Stephen McHattie Smith, known professionally as Stephen McHattie, is a Canadian actor. McHattie was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, on February 3, 1946, although his year of birth has been cited as 1945, 1947, 1948, depending on varying sources. An alumnus of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he has appeared in many films and television shows including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise, Highlander: The Series, American Playhouse's Life Under Water, his roles include 300, A History of Violence, The Fountain, Shoot'Em Up, Life with Billy, One Dead Indian, Beverly Hills Cop III. In Canada, he appeared in Canada: A People's History as Canadian hero Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, in The Rocket as coach Dick Irvin, he portrayed an extraordinary USMC sniper in the JAG season one episode "High Ground". In 1976, he played iconic American actor James Dean in the television movie James Dean, a television adaptation of the biography written by James Dean's friend and writer Bill Bast.
McHattie appeared including Centennial and Roughnecks. McHattie appeared in several episodes of Seinfeld as Dr. Reston, Elaine Benes's manipulative psychiatrist boyfriend. From 1998 to 2000, he had a recurring role in the Canadian-made TV series Emily of New Moon, based upon the 1923 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. From 1999-2001, he portrayed Sgt. Frank Coscarella in the Canadian police procedural drama, Cold Squad. Since 2005, he has appeared as Captain Healy, Massachusetts State Police Homicide Division Commander, in the first eight of the Jesse Stone series TV movies, which are based on the novels of Robert B. Parker, he did not appear in the latest installment however. He appeared in the pilot of Sabbatical, voiced the villain The Shade in Justice League, portrayed Hollis Mason, the first Nite Owl, in the film adaptation of Watchmen. In 2009, McHattie appeared in the Canadian IFC film Pontypool and in the Canadian thriller Summer's Blood as Gant Hoxey, alongside Twilight actress Ashley Greene, who portrays Summer.
He co-starred with Felicia Day and Kavan Smith in the Gothic adaptation of Red Riding Hood, Red: Werewolf Hunter. In 2015, he appeared in the supernatural thriller Pay the Ghost. McHattie is married to actress Lisa Houle, he was married to actress Meg Foster. 1995: Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for Life with Billy. 2006: Genie Award for Actor in a Supporting Role for Maurice Richard. Notes Stephen McHattie on IMDb Stephen McHattie at AllMovie
Léolo is a 1992 Canadian coming of age-fantasy film by director Jean-Claude Lauzon. The film tells the story of a young boy named Léo "Léolo" Lauzon, played by Maxime Collin, who engages in an active fantasy life while growing up with his Montreal family, begins to have sexual fantasies about his neighbour Bianca, played by Giuditta del Vecchio; the film stars Ginette Reno, Pierre Bourgault, Andrée Lachapelle, Denys Arcand, Julien Guiomar and Germain Houde. Gilbert Sicotte narrates the film as the adult Léolo. With a story developed by Lauzon as a semi-autobiographical work, the project was supported by producer Lyse Lafontaine as a co-production with France. Filming took place in Montreal and Sicily in 1991, it was Lauzon's final film. Released in the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, Léolo won three Genie Awards, including Best Original Screenplay for Lauzon, losing Best Motion Picture to Naked Lunch, it benefited from a resurgence of interest, leading to critics and filmmakers adding it to the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time in 2015.
In Mile End, Montreal, Léo Lauzon is a young boy living in a tenement with his dysfunctional family, serving as the unreliable narrator. He uses his active fantasy life and the book L'avalée des avalés by Québécois novelist Réjean Ducharme to escape the reality of his life, he denies being his son. After having a dream revealing his mother was impregnated after falling into a cart of tomatoes contaminated by an Italian man's semen, Léo identifies as Italian rather than French Canadian and adopts the name Léolo Lozone. Growing up in an apartment with a rat in the bathtub, a turkey and a family obsessed with regular bowel movements, Léolo continues to write, his writings are discovered by the Word Tamer, a reincarnation of Don Quixote who searches through trash for letters and photographs. Léolo observes a neighbouring young woman named Bianca and imagines her singing to him from a closet, emitting a white light, his grandfather, who Léolo believes attempted to murder him by holding him under a pool, helps her financially and extorts her for sexual favours, revealing her breasts and putting his feet in her mouth.
