Gordon Edward Pinsent, CC, FRSC is a Canadian actor, screenwriter and playwright. He is known for his roles in numerous productions, including Away from Her, The Rowdyman and the Missus, A Gift to Last, Due South, The Red Green Show and Quentin Durgens, M. P. Since 1989, for nearly 30 years, he has served as the voice of Babar the elephant in television and film. Pinsent, the youngest of six children, was born in Newfoundland, his mother, Florence "Flossie", was from Clifton and his father, Stephen Arthur Pinsent, was a papermill worker and cobbler from Dildo, Newfoundland. His mother was a religious Anglican, he was a self-described "awkward child". Pinsent began acting on stage in the 1940s at the age of 17, he soon took on roles in radio drama on the CBC, moved into television and film as well. In the early 1950s, he took a break from acting and joined the Canadian Army, serving for four years as a Private in The Royal Canadian Regiment. Pinsent's professional acting career began in 1957 at Winnipeg's Theatre 77 under the direction of John Hirsch.
In the years that followed, he performed in many theatrical productions in Winnipeg, Toronto and at the Stratford Festival. In the early 1960s he appeared in The Forest Rangers, he has since become a staple of Canadian television with roles including the series Quentin Durgens, M. P. A Gift to Last, Due South, Wind at My Back and Power Play; the pilot episode of A Gift to Last was adapted for the stage by Walter Learning and Alden Nowlan and has become a perennial Canadian Christmas favourite in regional theatres across the country. Pinsent's movie roles include The Rowdyman, Who Has Seen the Wind and the Missus, The Shipping News and Away from Her, he wrote the screenplays for the Missus. His best known early film role was that of the President of the United States in the 1970 science fiction cult classic Colossus: The Forbin Project, he starred in a role called Horse Latitudes based upon Donald Crowhurst, now featured in Deep Water. In 1979 he was made an officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1998.
In 2006, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. On March 6, 2007, it was announced. On March 8, 2007, it was publicly announced in Toronto, Canada, that Pinsent had accepted the appointment of honorary chairman of the "Building for the Future" fundraising campaign for The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum. During the 2008, 2010 and 2011 summer periods of CBC Radio One, Pinsent presented a radio documentary series called The Late Show featuring extended obituaries of notable Canadians whom the producers believed deserved attention. Pinsent appeared in one of Canadian director Stephen Dunn's early short films titled Life Doesn't Frighten Me, which won various awards, including the CBC Short Film Face-Off, with a cash prize of $30,000; the film won awards at the Toronto Student Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013. Most he had a guest starring role as Maurice Becker on the February 3, 2010 episode of Canadian television series Republic of Doyle, he was a featured guest reader on Bookaboo.
He attained recent notoriety when a comedic segment of him reading from Justin Bieber's autobiography on This Hour Has 22 Minutes went viral on October 20, 2010. His first memoir, By the Way, was published in 1992 by Stoddart Publishing, his second, was published in 2012 by McClelland and Stewart. He has written seven screenplays, including: the Missus, his plays include Brass Rubbings. Pinsent married actress Charmion King in 1962, they were married until her death on January 6, 2007 from emphysema. Pinsent has two children and Beverly Kennedy, from an earlier marriage to Irene Reid. Pinsent is a Companion of a Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada. In 1997, he won the Earle Grey Award for lifetime achievement in television. Pinsent received an LL. D from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1975, Honorary doctorates from Queen's University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Lakehead University and the University of Windsor. Pinsent received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award in 2004, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts.
