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Jessalyn Gilsig

Jessalyn Gilsig, actress,

B: November 30, 1971 in Montréal, Québec

Jessalyn Gilsig is the daughter of an engineer and a writer. She first worked as a voice for a puppet in a National Film Board short at age 12. That was followed by voice-overs, commercials and parts in plays at the Centaur Theatre in Montréal. After graduating from McGill in 1993, Gilsig spent two years at Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater in the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training program before moving to New York City. Among the American Repertory Theatre projects in which she has appeared are The Cherry Orchard, Henry V, The Oresteia, Tartuffe and, The Tempest. She played the role of Terri Schuester in 47 episodes of the TV series, Glee between 2009 and 2015. She plays Holly Barrett in the series Big Shot.

Features & TV Movies:
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Mascarade (voice, 1984)
The Journey Home (1989)
Jackknife (1989)

Quest for Camelot (voice, 1998)
The Horse Whisperer (1998)
A Cooler Climate (1999)

See This Movie (2003)
Chicks with Sticks (2004)
Fathers and Sons (TV-2005)
Flood (2006)
Backyards and Bullets (TV-2007)
Destination: Infestation (TV-2007)
The Apostles (TV-2008)
Prom Night (2008)
The Stepfather (2009)

About Fifty (2010)
Smart Cookies (TV-2012)
Somewhere Slow (2013)
Angels and Ornaments (TV-2014)
Evil Men (TV-2015)
Sweetheart Con (2018)
Cognitive (2019, short)

Spree (2020)

TV series – Cast:
Young Robin Hood (1992)
Gulliver’s Travels (voice, 1992)

Boston Public (2000-2002)
NYPD Blue (2004)
Nip/Tuck (2003-2008)
Heroes (2007-2008)
XIII: The Conspiracy (2008, mini-series)
Glee (2009-2015)
Vikings (2013-2015)
Big Shot (2021-)

TV series – Guest Appearances:
To Have & to Hold (1998)
Viper (1998)
Seven Days (1999)
The Sentinel (1999)
The Practice (1999)

Snoops (2000)
Haunted (2002)
Without a Trace (2003)
Prison Break (2005)
Law & Order (2006)
Friday Night Lights (2007, 2008)
CSI: NY (2008)
Imaginary Bitches (2008)

Harry’s Law (2012)
The Good Wife (2013)
Vikings: Athelstan’s Journal (2015)
Scandal (2017, 2018)

Grand Hotel (2019)

Marc Gélinas

Marc Gélinas, actor,

B: November 29, 1937 in Montréal, Québec
D: October 2, 2001 in St-Agathe, Québec

Marc Gèlinas was primarily a singer and songwriter but he also had a very successful career as an actor. He died of liver cancer about 8 weeks before his 64th birthday.

Features & TV Movies:
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Les mâles (1971)
Tout feu, tout femme (1975)
Suzanne (1979)

Les Plouffe (1981)
Au clair de la lune (1983)
Lucien Brouillard (1983)
Sonatine (1984)

Une histoire inventée (1990)
Requiem pour un beau sans-coeur (1992)
Montréal ville ouverte (TV-1992)
Le vent de Wyoming (1994)
Une petite fille particulière (1994)
Mouvements du désir (1994)
L’homme perché (1996)
Le coeur au poing (1998)
Des histoires d’hiver (1999)

Maelström (2000)

TV Series – Cast:
Beau temps, mauvais temps (1955)

Lance et compte III (1989, mini-series)
Montréal ville ouverte (1992, mini-series)
Jalna (1994, mini-series)

Avoir su… (2001)

Suzanne, 1979 movie, poster,
Scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.

Hannah Endicott-Douglas

Hannah Endicott-Douglas, actress,

B: November 29, 1994 in Toronto, Ontario

Hannah Endicott-Douglas had a high profile start to her career when she was chosen as the new Anne Shirley for the production Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning. She is pictured in her recurring role as Lori Russell in the Good Witch series of made-for-TV movies and the Good Witch series which launched in 2015. Shot in Canada, the US series also features Canadian actors Catherine Disher and Anthony Lemke and many others.

Features & TV Movies:
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Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (2004)
The Good Witch (TV-2008)
Anne of Green Gables: A New Begininng (TV-2008)
The Good Witch’s Garden (TV-2009)

Casino Jack (2010)
The Good Witch’s Gift (TV-2010)
The Good Witch’s Family (TV-2011)
The Good Witch’s Charm (TV-2012)
I Was a Boy (2012)
The Good Witch’s Destiny (TV-2013)
The Good Witch’s Wonder (TV-2014)
Chickens (2016, short)
Eilid + Damh (2019, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Miss BG (2005-2008)
My Friend Rabbit (voice, 2007-2008)

Good Witch (2015)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends (voice, 2008)
Flashpoint (2008)

Murdoch Mysteries (2011, 2018)
Saving Hope (2015)
Slasher (2016)

Casino Jack, movie, poster,

Rolland Bédard

Rolland Bédard, actor,

B: November 29, 1913 in Montréal, Québec
D: May 7, 1987 in Montréal, Québec

Rolland Bédard appeared in more than 400 episodes of Rue des pignons. He played the role of Uncle Raoul in the series The Forest Rangers that costarred Garydon Gould, Gordon Pinsent, Ralph Endersby, Michael Zenon and many others.