Léolo discovers masturbation. Meanwhile, his brother Fernand, after being beaten by a bully and failed in a special education class, builds up impressive muscles; the Word Tamer, continuously monitoring Léolo's thoughts, reads of the boy's hopes for how Fernand's muscles will make them invincible. However, upon being confronted by the bully for a second time, Fernand is overwhelmed with fear and is beaten again while Léolo watches in shock. Convinced his grandfather is responsible for all of the family's troubles, Léolo attempts to lower a noose and hang his grandfather while he is in the bath, his grandfather sees Léolo doing it and is choked, before being freed, with Léolo injured in the process. Léolo subsequently goes to the hospital, where he is told his actions could constitute attempted murder, though he is not charged. Reacting with horror to the ways other boys are pursuing sex, he seeks out the services of a prostitute named Regina. Upon becoming ill, he ends up in the same institution where many other members of his family have been treated at.
New York remarked on the classical allusions in the story: Léolo dreams of Sicily, of sunlight and Greek ruins, of a slender Italian girl, Bianca, a neighbor, whom he imagines standing on a hill in Taormina singing to him. Léolo is meant to be a modern Dante sitting in one of the dark circles of his hell, Bianca is his Beatrice; the story is related with a "dreamlike environment", with "choral music" that evokes "the possibility of spiritual transcendence". Part of the way the narrative shifts from natural to fantasy elements is through the Word Tamer character, who becomes "an omniscient god-like observer". Author Bill Marshall assessed the Word Tamer as one of the benign elders, as opposed to the bad ones, hypothesized that the Word Tamer's abode, Federico Fellini's Cinecittà property, symbolizes the film's "exaggerated, grotesque realism"; some Canadian analysis of Léolo has related to possible political symbolism and Quebec's national identity. In 1992 at the Toronto International Film Festival, programming director Piers Handling called the film an "epitaph for Quebec", in which the title character rejects his Quebecois identity and joins another world by fantasy.
Canadian historian George Melnyk remarked that Pierre Bourgault is a prominent Quebec separatist, but is not allowed to say much in the film, which features the muscular Fernand intimidated by a smaller English Canadian, non-Quebecois music, concluding the film represented a "national identity crisis". Among the cosmopolitan music uses is Tibetan-style chanting, songs by The Rolling Stones and Tom Waits. Film scholar Jim Leach wrote that in real life, Lauzon would call himself a Canadian director, despite contemporary belief Quebec cinema was distinct. In the narration, the setting "Mile End, Canada" does not mention Quebec, Léolo's supposed Italian father refers to the tomatoes as destined for "America" rather than Quebec, though they are sold in Montreal, it is thought the film is set in the late 1950s, in the "old Quebec" before the Quiet Revolution. However, Lauzon denied the film had any political meaning, saying he was not an intellectual, his film "does not have the flag draped all over it".
He said he had an admiration for the Italian people. Leach questioned if the film is set before the Quiet Revolution, saying if Léolo was born in the 1950s, the 12-year-old character lived in 1965, Ducharme's book seen in the film was published in 1967. Marshall noted the Ducharme novel would
Good Riddance (film)
Good Riddance is a 1980 French-language Canadian drama film. Directed by Francis Mankiewicz and written by Réjean Ducharme, the film concerns Manon, an unstable young girl who lives with her mother Michelle and her alcoholic and intellectually disabled uncle Ti-Guy. Starting as the first screenplay by the novelist Ducharme, the film was shot by Mankiewicz and cinematographer Michel Brault on a low budget, it debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival and won several Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture. It was established as a classic Canadian film, with the Toronto International Film Festival placing it in the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time. Manon is a precocious 13-year-old girl living with her mother Michelle and intellectually challenged uncle Ti-Guy in the Laurentides. Manon wants to quit school and obtain the true love of her mother, whom she accuses of not loving her. Michelle is pregnant with the child of Maurice, a police officer who tries to convince her to give up caring for Ti-Guy, by placing him in an institution.
