Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent. No doubt, you’re already acquainted 🙂
I’d like to introduce you to one of Canada’s most beloved gems, Gordon Pinsent (b. 1930), a native of Newfoundland. In recognition of Gordon’s rich theatrical background and contributions to Canadian culture over the years, dignitaries have bestowed three Honorary Doctorates upon Gordon and he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1980.
Many of you may know Gordon for his work in Kevin Spacey’s “The Shipping News” (2001). Gordon was the cast and crews model for the Newfoundland accent that made the movie so heartwarming and convincing. In addition to his acting career on the screen, Gordon has found happiness off screen as well, serving our ears as the voice of King Babar in both the Babar television series and the movie.
For those of you who grew up with the beautifully written and illustrated Babar the Elephant book series, you’re sure to appreciate the animated television program and elephant renaissance. If you’re watching the CBC tonight, you’ll see Gordon Pinsent starring in a one hour special about the late famed Canadian poet Al Purdy, entitled “Yours, Al”.