It was on July 12, 2005, in his hometown of Grand Falls-Windsor, in honour of his 75th birthday, that the Arts & Culture Centre was renamed The Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts. A street in his hometown is named in his honor. On September 25, 2008 at a "Newfoundland and Labrador Inspired Evening" at The Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto, the Company Theatre presented Mr. Pinsent with the inaugural Gordon Pinsent Award of Excellence. Pinsent received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, his acting and writing awards include: 2014 - Canadian Screen Award - Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for The Grand Seduction 2013 - Canadian Screen Award - Best Performance in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series for Republic of Doyle 2008 - Genie Award - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Away from Her 2007 - ACTRA Award - Outstanding Male Performance for Away from Her 2004 - Banff Television Festival - Award of Excellence 2003 - ACTRA Award - Award of Excellence 1999 - Gemini Award - Best Performance by an Actor in a Su
Alan Wolf Arkin is an American actor and screenwriter. With a film career spanning six decades, Arkin is known for his performances in Popi, Wait Until Dark, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Catch-22, The In-Laws, Edward Scissorhands, Get Smart, Glengarry Glen Ross, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Little Miss Sunshine, Sunshine Cleaning, Argo, he has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor twice, for his performances in The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Little Miss Sunshine and received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in Argo. Arkin was born in Brooklyn, New York City on March 26, 1934, the son of David I. Arkin, a painter and writer, his wife, Beatrice, a teacher, he was raised in a Jewish family with "no emphasis on religion". His grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Ukraine and Germany.
His parents moved to Los Angeles when Alan was 11, but an 8-month Hollywood strike cost his father his job as a set designer. During the 1950s Red Scare, Arkin's parents were accused of being Communists, his father was fired when he refused to answer questions about his political ideology. David Arkin challenged the dismissal. Arkin, taking acting lessons since age 10, became a scholarship student at various drama academies, including one run by the Stanislavsky student Benjamin Zemach, who taught Arkin a psychological approach to acting. Arkin attended Los Angeles City College from 1951 to 1953, he attended Bennington College. With two friends, he formed the folk music group The Tarriers, in which Arkin sang and played guitar; the band members co-composed the group's 1956 hit "The Banana Boat Song", a reworking, with some new lyrics, of a traditional, Jamaican calypso folk song of the same name, combined with another titled "Hill and Gully Rider". It reached #4 on the Billboard magazine chart the same year as Harry Belafonte's better-known hit version.
The group appeared in the 1957 Calypso-exploitation film Calypso Heat Wave, singing "Banana Boat Song" and "Choucoune". From 1958 to 1968, Arkin recorded with the children's folk group, The Baby Sitters, he performed the role of Dr. Pangloss in a concert staging of Leonard Bernstein's operetta Candide, alongside Madeline Kahn's Cunegonde. Arkin was an early member of the Second City comedy troupe in the 1960s. Arkin is one of only six actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first screen appearance. Two years he was again nominated, for The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. In 1968, he appeared in the title role of Inspector Clouseau after Peter Sellers dissociated himself from the role, but the film was not well received by Sellers' fans. Arkin and his second wife Barbara Dana appeared together on the 1970–1971 season of Sesame Street as a comical couple named Larry and Phyllis who resolve their conflicts when they remember how to pronounce the word "cooperate." Arkin and Dana appeared together again in 1987 on the ABC sitcom Harry, canceled after four low-rated episodes.
His best known films include Wait Until Dark as the erudite killer stalking Audrey Hepburn. His portrayal of Dr. Oatman, a scared and conflicted psychiatrist treating John Cusack's hit man character Martin Q. Blank in Grosse Point Blank was well received, his role in Little Miss Sunshine, as Grandfather Edwin, foul-mouthed and had a taste for snorting heroin, won him the BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. On receiving his Academy Award on February 25, 2007, Arkin said, "More than anything, I'm moved by the open-hearted appreciation our small film has received, which in these fragmented times speaks so of the possibility of innocence and connection". At 72 years old, Arkin was the sixth oldest winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. In 2006–2007, Arkin was cast in supporting roles in Rendition as a U. S. senator and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause as Bud Newman. On Broadway, Arkin starred in Enter Luv, he directed The Sunshine Boys, among others.