Ti-Guy is stealing from Michelle, drinking excessively, driving dangerously and stalking the family's wealthy female neighbour. Maurice pressures Michelle to get an abortion. Michelle is determined to have the child, insistent on keeping Ti-Guy with her. Manon dislikes Ti-Guy for his misbehavior and Maurice for being a cop, when Michelle tells Manon of her pregnancy, Manon becomes upset. Manon prefers Gaetan, Michelle's former lover who gives her marijuana, steals the book Wuthering Heights from their neighbour and starts reading it. On her birthday, Manon runs away for a time and phones her mother asking for her exclusive love, which Michelle takes as hurtful. After Manon comes back, she tells Michelle that Maurice molested her, at which point Michelle angrily chases Maurice away. Michelle begins dining with Gaetan and Manon, with Manon promising to no longer hurt her. Confronting Ti-Guy in his vehicle, Manon screams at him and convinces him to commit suicide by crashing the vehicle. While sleeping with her mother, Manon receives Maurice's call about the death, but shields Michelle from the news.
There have been numerous interpretations of the film. Critic Ian Lockerbie suggested the film is an allegory for Quebec nationhood in the aftermath of the 1980 Quebec referendum, substituting nationalism for victimization. However, author Peter Morris replies English Canadian films were exploring similar themes at the time and that Les bons débarras was made before the referendum. Author Chris Gittings observes interpretations of Les bons débarras as symbolism of Quebec as being a victim of English Canada, writes that the film depicts class inequality in Quebec society, given the impoverished state of Michelle's family. Author Janis L. Pallister argues the film fits in Québécois cinema as introspective, that it is about desire and envy and is in part psychological horror and political symbolism. Professor Claire Portelance, writing for Le Devoir, suggested the impoverished state of the family indicated the film's message was that the Quiet Revolution did not improve the lives of Quebeckers, that many things still looked like the past.
The screenplay was written by Quebecois novelist Réjean Ducharme, marking his first attempt at writing a film. It was shot by Francis Mankiewicz at an inexpensive cost of about $600,000 in a "Gothic" style creating "a sense of the menace of evil." Mankiewicz had selected Michel Brault as his cinematographer, aiming for a textured look without high contrasts. They took inspiration from the paintings of Edward Hopper. Filming took place in 1979. In 1981, Mankiewicz said the character of Manon symbolizes a romantic outlook, whereas Michelle was more realistic. "Manon is the filmmaker and Michelle is the everyday person in me. I am a dreamer," he said; the film was produced based in Montreal. The film was first screened in the 30th Berlin International Film Festival in 1980, it subsequently had a release in France. As the film is in Canadian French, a survey found 48% of viewers in France had difficulty understanding it, it opened in Kentucky in October 1981. Les bons débarras was seen by more people than any French Canadian film since Mon oncle Antoine, but it was eclipsed by Denys Arcand's The Decline of the American Empire and Jesus of Montreal.
In 2013, the film was given a 4K resolution restoration by the Elephant project and Quebecor and screened at the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon, France on 14 October 2014. The Elephant restoration subsequently screened in the classics section of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic in July 2015. Good Riddance is considered one of the classic films in both Quebec and Canadian cinema. Don Haig of the National Film Board of Canada said it was considered "one of the great Quebecois films of all time." The Toronto International Film Festival ranked it in the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time three times, in 1984, 1993 and 2004. In 1998, Take One named it as one of the 20 best Canadian films, writing "the kid is a dangerously compelling seductress who wreaks havoc out of a need to control those she loves." It was selected for preservation in 2006 by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada, a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the preservation of Canada’s audio-visual heritage.