Features & TV Movies:
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La forteresse (1947)

Que Dieu vous soit ed aide (1956)

Big Red (1962)
Instant French (1965)

Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
Partis pour la gloire (1975)

Cordélia (1980)
Fantastica (1980)
Maria Chapdelaine (1983)
Highpoint (1984)

TV Series -Cast:
La famille Plouffe (1954-1957)
Les brulés (1957)
En haut de la pente douce (1959-1961)

Le petit monde du père Gédéon (1960)
The Forest Rangers (1963-1965)
Rue de l’anse (1963)
Rue des pignons (1966-1977)
Duplessis (1978, mini-series)

Les brillant (1980)
Peau de banane (1981)
Un amour de quartier (1984)

Lies My Father Told Me, movie, poster,
Scanned from an original U.S. poster in the Northernstars Collection.

Luc Senay

Luc Senay, actor,

B: November 26, 1958

Luc Senay is an actor, director and author. He has also taught improv at l’Université du Québec à Montréal and at l’école Nationale de l’Humour from 1990 to 1993.

Features & TV Movies:
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Fantastica (1980)

L’homme perché (1996)
Joyeux Calvaire (1996)
Pendant ce temps (1998)

Idole instantanée (2005)
Aurore (2005)
Saints-Martyrs-des-Damnés (2005)
Cheech (2006)
Les 3 p’tit cochons (2007)
Le grande départ (2008)
Dédé, à travers les brumes (2009)
De père en flic (2009)

Filière 13 (2010)
Le sens de l’humour (2011)
Coteau Rouge (2011)
Le colis (2011)
Tu dors Nicole (2014)
Chorus (2015)
La Bolduc (2018)
Menteur (2019)

TV Series – Cast:
Réseaux (1998)
Chartrand et Simmonne (1999)

Gypsies (2000)
Rivière-des-Jérémie (2001)
L’Auberge du chien noir (2003)

L’Écrivain public (2015, mini-series)
Le Clan (2015-2016)
Col Bleu (2017, mini-series)
Les pays d’en haut (2017-2021)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Vice caché (2006)
Lance et compte: Le grand duel (2009)

Au secours de Béatrice (2015)
Les beaux malaises (2015, 2017)
Victor Lessard (2018)
Madame Lebrun (2019)
L’écrivian public (2018, 2019, 2020)

Mon fils (2020)
Sorie-moi de moi (2021)
L’oeil du cyclone (2022)
Le bonheur (2022)
Géolocaliser l’amour (2022)
Ma mère (2022)

Luc Senay is represented by:
Agence Artistique Mona Portelance
7200, avenue des Érables
Montréal, Québec, H2E 2R3

Ph: 514.729.7040

mona(at)monaportelance.com

La Bolduc, movie, poster,

Menteur, movie, poster,
Poster courtesy of Les films Séville.

Mike Beaver

B: November 28, 1973 in St. Catharines, Ontario

Mike Beaver founded the Toronto sketch troupe The Bobroom in 1997 that went on to earn a reputation for a hilarious brand of comedy which brought them a well deserved Canadian Comedy Award nomination for Best Writing. The Bobroom became a 10 episode series on CTV and the Comedy network in 2004. Beaver also developed specials on CBC and The Comedy Network. He then wrote, produced and starred in the independent cult comedy feature Ham & Cheese. Beaver is probably best known for his role as The Punisher on the YTV game show, Uh Oh!, which he worked on from 1997 to 2001.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Bobroom (TV-2000)
Loser (2000)
Sorority Boys (2002)
The In-Laws (2003)
Public Domain (2003)
Ham & Cheese 2004)
Phil the Alien (2004)
Coopers’ Camera (2008)
Ann of Green Gables: A New Beginning (TV-2008)
He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas (VR-2009)

Shotgun Harley (2010, short)
Fakers (TV-2010)
Running Mates (2010)
The Pool Date (2011, short)
Marshall Law (2013, short)
Snow Bride (TV-2013)
Soundwave (2018)

TV Series – Cast:
UN Oh! (1997-2001)

The Bobroom (2004)
Billable Hours (2006-2008)

The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town (2010, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
La Femme Nikita (1999)

PSI Factor (2000)
Big Wolf on Campus (2000)
The Zack Files (2001)
Blue Murde (2001, 2003)
Doc (2001)
Wonderfalls (2004)
Queer as Folk (2004)
This is Wonderland (2005)
Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2006)

Rizzoli & Isles (2014)
The Hotwives of Orlando (2014)
Mighty Med (2014, 2015)
Lost & Found Music Studios (2016)
The Detour (2017)
Modern Family (2018)
Speechless (2019)

;Coopers' Camera, movie poster;

Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel, CSAs Wrap - By the Numbers,
Howie Mandel, host of the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards © 2017 by Ralph Lucas. Used with permission. Click to enlarge.

B: November 29, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario

Howie Michael Mandel II dropped out of school and began his working life as a carpet salesman. By 1979 he owned a number of stores throughout the greater Toronto area. And then, in a flash, everything changed. While in Los Angeles on a business trip, he performed an off-the-cuff set during an “amateur night” at the Comedy Store club. A producer for the comedic game show Make Me Laugh was in the audience and booked Mandel for several appearances during the show`s run. A successful stand-up career followed. His first really big break came when he was signed for what turned out to be 6 years on the hit TV hospital drama, St. Elsewhere. He also did movies, including his role as the voice of Gizmo in the 1984 hit Gremlins, and the role of “Maurice” in the 1989 movie Little Monsters. He was also the creator and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated children’s animated series Bobby’s World which ran for eight seasons on Fox and was later syndicated. In October 2005, he was named host of Deal or No Deal which became a highly rated show in both the United States and Canada. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for his work that the show, for which he also served as Producer. He was Executive Producer and host of the 1 season series, Howie Do It.

Also see: Howie Mandel hosts 2017 Canadian Screen Awards.
Also see: Howie Mandel’s Official website
Also see: Howie Mandel and ICM Buy Just For Laughs.

