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Lionel Chetwynd


B: January 29, 1940 in London, England

Born in London, England, Lionel Chetwynd moved to Canada when he was 8-years-old. He grew up up in Toronto and Montreal and then joined the Black Watch, Royal Highland Regiment of Canada. After completing service with the Black Watch, Chetwynd took the entrance examination for Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) in Montreal. Despite having never completed secondary school, his exceptionally high scores gained him admission to the University, from which he graduated as Valedictorian after only three years. Chetwynd was then awarded a scholarship to McGill University Law School in Montreal. In his final year at McGill, his skill as a World Champion debater led him on a debating tour of sixteen British universities. While debating at Oxford University, a member of the faculty, so impressed with Chetwynd’s talents, invited him to complete graduate studies on law at the University the following year, allowing him to gain the unusual distinction of attending the venerable institution without ever having completed high school.

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Also see: Lionel Chetwynd and the Enigmatic Mr. Fry

Features & TV Movies:
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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (adaptation, 1974)
Morning Comes (1975)
Goldenrod (1976)
Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye (TV-1977)
It Happened One Christmas (TV-1977)
Two Solitudes (1978)
Quintet (1979)

A Whale for the Killing (TV-1981)
Miracle on Ice (TV-1981)
Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper (TV-1981)
Children in the Crossfire (TV-1984)
The Hanoi Hilton (1987)
To Heal a Nation (TV-1988)

So Proudly We Hail (TV-1990)
The Heroes of Desert Storm (TV-1991)
The Education Wars (TV-1992, documentary)
Fear in America (TV-1992, documentary)
Doomsday Gun (TV-1994)
Jacob (TV-1994)
Freefall: Flight 174 (TV-1995)
Joseph (TV-1995)
Kissinger and Nixon (TV-1995)
Moses (TV-1995)
The Siege at Ruby Ridge (TV-1996)
The Man Who Captured Eichmann (TV-1996)
Color of Justice (TV-1997)
Human Bomb (TV-1998)

Varian’s War: The Forgotten Hero (TV
Darkness at High Noon: The Carl Foreman Documents (2002, documentary)
DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (TV-2003)
American Valor (TV-2003, documentary)
Ike: Countdown to D-Day (TV-2004)
Celsius 41.11: The Temperature at Which the Brain… Begins to Die (co-writer, 2004, documentary)
We Fight to be Free (2006, short)
The Resurrection (2008)

TV Series – at least 1 episode of:
Beacon Hill (11 episodes, 1975)
The Adams Chronicles (1976, mini-series)
National Desk (1997)
Tom Clancy’s NetForce (1999, mini-series)
P.T. Barnum (1999, mini-series)

Credits as a Director:
Morning Comes (1975)
Two Solitudes (1978)

The Hanoi Hilton (1987)

So Proudly We Hail (TV-1990)

Varian’s War: The Forgotten Hero (TV-2001)
Darkness at High Noon: The Carl Foreman Documents (2002, documentary)

Curtain Up (2016, documentary)