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David Hemblen


B: September 16, 1941 in London, England
D: November 16, 2020

Born in England, David Hemblen immigrated to Toronto with his parents in 1956 and attended high school in the city. He originally embarked on an academic career and was pursuing a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies when he caught the actor’s bug. Spotted by Royal Shakespeare Company’s Clifford Williams in a student production, he acted in the first season of Theatre Toronto, launched in 1967 with John Colicos, Terry Tweed, Barbara Hamilton and other luminaries of the Canadian stage. His stage career included over 70 productions in theatres like the National Arts Centre, Stratford, the Shaw Festival, and roles in regional and local theatres across Canada. He received a Dora Nomination for Best Leading Actor as Dr. Astrov, in Tarragon Theatre’s production of Uncle Vanya. As a film and television actor, he was acclaimed for his performances in several films by director Atom Egoyan, garnering a Genie Award nomination for his role in Family Viewing. David also developed an international following for his portrayal of Jonathan Doors in the television series Earth: Final Conflict.
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