John Dunsworth

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BornJohn Dunsworth_header_cell_0_1_0 John Francis Dunsworth

(1946-04-12)April 12, 1946 Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, CanadaJohn Dunsworth_cell_0_1_1

DiedJohn Dunsworth_header_cell_0_2_0 October 16, 2017(2017-10-16) (aged 71)

Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaJohn Dunsworth_cell_0_2_1

OccupationJohn Dunsworth_header_cell_0_3_0 ActorJohn Dunsworth_cell_0_3_1
Years activeJohn Dunsworth_header_cell_0_4_0 1976–2017John Dunsworth_cell_0_4_1
Spouse(s)John Dunsworth_header_cell_0_5_0 Elizabeth Bates ​(m. after 1974)​John Dunsworth_cell_0_5_1
ChildrenJohn Dunsworth_header_cell_0_6_0 4, including Sarah and MollyJohn Dunsworth_cell_0_6_1

John Francis Dunsworth (April 12, 1946 – October 16, 2017) was a Canadian actor best remembered for playing the alcoholic trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey on the comedy series Trailer Park Boys. John Dunsworth_sentence_0

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. John Dunsworth_sentence_1

He had extensive experience in regional theater. John Dunsworth_sentence_2

Life and career John Dunsworth_section_0

Dunsworth was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, the second of ten children of Frank and Frances Dunsworth. John Dunsworth_sentence_3

Politics John Dunsworth_section_1

In 1988, Dunsworth starred in a video documentary short entitled, John Dunsworth: The Candidate, which was written and directed by Neal Livingston. John Dunsworth_sentence_4

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. John Dunsworth_sentence_5

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Halifax Bedford Basin, 1988 Nova Scotia general electionJohn Dunsworth_table_caption_1
PartyJohn Dunsworth_header_cell_1_0_0 CandidateJohn Dunsworth_header_cell_1_0_2 VotesJohn Dunsworth_header_cell_1_0_3 %John Dunsworth_header_cell_1_0_4 ±%John Dunsworth_header_cell_1_0_5
John Dunsworth_cell_1_1_0 Progressive ConservativeJohn Dunsworth_cell_1_1_1 Joel MathesonJohn Dunsworth_cell_1_1_2 6,462John Dunsworth_cell_1_1_3 45.1%John Dunsworth_cell_1_1_4 John Dunsworth_cell_1_1_5
John Dunsworth_cell_1_2_0 LiberalJohn Dunsworth_cell_1_2_1 Penny LarocqueJohn Dunsworth_cell_1_2_2 4,977John Dunsworth_cell_1_2_3 34.9%John Dunsworth_cell_1_2_4 John Dunsworth_cell_1_2_5
John Dunsworth_cell_1_3_0 New Democratic PartyJohn Dunsworth_cell_1_3_1 John DunsworthJohn Dunsworth_cell_1_3_2 2,746John Dunsworth_cell_1_3_3 19.3%John Dunsworth_cell_1_3_4 John Dunsworth_cell_1_3_5

Acting John Dunsworth_section_2

Dunsworth studied acting at the University of Guelph, but dropped out in his fourth year. John Dunsworth_sentence_6

He went on to act in numerous CBC radio dramas, and had starring roles in many stage productions at the Neptune Theatre in Halifax. John Dunsworth_sentence_7

In 1970, Dunsworth leased an abandoned building on Halifax's waterfront, and converted it into a playhouse. John Dunsworth_sentence_8

Dubbing it the Pier One Theatre, it became the city's first and most successful alternative theater production house. John Dunsworth_sentence_9

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. John Dunsworth_sentence_10

In 1987, Dunsworth founded Filmworks Casting where he worked as Halifax's most renowned casting director. John Dunsworth_sentence_11

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". John Dunsworth_sentence_12

Dunsworth's small role gradually transformed into a leading part that earned him a Best Performance award from the Atlantic Film Festival. John Dunsworth_sentence_13

From there, he further developed the character into what would eventually become Jim Lahey in Trailer Park Boys. John Dunsworth_sentence_14

Dunsworth, John Paul Tremblay, and Robb Wells can be seen in the 2002 movie Virginia's Run starring Gabriel Byrne and Joanne Whalley. John Dunsworth_sentence_15

