A young Gordon Pinsent talks about his experience of Hollywood. From YouTube.
His other Canadian film appearances include Who Has Seen the Wind, Silence of the North and Klondike Fever. He received a Genie Award as best supporting actor for Klondike Fever (1980) and was named best actor for The Rowdyman. He created and appeared in the CBC series A Gift to Last, for which he received an ACTRA Award in 1979. He has acted in the television series Due South (1994-99) and has played the owner of the Hamilton Steelheads in the CTV series Power Play (1998-99). He wrote and played the lead role of Win Morrissey in the Cape Breton-set television film Win, Again! (1999).
His play Easy Down Easy was produced at the Gryphon Theatre in Barrie, Ont, in 1987, and his Brass Rubbings at Toronto's FACTORY THEATRE LAB in 1989.
In addition to his role of Sergeant Fraser Senior in Due South, Gordon Pinsent played Hap Shaughnessy in The Red Green Show for more than 10 seasons. He played a major role in the feature film The Shipping News in 2001, and once more displayed his versatility by writing, directing and acting in Heyday, a movie-of-the-week broadcast in 2006. He received high acclaim in 2007 for his part in the feature film Away From Her, adapted from the Alice MUNRO short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain" and directed by Sarah POLLEY. Gordon Pinsent won a Genie Award for best actor for his role as Grant, the husband of Julie Christie's Fiona, struggling to cope with his wife's Alzheimer's disease.
Pinsent's talents remain in demand. He hosted The Late Show on CBC Radio and appeared in episodes of Corner Gas (2009), The Listener (2009), Republic of Doyle (2010) and in the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth (2010). In the made-for-television movie Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (2012), he played narrator Stephen LEACOCK as an adult. He also collaborated with musicians Travis Good (The Sadies) and Greg Keelor (BLUE RODEO), providing the lyrics and spoken poetry for the double album Down and Out in Upalong.
Gordon Pinsent received the EARLE GREY AWARD for lifetime achievement at the 11th Annual Gemini Awards in 1997. He has received numerous awards for his work, including GEMINI awards for his roles in Due South and Powerplay and for his teleplay for Win, Again!. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Prince Edward Island, Queen's University and Memorial University.
Gordon Pinsent published his first memoir, By the Way, in 1992 and a second, Next, in 2012. He was appointed an Officer in the ORDER OF CANADA in 1979 and promoted to Companion in 1998. In 2004 he was presented with the GOVERNOR GENERAL'S PERFORMING ARTS AWARD, and in 2007 he was honoured with a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
Gordon Pinsent: Still Rowdy After All These Years (2011), a documentary, was released on the BRAVO channel as part of its Great Canadian Bios series.
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Links to Other Sites
The History of Canadian Broadcasting
This site is dedicated to the visionary pioneers who created Canada’s broadcasting industry. Features profiles of members of the CAB Hall of Fame and much more. From the Canadian Communications Foundation.
The Life and Times of Gordon Pinsent
A brief profile of the multitalented Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent from the CBC website.
Away From Her
A detailed press guide for “Away From Her,” a film by Canadian writer-director Sarah Polley. Features a film synopsis, bios of Sarah Polley, Gordon Pinsent, and other cast members. About a husband caring for his wife who is stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. From the website for Capri Films. A PDF file.
A profile of acclaimed actor and playwright Gordon Pinsent. From the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia.
Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts
See a history of the Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts located in Grand Falls-Windsor.
Gordon Pinsent, legendary Canadian star of stage and screen, offers some advice and insights about acting to a new generation of actors. From the website for nts magazine.
Movie mirrors Gordon Pinsent's pain
An article about how movie star Gordon Pinsent has coped with the recent loss of his wife due to illness. From the Toronto Star.
Gordon Pinsent's Manhattan state of mind
A feature story about Gordon Pinsent's home in Manhattan. From thestar.com.
VIDEO: Gordon Pinsent on The Pillars of the Earth
Watch a CBC video clip of Gordon Pinsent talking about his role in the TV miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth," a Canadian-German co-production based on Ken Follett's bestselling novel.
Republic of Doyle
The website for the hit CBC television series "Republic of Doyle." Watch the show online and see features on the cast and crew.
Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper
A brief review of the 1981 film about Ken Taylor (Gordon Pinsent) and his role in the dramatic escape of six Americans from Iran during the Iranian Revolution. From The New York Times.