Donnelly Rhodes Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada  (cancer)
Birth NameDonnelly Rhodes Henry
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, Donnelly Rhodes trained to be a warden in the National Park Service in Manitoba and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airman-mechanic before finally settling into his long and successful career as an actor. Rhodes studied at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Center and was a member of the first graduating class of the National Theatre School in Canada. After making his professional debut on stage as Stanley Kowalski in Streetcar Named Desire, he became a contract player for Universal Pictures in the U.S., landing film and television roles ranging from a gunslinger in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) to a country singer in The Hard Part Begins (1973) to various guest appearances in series such as Mission: Impossible (1966). Later, he was popular as the suave Phillip Chancellor Sr. on The Young and the Restless (1973), but left the show in 1976 to avoid devoting too much of his career to the one role. He continued to work steadily, taking roles in a wide variety of television and theatrical movies and making guest appearances on more than 100 television series. Major TV roles saw him range from dim-witted escaped con Dutch on Soap (1977) to veterinarian and family man Dr. Grant Roberts on the popular Canadian family series Danger Bay (1984). More recently, he has appeared in a number of TV movies as well as in guest spots on popular series such as Sliders (1995) and The X-Files (1993). Rhodes' diverse interests include music and horses, but his real passion is boats. He has said that if he hadn't succeeded as an actor, he would have pursued a career as a naval architect.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: R. Soprovich <ryjs@axionet.com>

Spouse (5)

Sarah Wilson (2011 - 8 January 2018) ( his death) ( 1 child)
Diane Dewey (11 November 1978 - ?)
Maggie Thrett (15 December 1975 - 1977) ( divorced)
Virginia Haxall Harrison (2 April 1966 - 1970) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Martha Henry (1962 - 19??) ( divorced)

Trivia (8)

Acted with his brother, Tim Henry, in Famous Jury Trials (1971) on Canadian channel CTV.
Is of Scots-Irish descent.
Has divided his time between L.A. and Vancouver since buying a house with his wife in the latter city while there filming Danger Bay (1984).
Son of Canadian playwright Anne Henry.
Was one of three finalists for the role of "Col. Saul Tigh" in Battlestar Galactica (2004). The role eventually went to Michael Hogan. The producers, who were impressed with Rhodes, gave him the recurring role of "Dr. Cottle", instead.
Was best man at the wedding of Claudia Christian and Gary DeVore.
Father of Seana Henry and Westerly Henry.
Donnelly was cremated. His ashes were given to his widow.

Personal Quotes (2)

"I've always been kind of a hidden actor. Not that I'd turn down the high profile of a mega-bucks hit, but I think it's much healthier to be a chameleon." (Vancouver Magazine, March, 1988)
Of his stint on The Young and the Restless (1973): "It was before soap operas became so respectable. I'd tell people what I did for a living and I'd always get this look of wounded sympathy." (Vancouver Magazine, March, 1988)

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