In 1969, Arkin's directorial debut was a 12-minute children's film titled People Soup, starring his sons Adam and Matthew Arkin. Based on a story of the same name he published in Galaxy Science Fiction in 1958, People Soup is a fantasy about two boys who experiment with various kitchen ingredients until they concoct a magical soup which transforms them into different animals and objects, his most acclaimed directorial effort is Little Murders, released in 1971. Written by cartoonist Jules Feiffer, Little Murders is a black comedy film starring Elliott Gould and Marcia Rodd about a girl, who brings home her boyfriend, Alfred, to meet her dysfunctional family amidst a series of random shootings, garbage strikes and electrical outages ravaging the neighborhood; the film opened to a lukewarm review by Roger Greenspan, a more positive one by Vincent Canby in the New York Times. Roger Ebert's review in the Chicago Sun Times was more enthusiastic, saying, "One of the reasons it works and is indeed a definitive reflection of A
Murdoch Mysteries is a Canadian television drama series aired on both Citytv and CBC Television featuring Yannick Bisson as the fictional William Murdoch, a police detective working in Toronto, around the turn of the twentieth century. The television series is based on characters from the Detective Murdoch novels by Maureen Jennings; the series takes place in Toronto starting in 1895 and follows Detective William Murdoch of the Toronto Constabulary, who solves many of his cases using methods of detection that were unusual at the time. These methods include fingerprinting, blood testing and trace evidence; some episodes feature anachronistic technology whereby Murdoch sometimes uses the existing technology of his time to improvise a crude prototype of a technology that would be more recognizable to the show's 21st-century audience. In one episode, for instance, he creates a primitive version of sonar to locate a sunken ship in Lake Ontario. In still another, a foreign police officer has a photograph that Murdoch needs as evidence, so Murdoch asks the other officer to overlay the photograph with a grid numerically coded for the colour in each square, to transmit the numerical data to Murdoch via telegraph—with the end result that the foreign officer has sent Murdoch a bitmap image they call a "facsimile"—a telefax.
Detective Murdoch is assisted by the three other main characters: Inspector Brackenreid, Doctor Julia Ogden, the inexperienced but eager Constable George Crabtree, who aspires to be a mystery novel writer. Brackenreid, Murdoch's immediate superior, is a blunt and sceptical Yorkshireman with a fondness for whisky who prefers conventional methods of detection over Murdoch's eccentric methods, though he is pleased and proud when Murdoch is successful despite the odds. Crabtree is unable to grasp the more advanced methods, but his enthusiasm and loyalty make him a good assistant. Like Crabtree, Dr. Ogden is a great supporter of Murdoch's methods, her skill in pathology helps by revealing a great deal of useful evidence to aid Murdoch in solving cases. Throughout the series, Murdoch's growing infatuation with her, his inability to express his feelings, provide a light subplot. In the fifth season, after Dr. Ogden is married to Dr. Darcy Garland, a new doctor is introduced, Doctor Emily Grace, she and George Crabtree show some romantic interest in each other.
Real history is an important element in most episodes, the plots, though fictitious, sometimes involve real people, such as Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley, H G Wells, Nikola Tesla, Wilfrid Laurier, Jack London, Arthur Conan Doyle, Queen Victoria, Theodore Roosevelt, Oliver Mowat and Wilbur Wright, Henry Ford, Sir Winston Churchill, Bat Masterson, Alexander Graham Bell, Emma Goldman, H. P. Lovecraft, Harry Houdini, Thomas Edison and Helen Keller. Future events are foreshadowed. For example, it is implied that secret British-American government co-operation has produced a advanced aircraft similar to an airship, Crabtree and Murdoch allude to the building of a secret government facility in Nevada and New Mexico "at Concession 51". Characters refer to actual inventions of the 19th century and extrapolate from them to future inventions such as microwave ovens, night-vision goggles, the games "Cluedo" and "Hangman", the toy Silly Putty, a silencer for small arms. Another underlying theme of the series involves the fact that Murdoch is a Roman Catholic in what was at the time a predominantly Protestant city and the prejudices that he encounters as a result.
