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Gordon Pinsent

Gordon Edward Pinsent was born on July 12, 1930 in Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, to Florence (Cooper) and Stephen Arthur Pinsent. Gordon was known as "Porky" as a child, and dreamed of performing as early as he can remember. He served with the Royal Canadian Regiment from 1948-51. Gordon received an L.L.D. from the University ... See full bio »
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Away from Her
Away from Her Grant Anderson
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The Old Man and the Sea
The Shipping News
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 2012 Typesetter Blues (Video short) (completed) (voice)
 2016 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize (TV Movie)
 2016 Two Lovers and a Bear
Bear's Voice
 2015 Reel East Coast (TV Series)
Francis (segment "Life Doesn't Frighten Me")
- Episode #1.1 (2015) ... Francis (segment "Life Doesn't Frighten Me")
 2015 Pirate's Passage (TV Movie)
Harry Freelove (voice)
 2013 The Grand Seduction
 2013 Satisfaction (TV Series)
Dr. Faskin
- The Pot and the Pirate (2013) ... Dr. Faskin
 2013 Nuts, Nothing and Nobody (Short) (voice)
 2012/II Night Light (Short)
 2012 Life Doesn't Frighten Me (Short)
Francis Weary
 2012 Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (TV Movie)
Elder Stephen Leacock
 2009 The Ron James Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (2009) ... Dad (voice)
 2009 At Home by Myself... with You
Narrator (voice)
 2009 How Eunice Got Her Baby (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2009 The Spine (Short)
Dan Rutherford (voice)
 2009 Corner Gas (TV Series)
- Rock Stars (2009) ... Corky
 2008 Eating Buccaneers
Hermit Trapper
 2006 The Sparky Book (Short)
 2006 Heyday! (TV Movie)
Monroe Gillette
 2006 Yours, Al (TV Movie)
Al Purdy
 2005 Legends and Lore of the North Atlantic (TV Series)
 2005 Ambulance Girl (TV Movie)
 2005 Puppets Who Kill (TV Series)
CBC President
- The CBC Is Killing Again (2005) ... CBC President
 2004 Saint Ralph
Father Fitzpatrick
 2004 The Good Shepherd
Cardinal Ledesna
 2004 Bury the Lead (TV Series)
Mr. Walker
- Wonderland (2004) ... Mr. Walker
 2004 H2o (TV Series)
Michael Cameron
 2003 Fallen Angel (TV Movie)
Warren Wentworth
 2003 Snow on the Skeleton Key (Short)
Winslow Icarus
 2003 Nothing
Man In Suit
 2003 Just Cause (TV Series)
Stanton Milbury
- The Closing (2003) ... Stanton Milbury
 2003 Hemingway vs. Callaghan (TV Movie)
Morley Callaghan
 2002 The New Beachcombers (TV Movie)
 2002 A Promise (Short)
 2001 Blind Terror (TV Movie)
Martin Howell
 2001 Blue Murder (TV Series)
Sgt. Pat Berlinger
- Summer of Love (2001) ... Sgt. Pat Berlinger
 2000 Jewel on the Hill (TV Movie)
 2000 Mentors (TV Series)
Old Oliver Cates
 1999 Relic Hunter (TV Series)
Jimmy Jonesboro
- Diamond in the Rough (1999) ... Jimmy Jonesboro
 1999 The Old Man and the Sea (Short)
Old Man (voice)
 1999 Win, Again! (TV Movie)
Win Morrissey
 1998 The Industry (TV Series)
Walter Franklin, Sr.
- A Death in the Family (1998) ... Walter Franklin, Sr.
 1997 Pale Saints
 1997 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Dr. Steven Molstad
- The Awakening (1997) ... Dr. Steven Molstad
 1996 A Holiday for Love (TV Movie)
Cal Marsdon
 1996 Les amants de rivière rouge (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. O'Malloy
 1995 A Vow to Kill (TV Movie)
Frank Waring
 1994 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (TV Series)
Ken Collins
- Kundela (1994) ... Ken Collins
 1994 Avonlea (TV Series)
John Hodgson
- Someone to Believe In (1994) ... John Hodgson
 1994 Lonesome Dove: The Series (TV Series)
Randall Shaw
- The Road Home (1994) ... Randall Shaw
 1993 Bonds of Love (TV Movie)
 1993 E.N.G. (TV Series)
Jim Kanby
- Pandora's Box (1993) ... Jim Kanby
 1993 Secret Service (TV Series)
Jerry Parr
- The Assassin (1993) ... Jerry Parr
 1992 Counterstrike (TV Series)
Jack Devon
- Death Seal (1992) ... Jack Devon
 1992 Beyond Reality (TV Series)
Professor Nolan Randolph / James Williamson
- The Dying of the Light (1992) ... Professor Nolan Randolph / James Williamson
 1992 In the Eyes of a Stranger (TV Movie)
Lt. Ted Burk
 1992 The Ray Bradbury Theater (TV Series)
Mr. X
- The Earthmen (1992) ... Mr. X
 1991 The Hidden Room (TV Series)
Abraham Stone
- Splinters of Privacy (1991) ... Abraham Stone
 1989-1991 Babar (TV Series)
King Babar
- Mango Madness (1991) ... King Babar (voice)
- Robot Rampage (1991) ... King Babar (voice)
- Oh, to Be an Adult... (1991) ... King Babar (voice)
- The Old Lady Vanishes (1991) ... King Babar (voice)
- Child in the Snow (1991) ... King Babar (voice)
