About the Show

An unconventional take on the art of the obit. The Late Show is a moving, sometimes humorous, and always compelling national radio documentary series that explores the extraordinary life stories of deceivingly ordinary Canadians. It is hosted by the acclaimed actor Gordon Pinsent and based out of Halifax. Gordon will introduce audiences to a remarkable range of characters from across the country who have passed on but still left a mark -- from a street kid with dwarfism to an elderly man obsessed with sailing through the Northwest Passage. Compelling, provocative, uplifting -- a weekly tribute to the human experience.


Gordon Pinsent A 40-year veteran of theatre, film, television and radio, actor/playwright/author/director Gordon Pinsent is well known to audiences across Canada and the United States.

From his many starring roles in a wide variety of television programs and feature films, we remember the recognizable characters Gordon Pinsent has created in popular Canadian culture: the title role of Quentin Durgens MP, the stuffed-shirt member of Parliament: Will Cole in The Rowdyman, a sort of Tom Jones let loose in Newfoundland; John in John and the Missus; Edgar Sturgess, the scarlet-coated militiaman in the TV series, A Gift to Last, written by Pinsent; Swiftwater, the card shark in Klondike Fever; Sgt. Fraser Senior in Due South; and his Gemini award winning performance as Duff in Power Play.

Clearly, Gordon Pinsent successfully balances acting and writing. His novels, The Rowdyman and John and the Missus were both turned into feature films, Gordon directing the latter. The Rowdyman was made into a musical and presented at the Charlottetown Festival in 1976.   He has co-starred with his wife, Charmion King, in two of his plays: Easy Down Easy and Brass Rubbings, and in Love Letters. Gordon wrote and starred in the CBC Movie of the Week, Win Again, for which he won a Gemini for his writing. His memoirs, By the Way, were published in 1994.

Born in Newfoundland, Gordon began his career at the Manitoba Theatre Centre, which led to roles at the Stratford Festival. This was followed by Prospero in the The Tempest at the Vancouver Playhouse, and the leading role of Cyrano at the Stevenville Festival. He returned to the Stratford Festival to star in Trumpets and Drums. In the U.S.A., Gordon starred as the President of the United States in the cult movie Colossus: The Forbin Project, and appeared in such TV series and movies as It Takes A Thief, Silence of the North, Young Prosecutors, Banacek, and the feature film The Thomas Crown Affair, among others.

Gordon Pinsent has received two ACTRA Awards for his television work; three Genie Awards for achievements in Canadian film; five Gemini Awards, a Dora Award for the stage, as well as honorary doctorates at Queens University, the University of P.E.I. and Memorial University in Newfoundland. He was made Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979, and promoted to Companion within the Order in 1998.

Gordon Pinsent also played the long-running character of Hap Shaughnessey in the Red Green Show, a supporting lead in the feature film The Shipping News and in Fallen Angel for CBS and Saint Ralph for Alliance Atlantis.

Gordon also embarked on one of his most memorable projects to date. He wrote, directed and acted in the movie of the week Heyday, a period piece set during the end of World War II, in co-ordination with Triptych Media Inc./Pope Productions which aired in 2006.

Most recently in 2008, Gordon Pinsent won a Genie for the critically acclaimed film Away From Her, directed by Sarah Polley.


Mary Lynk Mary has been drawn to biographies for most of her life -- especially the life stories of people less known, which inspired her to create The Late Show. She won a World Gold Medal at the New York Festivals for her Life and Times documentary on the AIDS activist Janet Conners. She's also picked up several other nominations and awards, including Geminis, for other documentary work.

Mary began her journalism career more than 25 years ago. Along the way she was a reporter for the acclaimed Sunday Express newspaper in St. John's -- which broke, among other stories, the Mount Cashel tragedy. She first joined CBC Radio as a writer-broadcaster in St. John's, and then went to Toronto and was a producer for five years at Morningside with Peter Gzowksi. Later she produced Pamela Wallin Live and then Street Cents. As well, through Salter Street Films and her own company, Lynk Inc Productions, she has directed and produced several documentaries and documentary series. She is currently on leave as CBC Radio's Nova Scotia Network Producer.