Member Since: 1981
What has been your favourite role?
I’ve been blessed with many that I’ve loved but it has been hard to top the title role in Billy Bishop Goes to War which I did back in the eighties. I’d love another crack at playing him now as an old guy looking back on his life.
What do you do when you are not performing?
My career as a dialect coach keeps me busy – both on set and working with actors privately. During the golf season, you’ll often find me on the course, either swinging the sticks or volunteering at my favourite course.
What organization/activity are you involved with or passionate about that people would ﬁnd interesting?
I’m a Standardized Patient Trainer at the U of C’s Cumming School of Medicine, working with actors to portray patients for doctors and students to practice on.
I’m also on the board of PAL Calgary which is dedicated to affordable housing for low income workers in the culture/entertainment industry.
What director would you like to work with?
Sarah Polley is a very smart, thoughtful and deeply committed young Canadian director whose work has always impressed me. I’d love to get the chance to watch her work up close.
What is your favourite movie and/or tv show?
Too many to name just one but I think the one I’ve watched the most is It’s A Wonderful Life. I weep every time! And I’ve always loved the modern classics like MIdnight Cowboy and Sophie’s Choice – and just about anything directed by Robert Altman. On TV currently, I’m fascinated by Succession.
As a performer, what is one thing you wish you would have known sooner?
Improvisation is a really valuable skill/tool for the actor.