A forty-year veteran of theatre, film, television and radio as an actor, playwright, author and 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 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 Cardshark in Klondike Fever; Sgt. Fraser Senior in Due South; and his GEMINI Award winning performance as Duff in Powerplay.
Clearly, Pinsent successfully balances acting and writing. His novels, The Rowdyman and John and the Missus were both turned into feature films, with Pinsent 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. Pinsent wrote and starred in the CBC Movie of the Week, Win Again, in which he won a GEMINI for his writing. His memoirs, By the Way, were published in 1994. Born in Newfoundland, Pinsent began his career at the Manitoba Theatre Centre, which led to roles at the Stratford Festival. This was followed by the role of 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.