|Born||John Francis Dunsworth
(1946-04-12)April 12, 1946 Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Died||October 16, 2017(2017-10-16) (aged 71)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Bates (m. after 1974)|
|Children||4, including Sarah and Molly|
He was also known for playing the mysterious reporter Dave Teagues on the supernatural drama series Haven, and for playing Officer McNabb in Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion, a CBC film about the 1917 Halifax Explosion.
He had extensive experience in regional theater.
Life and career
Dunsworth was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, the second of ten children of Frank and Frances Dunsworth.
In 1988, Dunsworth starred in a video documentary short entitled, John Dunsworth: The Candidate, which was written and directed by Neal Livingston.
The film follows an underdog provincial candidate for the New Democratic Party in the riding of Halifax Bedford Basin as he campaigns, based on Dunsworth's candidacy in the 1988 Nova Scotia general election.
|Progressive Conservative||Joel Matheson||6,462||45.1%|
|New Democratic Party||John Dunsworth||2,746||19.3%|
Dunsworth studied acting at the University of Guelph, but dropped out in his fourth year.
In 1970, Dunsworth leased an abandoned building on Halifax's waterfront, and converted it into a playhouse.
Dubbing it the Pier One Theatre, it became the city's first and most successful alternative theater production house.
In the late 1980s, Dalhousie University hired Dunsworth to produce the university's Welcome Show for new students at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, in which he also occasionally had an unseen voice-over role.
In 1987, Dunsworth founded Filmworks Casting where he worked as Halifax's most renowned casting director.
Dunsworth met director Mike Clattenburg in the mid-1990s when he tried out for a bit part in Clattenburg's film short, "One Last Shot".
Dunsworth's small role gradually transformed into a leading part that earned him a Best Performance award from the Atlantic Film Festival.
From there, he further developed the character into what would eventually become Jim Lahey in Trailer Park Boys.
Dunsworth plays a local cop while Tremblay and Wells play active and verbal townsmen similar to their Trailer Park Boys characters.
Actors are credited as cop for John Dunsworth, J.P. for John Paul Tremblay (credits as J.P. Tremblay), and Robb Wells as Rob.
The movie was filmed in Nova Scotia, Canada.
In 2010, Dunsworth reunited with many of his former Trailer Park Boys castmates in the new series The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour.
Dunsworth lived in Nova Scotia with his wife, three daughters, and one son, John.
He admitted to suffering from a gambling problem in his early years.
As a result of his recovery, he had been instrumental in trying to remove video lottery terminals from bars in Nova Scotia.
He was a boating enthusiast and frequently spent time on his yacht, Emerald Princess.
He enjoyed building granite sculptures and structures with local stone and cement.
Dunsworth died of an undisclosed illness on October 16, 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the age of 71.
In a statement, Dunsworth's daughter Sarah described the illness as "short and unexpected" and stated that her father was an "amazing husband, father and grandfather".
Dunsworth had 70 titles for which he is credited as an actor.
Below is a selected filmography.
|1978||So Long to Run|
|1992||Buried on Sunday|
|1998||One Last Shot|
|2001||The Shipping News|
|2001||A Glimpse Of Hell|
|2006||A Bug and a Bag of Weed|
|2006||Trailer Park Boys: The Movie||Jim Lahey|
|2009||Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day||Jim Lahey|
|2011||Take This Waltz|
|2014||Trailer Park Boys 3: Don't Legalize It||Jim Lahey|
|2014||Swearnet: The Movie|
|2014||Lizzie Borden Took An Ax||Last film|
|1997||Pit Pony||Television film|
|1997||Lexx: The Dark Zone||Mini-series|
|2001–2008; 2014–2018||Trailer Park Boys||Jim Lahey|
|2001||Three Days||Television film|
|2002||The Christmas Shoes||Television film|
|2003||Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion||Television film|
|2004||Reversible Errors||Television film|
|2004||The Trailer Park Boys Christmas Special||Jim Lahey||Television special|
|2005||Jesse Stone: Stone Cold||Television film|
|2005||Trudeau II: Maverick in the Making||Mini-series|
|2005||Ambulance Girl||Television film|
|2005||The Hunt for the BTK Killer||Television film|
|2010||The Gospel According to the Blues|
|2011||The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour|
|2012||Titanic: The Aftermath|
|2019–2020||Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series||Jim Lahey (voice)||Posthumous release|
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