Features & TV Movies:
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Gas (1981)
The Funny Farm (1983)
Gremlins (voice, 1984)
A Fine Mess (1986)
Walk Like a Man (1987)
Little Monsters (1989)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (voice, 1990)
David Copperfield (TV-1993)
Shake, Rattle and Rock! (TV-1994)
Magic Kid II (1994)
In Search of Dr.Seuss (TV-1994)
Harrison Bergeron (TV-1995)
Apocalypse III: Tribulation (1999)
Jackie’s Back: The Portrait of a Diva (TV-1999)

Tribulation (2000)
The Tangerine Bear (2000)
Spin Cycle (2000)
Spinning Out of Control (TV-2001)
Hansel & Gretel (2002)
Crown Heights (TV-2002)
Pinocchio 3000 (voice, 2004)
Room Service (2006, short)
The Great American Christmas (narrator, TV-2006)
Walk Two Moons (2007)

Noah (voice, 2012)
7 Days in Hell (TV-2015)
Killing Hasselhoff (2017)

Back Home Again (voice, 2021)

TV Series – Cast:
St. Elsewhere (1982-1988)
Muppet Babies (voice, 1984)

Bobby’s World (voice, 1990-1998)
Good Grief (1990-1991)
The Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys (1992)
Howie (1992)
Howie Mandel’s Sunny Skies (1995)
The Howie Mandel Show (1998)

Hidden Howie (2005)
Deal or No Deal (2005-2009)
Howie Do It (2009)

America’s Got Talent (Judge, 2010-)
Mobbed (Host, 2011-2013)
Funny You Should Ask (2017-2019)
Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things (2018-2019)
America’s Got Talent: The Champions (Judge, 2019-)

Denny Doherty

Denny Doherty, Mamas and Papas, singer,

B: November 29, 1941 in Halifax, Nova Scotia
D: January 19, 2007 in Mississauga, Ontario

Dennis Gerrard Stephen Doherty was an original member of the Mamas & Papas. He worked in television, theatre, film, and radio beginning in the 1960s. He was given a Gemini nomination for “Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series” for Theodore Tugboat in 1997.

Learn more about Denny Doherty

Features & TV Movies:
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Oh, What a Night (1992)
Hurt Penguins (1992)
Elvis Meets Nixon (TV-1997)
Pit Pony (TV-1997)
The Real Howard Spitz (1998)

Prince Charming (TV-2001)

TV Series – Cast:
Denny’s Show (1978)
Atlantic Summer (1978)

Theodore Tugboat (1993-)
Pit Pony (1999)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
This is Wonderland (2005)

Stephen Lobo

Stephen Lobo, actor,

B: November 22, 1973 in Toronto, Ontario

Stephen Lobo’s time studying acting in England paid off when he was cast to be in an episode of the British crime series, Rosemary and Thyme. He played Matthew Kellog on 42 episodes of the series Continuum.

Features & TV Movies:
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Truth (VR-2005)
Kardia (2005)
Love and Other Delemmas (2006)
Communication Breakdown (2008)
Bollywood Beckons (2008)

Fathers & Sons (2010)
Stained (2010)
And Baby Will Fall (TV-2011)
Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (TV-2011)
Vying for Perfection (2011)
Afghan Luke (2011)
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
Hamlet (2011)
Camera Shy (2012)
In No Particular Order (2012)
Dead Rising: Endgame (2016)
Killbird (2019)
Ash (2019)
Write Before Christmas (TV-2019)

Just My Type (TV-2020)
Fu*king Idiots (2020)
Indians in Cowtown (2022)
Wifelike (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Godiva’s (2005-2006)
Falcon Beach (2007-)
Painkiller Jane (2007)
Little Mosque on the Prairie (2008-2009)

Sunnyhearts Community Centre (2017, mini-series)
Arctic Air (2012-2014)
Continuum (2012-2015)
Matchmaker Mysteries (2020, mini-series)
Snowpiercer (2020-)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Sue Thomas F.B.Eye (2004)
Rosemary & Thyme (2004)
Romeo (2005)
The Dead Zone (2006)
Fear Itself (2008)
Smallville (2009)

Chaos (2011)
Fringe (2011)
Motive (2015)
The X-Files (2016)
Supernatural (2016, 2017)
Beyond (2017)
Zoo (2017)
Travelers (2017, 2018)
The Good Doctor (2018)
Colony (2018)
Take Two (2018)
The InBetween (2019)
Get Shorty (2019)
The Flash (2019)

Arrow (2020)
Van Helsing (2021)
Nancy Drew (2021)

Afghan Luke, movie poster
Poster for the 2011 movie Afghan Luke

Joseph Allan Sutherland

B: November 21, 1978 in Calgary, Alberta

Joseph Allan Sutherland often turns up as Joe Sutherland in the credits.

Features & TV Movies:
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Comeback Season (2006)
Touch the Top of the World (TV-2006)
The Secret of the Nutcracker (TV-2007)
The Other Woman (TV-2008)
Passchendaele (2008)
Stolen Horses (2008)

Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010)
Hunt for the I-5 Killer (TV-2011)
Tasmanian Devils (TV-2013)
Greenwood (2014, short)
A Country Wedding (TV-2015)
Walking the Dog (TV-2017)
The Christmas Train (2017)
A Little Daytime Drama (TV-2021)
White Dog (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Burn Up (2008, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Heartland (2009)
Supernatural (2011)
Ghost Wars (2017)
The Actress Diaries (2018)

Passchendaele, movie poster
Poster for the 2008 movie, Passchendaele courtesy of Alliance Films

Billie Mae Richards

Billy Mae Richards, actress,

B: November 21, 1921 in Toronto, Ontario
D: September 10, 2010 in Burlington, Ontario

Bille Mae Richards is remembered for providing the voice of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in the 1964 television special that starred Burl Ives as Sam the Snowman. She was credited as Billy Richards possibly to hide the fact that she was a woman. Richards was also the voice of Tenderheart Bear in the first two Care Bears movies and that of Brightheart Raccoon in the Nelvana-produced Care Bears television series. Richards died after suffering a series of strokes.

