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John Dunsworth Biography

Birth Place:
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada

Fast Facts

  • Worked as a mall Santa at a local department store in the 1970s
  • In 1971, co-founded Pier One Theatre located on the Halifax waterfront, the city's first alternative theatre company
  • Founded Filmworks Casting Agency in 1987 where he worked as a casting director
  • Outspoken advocate against Video Lottery Terminals in Nova Scotia; appears in the 2009 documentary Playing the Machines, detailing his struggles as a former addict
  • Released an audio book of short stories in 2010 titled Stories, highlighting comedic moments from his childhood, family and career
  • Volunteers for a number of organizations, including the Ecology Action Centre, Clean Nova Scotia, Metro Housing Association and the Terry Fox Run


  • 2009Genie Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated