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Jack Mather

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B: December 8, 1915 in Mountain Park, Alberta
D: January 25, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario

Jack Hallett Mather was an actor almost his entire life, although he started as a dancer in various regional fairs in Alberta before moving to the theatre. Finding it a hard go in small towns he moved to Edmonton. Later he would move to Winnipeg to work as an announcer and voice actor with the CBC. Shortly after the advent of television, Mather was hired to be the voice behind Dilly Dally, Percival Parrot and Hista the Snake on the Canadian version of Howdy Doody. While most of his TV series work in Canada was as a voice, he played the on-camera character of Hiram Korntassle on the CBC children`s show, Razzle Dazzle. He tried his luck in Hollywood in the 1960s but he could only land small roles on series like Daniel Boone, Bonanza, or Gunsmoke. His last on-camera role was in the made-for-television movie, Hunger Point when he was 88 years of age. When he wasn’t working in film and television, Mather would often turn up in radio dramas that were, like his very early days, produced by the CBC.

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

Squares (1972)
Deranged (1974)
To Kill the King (1974)
Noah’s Animals (TV-1975)
Silver Streak (1976)
Love at First Sight (1977)
The King of Beasts (voice, TV-1977)

Middle Age Crazy (1980)
Mrs. Soffel (1984)
Reckless Disregard (TV-1985)
Anne of Green Gables (TV-1985)

Lantern Hill (TV-1990)
Ordinary Magic (1993)
Billy Madison (1995)
Canadian Bacon (1995)

Hunger Point (TV-2003)

TV Series – Cast:
Howdy Doody (voice, 1954-1959)
Nursery School Time (voice, 1958-1960)
Whistle Town (1958-1959)

Just Mary (voice, 1960)
Razzle Dazzle (1961-1966)
The New Adventures of Pinocchio (voice, 1961)
Spider-man (voice, 1967-1970)

Adventures of Timothy Pilgrim (1974)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
King of Kensington (1975)

Seeing Things (1985, 1987)
Friday the 13th (1987)
War of the Worlds (1988)
Street Legal (1988)
The Twilight Zone (1988)
CBC Magic Hour (1989)

Beyond Reality (1992)
Twice in a Lifetime (1999)

Poster for the movie Canadian Bacon

Poster for the movie Canadian Bacon
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