In 2015, La Presse columnist Marc Cassivi named it one of Quebec's best films, saying Mankiewicz's intimate direction and Ducharme's poetic writing blended well, citing Manon's speech about a flower growing out of her and her mother's blood. The film received less favourable reviews in the United States; the New York Times called the fil
Serge Kanyinda is an actor from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, best known for his performance as Magicien in the 2012 film War Witch. He has albinism. Kanyinda won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 1st Canadian Screen Awards. Serge Kanyinda on IMDb
Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr. is an American actor, photographer and painter. Born in New York to a Danish father and American mother, he was a resident of Venezuela and Argentina during his childhood, he is the recipient of various accolades including a Screen Actors Guild Award and has been nominated for three Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, four Golden Globe Awards. Mortensen made his film debut in a small role in Peter Weir's 1985 thriller Witness starring Harrison Ford and has appeared in several notable films since, including The Indian Runner, Carlito's Way, Crimson Tide, The Portrait of a Lady, G. I. Jane, Psycho, A Perfect Murder, A Walk on the Moon, 28 Days. Mortensen received international attention in the early 2000s with his role as Aragorn in the epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings. In 2005, Mortensen won critical acclaim for David Cronenberg's crime thriller A History of Violence. Two years another Cronenberg film, Eastern Promises, earned him further critical acclaim and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
A third teaming with Cronenberg in A Dangerous Method resulted in a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture. Other well-received films include Appaloosa and Far from Men. Further Academy Award nominations came for his leading roles in Captain Fantastic and Green Book. Aside from acting, Mortensen's other artistic pursuits include fine arts, photography and music. In 2002, he founded the Perceval Press to publish the works of little-known artists and authors. Mortensen was born the first of three boys in New York City on October 20, 1958, the son of Grace Gamble and Viggo Peter Mortensen Sr.. His mother was American, while his father was Danish, his maternal grandfather was a Canadian from Nova Scotia. The family moved to Venezuela Denmark, settled in Argentina in the provinces of Córdoba and Buenos Aires, where Mortensen attended primary school and acquired a fluent proficiency in Spanish while his father managed poultry farms and ranches, he was baptized Lutheran.
When Mortensen was 11 and his brothers 8 and 6, their parents divorced and they and their mother returned to New York, where Viggo spent the rest of his childhood, graduating from Watertown High School in Watertown in 1976. He attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, earning a bachelor's degree in Spanish Studies and Politics in 1980. Upon graduating, he lived in England and Spain moved back to Denmark, where he took various jobs such as driving trucks in Esbjerg and selling flowers in Copenhagen, he returned to the United States to pursue an acting career. Mortensen's first film role was in The Purple Rose of Cairo, but his scenes were deleted from the final cut, his first onscreen appearance was playing an Amish farmer in Peter Weir's Witness. He was cast in Witness because the director thought he had the right face for the part of an Amish man, he had been cast for another role as a soldier in Shakespeare in the Park's production of Henry V, but he decided to turn down that one for the film because he wanted to try something new.
He credited that decision and the positive experience on the film as the start of his film career. In 1985, he was cast in the role of Bragg on Search for Tomorrow. Mortensen's 1987 performance in Bent at the Coast Playhouse, Los Angeles, won him a Dramalogue Critics' Award. Coincidentally, the play, about homosexual concentration camp prisoners, was brought to prominence by Ian McKellen, with whom Mortensen costarred in The Lord of the Rings. In 1987, Mortensen guest starred as a police detective on the hit series Miami Vice. During the 1990s, Mortensen appeared in supporting roles in a variety of films, including Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady, Young Guns II, Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Sean Penn's The Indian Runner, Danny Cannon's The Young Americans, Carl Colpaert's The Crew, which won the São Paulo Film Festival Audience Award, Brian de Palma's Carlito's Way, Crimson Tide, G. I. Jane, Daylight, A Walk on the Moon, American Yakuza, Charles Robert Carner's remake Vanishing Point, Philip Ridley's films The Reflecting Skin and The Passion of Darkly Noon, the remake films A Perfect Murder and Gus Van Sant's Psycho, 28 Days, The Prophecy, with Christopher Walken.
