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Saturday, 21 August 2010

Maury Chaykin Has Died

Sad news, the American-born Canadian character actor Maury Chaykin has died.  His mother was Canadian, and he gravitated to Toronto in the 1970s, making his name as an ACTRA stalwart in any number of TV shows and films.  By 1990 he was making it into major movies, and at the end of his career, and life, was recognisable to a whole new audience for being on the popular Entourage.  Chaykin was physically striking, and unruly or slovenly, able to skew bad or simply schmuck as the script demanded - indeed, he was one of the great character actors of the last few decades.  Gifted with a superb voice and presence, he often stole the show.  He will be much missed.
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