B: December 4, 1937 in Winnipeg, Manitoba
D: January 8, 2018 in Maple Ridge, B.C.
Donnelly Rhodes Henry got his first taste of theatre while serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a mechanic. After leaving the RCAF, he studied at the Manitoba Theatre Centre under John Hirsch, who encouraged him to enroll in the National Theatre School, which had just opened in Montréal. It was there he met and married Martha Buhs, who took his family name Henry as a stage name, a name she kept after their marriage failed. Following graduation, Rhodes made his professional debut on stage at Ontario’s Stratford Theatre as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire before he became a contract player for Universal Pictures in the United States. Best-known for his roles in Danger Bay, Sidestreet and of course Da Vinci’s Inquest, for which he received a Gemini Award in 2002 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role playing Homicide Detective Leo Shannon, (pictured above), Donnelly Rhodes was given the prestigious Earl Grey Award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in 2006. He died of cancer at the Baillie House Hospice in Maple Ridge, B.C.
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Features & TV Movies:
Gunfight in Abilene (1967)
The Neptune Factor (1973)
Oh, Heavenly Dog! (1980)
Showdown at Williams Creek (1991)
Personally Yours (TV-2000)
TV series – Cast:
Report to Murphy (1982)
The Heights (1992)
Proof of the Man (2004, mini-series)