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John Neville


B: May 2, 1925 in London, England
D: November 19, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario

John Neville didn’t come to Canada until 1972 following a long and distinguished career in England as a classical actor, associate producer and theatre director. His first job in Canada was as artistic director of the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta between 1973 and 1978. He then travelled to Halifax to serve as artistic director of the Neptune Theatre from 1978 to 1983. He will best be remembered for having been Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival from 1986-1989. He had made his acting debut in Canada at the Stratford Festival in a critically acclaimed performance as Don Armado in Love’s Labour’s Lost in 1983. Outside of the theatre he had a vibrant film and television career, most notably when Terry Gilliam cast him in the title role of The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen, and later as “The Well-Manicured Man” on the hit series, The X-Files. He died of Alzheimer’s disease at Wellesley Central Place in Toronto.

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

The Life of Henry V (TV-1957)
Oscar Wilde (1959)
Hamlet (TV-1959)

Mr. Topaze (1961)
Billy Budd (1962)
Unearthly Stranger (1963)
A Study in Terror (1965)
The Order (TV-1967)
Shaggy Dog (TV-1968)

The Adventures of Gerard (1970)
Riel (1979)

The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen (1988)

Johann’s Gift to Christmas (voice, TV-1991)
Dieppe (TV-1993)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (TV-1993)
Stark (TV-1993)
The Road to Wellville (1994)
Little Woman (1994)
Baby’s Day Out (1994)
Dangerous Minds (1995)
The Song Spinner (TV-1995)
Swann (1996)
High School High (1996)
Sabotage (1996)
Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My Homework (1997)
Johnny 2.0 (TV-1997)
The Fifth Element (1997)
Regeneration (1997)
The X-Files (1998)
Urban Legend (1998)
Water Damage (1999)
Silver Surfer (1999)
Dinner at Fred’s (1999)
Goodbye Lover (1999)
Sunshine (1999)
The Duke (1999)

Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (2000)
Custody of the Heart (2000)
Crime and Punishment (2000)
Harvard Man (2001)
The Stork Derby (TV-2002)
Spider (2002)
Odyssey 5 (TV-2002)
Between Strangers (2002)
Escape from the Newsroom (TV-2002)
Control Factor (TV-2003)
Moving Malcolm (2003)
Hollywood North (2003)
The Statement (2004)
A Way Through the Woods (2004)
White Knuckles (narrator, 2004)
Separate Lies (2005)
The Tragic Story of Nling (voice, 2006)

TV Series – Cast:
The First Churchills (1969, mini-series)

Grand (1990)
By Way of the Stars (1992, mini-series)
The X-Files (1995-1998)
The Silver Surfer (voice, 1998)
Emily of New Moon (1998)
Amazon (1999)

The Eleventh Hour (2002)