape from Mars (TV-1999)
Can of Worms (TV-1999)

Dragon Ball Z: The Movie – The Tree of Might (voice, TV-2000)
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie – Dead Zone (voice, TV-2000)
Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer (voice, TV-2000)
Lion of Oz (voice, 2000)
Fear of Flying (2000)
Becoming Dick (TV-2000)
My 5 Wives (2000)
Chain of Fools (2000)
Suddenly Naked (2001)
Barbie in the Nutcracker (VR-2001)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys (voice, VR-2001)
Life or Something Like It (2002)
Barbie as Rapunzel (voice, VR-2002)
Comedy Night in Canada (TV-2003)
The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)
Go-Bots (VR-2003)
G.I.Joe: Spy Troops the Movie (voice, TV-2003)
Miracle (2004)
Rugged Rich and the Ona Ona (2004)
G.I. Joe: Valor vs. Venom (voice, VR-2004)
Jiminy Glick in Lalawood (2004)
Edison (2005)
Comic Genius (TV-2006)
Dr. Dolittle 3 (VR-2006)
Daingerfield (2006)
Everything’s Gone Green (2006)
Almost Heaven (2006)
Four Extraordinary Women (TV-2006)
Unthinkable (TV-2007)
Ace of Hearts (2008)
Art of War II: Betrayal (VR-2008)

Ed, Edd n Eddy’s Big Picture Show (voice, TV-2009)
Killer Hair (2009)

Tooth Fairy (2010)
La premire étoile (2010)
Care Bears to the Rescue (voice, 2010)
Care Bears: The Giving Festival Movie (voice, VR-2010)
Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale (voice, VR-2010)
50/50 (2011)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Barbie: The Princess & the Popstar (voice, 2012)
Barbie & Her Sisters in a Pony Tale (voice, VR-2013)
Barbie and the Secret Door (2014)
Big Eyes (2014)
No Men Beyond This Point (2015)
All of My Heart (TV-2015)
Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals (voice, 2015)
The Unauthorized Full House Story (TV-2015)
Santa’s Little Helper (VR-2015)
Bob’s Broken Sleigh (voice, TV-2015)
Open Season: Scared Silly (voice, VR-2015)
Dead Rising: Endgame (2016)
A Dog’s Purpose (2017)
Killing Gunther (2017)
Absolute Carnage: Breakout (2019, short)
Absolute Carnage: Part 4 (2019, short)

Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas (TV-2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Dragon Ball Z (voice, 1989 and 1997-2000)

Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths & Legends (1997-1999)
Ed, Edd, ‘n’ Eddy (voice, 1999-2007)

Action Man (voice, 2000-2001)
Improv Comedy Games (2000, mini-series)
What About Mimi? (voice, 2000-2002)
The Cramp Twins (voice, 2001)
Super Duper Sumos (voice, 2001)
Baby Looney Tunes (voice, 2015)
Class of the Titans (voice, 2006)
George of the Jungle (voice, 2007)
SGU Stargate Universe (2009-2011)
Riese (2009, mini-series)

Dreamkix (voice, 2010)
SGU Stargate Universe Kino (2010)
1001 Nights (voice, 2010)
The Twisted Whiskers Show (voice, 2010)
Beyond (2016-2018)
The Hollow (2018, mini-series)

Riverdale (2021)
The Now (2021, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Hawkeye (1994)
Hurricanes (voice, 1994, 1995, 1996)
Madison (1995)
Sliders (1995)
Strange Luck (1995)
The X Files (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998)
The Sentinel (1998)
Terminal City (1998)
The Net (1998)
The Outer Limits (1999, 2000)

Hollywood Off-Ramp (2000)
The Immortal (2000)
Andromeda (2001)
The Chris Isaak Show (2002)
The Twilight Zone (2002)
Just Cause (2002)
Stargate SG-1 (2003)
Dead Like Me (2003, 2004)
The L Word (2004)
Corner Gas (2004)
Alienated (2004)
Robson Arms (2005)
Krypto the Superdog (voice, 2005)
Ed, Edd, ‘n’ Eddy (voice, 2005, 2007)
Psych (2006, 2007, 2014)
George of the Jungle (voice, 2007)
Smallville (2007)
Ricky Sprocket, Showbiz Boy (voice, 2007)
Iron Man: Armored Adventures (voice, 2009, 2011, 2012)
The League of Super Evil (voice, 2009)