Other subplots that overarch multiple episodes include women's suffrage in Canada, a movement, taking place during the time the series is set in, the discrimination towards racial minorities in Toronto at that time. Murdoch Mysteries came to Canadian television in 2004 as a two-episode made-for-TV movie, starring Peter Outerbridge in the lead role. One episode was broadcast in 2004, the other in 2005, its original title at that time was Murder 19C: The Detective Murdoch Mysteries. In 2006, the TV movie was picked up for a thirteen-episode series, which would again star Outerbridge, but there were questions about Outerbridge's continuing availability, since he was starring in another series, ReGenesis. By 2007, it was announced that Yannick Bisson would become the lead in what was now called Murdoch Mysteries; the new version of Murdoch Mysteries debuted on Citytv in late January 2008. The program was well received, both by the audience and by the critics: in the summer of 2008, it was nominated for 14 Gemini Awards by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
Critics were surprised, that Bisson was not among the nominees. The critics were surprised in November when Murdoch Mysteries won only two Geminis. Meanwhile, Murdoch Mysteries was renewed for 2009, again in 2010. In 2010 the program, filmed only in Canada, went to Bristol, England, to film an episode. In August 2010, it was announced. One big fan of the show was Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who agreed to play a small role in one of that season's episodes; the episode in which he appeared, playing a "clueless cop who fails to recognize prime minister Wilfrid Laurier," aired in late July 2011. On September 27, 2011, Rogers Media announced that it would not be continuing the series beyond its fifth season. On November 15, 2011, it was reported that CBC had picked up the sh
Peter MacNeill is a Canadian film and television actor and voice-over artist who has starred in several television series and films. His film credits have included The Hanging Garden, Geraldine's Fortune, Dog Park, Open Range, A History of Violence, Regression. On television, he has had roles in Queer as Folk and Dog, The Eleventh Hour, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Call Me Fitz and, The Good Witch series, he is a two-time Gemini Award winner. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist as Secretary of Defense 1994 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Gross Misconduct: The Life of Brian Spencer 1997 Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor: The Hanging Garden 1998 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program of Miniseries: Giant Mine 2003 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: The Eleventh Hour 2008 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program of Miniseries: Victor 2011 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series: Call Me Fitz 2011 Gemini Award Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series: Call Me Fitz 2015 Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series: Call Me Fitz Peter MacNeill on IMDb
Sadie is a Canadian teen comedy-drama that ran for three seasons from June 24, 2005 to August 26, 2007 on Family Channel. The series was produced by Decode Entertainment, it was created by Barbara Wiechmann, developed by Suzanne Bolch and John May. The plot centers on 14-year-old Sadie Hawthorne, who lives with her parents and brother Hal in Whitby, Ontario. She's a high school student and aspiring naturalist who loves to observe animal behavior. Luckily for her she has two best friends and Rain, to back her up until she figures it all out; the series was titled and broadcast as Going Green, the name being changed to Naturally, Sadie when Shawn Hlookoff thought of the new idea. Season 2 deals with Sadie as a sophomore in high school and sees her acting and looking more like a typical teenager. From season 1 to season 2 the show's format changed greatly. There is less focus on nature. Sadie now likes the new kid, Ben Harrison. Season 3 deals with Sadie and Ben's relationship. Margaret is still into fashion and gives more advice.
Rain's old friend Taylor comes back into his life and they get closer and become a couple. Charlotte Arnold as Sadie Hawthorne, an aspiring naturalist and student at R. B. Bennett High School, named after the 11th Prime Minister of Canada, she is the titular protagonist of the show. Sadie treats every day like one big experiment, she has a crush on Owen Anthony and Ben Harrison and is quick to try to apply her naturalist knowledge to her homeroom habitat. Sometimes Sadie's stubborn pursuit of knowledge lands her in a bit of trouble, she manages to scrape through somehow with help from her friends. Sadie has a pet tarantula that she calls Charlotte, she sees every animal as cute the ones that others find creepy or strange. Her role-model is Jane Goodall, who she wishes to be like and, in many episodes, tries to get in contact with, she had a crush on Rain in the 3rd grade. Michael D'Ascenzo as Rain Papadakis, a Greek Canadian, a constant source of comedy, he is always working on one of his master plans-for-success, which end in failure.
