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Al Waxman est un Acteur, Réalisateur et Scénariste Canadien né le 2 mars 1935 à Toronto (Canada)

Al Waxman

Al Waxman
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Nom de naissance Albert Samuel Waxman
Nationalité Canada
Naissance 2 mars 1935 à Toronto (Canada)
Mort 18 janvier 2001 (à 65 ans) à Toronto (Canada)

Al Waxman est un acteur, réalisateur et scénariste canadien, né le 2 mars 1935 à Toronto, et mort le 18 janvier 2001 à Toronto (Canada).


Early life
Waxman was born in Toronto to Jewish immigrants from Poland. His parents operated and owned Melinda Lunch, a small restaurant. His father, Aaron Waxman, died when Al was nine.

Waxman's career began at the age of twelve on CBC Radio, but it was not until 1975, when he began playing the role of Larry King on CBC's King of Kensington, that he became a Canadian icon.

In the 1980 award winning film Atlantic City starring Burt Lancaster, Waxman appeared as a rich cocaine buyer with a seemingly endless amount of cash.

During the 1980s, Waxman starred as the gruff but endearing Lt. Bert Samuels in the highly successful CBS television drama Cagney & Lacey.

During the 1990s, Waxman appeared in a variety of films and television shows, but began spending more time acting and directing in the theatre. In 1991, Al hosted Missing Treasures, a TV show which profiled missing children in Canada. He was also a founding member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

In 1997, he was awarded the best actor Gemini Award for his performance in the television film Net Worth.

Waxman also appeared at the Stratford Festival, beginning with his critically acclaimed performance as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman in 1997. He also directed The Diary of Anne Frank at the Stratford Festival in 2000. He was to return to Stratford for his highly anticipated portrayal of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice in 2001. In the wake of Waxman's death, one month before rehearsals were to begin, Paul Soles accepted the part of Shylock and the play was performed in honour of Waxman.

His last television role was as celestial Judge Othneil in Twice in a Lifetime. The last episode, on which he worked right up until the afternoon before his elective heart bypass surgery, was about a man, popular in his community, who needed routine bypass surgery, but died during the operation. Although some sections of the episode were rewritten, at the end of this final episode, Waxman's character is asked rhetorically "why do the good die young" to which he has no answer. He's then told "you were quite a warrior". His response – not merely the end of the episode, but one of Waxman's last lines ever recorded, and spoken with a smile – was: "I had my day".

Throughout his career, he responded to the need for his services in community work and was involved with charitable causes from coast to coast. He was a spokesperson for organizations such as United Appeal, United Jewish Appeal, Israel Bonds, Variety Club, the Muscular Dystrophy Telethons, and Big Brothers (for which he also became an honorary member). From June 1979 to June 1981, he was the National Campaign Chairman for the Canadian Cancer Society, and from 1988 to 1989, he was an official spokesperson for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Together with his wife, Sara Waxman, he also created the Sara and Al Waxman Neo-Natal Unit at the Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Jerusalem.

Al Waxman was accorded many tributes for his volunteer and philanthropic work. In 1978, he was honoured with the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal. In 1989, he was the recipient of the B'nai B'rith of Canada Humanitarian Award. In 1996, Waxman was inducted into the Order of Ontario and, in 1997, into the Order of Canada. In 1998, he was given the Earle Grey Award for lifetime achievement in Canadian television.

Waxman died in Toronto during heart surgery on January 18, 2001, at the age of 65.

Following his death, a statue of him, created by Ruth Abernethy, was erected in Kensington Market, the Toronto neighbourhood where King of Kensington takes place. The inscription in front of the statue reads "There's lots to do down the road, there's always more. Trust your gut instincts. In small matters trust your mind, but in the important decisions of life – trust your heart." In May 2014, the statue was vandalised with graffiti and resembled the Joker, a Batman villain. A relationship anarchy symbol was also on the statue's forehead. However, Abernethy said she doesn't take the vandalism personally. The statue was later cleaned and polished.

