Sunday, June 12, 2011

RIP Paul Massie

In the 1960s, a young, strikingly handsome and phenomenally talented actor named Paul Massie was building a promising career in England. Born in St. Catherine’s Ontario, Canada on July 7, 1932, Massie moved to England where he starred in an acclaimed production of "Cat on a Hot Tim Roof" opposite Kim Stanley. That was followed by leading roles in respected films, with billings above such stars as Christopher Lee and Lillian Gish. He won a British Academy Award. Peter O'Toole and Richard Harris were his drinking buddies. But in 1966, he visited the fledgling University of South Florida to appear on stage as a guest artist. He stayed for 30 years as a professor in the USF theater department. Mr. Massie died Wednesday June 8, 2011 at his home in Nova Scotia, Canada. He was 79 and had suffered from lymphoma. Massie appeared as Hawkeye in the 1973 British TV mini-series "Hawkeye, The Pathfinder".

2 comments:

  1. I was 7 years old when this aired on BBC TV. Still remember it fondly.

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  2. It was released on DVD just a few yeas ago and I was able to watch it. I enjoyed it very much and Massie was quite memorable as Hawkeye. Tom Betts

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