Actor Maury Chaykin dies at age 61
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 | 3:23 PM ET
Maury Chaykin, the award-winning actor recently seen in the hit TV
comedy Less Than Kind, has died, CBC News has confirmed. The veteran
actor died in Toronto on Tuesday, his 61st birthday.
Chaykin, born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to an American father and Canadian
mother, studied drama in New York. He moved to Toronto to join the theatre scene in the mid-1970s and the city would remain his base for the rest of his life.
A journeyman actor with more than 120 credits, Chaykin regularly
appeared in the films of Atom Egoyan (Adoration, Where the Truth Lies,
The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica, The Adjuster) and Don McKellar (Cooking
with Stella, Blindness ). Other prominent appearances include Whale Music, Dances with Wolves and TV film Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks. He played
the titular detective in the Nero Wolfe series and appeared in Entourage in a notable send-up of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Most recently, however, Chaykin starred as Sam Blecher, the driving instructor father of the main character Sheldon Blecher, in the edgy, coming-of-age comedy Less Than Kind, produced by Mark McKinney. His accolades include a Genie Award for his lead role in Whale Music,
as well as Gemini Awards for guest spots on At the Hotel and Nikita.
Chaykin is survived by his wife, actress Susannah Hoffmann, and their
Born: 7/27/1949, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 7/27/2010, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Maury Chaykin's westerns – actor:
Dances With Wolves – 1990 (Major Fanmbrough)
The Mask of Zorro – 1998 (prison warden)