ERIC CHRISTMAS - 19th March, 1916 - 22nd July, 2000
Eric Cuthbert Christmas was born March 19th 1916 in London.
He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and in 1936 gained valuable experience in the English repertory theatre.
The zenith of his early theatrical days was a principal role in the London production of Noel Coward's "Bitter Sweet" before the Second World War.
During the war he continued his acting career while he was a member of the Royal Air Force production unit and performed in the RAF's Gang Show.
After he was de-mobbed from the air force he moved to Canada in 1948 where he first met the television comedians Wayne & Shuster which began a long association.
He toured Canada extensively with His own show "Christmas is Coming" during the 1950s.
In 1957 Eric first appeared at Canada's Stratford Festival and performed in 12 seasons and 21 Shakespearean productions until 1970.
His final appearance at Stratford was in 1987, when he played Dogberry in "Much Ado About Nothing.
In addition to his Shakespearian experience's he also had long and rewarding associations with the Canadian Players, San Diego's Globe Theatre, and the drama department at the University of California at San Diego.
Eric Christmas was a superb supporting actor and always delighted in whatever film he is in.
He appeared in a large body of TV shows of which
"Days of Our Lives" (1965) (1995-1996)
"The Sandy Duncan Show" (1972)
Columbo, A Friend in Deed (1974)
"War and Remembrance" (1989) are but a few and his Film credits include Monte Walsh (1970) The Andromeda Strain (1971)
The Last Tycoon (1976) Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)
The Changeling (1980) Porky's (1981) Porky's II: The Next Day (1983)
The Philadelphia Experiment (1984) All of Me (1984)
Porky's Revenge (1985) Bugsy (1991) Almost Dead (1994)
and Mouse Hunt (1997).
In everything he did he always gave of his best and like many supporting actors before him he was the glue that held a production together.
He and his wife Marcy had three children Robin, Holly, Kailee and six grandchildren.
Eric Died July 22nd 2000 in Camarillo, California.