Instead, it was on the stage in front of a live audience. The first time we met … One of his proudest moments, however, may not have been seen on TV. And it sounds like Crombie was just as wonderful in real life as the Gilbert he played to Follows' Anne. Entertainment Television, LLC A Division of NBCUniversal. Megan Follows, Crombie's co … In January, Jonathan played a police inspector on an episode of The Good Wife. [5] In 2015, he had a guest role on The Good Wife and Haven. It also marked the first man landed on the moon. Discover what happened on this day. as part of a sketch comedy group. Jonathan Crombie was born in 1960s. [5], Crombie debuted on Broadway in the Canadian musical The Drowsy Chaperone as "Man in Chair", from March to April 2007. [8][9] He returned to the production beginning August 21, and performed the role during the show's tour through the United States. Anne of Green Gables star Jonathan Crombie has died, according to CBC News. Jonathan Crombie (October 12, 1966 – April 15, 2015) was a Canadian actor and voice over artist, best known for playing Gilbert Blythe in CBC Television's 1985 telefilm Anne of Green Gables and its two sequels. Check out the hottest fashion, photos, movies and TV shows! Casting director Diane Polley, the mother of actress Sarah Polley, helped bring him to the CBC TV miniseries Anne of Green Gables that ultimately earned him thousands of fans. Here, his Anne of Green Gables costar Megan Follows shares her memories of Crombie, who died on April 15 at the age of 48. He was the first TV crush for many a young Canadian growing up in the 1980s. Posted on 7 July, 2015", "Jonathan Crombie, Anne of Green Gables actor, dead at 48", "Jonathan Crombie Dead: Anne Of Green Gables Actor Was 48",, Wikipedia articles with BIBSYS identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Episode: "The Day They Came to Arrest the Book", Episode: "They Shoot Baskets, Don't They", Episode: "Skippy's Rangers - The Show They Never Gave", This page was last edited on 7 October 2020, at 22:00. Get top stories emailed to you each day. Lisa Yeung/CP, The Huffington Post Canada. "He was incredibly funny, Jonathan just had an amazing sense of humour," she told The Canadian Press. [14], Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story, "Actor Jonathan Crombie of Benediction has died at 48", "Anne of Green Gables star Jonathan Crombie dies at 48", "Jonathan Crombie Returns as Drowsy Chaperone's Man in Chair", "Hot Seat: Crombie Will Be Back in Broadway's, "Jonathan Crombie Was Gay Says Sister Robin. "I think his proudest part was when he played the lead in Drowsy Chaperone on Broadway," Jonathan's sister revealed. In 2014, Crombie and John Mitchell wrote, produced and directed a documentary titled Waiting for Ishtar about the 1987 film Ishtar. He was so playful and silly and, as I said, really bright, so his humour was always informed with that, which made him even funnier.". [7], Crombie appeared on stage in The Dishwashers by Morris Panych (Tarragon Theatre, 2005) and The Oxford Roof Climbers Rebellion by Stephen Massicotte (Tarragon Theatre/Great Canadian Stage Company, 2006). [1][5], Crombie never married and had no children. "Truly I just remember at times just laughing so hard that you'd just be crying. Crombie died April 15 at age 48 of complications related to a brain hemorrhage, but his performance is captured in the CBC TV specials from the 1980s. His role was so popular that he answered to the nickname "Gil".[5]. The decade was dominated by the Vietnam War, Civil Rights Protests, Cuban Missile Crisis, antiwar protests and saw the assassinations of US President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. He was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for his role in the Canadian Stage Company's 1997 production of Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia. [11] His final appearance on stage was playing two roles in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company's 2015 world premiere of Benediction, based on the novel by Kent Haruf. He was a lot of fun, he was very open so you just felt he was someone who really wanted to play and it really was a new experience for him," she said, adding that the project was one of Crombie's first. "He had that beautiful face. Crombie's family announced on April 18, 2015 that he had died suddenly three days earlier of a brain hemorrhage in New York City. © 2020 E! ", She added, "We've been going through lots of stories the last couple days.". [3][4], Crombie had no previous acting experience and used a photo he took at a kiosk in Union Station when he auditioned for the role of Gilbert Blythe in the 1985 TV miniseries Anne of Green Gables. ©2020 Verizon Media. "[12], Crombie's family announced on April 18, 2015 that he had died suddenly three days earlier of a brain hemorrhage in New York City. His other TV credits include playing the character Lionel Train in the series Slings and Arrows. Follows called Crombie a "sweetheart" and said a lot of the chemistry onscreen was natural during the filming of the movies. [6] The documentary was financed by an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. It premiered in at Cinecycle in Toronto on December 14, 2017. His organs were donated. He was a very private person. Baby Boober is the result of the end of World War II, when birth rates across the world spike… "We were all just in it to do the best that we could and we had a lot of fun.". Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time. [5] He reprised the role in the 1987 TV movie Anne of Avonlea, the 2000 TV movie Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story and an episode of Road to Avonlea in 1992. He spent four seasons at Ontario's Stratford Shakespeare Festival appearing in A Comedy Of Errors, Hamlet, As You Like It, Taming Of The Shrew, and as Romeo in Diana Leblanc's Romeo and Juliet. Part of HuffPost News. Megan Follows, Crombie's co-star, shared her memories following the announcement of his death on Saturday. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Actor Jonathan Crombie won the hearts of countless "Anne Of Green Gables" fans across the country and around the world for his portrayal of the handsome, dashing Gilbert Blythe, whose love belonged to the spirited, joyful Anne Shirley. "He was funny, he was sweet, he loved acting, he loved comedy and singing and dancing," she recalled Saturday. "He really enjoyed that series and was happy, very proud of it—we all were.". [3] His other television credits included a guest appearance on an episode of the Vancouver filmed TV series 21 Jump Street in 1991, voicing the title character in the animated series The Secret World of Benjamin Bear (2004–2010), and appearing in the second season of Slings & Arrows (2005), as playwright Lionel Train. PHOTOS: More stars who've passed away in 2015. "That was just an amazing thing for him to be able to do.". Crombie died April 15 at age 48 of complications related to a brain hemorrhage, but his performance is captured in the CBC TV specials from the 1980s. For many women of Generation X, Jonathan Crombie was their first PBS crush, even if they didn't know his name. All rights reserved. It was dedicated to the memory of Jonathan Crombie. News of his death led to "Gilbert Blythe" trending on Twitter as fans shared their condolences. Born and raised in Toronto, Jonathan was discovered at 17 while performing in a high school production of The Wizard of Oz. His organs were donated. His sister Carrie Crombie told the Canadian news organization that her brother suffered a brain hemorrhage and died in New York City on Wednesday.

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