Features & TV Movies:
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Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (voice, TV-1964)
Willy McBean and His Magic Machine (voice, 1965)
The Daydreamer (1966)

Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (TV-1976)
Jailbait Babysitter (1977)
Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July (TV-1979)

The Trolls and the Christmas Express (voice, TV-1981)
The Care Bears Movie (voice, 1985)
Clifford’s Fun with Letters (voice, 1988)

The Big Slice (1991)
Pennies from Heaven (1991)
Melanie Darrow (TV-1997)
Bram Stoker’s Shadow Builder (1998)

Bluehair (2001)

TV Series – Cast:
King Kong (voice, 1966)
The Smokey Bear Show (voice, 1969)
Spider-Man (voice, 1967-1970)

The Undersea Adventures of Captain Nemo (voice, 1974)
The Toothbrush Family (voice, 1977)
The Care Bears (voice, 1985-1988)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
War of the Worlds (1988)
My Secret Identity (1989)

The Hidden Room (1991)
Maniac Mansion (1992)
Rupert (voice, 1994)

Karine Vanasse

Karine Vanasse, actress,
Karine Vanasse with her 2019 Canadian Screen Award © 2019 by Ralph Lucas

B: November 24, 1983 in Drummondville, Québec

Karine Vanasse was nine when she first showed an interest in singing and acting. She appeared in the teen show Club des 100 watts after winning a lip sync competition. With the help of her mother, Renée Gamache, Vanasse began to audition for and land parts in TV commercials and minor or supporting roles in Québec made-for-television movies. While co-hosting a children’s science show, Les Débrouillards, producer Lorraine Richard and director Léa Pool spotted her and offered the young actress her first big break in the role of Hanna in Emporte-moi (1998), a story of a teenager trying to find her identity in a tormented family environment. It screened at some forty festivals around the world and Vanasse was given the Jutra Award for Best Actress in 2000. She also won a Jutra for Best Actress for her work in the 2002 film Séraphin: un homme et son péché. Karine Vanessa played the role of Justine Laurier in the series Blue Moon. She plays the role of Lise Delorme and is pictured with her 2019 Canadian Screen Award for Best Lead Actress, Drama Program or Limited Series for Cardinal.

Features & TV Movies:
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La veuve noire (TV-1994)
Emporte-moi (1998)
Le souper (1999)
Du pic au coeur (1999)

Séraphin: un homme et son péché (2002)
Head in the Clouds (2004)
Sans elle (2004)
Un homme mort (TV-2005)
Marie-Antoinette (TV-2005)
Ma fille, mon ange (2006)
Polytechnique (2008)

L’enfant prodige (2010)
Angle mort (2011)
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Switch (2011)
I’m Yours (2011)
French Immersion (2011)
Scruples (TV-2012)
Laurence Always (2012)
Strange Woman in Shorts (2013, short)
Scarlet (2013, short)
En Solitaire (aka Turning Tide, 2014)
All The Wrong Reasons (2013)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Buddha’s Little Finger (2014)
The Forbidden Room (2014)
Paul à Québec (2015)
Tomorrow’s Shadows (2016, short)
De père en flic 2 (2017)
Et au pire, on se mariera (2017)
Trench 11 (2017)
Malek (2018)

Felix and the Treasure of Morgäa (2021) Arsenault & Fils (2022)
Bones of Crows (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Revenge of the Land (1998, mini-series)

2 frères (1999-2000)
Les Débrouillards (1998-2001)
October 1970 (2006, mini-series)
Killer Wave (2006, mini-series)

Pan Am (2011-2012)
30 Vies (2013-2015)
Revenge (2013-2015)
Blue Moon (2016-2018)
Cardinal (2017-2020)

Après (2021, mini-series)
Plan B (2023, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Les aventures de la courte échelle (1996)
Mon meilleur ennemi (2001)
Un homme mort (2006)
Trauma (2011)
God Friended Me (2019)

Trench 11, movie, poster,
Poster for Trench 11 courtesy of Ravin Banner Releasing.

Arsenault & Fils, movie, poster,

Jean-Michel Anctil

B: November 22, 1966 in St-Pascal de Kamouraska, Québec

Jean-Michel Anctil in a publicity still from the 2009 film, De père en flic.

Features & TV Movies:
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Coraline (voice, 2009)
De père en flic (2009)

Nous sommes les autres (2017)
Ghost Town Anthology (2018)
Les Barbares De La Malbaie (2019)

TV Series – Cast:
Le grand blond avec un show sournois (2000)
Les ex (2005)
450 Chemin du Golf (2006-2009)
Lance et compte: Le grand duel (2009)

Mes petits malheurs (2016)

TV Series – Guest Appearances:
Bouledogue Bazar (1998)

Un gars, une fille (2003)
Caméra café (2004)
Détect.inc. (2005)
Le coeur a ses raisons (2005, 2006, 2007)
Kaboum (2007)
Dieu Merci! (2007)
Bye-Bye (2008, 2013)
La Petite Vie (2009)

Une fois c’t’un clip (2014)
Dans ma tête (2016)
Les pêcheurs (2016, 2017)
ComediHa! (2019)

Ghost Town Anthology, movie, poster,

Sarah Polley

Sarah Polley, actress, film director, screenwriter,
Photo of Sarah Polley at the Los Angeles premiere of Women Talking by Dan Steinberg. Used with permission.