Fan club
Musician Jaymz Bee of the Bee People (prior to his work with Look People, the Royal Jelly Orchestra, and various projects) was a founder of the Al Waxman Fan Club. The fan club began in 1984 following the heyday of the King of Kensington television show. Bee, his associates Clay Tyson (son of Ian & Sylvia), Bazl Salazar, Bruce J. Scott, and artist Max MacDonald, would host parties and write songs in honour of Waxman. They created a dance called "The Waxman Wiggle". Some Bee People song titles include: "Have Al Instead", "Al or Nothing", "UniversAl" and "Puff, The Waxman Poodle". While the fan club initially appeared to be a publicity stunt, this led to a long and successful association between Jaymz Bee and Al Waxman. Waxman attended some of the fan club events as organised by Bee, most of which raised money for charities such as the Canadian Cancer Foundation and Big Brother.

Bee attended Waxman's funeral and, with his fan club, held a wake in Toronto on January 25, 2001. They had a New Orleans-style funeral march with a jazz band and paraded from The Cameron House to Kensington Market where they recorded his hit TV theme song with Vezi Tayyeb at Kensington Sound. The AWFC boasted over 1,000 card carrying members and, while the bulk of members were from Toronto, some were as far away as Japan and Africa. President Bee received a terse reply from Buckingham Palace notifying him that the Queen does not "join a fan club". Al Waxman realized over the years that this organization, while appearing tongue-in-cheek, was a group of bona fide fans who enjoyed celebrating "the King of Canada". Members of the now dormant AWFC can still be seen wandering through Kensington Market to shake the hand of the Al Waxman statue that resides there.

Le plus souvent avec

Don Carmody
Don Carmody
(5 films)
(1 films)
Henry Gibson
Henry Gibson
(2 films)
Aidan Devine
Aidan Devine
(4 films)
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Filmographie de Al Waxman (37 films)

