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Douglas Campbell (actor)

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Douglas Campbell, CM 11 June 1922 – 6 October 2009 was a Canadian-based stage actor He was born in Glasgow, Scotland


  • 1 Acting career
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Filmography
    • 31 Movies
    • 32 Television series
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Acting career

Campbell's interest in the theatre began at London's Old Vic Theatre at age 17, where working as a stage hand he saw Tyrone Guthrie's production of King John He first performed in the 1941 Old Vic touring productions of Medea and Jacob's Ladder

He was invited to Canada in 1953 by Guthrie, who had just been appointed the first artistic director of the fledgling Stratford Festival of Canada Campbell played Hastings in the opening production of Richard III in 1953, and King Oedipus in the stage and screen production of Oedipus Rex in 1954 He appeared many times at Stratford in the fifty years that followed, drawing great acclaim in the role of Othello in 1959, and in many appearances as Falstaff

Campbell founded the Canadian Players in 1954, and was artistic director at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis from 1966 to 1967 He was awarded the Order of Canada on 17 April 1997 Campbell received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts, in 2003

Personal life

In 1947, Campbell married Ann Casson, actress and daughter of Sir Lewis Casson and Dame Sybil Thorndike His children from that marriage are Dirk Campbell, television director; Teresa Padden who played Cordelia to his first King Lear, Tom Campbell, painter; Benedict Campbell, actor In the late 1960s, Campbell developed a relationship with Moira Wylie, an actress and director, with whom his children Beatrice and Torquil Campbell were born Beatrice Campbell is a stage manager at the Shaw Festival while Torquil Campbell is an actor and lead singer/songwriter of the indie rock band Stars Casson, whom Campbell never divorced, died in 1990 He and Wylie married in 1993

Campbell died at Hôtel Dieu hospital in Montreal, Quebec from complications of diabetes and congestive heart disease on 6 October 2009



  • 1957: Oedipus Rex - Oedipus
  • 1965: When Tomorrow Dies - Doug James
  • 1972: A Fan's Notes - Paddy the Duke
  • 1979: Lost and Found - British Professor
  • 1980: Double Negative - Crichett, Sr
  • 1980: Nothing Personal - The Walker
  • 1982: If You Could See What I Hear - Porky Sullivan
  • 1983: Strange Brew - Henry Green
  • 1985: Perfect - uncredited
  • 1990: I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle 1990 - Mr Bancroft
  • 2000: Once Upon a Christmas - Santa Claus final film role

Television series

  • 1979-1982: The Great Detective 35 episodes - Inspector Cameron
  • 1998: Due South Appearance in the episodes 312 and 313 "Mountie on the Bounty parts 1 and 2" - Capt Ed Smithers
  • 2000: Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story miniseries - Dr Powell


  1. ^ a b Ouzounian, Richard 7 October 2009 "Douglas Campbell, 87: Canadian theatre giant" Toronto Star Retrieved 2010-02-24 
  2. ^ "Douglas Campbell Biography 1922-" FilmReferencecom Retrieved 2010-02-24 
  3. ^ J Alan B Somerset 1991 The Stratford Festival Story, 1st edition Greenwood Press ISBN 978-0-313-27804-4
  4. ^ "Actor Douglas Campbell dies at 87" CBC News 7 October 2009 Retrieved 2010-02-24 
  5. ^ "Douglas Campbell - biography" Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation Retrieved 27 January 2014 
  6. ^ a b Martin, Sandra 10 October 2009 "Douglas Campbell, 87 / Actor - 'A gloriously forthright, honest, full-blooded trouper'" The Globe and Mail Retrieved 2010-02-24 
  7. ^ "Renowned Actor Douglas Campbell Dead at 87" BroadwayWorldcom 9 October 2009 Retrieved 2010-02-24 

External links

  • Douglas Campbell on IMDb
  • 14367 Douglas Campbell at the Internet Broadway Database
  • An Interview with Douglas Campbell by TheatreMuseumCanada
  • Order of Canada: Douglas Campbell
  • A gloriously forthright, honest, full-blooded trouper Globe and Mail obituary
  • Douglas Campbell at NorthernStars
  • Obituary from The Guardian United Kingdom "A socialist, pacifist and vegetarian, he delighted audiences as Falstaff, a character who reflected perfectly his larger-than-life personality and capacity for enjoyment"
  • On 28 July 2013 the City of Toronto unveiled DOUGLAS CAMPBELL LANE https://webarchiveorg/web/20131214023912/http://wwwharbordvillagecom/laneways/lanewayinteractivemaphtml It runs North from College half block West of Spadina and then turns West to join Robert Street

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