B: January 8, 1979 in Toronto, Ontario

Sarah Polley had the odds stacked against her if she wanted to grow up to be anything else other than an actor, or filmmaker. Her dad was an actor and her mom was a casting agent. So it should come as no surprise that she began her career at the tender age of just 4 in One Magic Christmas. She liked the process enough to keep pushing her parents into letting her do more. She has gone on to accomplish so much that in January of 2006 it was announced that Polley would receive ACTRA Toronto’s Award of Excellence. The announcement said, in part, “Sarah Polley is one of Canada’s treasures. She is a commanding actor who has taken on varied and challenging roles while becoming one of our most recognizable Canadian stars.” Sarah Polley was honoured for her work with the Order of Canada in 2014. She is pictured with a 2018 Canadian Screen Award shared with Noreen Halpern, Mary Harron and D.J. Carson for Best Limited Series or Program for Alias Grace.

Sarah Polley’s 2022 film, Women Talking, is based on the book by Miriam Toews. Polley, in a statement, said in part, “In Women Talking, a group of women, many of whom disagree on essential things, have a conversation to figure out how they might move forward together to build a better world for themselves and their children. Though the backstory behind the events in Women Talking is violent, the film is not. We never see the violence that the women have experienced. We see only short glimpses of the aftermath. Instead, we watch a community of women come together as they must decide, in a very short space of time, what their collective response will be.” Women Talking screened at TIFF 2022 and is scheduled for release on December 2, 2022.

Also see: TIFF 2022 – Day Six.

Learn more about Sarah Polley
Also See: Alias Grace.
Also see: Sarah Polley talks to Northernstars about the making of Take This Waltz.

Features & TV Movies:
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One Magic Christmas (1985)
The Big Town (1987)
Hands of a Stranger (TV-1987)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Babar The Movie (voice, 1989)

Lantern Hill (TV-1990)
Johann`s Gift to Christmas (TV-1991)
Exotica (1994)
Joe’s So Mean to Josephine (1996)
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
The Planet of Junior Brown (1997)
The Hanging Garden (1997)
Last Night (1998)
Jerry & Tom (1998)
White Lies (TV-1998)
The Life Before This (1999)
eXistenZ (1999)
Guinevere (1999)
Go (1999)

The Weight of Water (2000)
Love Come Down (2000)
The Claim (2000)
The Law of Enclosures (2000)
This Might Be Good (2000)
No Such Thing (2001)
The I Inside (2003)
The Event (2003)
My Life Without Me (2003)
Dermott’s Quest (2003)
Luck (2003)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Sugar (2004)
Siblings (2004)
Don’t Come Knocking (2005)
The Secret Life of Words (2005)
3 Needles (2005)
Beowulf & Grendel (2005)
Cock & Bull (2006)
Splice (2009)
Mr. Nobody (2009)

Trigger (2010)
Margaret Atwood: A Word After A Word After A Word Is Power (2019)

TV series – Cast:
Ramona (1988)
Road to Avonlea (1989-1995)
Slings & Arrows (2006, mini-series)
John Adams (2008, mini-series)

Credits as a Director:
The Best Day of My Life (1999)
Don’t Think Twice (1999)

I Shout Love (2001)
All I Want for Christmas (2002)
Away from Her (2006)

Take This Waltz (2011)
Stories We Tell (2011, documentary)

Women Talking (2022)

Web Series:
Hey Lady! (2021)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Don’t Think Twice (1999)

I Shout Love (2001)
Away from Her (2006)

Take This Waltz (2011)
Stories We Tell (2011, documentary)

Alias Grace (2017, mini-series)

Women Talking (2022)

Women Talking, movie, poster, Sarah Polley,

Rick Moranis – Biography

Strange Brew, Lobby Card
This image was scanned from an original set of Lobby Cards for Strange Brew in the Northernstars Collection.

Rick Moranis – Biography

While it’s common for future movie stars to get their start in fringe theatre, small stage roles and television, the days when a career in radio led to the silver screen belongs to the distant past, to the time Before Television. Yet, the tradition continues and one such example is Toronto’s Rick Moranis. But it wasn’t exactly a straight line.

Rick Moranis, photo, They’re called operators, ops, engineers, producers and/or button-pushers. They’re the people who make sure a radio program runs smoothly and that’s how Rick started in show business. Behind the scenes. But he had unstoppable ambition and ended up on the air using the name Rick Allen and hosting his own all-night show at CFTR Toronto in the early 1970s. Later he held down a weekend shift at Toronto’s CKFH. All the time he was honing his stage skills at standup comedy. By 1977 he was trying his hand at The Comedy Store and The Improv in Los Angeles, but without legal immigration status there was no way Rick could stay in the US. Back in Toronto he began to write for and appear on some local television shows, and was asked by his friend Dave Thomas if he wanted to join the second coming of Second City.

The history of the TV version of Second City is a bit convoluted. The first incarnation was called Second City and featured John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Harold Ramis and Dave Thomas. It began life in 1976 for Global Television and died about two years later. It languished as a fond memory and was resurrected in 1980 as SCTV for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. This time the cast was comprised of Robin Duke, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Tony Rosato, Dave Thomas and, now, Rick Moranis was on board. It was during this version that the now legendary characters of Bob and Doug McKenzie were born. There is one story that says the idea for the pair grew out of a demand from Canada’s broadcast regulator for more identifiable Canadian content in the series. What could be more Canadian than a pair of beer-guzzling, back-bacon-chewing “hosers” who allegedly represented a certain segment of Canadian society. That’s according to Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis anyway. The skits, which were largely improvised, became the highlight of the series and was how many Americans came to identify Canadians when a version of the show, SCTV Network 90, was picked up by NBC. But in 1982, Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas had decided to look for greener, or larger, pastures and left the show. One of the replacements, by the way, was Martin Short.

