Murray Westgate

Murray Westgate

  • Born on
    • April 16th, 1918
  • Died on
    • August 27th, 2018
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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Acting (8 Credits)

1991Scanners II: The New Order as George Kellum
1984Heavenly Bodies as Coach Hudson
1981Happy Birthday to Me as Gatekeeper
1979Running as Mr. Finlay
1977Rituals as Pilot
1974Sunday in the Country as Conway
1973Class of '44 as Principal
1972The House Without a Christmas Tree as Mr. Brady

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