Canadian TV actor Donnelly Rhodes dies at age 80

The Winnipeg-born actor received numerous accolades, including a Gemini award for his role in the drama Da Vinci's Inquest in 2002 and a Gemini Earle Grey Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2006.

Rhodes died Monday at the Baillie House Hospice in Maple Ridge, B.C.

Donnelly Rhodes of Da Vinci's Inquest holds his Gemini Award after winning for best actor in a leading dramatic role in 2002. Rhodes, best-known in Canada for his roles on shows including the long-running drama, died Monday of cancer. He was 80. (The Canadian Press)

Actor Donnelly Rhodes, best-known in Canada for his roles in Danger Bay, Sidestreet and Da Vinci's Inquest, died Monday of cancer. He was 80.

A news release from the talent agency Northern Exposure says Rhodes died at the Baillie House Hospice in Maple Ridge, B.C.

The Winnipeg-born actor received numerous accolades, including a Gemini award for his role as Det. Leo Shannon in the drama Da Vinci's Inquest in 2002 and a Gemini Earle Grey Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2006.

Rhodes was also recognized by the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame with a star on Granville Street's Star Walk in Vancouver.

Rhodes, who joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airman-mechanic before settling into his career as an actor, was also known in the U.S. for his role as the dim-witted escaped con Dutch in the ABC soap opera spoof Soap.

Donnelly Rhodes is shown with actress Martha Henry in the television production of Venus Observed on Feb. 18, 1963. (CBC Still Photo Collection/Albert Crookshan)

He studied at the Manitoba Theatre Centre and was a member of the first graduating class of the National Theatre School of Canada in 1963.

He made his professional debut on stage at Stratford Theatre as Stanley Kowalski in Streetcar Named Desire before he became a contract player for Universal Pictures in the U.S., where he landed television roles on Bonanza, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Cheers, Golden Girls and The Young and the Restless.

From 1985 to 1990 he starred in Danger Bay, a B.C.-set program that followed the adventures of Grant (Doc) Roberts, a marine biologist who dealt with pollution and environmental crimes.

More recently, he had a recurring role in Battlestar Galactica between 2004 and 2009.

Rhodes is survived by his wife, Sarah, his daughter and his son.

With files from CBC News

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