Out on their own, one of the first projects was the 1983 feature film, which Moranis and Thomas starred in, co-wrote and co-directed. They also recorded a McKenzie Brothers album, The Great White North, which went on to win two Juno awards as well as being nominated for a Grammy. In a perfectly logical twist of fate, Rick and Dave were given the Order of Canada for their contribution to Canadian culture. Go figure.

Ghostbusters, teaser movie poster
This teaser poster was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.
If stardom wasn’t exactly waiting for Moranis after Strange Brew, his next few films didn’t do much for him either. Then along came Ghostbusters. Suddenly he was in a hit movie that did big box office and people were starting totake notice. Finally the all-night radio announcer from Toronto was hot stuff in Hollywood. He starred in and performed brilliantly in Little Shop of Horrors; had a solid role despite the one-gag character he played in Spaceballs; he was perfect in Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and was invited back with the offer of an expanded role in Ghostbusters II, which was released in 1989. Also released that year was Parenthood, for which he won an American Comedy Award as Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.In 1990 he was getting ready to film the feature City Slickers when his wife was diagnosed with cancer of the liver and he backed out of the project to devote all of his time to her. Anne Moranis passed away the following year. With that loss, and having two kids to raise, it must have been difficult for him to return to work. But he did.

Disney had decided to spin out the success of Honey I Shrunk the Kids and created the so-called “Honey” franchise. The first sequel to Rick`s previously highly popular film was titled Honey, I Blew Up the Kid and most critics thought it was a disaster. Other episodes haven’t done much either. His last outing as the woeful Wayne Szalinski was in the 1997 direct-to-video release, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. But he has had some solid successes too including The Flintstones and Big Bully.

His last five projects have all involved him as a voice actor. It’s almost a return to his roots in radio; heard, but not seen. In 2004, Moranis joined the Advisory Committee for the Comedy program at Humber College, which is the only such diploma program in the world. Whether this is an act of “giving back” or a nod to his home town is of no consequence. The simple fact is the next generation of funny people will benefit from someone who, like them, had a dream, and made it happen.

UPDATE: Moranis made news twice in 2020. First he showed up in a television commercial for fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds‘ Mint Mobile, a company the Vancouver-born actor purchased in 2019. Then on October 1 while Moranis was walking near Central Park he was suddenly punched in the head by a man wearing an “I Love NY” hoodie. Security footage of the attack showed a man running up and knocking him to the ground before walking away. The actor went to hospital and reported pain in his head, hip and back before reporting the crime to police. His assailant was tracked down by police and arrested in mid-November 2020.

Rick Moranis has kept a very low profile since his wife’s death from cancer in 1991, choosing to focus on raising his children.

Also see: Rick Moranis’ Filmography

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Mary Walsh

Mary Walsh, actress,
Mary Walsh at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards © 2019 by Ralph Lucas.

B: May 13, 1952 in St.John's, Newfoundland

Mary Cynthia Walsh grew up in St. John’s and first worked as a summer replacement radio announcer for the CBC. That led to an invitation to join the Newfoundland Travelling Theatre Company, which in the early 1970s toured Newfoundland and Labrador. In 1972 she became a member of the Mummers Troupe. While studying drama at Toronto’s Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in 1973 she became involved in the collective writing of Cod on a Stick, the first CODCO play, with Tommy Sexton, Cathy Jones, Dyan Olsen and Paul Sametz. The show’s initial run was in the fall and winter of 1973-74 in Toronto and went on to tour Newfoundland the following spring. Throughout her professional career as an writer, actor and director, Walsh has worked extensively with local artists at the Newfoundland’s Resource Centre for the Arts. She has appeared in many films, television shows and stage productions. In 1992, she won the Best Supporting Actress award at the Atlantic Film Festival for her performance in Mike Jones’ Secret Nation. Among her characters on This Hour Has 22 Minutes are the flagrantly outspoken Marg Delahunty, redneck commentator Dakey Dunn and wacky Prairie correspondent Connie Bloor. Walsh made her feature directorial debut with the 2006 movie, Young Triffie. On May 29, 1998, Walsh received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Trent University and in May of 2012 she was honoured at a ceremony in Ottawa – along with Deepa Mehta and others – as a recipient of The Governor-General’s Performing Arts Award. She is pictured with her special Earle Grey Award at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards.

Watch Mary Walsh talk about making the film Young Triffie in this 2007 interview.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood (1986)
Secret Nation (1992)
Buried on Sunday (1992)
The Boys of St.Vincent (TV-1993)
Major Crime (TV-1997)
Extraordinary Visitor (1998)
Rain, Drizzle and Fog (1998)
The Divine Ryans (1999)
New Waterford Girl (1999)
Violet (2000)
The Frank Truth (2001)
Behind the Red Door (2002)
Bleacher Bums (TV-2002)
Mambo Italiano (2003)
Geraldine’s Fortune (2004)
Young Triffie (2006)
The Wind in the Willows (TV-2006)
Quality of Life (TV-2008)
Crackie (2009)

The Love Child (2010)
The Grand Seduction (2013)
Closet Monster (2015)
The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent (2016, documentary)
Hunting Pignut (2016)
A Christmas Fury (TV-2017)
Radical (2019)
Apocalyptic Rant (2019, short)

Happy Place (2020)
Mummering Legends (2021, short)
Terror Train (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Up At Ours (1980)

Codco (1988-1993)
This Hour Has 22 Minutes (1994-2010)
Dooley Gardens (1999)