Of these roles, Mortensen was best known for playing Master Chief John Urgayle in G. I. Jane. Another major mainstream breakthrough came in 1999, when Peter Jackson cast him as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. According to the Special Extended Edition DVD of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Mortensen was a last-minute replacement for Stuart Townsend, would not have taken the part of Aragorn had it not been for his son's enthusiasm for the J. R. R. Tolkien novel. In The Two Towers DVD extras, the film's swordmaster, Bob Anderson, described Mortensen as "the best swordsman I've trained." Mortensen performed his own stunts, the injuries he sustained during several of them did not dampen his enthusiasm. At one point during shooting of The Two Towers, Orlando Bloom, Brett Beattie all had painful injuries, during a shoot of them, running in the mountains, Peter Jackson jokingly referred to the three as "the walking wounded." According to the Special Extended Edition DVD of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, M
Alan John Scarfe is a British-Canadian actor, stage director and author. He is the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, he won the 1985 Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in The Bay Boy and earned two other Genie best actor nominations for Deserters and Overnight and a Gemini Award nomination for best actor in aka Albert Walker. He won a Jessie Award for best actor in 2005 for his performance in Trying at the Vancouver Playhouse. In 2006 he won the Jury Prize for best supporting actor at the Austin Fantastic Fest in The Hamster Cage and the Vancouver Film Critics Circle honorary award for lifetime achievement. Scarfe was born in Harpenden, the son of Gladys Ellen and Neville Vincent Scarfe, both university professors. Neville Scarfe was the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Education at UBC and served in that position from 1956-1973. Alan has a son named Jonathan Scarfe, an actor and director, he has been married to Barbara March since 1979 and they have a daughter named Antonia Scarfe, a musician and composer.
Jonathan and Tosia collaborated on the short film Speak, Jonathan as director, Tosia as composer and performer of the title song, which won the Grand Jury Prize in the Short Category at Dances with Films in Los Angeles in 2001. He has two brothers. Scarfe describes himself as a lifelong atheist, he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and began his career as a classical stage actor. He has performed well over 100 major roles in theatres across Europe and the United States, including King Lear, Hamlet, Brutus, Petruchio, Cyrano de Bergerac, Doctor Faustus, Uncle Vanya, John Barrymore in Sheldon Rosen's Ned and Jack and Harras in Zuckmayer's The Devil's General, he is a stage director whose productions have ranged from the works of Shakespeare to Albee, Beckett, Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, Yevgeny Schwarz and Preston Jones. He has been a familiar face on television and film for more than forty years, he played NSA member Dr. Bradley Talmadge, the director of the Backstep Project operations, on the UPN series Seven Days.
He had guest roles as two separate Romulan characters in Star Trek: The Next Generation and as Magistrate Augris in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Resistance". In 2003 he co-starred with his son Jonathan in Burn: The Robert Wraight Story. After returning to Canada from Los Angeles in 2002, he began writing novels under the pseudonym Clanash Farjeon; the titles include A Handbook for Attendants on the Insane: the Autobiography of Jack the Ripper as Revealed to Clanash Farjeon, The Vampires of Ciudad Juarez, about the hypocrisy of the War on Drugs and the tragedy of'las desaparecidas', The Vampires of 9/11, a political satire about America's blindness and inability to accept who the real culprits are, the third book of the trilogy Vampires of the Holy Spirit completes the story in Rome during April 2005, the beginning of the papacy of Joseph Ratzinger. The first three can be found in Italian under the titles Le Memorie di Jack lo Squartatore, I vampiri di Ciudad Juarez and I vampiri dell'11 settembre.