Dunsworth plays a local cop while Tremblay and Wells play active and verbal townsmen similar to their Trailer Park Boys characters. John Dunsworth_sentence_16

Actors are credited as cop for John Dunsworth, J.P. for John Paul Tremblay (credits as J.P. Tremblay), and Robb Wells as Rob. John Dunsworth_sentence_17

The movie was filmed in Nova Scotia, Canada. John Dunsworth_sentence_18

Dunsworth starred in Haven, the television series adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid. John Dunsworth_sentence_19

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. John Dunsworth_sentence_20

Personal life John Dunsworth_section_3

Dunsworth lived in Nova Scotia with his wife, three daughters, and one son, John. John Dunsworth_sentence_21

Two of his daughters, Sarah and Molly are both actresses. John Dunsworth_sentence_22

Unlike the character he played on Trailer Park Boys, Dunsworth rarely drank alcohol; the 'alcohol' he drank in the show was usually iced tea. John Dunsworth_sentence_23

He admitted to suffering from a gambling problem in his early years. John Dunsworth_sentence_24

As a result of his recovery, he had been instrumental in trying to remove video lottery terminals from bars in Nova Scotia. John Dunsworth_sentence_25

Dunsworth once appeared on stage with Guns N' Roses in Halifax, as Axl Rose is a fan of Trailer Park Boys and Dunsworth's character in particular. John Dunsworth_sentence_26

He was a boating enthusiast and frequently spent time on his yacht, Emerald Princess. John Dunsworth_sentence_27

He enjoyed building granite sculptures and structures with local stone and cement. John Dunsworth_sentence_28

Death John Dunsworth_section_4

Dunsworth died of an undisclosed illness on October 16, 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the age of 71. John Dunsworth_sentence_29

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". John Dunsworth_sentence_30

Filmography John Dunsworth_section_5

Dunsworth had 70 titles for which he is credited as an actor. John Dunsworth_sentence_31

Below is a selected filmography. John Dunsworth_sentence_32

Film John Dunsworth_section_6

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YearJohn Dunsworth_header_cell_2_0_0 TitleJohn Dunsworth_header_cell_2_0_1 RoleJohn Dunsworth_header_cell_2_0_2 NotesJohn Dunsworth_header_cell_2_0_3
1978John Dunsworth_cell_2_1_0 So Long to RunJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_1_1 John Dunsworth_cell_2_1_2 John Dunsworth_cell_2_1_3
1992John Dunsworth_cell_2_2_0 Buried on SundayJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_2_1 John Dunsworth_cell_2_2_2 John Dunsworth_cell_2_2_3
1998John Dunsworth_cell_2_3_0 One Last ShotJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_3_1 John Dunsworth_cell_2_3_2 John Dunsworth_cell_2_3_3
2001John Dunsworth_cell_2_4_0 The Shipping NewsJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_4_1 John Dunsworth_cell_2_4_2 John Dunsworth_cell_2_4_3
2001John Dunsworth_cell_2_5_0 A Glimpse Of HellJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_5_1 John Dunsworth_cell_2_5_2 John Dunsworth_cell_2_5_3
2006John Dunsworth_cell_2_6_0 A Bug and a Bag of WeedJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_6_1 John Dunsworth_cell_2_6_2 John Dunsworth_cell_2_6_3
2006John Dunsworth_cell_2_7_0 Trailer Park Boys: The MovieJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_7_1 Jim LaheyJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_7_2 John Dunsworth_cell_2_7_3
2007John Dunsworth_cell_2_8_0 StuckJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_8_1 John Dunsworth_cell_2_8_2 John Dunsworth_cell_2_8_3
2009John Dunsworth_cell_2_9_0 Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor DayJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_9_1 Jim LaheyJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_9_2 John Dunsworth_cell_2_9_3
2011John Dunsworth_cell_2_10_0 CloudburstJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_10_1 John Dunsworth_cell_2_10_2 John Dunsworth_cell_2_10_3
2011John Dunsworth_cell_2_11_0 Take This WaltzJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_11_1 John Dunsworth_cell_2_11_2 John Dunsworth_cell_2_11_3
2014John Dunsworth_cell_2_12_0 Trailer Park Boys 3: Don't Legalize ItJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_12_1 Jim LaheyJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_12_2 John Dunsworth_cell_2_12_3
2014John Dunsworth_cell_2_13_0 Swearnet: The MovieJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_13_1 John Dunsworth_cell_2_13_2 John Dunsworth_cell_2_13_3
2014John Dunsworth_cell_2_14_0 Santa QuestJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_14_1 John Dunsworth_cell_2_14_2 John Dunsworth_cell_2_14_3
2014John Dunsworth_cell_2_15_0 Lizzie Borden Took An AxJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_15_1 John Dunsworth_cell_2_15_2 Last filmJohn Dunsworth_cell_2_15_3