He has a gruelling part-time job at his family's restaurant, parents who lecture at length in Greek about the virtues of being "more like his cousins". Luckily he has best friends Margaret to support and accept him for his craziness. In season 3, he began dating Taylor DiDomenicantonio; when she moved to Whitby, they hit it off like old times. Rain and Margaret kissed once on the way home from Sadie's house, were both happy to discover they have no chemistry. In season 1 and 2 he tries to impress Vivian. Jasmine Richards as Margaret Browning-Levesque, Sadie's best friend, although sometimes she wants Sadie to behave more like her peers. Together with Rain Papadakis, the 3 are best friends. Although Margaret, being more popular, sometimes wishes for more conventional friends, she still supports Sadie's naturalist interests and Rain's crazy schemes. Much of her attention is focused on shopping, fashion and boys, she has a lot of rules that she plans to publish it into a book. She dates Sadie's 1st crush Owen Anthony in the series finale.
Justin Bradley as Hal Hawthorne, Sadie's annoying, although sometimes helpful, older brother, unlike Sadie, does not do well in school. He gets into trouble with the principal a lot, and, in one episode, ends up with Rain in detention as well. In another episode, Hal becomes Sadie's art tutor. Art happens to be Sadie's worst. At first, Hal tries to help her, but when he realizes that Sadie could become better than him, Hal makes her do silly things like paint with her butt. In the end, Sadie does become better at art, but turns in one of her worst pieces to make Hal feel better. Hal is the leader of his own band called "Morning Breath". Hal likes to watch'Monkeys and Cheese'. Collette Micks as Jean Hawthorne, Sadie's mother and a novelist; when she is not on tour in some other city, she's locked in her office, working or lying on the couch with her eyes closed, thinking about work. Jean has always encouraged Sadie's fascination with animals and is the one who will stick up for her when she chooses digging up beetles over her family movie night.
Jean understands focus and fanciful exploration and is happy to see her daughter so full of them all. Jean's a little flighty and sometimes has her head way up in the clouds but Sadie appreciates her mother's artiness and the heartfelt - albeit abbreviated - talks that they have together. Richard Clarkin as Walter Hawthorne, Sadie's dad is an engineer. He's a straight-shooting, exacting doer who can build things with tools and bake complicated cakes that require precise measurements, but who can't throw a meal together without a recipe. Walter is precise in everything he does and is, in many ways, the polar opposite of messy, think-outside-the-box Jean. Sadie ponders this "opposites attracting" thing a lot, wondering at nature's grand design, not because her parents' relationship doesn't work, but rather because somehow, miraculously, it does, he enjoys playing'Merlins and Magicians.' Kyle Kass as Owen. Owen Anthony is Sadie's crush from season 1. In season 2 when Sadie develops a crush on Ben she starts to see Owen as a friend only.
She hurts his feelings when she agrees to take both Ben and Owen to the school dance and he finds out and ends their relationship. Mandy Butcher as Chelsea. Chelsea Breuer is friends with Margaret. Alex Hood as Ron. Ron Yuma is a everyone finds him irritating, he acts like a know-it-all and always tries to be in charge
Saul Rubinek is a German-born Canadian character actor, director and playwright, known for his work in TV, stage. His first roles were in Murder Sees the Light, he had roles in notable films including Against All Odds, Oliver Stone's Wall Street, The Bonfire of the Vanities, the Academy Award-winning Western Unforgiven. Rubinek's first play, Terrible Advice premiered in September 2011, he is known for his role as Artie Nielsen in the Syfy TV series Warehouse 13. Rubinek was born in Föhrenwald, Germany, the son of Polish Jews and Israel Rubinek, a factory worker, theatre company manager, Yiddish Theatre actor, Talmudic scholar. Rubinek's parents were hidden by Polish farmers for over two years during World War II and moved to Canada in 1948. Early in his career Rubinek gained the attention of Canadian audiences when he starred as detective Benny Cooperman in two TV films, The Suicide Murders and Murder Sees the Light, which are based on books in author Howard Engel's popular series of mystery novels set in the Niagara Region of Canada.
