Wednesday, January 11, 2012

RIP Larry Solway

Actor, radio host and newspaper columnist Larry Solway died from liver cancer on January 9th at Toronto General Hospital. He was 83. During the 1960s he hosted radio programs at radio station CHUM in Toronto such as the early Canadian talk show Speak Your Mind. He left the station in 1970 due to a dispute with the station over a series of shows on sex. In the aftermath, he wrote “The Day I Invented Sex” about the controversy.

Solway was known nationally as a panelist of the CBC Television program “This Is the Law” in the early 1970s. He returned to the radio talk show circuit later that decade with Talkback on Brampton, Ontario station CHIC until management there dismissed him without warning. He was seen in minor roles in films such as “Meatballs” and “The Brood”. In the late 1970s he was a columnist for the newly launched Sunday Star.

He was a candidate for the Ontario New Democratic Party in the 1999 Ontario general election but was unsuccessful in his campaign in St. Paul's riding.

In a column written for Straight Goods, Solway lamented the "Christmas Envy" that he felt as a Jew.

Solway was diagnosed with bladder cancer at age 83. In November 2011 he wrote a final blog post to say goodbye to his readers.

SOLWAY, Larry (Lawrence S. Solway)
Born: 3/?/1928, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: 1/9/1912, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Larry Solway’s westerns – actor:
Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (TV) – 1957 (White Eagle, Neil)
Flaming Frontier – 1958 (Chief Little Crow)

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