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Tyrone Benskin

Born: 1958

Biography

Tyrone Benskin has been a significant presence in theatre, film, television and music for over 30 years. As part of the Canadian and International cultural landscape Tyrone has amassed an impressive resume and acclaim for a significant and varied body of work;, from no-nonsense cop to caring and devoted father, from ancient warrior to the characters showing the darkness of human nature. His numerous theatre credits include appearances on many of the celebrated stages across Canada. His over 100 film and television credits include co-starring with Tori Spelling in the TV movie "Mind over Murder", the new Christmas classic "The Christmas Choir", "The Wool Cap" and the civil rights drama "Deacons for Defense" opposite Forrest Whitaker and Mr. Ossie Davis. Mr. Benskin also appeared in the NBC mini-series 10.5: Apocalypse and starred as Karl Lubinsky in the cult science fiction series "Charlie Jade" which aired in Canada, the US and internationally including South Africa, France, England and Japan. Feature films include the blockbuster hit "300", Bob Dylan bio-pic "I'm not There" and acclaimed independent films "Peepers" and "Adam's Wall." For over 5 years, Mr. Benskin served as Artistic Director of Black Theatre Workshop, Canada's oldest Black theatre company. He served President of the Board of Creations Etc., a youth arts and outreach organization as well as serving on the board several community based non-profit organizations. Mr. Benskin was twice elected to the post of National Vice President of ACTRA, Canada's national film and television actors union. On May 2nd, 2011 Mr. Benskin was elected to the 41st Parliament of Canada as the Member for the diverse riding of Jeanne-Le Ber. Mr. Benskin was subsequently appointed to the post of "Official Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage" by the Honorable Jack Layton. Mr. Benskin also serves as Deputy Critic for Official Languages and served on the Sub-Committee for International Human Rights. Benskin served as a Member of Canada's House of Commons for four and a half years returning to the big screen in 2016 in Bad Santa 2 and the small screen as recurring character Rev. Wardell Cobb in season 2 of The Art of More opposite Denis Quaid.
Known For Acting
Gender Male
Place of Birth Bristol, England, UK

Resources

Movies

Sci-fighters

Dr. Gene Washington in Sci-fighters

The Kiss

Train Station Conductor in The Kiss

The Christmas Choir

Bob in The Christmas Choir

Jack Paradise (Les nuits de Montréal)

Winston White in Jack Paradise (Les nuits de Montréal)

300

Persian Emissary in 300

Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad

Ward in Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad

The Long Island Incident

Colin Ferguson in The Long Island Incident

The Glass Castle

Ronnie in The Glass Castle

Bears

Narrator (voice) in Bears

Marked Man

Boyd in Marked Man

Deacons for Defense

Archie in Deacons for Defense

Aftermath

Arnold Ross in Aftermath

Peepers

Helman in Peepers

Mind Over Murder

Julian Hasty in Mind Over Murder

My Breast

Dr. Henry Balmer in My Breast

Spenser: A Savage Place

Stevenson in Spenser: A Savage Place

A Woman's Rage

Officer Kingman in A Woman's Rage

Final Verdict

Detective Lewis in Final Verdict

Redeemer

in Redeemer

Small Crimes

Chaplin in Small Crimes

Manivald

Moose (voice) in Manivald

The Final Heist

Juan in The Final Heist

Adam's Wall

in Adam's Wall

Summer Villa

Dominic Barone in Summer Villa

Island of the Dead

Dwight Truman in Island of the Dead

Tales from the Neverending Story: Badge of Courage

Cairon in Tales from the Neverending Story: Badge of Courage

Tales from the Neverending Story: Resurrection

Cairon in Tales from the Neverending Story: Resurrection

Tales from the Neverending Story: The Beginning

Cairon in Tales from the Neverending Story: The Beginning

Tales from the Neverending Story: The Gift

Cairon in Tales from the Neverending Story: The Gift

The Amityville Curse

Video Technician in The Amityville Curse

Stranger in the House

Slovitz in Stranger in the House

Dead Like Me: Life After Death

Police Commissioner Cusek in Dead Like Me: Life After Death

The Killing Yard

Haywood Burns in The Killing Yard

Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling

Dr. Nasser in Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling

Clouds

Doctor in Clouds

Johnny and Clyde

Hadley in Johnny and Clyde

Pieces of a Woman

Judge in Pieces of a Woman

Birthmarked

Dr. Metcalfe in Birthmarked

Christie's Revenge

Detective Hogue in Christie's Revenge

Immortals

Hoplite Captain in Immortals

Scanners II: The New Order

Store Owner in Scanners II: The New Order

The Legend of Sarila

Itak (voice) in The Legend of Sarila

Chaos Walking

Hammer in Chaos Walking

Cyberbully

Principal Wasney in Cyberbully

I'm Not There

Mr. Arvin in I'm Not There

Boys On Film 20: Heaven Can Wait

Moose (segment "Manivald") (voice) in Boys On Film 20: Heaven Can Wait

Deadly Surveillance

Pool side cop in Deadly Surveillance

Moonfall

Judge in Moonfall

The Christmas Checklist

George in The Christmas Checklist

A Husband, a Wife and a Lover

Dr. Carpenter in A Husband, a Wife and a Lover

Criminal Law

Jackson in Criminal Law

Beau Is Afraid

Rattled Businessman in Beau Is Afraid

Candy the Stripper

in Candy the Stripper

The Fire Inside

AJ in The Fire Inside

Lotto 6/66

Landlord in Lotto 6/66

Flash Gordon: Marooned on Mongo

Additional Voices (voice) in Flash Gordon: Marooned on Mongo

Naked City: Justice with a Bullet

Donovan in Naked City: Justice with a Bullet

Evergreen$

in Evergreen$

Sunday Afternoon

Monty in Sunday Afternoon

Mémoires Métissées

in Mémoires Métissées

TV Shows