Rubinek starred as the antagonist, in Obsessed. In another TV film, Liberace: Behind the Music, he played Seymour Heller, the long-time friend and manager of Liberace. In 1982, he played Allan in the sexually-themed romantic comedy Soup For One, directed and written by Jonathan Kaufer and produced by Marvin Worth. Rubinek appeared in Taylor Hackford's Against All Odds, Oliver Stone's Wall Street, as a lawyer, The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick, as a fun-loving rabbi, Brian De Palma's The Bonfire of the Vanities, again as a lawyer, in a lead part as a rabbi in The Quarrel, he is noted for his performance in Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven as a pulp fiction writer. He had a notable role in Tony Scott's True Romance as a cocaine-addicted film producer, he co-starred in the 1993 Emmy Award-winning American made-for-television docudrama And the Band Played On as Dr. Jim Curran. Rubinek played the character Kivas Fajo in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Most Toys". Rubinek, an ardent Star Trek fan, abruptly took over the part after David Rappaport, the actor, cast in the role, attempted suicide shortly after filming of the episode had begun.
Another science fiction role portrayed by Rubinek was as a documentary film director named Emmett Bregman, on the seventh season of the Canadian-American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1, in a two-part episode called "Heroes, Parts 1 & 2". He played Donny Douglas in several episodes of the American sitcom Frasier, he appeared, in two episodes of the 1995 revival of The Outer Limits. He played the role of Louis the Lion on YTV's The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon, he had a cameo appearance as a casino pit boss in the film Rush Hour 2. Rubinek played Alan Mintz opposite Nicolas Cage in the 2000 film The Family Man. In 2000, Rubinek played Detective Saul Panzer in The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery, the series pilot for the 2001-02 A&E TV series A Nero Wolfe Mystery, in which he would subsequently play the recurring role of reporter Lon Cohen. In 2005 he appeared in the short-lived American television series Blind Justice, has appeared from 2006 to 2012 in the supporting role of Hasty Hathaway in the Jesse Stone series of TV films, starring Tom Selleck.
His single-episode guest appearances during the 2000s include two 2004 episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, the "Adrift" episode in the beginning of Lost's second season in 2005, the 2006 "Invincible" episode of Eureka, the 2007 episode of the TV series Masters of Horror "The Washingtonians", a 2008 episode of the TV series Psych. That same year he guest-starred as Victor Dubenich, the antagonist in the pilot episode of Leverage, reappearing in 2012 for the last two episodes of season 4. In 2013, he guest-starred in two subsequent episodes of the TV series Person of Interest. In 2005, he directed Cruel but Necessary; the following year he appeared in a supporting role in the 2009 Canadian feature comedy The Trotsky. Rubinek starred in the Syfy series Warehouse 13 as Artie Nielsen, a covert agent employed by a secretive council to recover mystical artifacts with his team; the series finale was aired on May 2014 on Syfy. His first play, Terrible Advice premiered in September 2011 at the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre in Southwark, starring Scott Bakula, Sharon Horgan, Andy Nyman and Caroline Quentin.
1982 Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, for role in film Ticket to Heaven. Jerry and Tom Club Land Bleacher Bums aka The Cheap Seats Cruel But Necessary Toronto Star biography of Saul RubinekSaul Rubinek on IMDb
Goon is a 2011 Canadian sports comedy film directed by Michael Dowse, written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber, Alison Pill, Marc-André Grondin, Kim Coates and Eugene Levy. The film concerns the exceedingly nice but somewhat dimwitted Doug Glatt, who unexpectedly finds personal and professional fulfillment after becoming the enforcer for a minor league ice hockey team. Despite receiving positive reviews, the film was a box office disappointment, only earning $7 million against its $12 million budget. After premiering on Netflix it became an unexpected success, leading to an increase in DVD sales and VOD downloads resulting in a sequel being greenlit; the sequel, Goon: Last of the Enforcers, was released on March 17, 2017, with Baruchel serving as director. Doug Glatt, is a polite, dimwitted bouncer at a bar in Massachusetts. Doug feels ostracized from society since his father and brother are both successful physicians. Doug attends a minor league hockey game with his best friend Pat.