Random Passage (2001, mini-series)
Open Book (2003)
Hatching, Matching & Dispatching (2005)

The Grand Seduction, movie poster

Ken Tremblett

Ken Tremblett, actor,

B: November 22, 1965 in Pembroke, Ontario

Ken Tremblett is the oldest of three children born to Jim and Jean Tremblett in Pembroke, Ontario. His father was a military police officer and the family lived in nearby Petawawa. They moved 17 times before his 18th birthday and, as it turned out, constantly being “the new guy” helped him to develop an early passion for acting. It also helped him discover Canada because he has lived, quite literally, from coast to coast. Tremlett’s acting career began as an excuse to finish out his senior year of high school where he started it, instead of relocating to another city with his family. He landed the lead in his school’s Christmas musical and went on to appear in four more plays during the same year. After graduation he left Saint John, New Brunswick and moved to Vancouver in 1985.
Photo by Gordan Dumka – Used with Permission

Features & TV Movies:
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Burning Bridges (TV-1990)
The Comrades of Summer (TV-1992)
Love on the Run (TV-1994)
She Stood Alone: The Taulhook Scandal (TV-1995)
She Woke Up Pregnant (TV-1996)
Their Second Chance (TV-1997)
Murder in My Mind (TV-1997)
The Invader (1997)
Convictions (TV-1997)
Henry`s Cafe (1998)
Tourist Trap (TV-1998)
Everything that Rises (TV-1998)
Shoes Off! (1998)
Don’t Look Behind You (TV-1999)

The Guilty (2000)
Deadlocked (TV-2000)
NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323 (TV-2001)
First Shot (TV-2002)
Heaven`s Fury (TV-2003)
Fatal Lessons: The Good Teacher (TV-2004)
The Ranch (TV-2004)
Pursued (2004)
Firewall (2006)
Last Chance Café (TV-2006)
My Neighbor`s Keeper (TV-2007)
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Case 39 (2007)
The Betrayed (2008)
Watchmen (2009)

Path to Shadow Hill (2013, short)
The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story (TV-2014)
A Wife’s Nightmare (TV-2014)
My Life as a Dead Girl (TV-2015)
One Crazy Cruise (TV-2015)
Autumn Dreams (TV-2015)
My One Christmas Wish (TV-2015)
Unleashing Mr. Darcy (TV-2016)
Sandra Brown’s White Hot (TV-2016)
Pretty Little Addict (TV-2016)
Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders (TV-2016)
Summer of Dreams (TV-2016)
Brain on Fire (2016)
Framed for Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery (TV-2017)
The Art of Us (TV-2017)
At Home in Mitford (TV-2017)
12 Days (TV-2017)
Midnight Sun (2018)
Wedding of Dreams (TV-2018)
Death of a Cheerleader (TV-2019)
Holiday Date (TV-2019)

Owen (2020, short)
A Valentine’s Match (TV-2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Street Justice (1991)
Caitlin’s Way (2000-2002)

Unspeakable (2019, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
21 Jump Street (1987, 1988, 1990)

Northwood (1993, 1994)
Neon Rider (1994)
The X-Files (1994, 1997)
University Hospital (1995)
Strange Luck (1995)
The Outer Limits (1995, 2000, 2001)
Two (1996)
Millennium (1997)
Cupid (1998)
Welcome Back to Paradox (1998)
the Net (1998)
Dead Man’s Gun (1998, 1999)
First Wave (1999)

UC: Undercover (2001)
The Twilight Zone (2002)
Dead Like Me (2004)
Andromeda (2004)
Killer Instinct (2005)
Kyle XY (2006)
The L Word (2007)
Painkiller Jane (2007)
Supernatural (2008, 2013))

Psych (2014)
Almost Human (2014)
When Calls the Heart (2014, 2019)
Rogue (2014)
Rush (2014)
The Whispers (2015)
The Man in the High Castle (2016)
Prison Break (2017)
Six (2018)
A Million Little Things (2018)

Ken Tremblett is represented by:
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Midnight Sun, movie, poster,

Kristen Harris

Kristen Harris, actress,

B: November 16, 1976 in Calgary, Alberta

At the age of 17, Kristen Harris studied at the Groundlings Theatre Improv School in Los Angeles. She studied voice performance at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music to study voice performance. Her first professional role was playing Mary-Louise Parker’s sister in the CBS drama, Vinegar Hill. In 2011 she was in two films that screened at the Cannes Film Festival (The Lost Dreams Of Narcissus and Echo, The Forest Path). She won the ACTRA Manitoba award for Most Outstanding Performance by a Female Artist in September of 2012 for her work in Passionflower.

Features & TV Movies:
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Vinegar Hill (TV-2005)
Lucid (2005)
Category 7: The End of the World (TV-2005)
Halley`s Comet (2006)
House Party (TV-2006)
Maneater (TV-2007)
Holiday Switch (TV-2007)
Taken in Broad Daylight (2009)
Fragments (2009)
New in Town (2009)
Taken in Broad Daylight (TV-2009)

Of Games and Escapes (2010)
The Lost Dream of Narcissus and Echo (2011, short)
The Forest Path (2011, short)
Passionflower (2011)
Wrong Turn 4: Bloodu Beginnings (2011)
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (VR-2011)
We Were Children (2013)
Bunks (TV-2013)
The Gabby Douglas Story (TV-2014)
The Choking Game (TV-2014)
The Exorcism of Molly Hartley (2015)
A Dream of Christmas (TV-2016)
Before You Say Anything (2016)
Washed Away (TV-2017)
Christmas Connection (TV-2017)
Sorry for your Loss (2017)
One Winter Weekend (TV-2018)
GONE: My Daughter (TV-2018)
Night Hunter (2018)
Look Away (2018)
Into Invisible Light (2018)
Breakthrough (2019)
The Parts You Lose (2019)

Welcome to Sudden Death (2020)
A Secret to Keep (2020)
Ann Rule’s a House on Fire (TV-2021)
Nobody (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story II (2012, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
House Party (2008)
Less Than Kind (2008, 2010, 2012)

Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (2010)
Men With Brooms (2010)
Flashpoint (2011)
Layla & Jen (2013)
The Pinkertons (2014, 2015)
Channel Zero (2016)
Burden of Truth (2018)

Sorry For Your Loss, movie, poster,

Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith, actor,

B: June 22, 1985 in Toronto, Ontario

Douglas Smith played the role of Ben Henrickson on the series, Big Love.

