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Murray Westgate

Like most young men at the time with the outbreak of World War Two, Murray Westgate signed up to serve his country. He joined the Canadian navy and was posted to Halifax where he was trained as a wireless operator. On his discharge in 1945, he heard that a repertory company was being formed on the west coast and so he became a member of Vancouver`s first professional theatre company, Everyman Theatre, which had been formed in 1946 by Sydney Risk. A touring company resulted and Westgate and a group of young actors toured the West. He then joined the CBC in Vancouver and was cast in radio dramas for which the CBC Vancouver studios were famous. In 1949 he moved to Toronto where his voice was soon heard in many CBC network radio productions out of the Toronto studios, among them the long-running Sunday series which began as Stage 44, directed by Andrew Allan, and the Ford Television Theatre, produced by Allan Savage. Westgate won an ACTRA Award in 1979 for his work on the made-for-television movie, Tyler. He is probably best remembered by a certain age group for being the spokesman for Imperial Oil, appearing in commercials for 17 years, especially when they were a major sponsor of Hockey Night In Canada on the CBC. Westgate died at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.

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Apr 16, 1918 In Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The House Without a Christmas Tree 1972-12-03
Latest Project:
Movie Scanners II: The New Order 1991-06-28
Known For
Poster of Scanners II: The New Order
Poster of Heavenly Bodies
Poster of Honeyboy
Poster of Knight Rider
Movie Scanners II: The New Order George Kellum 1991-06-28
Movie Heavenly Bodies Coach Hudson 1984-02-01
Series Knight Rider Technician 1982-09-26
Movie Honeyboy Doctor 1982-10-17
Movie Happy Birthday to Me Gatekeeper 1981-05-15
Movie Fish Hawk Billie Firman 1980-01-25
Movie The Kidnapping of the President Archie Standler 1980-08-15
Movie Crossbar Carver 1979-07-21
Movie Running Mr. Finlay 1979-10-30
Movie Rituals Pilot 1977-07-21
Movie Last Bride Of Salem Rev. Hiram Fletcher 1974-05-08
Movie Sunday in the Country Conway 1974-11-22
Movie Tom Sawyer Coroner 1973-03-23
Movie She Cried Murder Sergeant Withers 1973-09-25
Movie Class of '44 Principal 1973-04-10
Movie The House Without a Christmas Tree Mr. Brady 1972-12-03