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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.

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