Glenn Martin DDS (voice, 2010)
The Killing (2011)
Eureka (2011)
Action Dad (voice, 2012)
Mr. Young (2012)
Fringe (2013)
Motive (2013)
Slugterra (voice, 2013)
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (voice, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Beat Bugs (voice, 2016)
Chuck’s Choice (voice, 2017)
iZombie (2017)
Corner Gas Animated (voice, 2018, 2019)
The Man in the High Castle (2018, 2019)
Polly Pocket (voice, 2018, 2021, 2022)
The Dragon Prince (voice, 2019)
The Twilight Zone (2019)
Glow (2019)

Woke (2020)
Loudermilk (2020)
My Little Pony: Pony Life (voice, 2021)
The Crosswords Mysteries (2021)
Van Helsing (2021)
Turner & Hooch (2021)
Angry Birds: Summer Madness (voice, 2022)

Everything's Gone Green, movie, poster,

Tracy Wright

Tracy Wright, actress, actor,

B: December 7, 1959 in Toronto, Ontario
D: June 22, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario

Tracy Wright is pictured in a publicity still for the 2010 film, Trigger. Known for her smaller roles, Wright’s list of diverse credits in film, television and theatre established her as a fixture on the indie scene. Her 20-year career included appearances in more than 35 films and TV shows. She starred as an aging, pot-smoking radical in Reg Harkema’s 2006 movie Monkey Warfare and appeared in a theatrical remount of Daniel MacIvor’s A Beautiful View. In addition to them, she was known for her work with writers-directors Bruce McDonald and her friend, companion and partner Don McKellar. They married in January of 2010. Tracy Wright was 50 when she passed away at home after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Features & TV Movies:
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Highway 61 (1991)
Blue (1992, short)
Wake Up, Jerk Off (1993)
My Addiction (1994)
Wasaga (1995)
Eclipse (1995)
When Night is Falling (1995)
Joe’s So Mean to Josephine (1996)
My Summer Vacation (1996)
Bubbles Galore (1996)
Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore Story (TV-1996)
Blind Spot (1997)
Permission (1997)
Last Night (1998)
Elimination Dance (1998)
Dog Park (1998)
The Five Senses (1999)
Superstar (1999)

Apartment Hunting (2000)
Picture Claire (2001)
Good Stuff (2001)
Childstar (2004)
Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
Monkey Warfare (2006)
All Hat (2007)
Leslie, My Name is Evil (2009)

This Movie is Broken (2010)
Trigger (2010)

TV Series – Cast:
Dice (2001, mini-series)
It’s Me Gerald (2005)
Northern Town (2006)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The Kids in the Hall (1991)
Liberty Street (1995)
Twitch City (1998, 2000)

Trigger, movie poster

Jean Lapointe

Jean Lapointe, actor,

B: December 6, 1935 in Rimouski, Québec
D: November 18, 2022 in Montréal, Québec

Jean Lapointe was a humourist, singer/songwriter, actor and Senator. He started his preforming career when he was 15-years-old old in Quebec City, where he formed his first group, Les Québécaires, and worked at the local radio station, CHRC. His career as an actor included the title role of one of Québec’s most controversial premiers, Maurice Duplessis, in the 1977 mini-series. Named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1984, he was given a Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada from the Governor General as well as two honourary doctorates from Québec universities. He was also a Life Member of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada. On June 13, 2001 Jean Lapointe was appointed to the Canadian Senate and retired on December 6, 2010 when he turned 75, the mandatory retirement age. He became an Officer of the National Order of Quebec in 2006. He was 86 when he died November 18, 2022 in Montréal.

Features & TV Movies:
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YUL 871 (1966)

Deax femmes en or (1970)
O.K…Laliberte (1973)
Il était une fois dans l’est (1974)
Les ordres (1974)
Tour feu, tout femme (1975)
Ti-mine, Bernie pis la gang (1976)
L’eau chaude, l’eau frette (1976)
One Man (1977)
Angela (1977)
J.A. Martin photographe (1977)

Les chiens chauds (1980)

Une histoire inventée (1990)
Ding et Dong – le film (1990)
La Sarrasine (1992)
Montréal, ville ouverte (TV-1992)
Never Too Late (1997)

La bouteille (2000)
Une jeune fille à la fenêtre (2001)
Une éclaircie sur le fleuve (2003)
Les immortels (2003)
Le dernier tunnel (2004)
Truffe (2008)
Pour toujours, les Canadiens! (2009)

Snow & Ashes (2010)

Mon cirque à moi (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Duplessis (1977, mini-series)

Bouscotte (1998)

Mon cirque à moi, movie, poster,
Poster for Mon cirque à moi courtesy of Les Films Séville.

