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'Feisty' actor Douglas Campbell

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Actor Douglas Campbell has quite a reputation in the Canadian theatre and television world, and CBC Radio's Peter Gzowski is trying to find out how much of it is true. "Are you feisty?" asks Gzowski in this 1984 interview. "Oh, I should think so, yes," answers Campbell, who also admits to being bombastic, opinionated and difficult, but also charming, pleasant and sweet. The Scottish-born actor entertains Gzowski with the story of his life and career, throwing in a strong opinion or two along the way.
• Douglas Campbell was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on June 11, 1922.

• He first came to Canada in 1953 to act in the very first Stratford Festival. For the next five decades, Campbell continued to have a successful career as an actor in Canada, starring in countless plays, movies and television shows. Notably, he was the star of CBC's The Great Detective, a popular Canadian detective series that ran from 1979 to 1982.

• He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1997.

• Campbell passed away in Montreal on Oct. 6, 2009 at the age of 87.

Medium: Radio
Program: Morningside
Broadcast Date: Dec. 21, 1984
Guest(s): Douglas Campbell
Host: Peter Gzowski
Duration: 24:53

Last updated: February 23, 2012

Page consulted on October 29, 2014

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