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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 27 July 1949Brooklyn, New York, USA
Date of Death 27 July 2010Toronto, Ontario, Canada  (kidney trouble)
Birth NameMaury Alan Chaykin
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The award-winning Canadian-American character actor Maury Chaykin was born on July 27, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Professor Irving J. Chaykin and his wife Clarice. Irving Chaykin, an American citizen, taught accountancy at the City College of New York. The former Clarice Bloomfield, his mother, was born in Winnipeg, raised in Montreal, and educated at the Beth Israel Hospital nursing school in Newark, New Jersey. Because of his parents, Maury held dual Canadian and American citizenship.

He was raised in New York City but moved to Toronto after graduating from the State University of New York, Buffalo, where he studied drama. His uncle, George Bloomfield, made his name in Canada as a movie and television writer, director and producer. Maury would later star in two theatrical movies, one TV movie and 14 TV episodes directed by his uncle.

Maury made his debut in the 1975 Canadian film Me (1975). In his 35-year-long career, he appeared in over 150 parts in films and TV series shot in Canada and the U.S. He was best known for his eccentric role as Kevin Costner's commanding officer in the Oscar-winning Dances with Wolves (1990), three films of Atom Egoyan, including The Sweet Hereafter (1997), and his role as Nero Wolfe on cable TV. (His uncle George Bloomfield directed some of the Nero Wolfe episodes.)

He won a Genie Award, the Canadian equivalent of the Oscar, as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a has-been rock star in Whale Music (1994) and two Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy. Recently, he had a semi-recurring role as a movie producer based on Harvey Weinstein in the cable-TV series Entourage (2004) and a regular role on the Canadian TV series Less Than Kind (2008).

Chaykin was suffering from kidney disease in the last years of his life. He died on his 61st birthday, July 27, 2010, at Toronto General Hospital, surrounded by members of his family. He was married to the Canadian actress Susannah Hoffmann, by whom he had a daughter, Rose.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (2)

Ilana Frank (? - 1993) (divorced)
Susannah Hoffmann (? - 27 July 2010) (his death) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Frequently cast in Atom Egoyan films.

Trivia (13)

Grew up in Brooklyn, New York.
Graduated from P.S. 197 on June 28, 1963.
Graduated from James Madison H.S. in June 1967.
His surname comes from the Russian word "Chayka" which means "Seagull."
His uncle is the director George Bloomfield.
He studied drama at the State University of New York in Buffalo which is now the University of Buffalo.
Was a founding member of Swampfox Theater, Buffalo NY 1968-?
After graduating from college, he moved to Toronto.
His daughter, with Susannah Hoffmann, is named Rose.
His mother, Clarice, was from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; his father, Irving, was an American. He became a Canadian citizen and had dual citizenship with Canada and the United States.
Appeared in four movies with Diane Keaton: Mrs. Soffel (1984), Northern Lights (1997), Plan B (2001) and Crossed Over (2002), and appeared in her directorial debut Unstrung Heroes (1995).
He is survived by his brother, Dan Chaykin of Hoboken, New Jersey; his mother, Clarice Chaykin of Manhasset, Long Island, New York; his sister, Debra Chaykin Brandwein of Roslyn, Long Island, New York; his wife, Susannah Hoffmann, and their daughter, Rose Chaykin, both of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
His mother Clarice Bloomfield Chaykin (born circa 1921) died on May 21, 2012 at the age of 88. She survived him by 22 months.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on the billboard for "The Golden Spiders"] There's an extraordinary billboard up on Sunset Boulevard right now, with a humongous photograph of my face. I drive by it constantly back and forth, back and forth.

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