Torri Higginson

Torri Higginson, actress,

B: December 6, 1969 in Burlington, Ontario

Torri Higginson was determined to become an actor and at eighteen moved to England to study her craft at the renowned Guildhall in London. In 2000 she won a Gemini Award for Best Performace by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for her performance as Katherine Stracham in the television series, The City. When she is not in front of the cameras, Higginson can often be found on stage and has appeared in theatres across Canada, including Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre, the National Arts Centre, Manitoba Theatre Centre (MTC), and the Factory Theatre in Toronto. She played the role of Beatrice in A Noise Within’s production of Much Ado About Nothing in Los Angeles. She was the only person on stage in the one woman play The List which ran in Toronto and Montreal. In 2015 she appeared opposite Paul Gross and Martha Burns in Domesticated, described as a “savagely funny look at sex, power and public shaming.” Torri Higginson plays the role of Claire Malone in the series Transplant.

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The Women of Windsor (TV-1992)
Family Pictures (TV-1993)
TekWar (TV-1994)
When the Bullet Hits the Bone (1995)
Jungleground (1995)
Memory Ru19n (1996)
The English Patient (1996)
Double Take (1997)
Balls Up (TV-1997)
The Absolute Truth (TV-1997)
Airborne (1998)
Family of Cops III (TV-1999)

Rats (2000)
Turning Paige (2001)
Twas the Night (TV-2001)
Autopsy Room Four (2003)
Crust (2003)
Intent (2003)
Stargate Atlantis: Rising (TV-2004)
Irish Eyes (2004)
Dolls, Dolls, Dolls, Dolls (TV-2004)

You, Me, Love (2010)
The Cult (TV-2010)
Blood Hunters (2016)
The History of Love (2016)
Buddha (2016, short)
Nobility (2017)
Ordinary Days (2017)
Fake News (2017)
The Tiger in The White (2018, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Storm of the Century (1999, mini-series)
The City (1999-2000)
Bliss (2002)
Stargate Atlantis (2004-2008)

State of Syn (2013)
This Life (2015-2016)
Dark Matter (2015-2017)

Transplant (2020-)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Forever Knight (1992)
Street Legal (1992)
E.N.G. (1993)
Counterstrike (1993)
The Hidden Room (1993)
Sweating Bullets (1993)
TekWar (1994, 1995)
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1997)
Highlander: The Raven (1998)
Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend (1998)
The Outer Limits (1999)

Twice in a Lifetime (2000)
Canada: A People’s History (2001)
Bliss (2002)
Tom Stone (2002)
Stargate SG-1 (2004, 2006)
NCIS (2007, 2009)
Eleventh Hour (2008)

The Whole Truth (2010)
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour (2011)
Chase (2011)
Suspense (2016)

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Ordinary Days, poster,

Rod Cameron

Rod Cameron, actor,

B: December 7, 1910 in Calgary, Alberta
D: December 21, 1983 in Gainesville, Georgia

Rod Cameron began life as Nathan Roderick Cox and grew up in Calgary. When he was 12-years-old his father died and the family moved to New York. Following school, Cameron worked in a variety of construction jobs during the Depression before heading to California. Working on the construction of a tunnel outside of Palm Springs, friends encouraged Cameron to try the film business. He tested for several studios and was picked up by Paramount in 1939 as a contract player. He started in the movies as a stand-in for Fred McMurray but in 1943, he moved to Republic Pictures and found himself the lead in 2 15-chapter low-budget serials, Secret Service in Darkest Africa and G-Men vs. The Black Dragon, now considered classics of the genre. In 1945 he appeared alongside fellow Canadian Yvonne De Carlo in Salome: Where She Danced for Universal. The film was an unexpected hit and made De Carlo a star in Hollywood. Cameron worked with Donald Woods in Heritage of the Desert and Lois Maxwell in 1955’s Passport to Treason. Although he was in a number of horror, war, action and sci-fi movies, he mostly appeared in low- to medium-budget Westerns and action pictures, and at one point there was even a Rod Cameron comic book. In all he would appear in 100 films and 400 television shows. His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame can be found at 1720 Vine Street.

The photo of Rod Cameron above and the poster for Passport to Treason were scanned from originals in The Northernstars Collection.

