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John Dunsworth

Remembering John Dunsworth, actor,

B: April 12, 1946 in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
D: October 16, 2017

John Dunsworth began acting in elementary school when he was the Voice of God in The Creation. But it wasn’t until taking an elective course at the University of Guelph that he fell in love with drama and was cast as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and Oscar Wilde in The Masque of Wilde. He returned to Halifax in the early 1970s and co-founded Pier 1 on the Halifax Waterfront – the first alternate professional theatre on the east coast. He directed and acted there and for Theatre Canada in Newfoundland; taught at Dalhousie University and directed productions for many theatre companies including a dozen comic opera for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Nova Scotia. Since those halcyon days he’s acted in dozens of radio plays at CBC, and in more than 25 roles at Neptune and various other theatres in Nova Scotia. In the early ‘80s, Dunsworth co-founded Filmworks Casting, which has ably served the film community for more than 30 years. Luckily for him, in the 1990s Mike Clattenburg cast him as Jim Lahey in Trailer Park Boys. Dunsworth also had an extensive career in television and film dating back to 1978. One of his more prominent roles in a career with close to 70 credits, was as Dave Teagues in 52 episodes of the series Haven. According a statement from his daughter, Sarah Dunsworth, her father, who was 71, died after a brief and unexpected illness.

Also see Sarah Dunsworth.

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

Deep Sea Conspiracy (1987)

The Little Kidnappers (TV-1990)
Buried on Sunday (1992)
Mary Silliman’s War (TV-1994)
Life with Billy (TV-1994)
Sweet Angel Mine (1996)
Pit Pony (TV-1997)
One Last Shot (1998)
The Real Howard Spitz (1998)
New Waterford Girl (1999)

Deeply (voice, 2000)
A Glimpse of Hell (TV-2001)
Three Days (TV-2001)
The Shipping News (2001)
Virginia’s Run (2002)
Too Young to Be a Dad (TV-2002)
Lift-Off (2002)
The Christmas Shoes (TV-2002)
Blessings (TV-2003)
Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion (TV-2003)
Reversible Errors (TV-2004)
Sleep Murder (TV-2004)
The Riverman (TV-2004)
The Trailer Park Boys Christmas Special (TV-2004)
Stone Cold (TV-2005)
Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas (TV-2005)
Serious Miracles (2005)
Ambulance Girl (TV-2005)
A Bug and a Bag of Weed (2006)
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006)
The Conclave (2006)
Stuck (2007)
Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys (TV-2008)
Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (2009)
The Gospel According to the Blues (TV-2009)

Cloudburst (2011)
Beat Down (2012)
Trailer Park Boys 3: Don’t Legalize It! (2014)
Trailer Park Boys: Live at the North Pole (TV-2014)
Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High & Unemployed (TV-2015)
Weirdos (2016)
Sir John A. And the Curse of the Anti-Quenched (2017)

TV Series – Cast:
Lexx: The Dark Zone (1997, mini-series)
Lexx: The Series (1999-2002)

Trailer Park Boys (2001-2007, 2014-2018)
Trudeau (2002, mini-series)
Funpak (voice, 2005)
Trudeau II: Maverick in the Making (2005, mini-series)

Haven (2010-2015)
Forgive Me (2013-2015)

Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day, movie poster