In March 2014 Mosaic Press published The Autobiography of Jack the Ripper as revealed to Clanash Farjeon but this is no longer an approved edition. Beginning in 2017, all four novels will be republished and without the pseudonym by Smart House Books and will be retitled as The Revelation of Jack the Ripper, the'Carnivore Trilogy' as The Vampires of Juarez, The Demons of 9/11, The Mask of the Holy Spirit; the Vampires of Juarez was awarded the 2018 BIBA Star. The Bitter Ash - Des Cathy's Curse - George Gimble Murder by Phone - John Websole The Wars - Capt. Leather Deserters - Sergeant Ulysses Hawley The Bay Boy - Sgt. Tom Coldwell Walls - Ron Simmons Joshua Then and Now - Jack Trimble Overnight - Vladimir Jezda Keeping Track - Royle Wishart Street Justice - Eugene Powers Iron Eagle II - Col. Vardovsky Kingsgate - Daniel Kingsgate Divided Loyalties - George Washington Double Impact - Nigel Griffith Lethal Weapon 3 - Herman Walters The Portrait - David Severn Back in Business - David Ashby The Wrong Guy - Farmer Brown Silence - Lawyer Sanctuary - William Dyson The Hamster Cage - Phil Babylon 5: The Lost Tales - Father Cassidy Alan Scarfe on IMDb Alan Scarfe at the Internet Broadway Database Scarfe at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
Elias Koteas is a Canadian film and television actor. He appeared in Atom Egoyan's The Adjuster, Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line, David Cronenberg's Crash and as Casey Jones in the first and third live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films. Koteas was born in Montreal, Canada, to a father who worked as a mechanic for the Canadian National Railways, a milliner mother, his parents are both of Greek descent, from the Mani Peninsula, he is a fluent Greek speaker. He went to Outremont High School in Outremont and graduated from there. Koteas attended Vanier College in Montreal before leaving to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York in 1981, of which he is a 1983 graduate, he was a member of the Academy's 1983–84 Production Company. He attended the Actors Studio in New York City, where he studied acting under Ellen Burstyn and Peter Masterson. While at the AADA, Koteas played Father Rangier in the school's production of The Devils adapted by John Whiting from the Aldous Huxley novel.
He was Paris in The Golden Apple, a musical by John Latouche and Jerome Moross. Koteas played the supporting role of Specialist Pete Deveber in Gardens Of Stone, he is best known for playing the lead role of Thomas Daggett in the American film The Prophecy, as well as the sports-crazed vigilante Casey Jones in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films. Koteas went on to play the demonically-possessed serial killer Edgar Reese in the Denzel Washington thriller Fallen, he appeared in John Hughes' Some Kind of Wonderful, Atom Egoyan's The Adjuster, Ararat, Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line and David Cronenberg's Crash. Koteas made an appearance in Season 4 of The Sopranos as Dominic Palladino, in the Season 2 finale of House, in which Koteas plays a man who shoots Dr. Gregory House; the same year, he portrayed D. A. Mike Randolf in the courtroom drama Conviction. Koteas appeared in The Greatest Game Ever Played, a Disney biography about a young golfer, as well as the thrillers Skinwalkers and Shooter.
In May/September 2008, he played the role of Joe, a bank robber, in the season 4 finale and season 5 premiere of CSI: NY. He appeared in The Killing on AMC. In 2010, he played major roles in Let Me In, the Matt Reeves re-adaptation of Let the Right One In, Defendor, a Canadian superhero film starring Woody Harrelson. Koteas played Canadian Forces Colonel Xavier Marks on Combat Hospital, he appears in Winnie Mandela, a 2011 film about Winnie Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela. In August 2013, it was reported that Koteas had joined the NBC Chicago Fire spin-off Chicago P. D. as a series regular. Koteas played a longtime undercover detective in the Intelligence Unit; the character was in uniform with Detective Voight and together they share a secret over a fellow cop's death. At the end of the 2018 season, Koteas's character was died in surgery. Canadian Film Encyclopedia Elias Koteas on IMDb Elias Koteas at AllMovie Eloquent Elias Fan Site