Television John Dunsworth_section_7

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YearJohn Dunsworth_header_cell_3_0_0 TitleJohn Dunsworth_header_cell_3_0_1 RoleJohn Dunsworth_header_cell_3_0_2 NotesJohn Dunsworth_header_cell_3_0_3
1997John Dunsworth_cell_3_1_0 Pit PonyJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_1_1 John Dunsworth_cell_3_1_2 Television filmJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_1_3
1997John Dunsworth_cell_3_2_0 Lexx: The Dark ZoneJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_2_1 John Dunsworth_cell_3_2_2 Mini-seriesJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_2_3
1999–2002John Dunsworth_cell_3_3_0 LexxJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_3_1 John Dunsworth_cell_3_3_2 John Dunsworth_cell_3_3_3
2001–2008; 2014–2018John Dunsworth_cell_3_4_0 Trailer Park BoysJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_4_1 Jim LaheyJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_4_2 John Dunsworth_cell_3_4_3
2001John Dunsworth_cell_3_5_0 Three DaysJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_5_1 John Dunsworth_cell_3_5_2 Television filmJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_5_3
2002John Dunsworth_cell_3_6_0 TrudeauJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_6_1 John Dunsworth_cell_3_6_2 Mini-seriesJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_6_3
2002John Dunsworth_cell_3_7_0 The Christmas ShoesJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_7_1 John Dunsworth_cell_3_7_2 Television filmJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_7_3
2003John Dunsworth_cell_3_8_0 Shattered City: The Halifax ExplosionJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_8_1 John Dunsworth_cell_3_8_2 Television filmJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_8_3
2004John Dunsworth_cell_3_9_0 Reversible ErrorsJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_9_1 John Dunsworth_cell_3_9_2 Television filmJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_9_3
2004John Dunsworth_cell_3_10_0 The Trailer Park Boys Christmas SpecialJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_10_1 Jim LaheyJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_10_2 Television specialJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_10_3
2005John Dunsworth_cell_3_11_0 Jesse Stone: Stone ColdJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_11_1 John Dunsworth_cell_3_11_2 Television filmJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_11_3
2005John Dunsworth_cell_3_12_0 Trudeau II: Maverick in the MakingJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_12_1 John Dunsworth_cell_3_12_2 Mini-seriesJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_12_3
2005John Dunsworth_cell_3_13_0 Ambulance GirlJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_13_1 John Dunsworth_cell_3_13_2 Television filmJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_13_3
2005John Dunsworth_cell_3_14_0 The Hunt for the BTK KillerJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_14_1 John Dunsworth_cell_3_14_2 Television filmJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_14_3
2010–2015John Dunsworth_cell_3_15_0 HavenJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_15_1 Dave TeaguesJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_15_2 John Dunsworth_cell_3_15_3
2010John Dunsworth_cell_3_16_0 The Gospel According to the BluesJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_16_1 John Dunsworth_cell_3_16_2 John Dunsworth_cell_3_16_3
2011John Dunsworth_cell_3_17_0 The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time HourJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_17_1 John Dunsworth_cell_3_17_2 John Dunsworth_cell_3_17_3
2012John Dunsworth_cell_3_18_0 Titanic: The AftermathJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_18_1 John Dunsworth_cell_3_18_2 John Dunsworth_cell_3_18_3
2013John Dunsworth_cell_3_19_0 Forgive MeJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_19_1 John Dunsworth_cell_3_19_2 John Dunsworth_cell_3_19_3
2019–2020John Dunsworth_cell_3_20_0 Trailer Park Boys: The Animated SeriesJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_20_1 Jim Lahey (voice)John Dunsworth_cell_3_20_2 Posthumous releaseJohn Dunsworth_cell_3_20_3


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