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Judy Garland, la vie d'une étoile, 2h19
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Biographie
Acteurs Judy Davis, Tammy Blanchard, Victor Garber, Hugh Laurie, John Benjamin Hickey, Alison Pill
Rôle Louis B. Mayer
Note80% 4.0165754.0165754.0165754.0165754.016575
Christmas 1924: Two-year-old Frances Gumm performs in public for the first time, singing "Jingle Bells". Her mother, Ethel, watches from the audience while her father, Frank, watches from backstage. Ethel is unhappy with her marriage because of her husband's homosexuality. To help herself cope, she moves the family to Hollywood with the hope that her daughters will break into the movie business.
Les liens du coeur, 2h
Réalisé par Maggie Greenwald
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame
Acteurs Brooke Shields, Cherry Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Anne Meara, Al Waxman, Melanie Nicholls-King
Rôle Frank Cataldi
Note65% 3.2949553.2949553.2949553.2949553.294955
En Floride, Sandy Cataldi vit en couple avec Janine Nielssen. Très amoureuses l'une de l'autre, Sandy et Janine décident de se marier. Rapidement, elles désirent avoir un enfant et ont recours à l'insémination artificielle. Si la famille de Sandy est enthousiaste à cette idée, celle de Janine, qui n'a toujours pas accepté son homosexualité, réagit violemment et la rejette.
Hurricane Carter, 2h25
Réalisé par Norman Jewison
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Biographie
Thèmes La prison, Le racisme, Sport, Arts martiaux, La boxe, La peine de mort, Le boxe anglaise
Acteurs Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber, John Hannah, Dan Hedaya
Rôle Warden
Note75% 3.7988653.7988653.7988653.7988653.798865
À la fin des années 1950, Rubin Carter, boxeur de talent, est condamné à la perpétuité pour un triple meurtre qu'il n'a pas commis. Décidé à faire connaitre sa vérité, il décide de publier son autobiographie. Malheureusement pour lui, sa situation n'évolue pas. Des années plus tard, un adolescent, convaincu de son innocence, décide de se battre à ses côtés pour lui rendre sa liberté.
A Saintly Switch, 1h28
Réalisé par Peter Bogdanovich
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie, Fantasy
Thèmes Sport, Football américain
Acteurs David Alan Grier, Vivica A. Fox, Al Waxman, Shadia Simmons, Rue McClanahan, Frank Welker
Rôle Coach Beasily
Note58% 2.904952.904952.904952.904952.90495
At the film's opening, Dan and Sara are experiencing marital fallout. According to their pre-teen children, Clark and Annette, they both underestimate each other's role in the family. When a new position with the Saints takes them to New Orleans, the Andersons purchase a dilapidated mansion. Upon arrival, they start fighting worse than ever. The children go up into the attic and discover a book of spells, finding out from their babysitter, the resident voodoo sorceress, that this house once belonged to the most powerful sorceress in the area. Desperate to save their parents marriage, the two cast a spell which inadvertently switches their parents' bodies.
Critical Care, 1h47
Réalisé par Sidney Lumet
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie
Thèmes Maladie
Acteurs James Spader, Kyra Sedgwick, Helen Mirren, Anne Bancroft, Albert Brooks, Wallace Shawn
Rôle Avocat Sheldon Hatchett
Note59% 2.9534352.9534352.9534352.9534352.953435
Dans un hôpital en crise, un médecine est impliqué dans la dispute entre deux demi-sœurs, l'une voulant débrancher leur père plongé dans le coma, l'autre non.
Contrat sur un terroriste, 1h59
Réalisé par Christian Duguay
Origine Canada
Genres Drame, Thriller, Action, Aventure, Espionnage, Policier
Thèmes Espionnage, Politique, Le terrorisme, Politique
Acteurs Aidan Quinn, Donald Sutherland, Ben Kingsley, Claudia Ferri, Céline Bonnier, Leni Parker
Rôle Carl Mickens - CIA
Note67% 3.396653.396653.396653.396653.39665
Deux agents de la Central Intelligence Agency et du Mossad, Shaw et Amos, forment et utilisent un sosie du terroriste vénézuélien Ilich Ramirez Sanchez alias Carlos, en la personne du Lt. Cmdr. Annibal Ramirez de l'US Navy, pour le traquer...
Bogus (1996)
, 1h50
Réalisé par Norman Jewison
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Science-fiction, Fantastique, Comédie, Comédie dramatique, Fantasy
Thèmes L'enfance, Films pour enfants
Acteurs Whoopi Goldberg, Gérard Depardieu, Haley Joel Osment, Nancy Travis, Andrea Martin, Denis Mercier
Rôle le principal
Note53% 2.657742.657742.657742.657742.65774
