Wednesday, 28 July 2010

MAURY CHAYKIN (1949-2010)

[17.11 - French Time] Veteran actor Maury Chaykin died in Toronto early Tuesday, on his 61st birthday.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to a Canadian mother and an American father, Maury Chaykin studied drama at the State University of New York in Buffalo. He moved to Toronto to join the theatre scene in the mid-1970s and stayed in this city for the rest of his life. With more than 120 credits, Chaykin appeared in such movies as Dance With Wolves, Sommersby, My Cousin Vinny, The Mask of Zorro, The Art of War or A life less ordinary. He was also a familiar face of the work from film director Atom Egoyan.

On the TV side, Maury Chaykin will remain known for his definitive portrayal of heavyweight detective genius Nero Wolfe in the essential adaptations of Rex Stout's novels: The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2000) and A Nero Wolfe Mystery, the subsequent A&E series (2001-2002). Both co-starred Timothy Hutton as Wolfe's assistant Archie Goodwin.

Chaykin appeared in numerous TV series: La Femme Nikita, Due South, Stargate SG1, Entourage, etc. Since 2008 he co-starred in Canadian sitcom Less Than Kind. In an April interview for Canadian television, Maury Chaykin said he didn't consider "character actor" a negative label. He was one of those actors whose presence illuminates a movie or a television series and he will be missed.

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