B: 1946 in Toronto, Ontario
D: November 21, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario
John Kastner was a documentary filmmaker, producer, writer, actor and director. He began his career as a professional child actor and appeared in many TV and radio programs, including the CBC drama The Offshore Island. He also produced, directed and wrote for a variety of television programs, including game shows, variety shows, and a children’s comedy. He is best known, however, as an award-winning writer, producer and director of television documentaries for the CBC and CTV. These documentary projects predominantly pertain to prisoners, Canada’s prison and parole systems as well as the personal struggles of people with life-threatening illnesses. Kastner won more than 75 international awards, including four Emmys for his films. He was honoured by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television with the Academy Achievement Award in 2007.
Features & TV Movies:
Sharing the Secret (1981)
Hunting Bobby Oatway (1997)
Rage Against the Darkness (TV-2003)
Life With Murder (2010)