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Rangers of Fortune (1940)
The Quarterback (1940)
Christmas in July (1940)
North West Mounted Police (1940)
Pacific Blackout (1941)
Nothing But the Truth (1941)
No Hands on the Clock (1941)
The Night of January 16th (1941)
The Monster and The Girl (1941)
Life with Henry (1941)
Henry Aldrich for President (1941)
Buy Me That Town (1941)
Among The Living (1941)
I Wanted Wings (1941)
Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)
The Remarkable Andrew (1942)
The Fleet’s In (1942)
True to the Army (1942)
Priorities on Parade (1942)
Wake Island (1942)
The Forest Rangers (1942)
Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1943, 15 episode serial)
Riding High (1943)
The Kansan (1943)
Honeymoon Lodge (1943)
Gung Ho! (1943)
The Good Fellows (1943)
Commandos Strike at Dawn (1943)
G-men vs The Black Dragon (1943, 15 episode serial)
No Time for Love (1943)
Trigger Trail (1944)
Riders of the Sante Fe (1944)
The Old Texas Trail (1944)
Mrs. Parkington (1944)
Boss of Boomtown (1944)
Swing Out, Sister (1945)
Salome, Where She Danced (1945)
Frontier Girl (1945)
Beyond the Pecos (1945)
Renegades of the Rio Grande (1945)
The Runaround (1946)
Pirates of Monterey (1947)
Strike it Rich (1948)
River Lady (1948)
Panhandle (1948)
Belle Starr’s Daughter (1948)
The Plunderers (1948)
Stampede (1949)
Brimstone (1949)

Stage to Tucson (1950)
Short Grass (1950)
Dakota Lil (1950)
The Sea Hornet (1951)
Cavalry Scout (1951)
Oh, Suzanna! (1951)
Women of the North Country (1952)
Fort Osage (1952)
Wagons West (1952)
The Jungle (1952)
San Antoine (1953)
Ride the Man Down (1953)
The Steel Lady (1953)
Hell’s Outpost (1954)
Southwest Passage (1954)
Santa Fe Passage (1955)
Passport to Treason (1955)
Headline Hunters (1955)
The Fighting Chance (1955)
Double Jeopardy (1955)
Yaqui Drums (1956)
Spoilers of the Forest (1957)
The Man Who Died Twice (1958)
Escapement (1958)

The Gun Hawk (1963)
Requiem for a Gunfighter (1965)
The Bounty Killer (1965)
Thunder at the Border (1966)
The Black Dragon of Manzaner TV-1966)
The Baron’s African War (TV-1966)

The Last Movie (1971)
Evel Knievel (1971)
Psychic Killer (1975)
Jessi’s Girls (1975)
Love and the Midnight Auto Supply (1978)
others…

TV Series – Cast:
City Detective (1953-1954)
State Trooper (1957-1959)
Coronado 9 (1959)

Passport to Treason, movie, poster,
This poster for Passport to Treason was scanned from an original in The Northernstars Collection.

Jessica Paré

Jessica Paré, actress,
Jessica Paré photographed at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards © R.A.Lucas.

B: December 5, 1982 in Montréal, Québec

Given that both of her parents were actors, it was almost certain that Jessica Paré would also become an actor. Her father, Anthony Paré once taught drama and toured with a theatre company and her mother, Louise Mercier, a conference translator, acted in amateur productions. Paré played Jesus in a production of Godspell while attending Villa Maria, a private catholic girl`s high school in Montreal. She also studied drama at TheatreWorks and appeared in over half a dozen amateur theater productions as a teenager. Her professional career began during her last year of high school when she had a small part in the made-for-TV movie, Bonanno: A Godfathers Story. She played the role of Megan, Don Draper’s wife in 49 episodes of the hit US series, Mad Men. Singing on one episode of the show, her version of Zou bisou bisou became a hit download on Apple’s iTunes. She as played the role of Mandy Ellis on the series Seal Team since 2017.

Features & TV Movies:
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Bonanno: A Godfather’s Story (TV-1999)
En vacances (1999)

Stardom (2000)
Possible Worlds (2000)
Lost and Delirious (2001)
Bollywood/Hollywood (2002)
Posers (2002)
The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton (TV-2003)
Wicker Park (2004)
See This Movie (2005)
Protect and Serve (TV-2007)
The Trotsky (2009)
Suck (2009)
Jusqu’à toi (2009)
Peepers (2009)

Sorry, Rabbi (2011, short)
Beholder (2011, short)
The Mountie (2011)
Standby (2013)
Brooklyn (2014)
The Interestings (TV-2016)
Lovesick (2016)
Someone Else’s Wedding (2017)
Pie (2018, short)

Death of a Ladies’ Man (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Random Passage (2001, mini-series)
Napoléon (2002, mini-series)
Jack & Bobby (2004-2005)
Lives of the Saints (2004, mini-series)
Mad Men (2011-2015)
Seal Team (2017-)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Big Wolf on Campus (1999)
Life (2007)
Futurestates (2011)
Satisfaction (2013)
Six (2018)
Star vs. The Forces of Evil (voice, 2019)

Big Hero 6: The Series (voice, 2020)
Atypical (2021)
The Simpsons (voice, 2021)

Death of a Ladies Man, movie, poster,

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