Tuesday, July 27, 2010

R.I.P. Maury Chaykin

Another distinctive and talented character actor has left us. Maury Chaykin, a Canadian actor known for his 100+ film and TV credits, has died on his birthday at the age of 61. Chaykin was born in Brooklyn, New York but moved and made his name as an actor here in Canada. He is notable for roles in Twins (1988) Dances With Wolves (1990) My Cousin Vinny (1992) and was a regular in several Atom Egoyan films such as The Adjuster (1991) The Sweet Hereafter (1997) Where The Truth Lies (2005) and Adoration (2008). Recent TV credits include a cameo as a police chief on Trailer Park Boys and as a hot tempered studio executive based on Harvey Weinstein on HBO's Entourage.

Chaykin also enjoyed his share of accolades in the Canadian film and television industry. He was nominated for three Genie Awards, winning one for his lead role in the 1994 film Whale Music. He most recently shared a Canadian Comedy Award with his fellow cast members of the series Less Than Kind.

One of his final feature films is the upcoming political thriller Casino Jack starring Kevin Spacey.

This year, Chaykin appeared on QTV with Jian Ghomeshi to discuss his work.

My condolences to his friends and family.

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