Pat taunts the visiting team during a fight and one of their players climbs into the stands, calling him a homophobic slur. Doug, whose brother is gay, steps in and beats up the opposing player. Soon after, Doug gets a phone call from the coach of his hometown team, who offers him a job as an enforcer. Meanwhile, veteran enforcer and Doug's idol Ross "The Boss" Rhea is demoted to the minors after serving a 20-game suspension for slashing an opponent in the head from behind. Three years prior, Rhea hit and concussed the skilled prospect Xavier Laflamme, who has had trouble recovering from the incident due to the fear of being hit; as a result, Laflamme is still stuck in the minors. As Doug's reputation grows earning the nickname "Doug the Thug," the Highlanders' coach hires Doug to protect Laflamme and be his roommate; the Highlanders experience success with Doug as their enforcer, he becomes popular among fans and teammates, much to the chagrin of his parents and Laflamme, who loses ice time and the alternate-captaincy to Doug.
Meanwhile, Doug becomes romantically involved with Eva, a hockey fan with a penchant for sleeping with players. With four games left on their schedule, the Highlanders need two wins to secure a playoff spot. On a road game in Quebec, after an opposing player concusses Laflamme with a heavy hit, Doug savagely beats the player unconscious and is suspended for the next game against Rhea and the St. John's Shamrocks. Doug encounters Rhea at a diner, where Rhea dismisses Doug's claim that he is a hockey player, calling him a goon. Though Rhea acknowledges Doug's physical prowess and gives Doug his respect, Rhea warns him that if they meet on the ice, he will "lay the fuck out." The Highlanders, with Doug suspended and Laflamme hospitalized, lose to the Shamrocks. One of the Highlanders, inexperienced fighter, challenges Ross to a fight, Ross offering a chance to back out but the player denies it, Ross defeats him. Doug reaches out to Laflamme and promises him he will always protect him on the ice.
In their next game, the Highlanders lead 1 -- 0 thanks to strong teamwork between Laflamme. In the final seconds, Doug blocks a slapshot with his face and his ankle is injured in the ensuing scramble. Causing the Highlanders team to fight the other team at the end of the 3rd period; the Highlanders win, but need a win against Rhea and the Shamrocks in their last game for a playoff spot. Eva break things off with her boyfriend to be with Doug. Doug allows the boyfriend to beat him up, Doug believing it would make them about even. After two periods, the Shamrocks are beating the Highlanders 2–0. Rhea and Doug mutually agree to fight in the third period. Eva and his teammates help a injured Doug off the ice and Laflamme, inspired by Rhea's defeat, scores a natural hat trick, giving the Highlanders a 3–2 lead; as the game enters its final minute, Eva comforts Doug in the locker room as he comments, "I think I nailed him." Seann William Scott as Doug "The Thug" Glatt Liev Schreiber as Ross "The Boss" Rhea Alison Pill as Eva Jay Baruchel as Pat Marc-André Grondin as Xavier Laflamme Eugene Levy as Dr. Glatt David Paetkau as Ira Glatt Kim Coates as Coach Ronnie Hortense Richard Clarkin as Gord Ogilvey Jonathan Cherry as Goalie Marco "Belchie" Belchior Ricky Mabe as John Stevenson Georges Laraque as Huntington Curt Keilback as Rod McCaudry The film is an adaptation of the book Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey by Adam Frattasio and Doug Smith.
Footage from Smith's career as an enforcer is shown during the film's credits, Smith said in an interview with Grantland.com that he is happy with the finished film. The book was discovered by his producing partner David Gross. Along with Baruchel and Goldberg, they developed the script and proceeded to package and independently finance the movie, it was the first film under their No Trace Camping banner. Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque has a small role as an enforcer for the Albany Patriots, his character fights both Rhea over the course of the film. He draws with Glatt and the outcome of his fight with Rhea is not shown; when Laraque's character fights Glatt, the dialogue resembles the dialogue used by Ge