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

Death Game (TV-1996)
Blast from the Past (1999)

Trancers 6 (VR-2002)
Partners in Action (2002)
Lock Her Room (2003)
Hangman`s Curse (2003)
Stuck in the Middle with You (TV-2003)
Sleepover (2004)
Rock the Paint (2005)
Santa’s Slay (2005)
Citizen Duane (2006)
State’s Evidence (2006)
Remember the Daze (2007)
Someday We Will Get Married (2009)

Antiviral (2012)
The Boy Who Smells Like Fish (2012)
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)
Stage Fright (2014)
Hard Drive (2014)
Is This Necessary (2014, short)
Ouija (2014)
The Gift (2014, short)
Fragments (2014, short)
Evan’s Crime (2015)
Terminator Genisys (2015)
Bottom of the World (2016)
Miss Sloane (2016)
The Bye Bye Man (2017)

The Swearing Jar (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Big Love (2006-2011)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The X Files (1996)
The Outer Limits (1998)

Family Law (2001)
Out There (2003)
Cold Case (2003)
Everwood (2004)
Joan of Arcadia (2004)
The Guardian (2004)
CSI: Miami (2004)
Crossing Jordan (2006)
Close to Home (2006)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2006, 2007)
Hawthorne (2009)

Flashpoint (2010)
Margene’s Blog (2011)
Rookie Blue (2013)
Drop Dead Diva (2013)
Betas (2014)
Vinyl (2016)

The Swearing Jar, movie, poster,

David Hewlett

David Hewlett, actor,

B: April 18, 1968 in Redhill, Surrey, England

David Ian Hewlett came to Canada with his family at an early age and says he has been acting for almost half his life. After dropping out of Toronto`s St. George’s College Choir School for Boys in Grade 12, he pursued careers in computers and acting simultaneously. He describes himself as self-taught in both specialties. Hewlett gravitated toward acting in high school and continued along the classic struggling actor career path for about ten years before his career began to take off. Hewlett is best known for his role as Dr. Rodney McKay on the science fiction television shows Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis. He also played the character of Grant Jansky on 73 episodes of Traders between 1996 and 2000.

Official website.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Darkside (1987)
Pin (1988)
The Penthouse (TV-1989)

Where the Heart Is (1990)
Deep Sleep (1990)
Scanners II: The New Order (1991)
The First Circle (TV-1991)
Quiet Killer (TV-1992)
Split Images (TV-1992)
Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel (1992)
The Boys of St. Vincent: 15 Years Later (1993)
Blood Brothers (1993)
Monster Force (1994)
Cube (1997)
On the 2nd Day of Christmas (TV-1
997)
Joe’s Wedding (1997)
Elevated (1997)
Bad Day on the Block (1997)
Clutch (1998)
Milkman (1998)
Survivor (TV-1999)
The Life Before This (1999)
Blind
Autoerotica (1999)
Amateur Night (1999)

Chasing Cain (2001)
And Never Let her Go (TV-2001)
The Triangle (TV-2001)
Century Hotel (2001)
Treed Murray (2001)
Ice Men (2001)
Cypher (2002)
Nothing (2003)
Foolproof (2003)
Friday Night (2003)
Boa vs Python (TV-2004)
Darklight (TV-2004)
A Dog’s Breakfast (2007)
Helen (2008)
Splice (2009)

The Whistleblower (2011)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Morlocks (TV-2011)
Rage of the Yeti (2011)
Haunter (2013)
The Shape of Water (2017)
Lie Exposed (2019)
Lucky Day (2019)
Who You Know (2019)

Nightmare Alley (2021)

The Swearing Jar (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993-1996)
Monster Force (voice, 1994)
Traders (1996-2000)

Stargate: Atlantis (2004-2009)
Sanctuary (2007, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:

The Edison Twins (1984)
Night Heat (1987)
Friday the 13th: The Series (1988)
My Secret Identity (1988)
Street Legal (1933, 1994)
T and T (1988m 1989)

The Campbells (1990)
Katts and Dog (1991, 1992)
Forever Knight (1992)
Beyond Reality (1992, 1993)
Sweating Bullets (1993)
Shining Time Station (1993)
Secret Service (1993)
Ultraforce (voice, 1995)
Twice in a Lifetime (1999)

ER (2001)
Stargate SG-1 (2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Mutant X (2003)
Without a Trace (2004)
The District (2004)

Hellcats (2010, 2011)
Urban Legends (narrator, 2011)
Darknet (2013)
The Stanley Dynamic (2014)
Dark Matter (2015, 2016)
Suits (2016)
Incorporated (2016, 2017)
Murdoch Mysteries (2016, 2017)
Warigami (2019)

Credits as a Director:
A Dog’s Breakfast (2007)

Rage of the Yeti (2011)
Debug (2014)

The Shape of Water, movie, poster,

Nightmare Alley, movie, poster,

The Swearing Jar, movie, poster,

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