Friday, February 24, 2017

RIP Chris Wiggins

Toronto Star
February 24, 2017

CHRISTOPHER JOHN WIGGINS Passed away peacefully at the Wellington Terrace in Elora, Ontario, on Sunday, February 19, 2017 in his 87th year. Predeceased by his wife Sandra Crysler-Wiggins. Chris is survived by 2 nephews and 1 niece. Chris started out as a banker in his home country of England before he began his acting career in Canada, where he moved in 1952. Wiggins is probably best recognized for his role as Jack Marshak, the benevolent, resourceful expert on the occult in the syndicated television horror show Friday the 13th: The Series, which ran from 1987 to 1990. Another well known role was Johann Robinson (Father) on Swiss Family Robinson. In addition to his television and film work, Wiggins was also a very popular radio actor, making over 1,200 appearances in various series over the years, particularly on CBC Radio. Wiggins also made numerous guest appearances on such CBC Radio programs as CBC Playhouse, Nightfall, Vanishing Point and dozens of others. Chris was also well known for his role as Cornelius in the animated series Babar which was appeared in 1989 on CBC and HBO. He won a Canadian Film Award in 1969 for best Actor for his role in The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar. Memorial Service for Chris will be held at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home & Chapel, 280 St. David St. South in Fergus, Ontario, on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., with visitation 1 hour prior. Reception to follow the Service at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be directed to the Alzheimer Society.

WIGGINS, Chris (Christopher John Wiggins)
Born: 1/13/1931, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, U.K.
Died: 2/19/1917, Elora, Ontario, Canada

Chris Wiggin’s westerns – actor:
Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (TV) – 1957 (Jess Adams)
R.C.M.P. (TV) – 1959 (Bush Pilot Watt)
Adventures in Rainbow Country (TV) – 1969 (Fred Vincent)
Tom Sawyer (TV) – 1977 (lawyer)
Welcome to Blood City – 1977 (Gellor)
Fish Hawk – 1979 (Marcos Biggs)
Tales of the Klondike (1979 (TV) – 1981
By Way of the Stars (TV) – 1992-1993 (Captain Harris)
Black Fox (TV) – 1995 (Ralph Holtz)
Black Fox: The Price of Peace (TV) – 1995 (Ralph Holtz)

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