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Larry Solway


B: August 13, 1928 in Toronto, Ontario
D: January 9, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario

Larry Solway’s life spanned various interests including making his mark as a talk-radio announcer, TV personality, author, occasional actor and a candidate for political office. His radio career began in Northern Ontario working in Timmins then North Bay before landing to Oshawa, a bedroom community east of Toronto and known as the home for GM Canada. He moved to Toronto and CHUM radio where he handled a variety of jobs but it was his evening call-in show, Speak Your Mind, that made Solway a legend. He left the station in 1970 due to a dispute with management over a series of shows on sex and turned that into a book about the controversy titled The Day I Invented Sex. Radio gave him the foundation he needed to move in a number of different directions including being at one time or another, a reporter for CBC-TV, a panelist on the TV show This is the Law, a columnist for the Sunday Star and an occasional dabbler in film. He made documentaries, including the eight-part Our Fellow Americans for the U.S. bicentennial and landed the occasional acting gig including a small role in Meatballs. He died at Toronto General Hospital of complications arising from his bladder cancer.

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

Flaming Frontier (1958)

I Love You Hugs and Kisses (1978)
The Brood (1979)
Meatballs (1979)

Utilities (1983)

Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (TV-1992)
The Assistant (1997)

TV Series – Cast:
Flashback (panelist, 1966-1968)

This is The Law (panelist, 1971-1975)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Last of the Mohicans (1957)
The Adventures of Tugboat Annie (1957)
Long Shot (1959)

Night Heat (1986)

The Brood, movie, poster,
This poster for The Brood was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.