 1990 Blood Clan
Judge William McKay
 1989 Friday the 13th: The Series (TV Series)
Desmond Williams
- Femme Fatale (1989) ... Desmond Williams
 1989 Babar: The Movie
King Babar (voice)
 1988 Danger Bay (TV Series)
Pete Bartlett
- A Man's Sport (1988) ... Pete Bartlett
 1987 John and the Missus
John Munn
 1985 Uncle T (Short)
 1985 And Miles to Go (TV Movie)
Jack Morrissey
 1984 Seeing Things (TV Series)
- Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1984) ... Englander
 1984 Sam Hughes's War (TV Movie)
Sam Hughes
 1983 A Case of Libel (TV Movie)
Dennis Corcoran
 1982 The Life and Times of Edwin Alonzo Boyd (TV Movie)
Edwin Alonzo Boyd
 1981 Silence of the North
John Frederickson
 1980 Dan August: The Trouble with Women (TV Movie)
Frank Fairley
 1979 People Talking Back (TV Series)
 1978-1979 A Gift to Last (TV Series)
Sgt. Edgar Sturgess
- The Old and the New (1979) ... Sgt. Edgar Sturgess
- The Immigrants (1978) ... Sgt. Edgar Sturgess
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... Sgt. Edgar Sturgess
 1979 The Suicide's Wife (TV Movie)
Allan Crane
 1978 Drága kisfiam
 1977 Who Has Seen the Wind
Gerald O'Connal
 1976 A Gift to Last (TV Movie)
Sgt. Edgar Sturgess
 1975 Horse Latitudes (TV Movie)
Phillip Stockton
 1974 Ocean Heritage (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1974 The Heatwave Lasted Four Days
Cliff Reynolds
 1974 The Collaborators (TV Series)
 1974 Only God Knows
Father John Hagan
 1974 Newman's Law
Jack Eastman
 1974 The Play's the Thing (TV Series)
 1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Dr. Joseph Xavier
- The Light at the Threshold (1973) ... Dr. Joseph Xavier
 1973 Cannon (TV Series)
Phillip Trask
- Moving Target (1973) ... Phillip Trask
 1973 Incident on a Dark Street (TV Movie)
Joe - Mayor
 1972 Banacek (TV Series)
John Weymouth
- No Sign of the Cross (1972) ... John Weymouth
 1972 Blacula
Lt. Jack Peters
 1972 Invitation to a March (TV Movie)
 1972 The Rowdyman
Will Cole
 1971 Chandler
John Melchior
 1971 Sarge (TV Series)
- The Combatants (1971) ... Stone
 1970 Hogan's Heroes (TV Series)
S.S. Capt. Steiner
- The Dropouts (1970) ... S.S. Capt. Steiner
 1970 Dan August (TV Series)
Frank Fairley
- Epitaph for a Swinger (1970) ... Frank Fairley
 1970 The Young Lawyers (TV Series)
Henry Norman
- Is There a Good Samaritan in the House? (1970) ... Henry Norman
 1970 Colossus: The Forbin Project
The President
 1970 Quarantined (TV Movie)
Dr. Bud Bedford
 1969 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Gerald Lockridge
- The Family (1969) ... Gerald Lockridge
 1969 Adventures in Rainbow Country (TV Series)
Father Bob Coburn
- La Chute (1969) ... Father Bob Coburn
 1968 Quentin Durgens, M.P. (TV Series)
Quentin Durgens
- The Well-Marked Page (1968) ... Quentin Durgens
 1961-1966 Festival (TV Series)
Cuthbert Frush
- Spirit of the Deed (1966) ... Cuthbert Frush
- Galileo (1963)
- The Blue Hotel (1961)
 1965-1966 Seaway (TV Series)
Grainger / Coffin
- Gunpowder and Paint: Part 2 (1966) ... Grainger
- Gunpowder and Paint: Part 1 (1966) ... Grainger
- Border Incident (1965) ... Coffin
 1964 Lydia
 1964 Twelfth Night (TV Movie)
 1964 A Very Close Family (TV Movie)
 1962-1964 Quest (TV Series)
- The Brig (1964) ... Lintz
 1963 Playdate (TV Series)
- Willow Circle (1963) ... Paul
 1963 Scarlett Hill (TV Series)
David Black
- Room to Let (1963) ... David Black
 1961 Summer Circuit (TV Mini-Series)
- The Bandit (1961)
 1961 The Long Night (TV Movie)
The Counterman
 1960-1961 Encounter (TV Series)
- The Neighbour (1961) ... Jean
 1961 The Man Born to Be King (TV Movie)
 1960 First Person (TV Series)
- At the Railing (1960)
 1958 The Bird in a Gilded Cage (TV Movie)
 1957 The Man at the Window (TV Movie)
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Show Show Director (6 credits)
Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
Show Show Self (48 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (3 credits)

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[on his career in Hollywood] I had a dreadful time there really. I thought that I could use up to three lifetimes there just waiting in line for better material, for good opportunities. It was at the end of the golden era, and a lot of movie stars were moving over to television. The possibility of getting the best material was very tough. I felt very strongly I didn't want to hand my life over to... See more »


When filming the movie The Shipping News (2001), he was the model for the Newfoundland accent for the rest of the cast, since this was the province in which he was born and raised. See more »

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