À la suite du décès de sa mère dans un accident de voiture, Albert, sept ans, doit quitter Las Vegas et son monde de paillettes, de clowns et d'illusionnistes pour retrouver une nouvelle maman, la meilleure amie d'enfance de sa mère. Harriet, célibataire endurcie et femme indépendante et dynamique, ne comprend pas ce petit orphelin rêveur qui, pour se défendre de son pragmatisme lui oppose un personnage invisible, Bogus, colosse jovial et chaleureux. Harriet s'efforce de ramener l'enfant à la réalité jusqu'au jour où elle se rend à l'évidence : Bogus n'est pas un fantasme.
Gotti (1996)
, 1h54
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Biographie, Action, Policier
Thèmes L'immigration, Mafia, La mer, Transport, Gangsters
Acteurs Armand Assante, William Forsythe, Anthony Quinn, Vincent Pastore, Richard C. Sarafian, Dominic Chianese
Rôle Bruce Cutler
Note71% 3.596283.596283.596283.596283.59628
De 1973 à 1992, l'ascension du gangster John Gotti, membre de la famille Gambino, une des plus importantes de la mafia new-yorkaise, qui allait devenir le parrain après en avoir éliminé Paul Castellano, le chef en place qu'il haïssait, avant de connaître la chute, notamment de sa surmédiatisation dans les médias et par la trahison de son consigliere Sammy Gravano.
Aigle de fer IV, 1h36
Réalisé par Sidney J. Furie
Genres Thriller, Action, Aventure
Thèmes Le terrorisme, Transport, Aviation, Forces armées des États-Unis, Écoterrorisme
Acteurs Louis Gossett Jr., Al Waxman, Joanne Vannicola, Marilyn Lightstone, Dean McDermott, Aidan Devine
Rôle Gen. Kettle
Note33% 1.6672851.6672851.6672851.6672851.667285
Affecté à une école de pilotage pour jeunes délinquants, un ancien as de l'US Air Force se voit relégué au rôle d'entraîneur d'un groupe de recrues peu disciplinées. Alors qu'il tente de mener à bien sa mission, il découvre que l'école sert de couverture à un odieux traffic ....
Net Worth
Net Worth (1995)
, 1h32
Réalisé par Jerry Ciccoritti
Origine Canada
Genres Drame
Thèmes Sport, Hockey sur glace
Acteurs Aidan Devine, R.H. Thomson, Carl Marotte, Al Waxman, Richard Donat, Dan Lett
Rôle Jack Adams
Note71% 3.568453.568453.568453.568453.56845
Based on the true story of the Detroit Red Wings' Ted Lindsay, a nine-time NHL All-Star who, along with Doug Harvey of the Montreal Canadiens, headed up a small group of players in a battle to protect the rights of players against monopolistic NHL owners of the 1950s era, including Bruce Norris of the Red Wings, Conn Smythe of the Toronto Maple Leafs and James D. Norris of the Chicago Black Hawks as well as NHL president, Clarence Campbell. The film focuses on the conflict between Lindsay and Jack Adams, Detroit's general manager, as well as Lindsay's struggle to win over the trust and support of the players, including Lindsay's long-time team mate, the legendary Gordie Howe, amidst coercion and threats from the league and the owners. Lindsay's efforts would ultimately result in the formation of the NHL Players Association.
Explosion immédiate, 1h22
Réalisé par Christian Duguay
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Action
Thèmes Le terrorisme, Transport, Automobile, Road movie, Film de poursuite
Acteurs Pierce Brosnan, Ron Silver, Ben Cross, Philip Baker Hall, Lisa Eilbacher, Tony Plana
Rôle James Garvey
Note55% 2.7990152.7990152.7990152.7990152.799015
À la suite de violentes explosions décimant la classe politique, le gouvernement décide de faire appel à un expert en explosifs du FBI pour mener l’enquête. À chaque attentat, pas le moindre indice, ni la moindre de trace d'explosif. Danny O'Neill (Pierce Brosnan) doit mettre fin à cette série d'actions terroristes qui ébranle le pouvoir, mais le temps joue contre lui...
New York, alerte à la peste, 1h30
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller
Thèmes Film catastrophe, Film catastrophe américain
Acteurs Kate Jackson, Al Waxman, Jeffrey Nordling, Chip Zien, Barbara Williams, David Hewlett
Rôle Mayor Andy Carmichael
Note56% 2.8100552.8100552.8100552.8100552.810055
Dans l'avion qui la ramène à New York, Sarah se sent malade. Arrivée sur place, elle meurt à l'hôpital. La cause semble être la peste. Alors que le gouvernement tente de le cacher à la population, le Dr Nora Hart est chargée de retrouver chaque personne ayant eu contact avec la victime.
L'arme secrète, 1h34
Réalisé par Aaron Norris
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Action, Policier
Acteurs Chuck Norris, Michael Parks, Alberta Watson, Ken Pogue, Al Waxman, Marcel Sabourin
Rôle Marco Luganni
Note53% 2.65312.65312.65312.65312.6531
Cliff Garett est un flic new-yorkais qui découvre au cours d'une enquête de routine que son partenaire, Ronny Delanay, n'est qu'un ripoux. Ce dernier, à la solde d'un groupe de trafiquants, le liquide pour ne pas être démasqué. Transporté à l'hôpital, Garett lutte contre la mort mais, pour ses supérieurs, il est officiellement mort...