The prolific Canadian actor who came to fame for playing in Sarah Polley’s drama “Away From Her,” Gordon Pinsent’s cause of death was revealed after he passed away on Saturday (February 25, 2023), at the age of 92, his friend actor Mark Critch confirmed.
Rest in peace; we send our deepest sympathies to his loved ones, family, friends, and fans.
The death news of Gordon, who gained international recognition in 2006 for starring alongside Julie Christie in Sarah Polley’s drama “Away From Her, was confirmed to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation through a statement shared by his family.
“Gordon Pinsent’s daughters, Leah and Beverly, and his son, Barry, would like to announce the passing of their father peacefully in sleep today with his family at his side,” stated a note written on behalf of Pinsent’s family by his son-in-law, Peter Keleghan, adding, “Gordon passionately loved this country and its people, purpose, and culture to his last breath.”
The Newfoundland native, a household name in Canada for decades after his many appearances on stage and screen, became known internationally after his Genie Award-winning turn as Grant in Sarah Polley’s acclaimed directorial debut.
His dignified portrayal so impressed Daniel Day-Lewis, who went on to win the best actor Oscar in 2008 for “ There Will Be Blood,” that he sent an email to Polley praising Pinsent’s performance as one of the most “astonishing” he’d ever seen.
Those types of kudos tickled the modest Pinsent. Well into the final years of his life, the actor remained mischievous, giggly, and often as giddy as a schoolboy whenever any praise was sent his way.
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There are some rumors claiming Gordon Pinsent’s cause of death was a recent illness he was suffering from while official sources have not confirmed it.
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“Now you see, I don’t talk that way about myself, so I was pleased — it was just terrific,” Pinsent said with a laugh in an interview with The Canadian Press of Day-Lewis’s email and the continuing raves he was getting for “ Away From Her,” especially since he didn’t garner the kind of international awards recognition some critics said he deserved for the role.
Pinsent was “suave, classy elegant, well-spoken,” said Critch, a fellow Newfoundlander and family friend who says he became close with Pinsent after working they worked together on a YouTube project.
Actors in Canada are following “on a path that (Pinsent) cut through a forest,” said Critch in a phone interview. “He never forgot anything. Like he would call you on Christmas, he’d call you on your birthday, he’d call you on Father’s Day, and we’d have a Facetime or a call,” said Critch.
“I will miss my great mentor and this hero, this giant colossus of Canadian entertainment, but I’ll miss my friend Gordon Pinsent from Newfoundland because he was an even better friend than he was an actor,” said Critch.
Pinsent also had memorable roles in “Who Has Seen The Wind” and “The Shipping News,” a major Hollywood production starring Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, and Cate Blanchett. Pinsent played newspaperman Billy Pretty in the 2001 film, and also cheerfully provided lessons in perfecting the Newfoundland accent to the rest of the cast.
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