|Born||October 12, 1966|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Died||April 15, 2015 48) (aged|
New York City, New York, United States
|Parent(s)||David Crombie and Shirley Crombie|
Jonathan Crombie (October 12, 1966 – April 15, 2015) was a Canadian actor and voice over artist, best known for playing Gilbert Blythe in CBC Television's 1985 telefilm Anne of Green Gables and its two sequels.
Crombie was born on October 12, 1966 in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Shirley Anne (Bowden) and David Crombie, who was the mayor of Toronto from 1972 to 1978 and a Canadian federal Cabinet Minister in the 1980s.Crombie attended Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute, where he was spotted by casting agent Diane Polley performing in a production of The Wizard of Oz.
Crombie had no previous acting experience and used a photo he took at a kiosk in Union Station when he auditioned for the role of Gilbert Blythe in the 1985 TV miniseries Anne of Green Gables.He reprised the role in the 1987 TV movie Anne of Avonlea , the 2000 TV movie Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story and an episode of Road to Avonlea in 1992. His role was so popular that he answered to the nickname "Gil".
Crombie was also a comedian and in 1998 performed on the Canadian TV series Comedy Now! as part of a sketch comedy group.His other television credits included a guest appearance on an episode of the Vancouver filmed TV series 21 Jump Street in 1991, voicing the title character in the animated series The Secret World of Benjamin Bear (2004–2010), along with its 3 prequel films, and appearing in the second season of Slings & Arrows (2005), as playwright Lionel Train. In 2015, he had a guest role on The Good Wife and Haven .
In 2014, Crombie and John Mitchell wrote, produced and directed a documentary titled Waiting for Ishtar about the 1987 film Ishtar .The documentary was financed by an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. It premiered in at Cinecycle in Toronto on December 14, 2017. It was dedicated to the memory of Jonathan Crombie.
Crombie appeared on stage in The Dishwashers by Morris Panych (Tarragon Theatre, 2005) and The Oxford Roof Climbers Rebellion by Stephen Massicotte (Tarragon Theatre/Great Canadian Stage Company, 2006). He spent four seasons at Ontario's Stratford Shakespeare Festival appearing in A Comedy Of Errors, Hamlet, As You Like It, Taming Of The Shrew, and as Romeo in Diana Leblanc's Romeo and Juliet. He was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for his role in the Canadian Stage Company's 1997 production of Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia .
Crombie debuted on Broadway in the Canadian musical The Drowsy Chaperone as "Man in Chair", from March to April 2007.He returned to the production beginning August 21, and performed the role during the show's tour through the United States.
In 2013, Crombie performed at Centerstage, Baltimore, in Clybourne Park and Benetha's Place for the Rasin Cycle featured on PBS.His final appearance on stage was playing two roles in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company's 2015 world premiere of Benediction, based on the novel by Kent Haruf.
Crombie's family announced on April 18, 2015 that he had died suddenly three days earlier of a brain hemorrhage in New York City. His organs were donated.News of his death led to "Gilbert Blythe" trending on Twitter as fans shared their condolences.
Crombie never married and had no children. At his memorial service in 2015, livetweeted by TVOntario journalist Steve Paikin, his sister Robin said that "Jonathan was also a gay man who didn’t come out until his 40s ... He was a very private person."
|1982||Class of 1984||Extra in final auditorium scene|
|1985||Anne of Green Gables||Gilbert Blythe||TV movie|
|1986||The Campbells||Kevin Sims||Episode: "The Face of a Stranger"|
|1986||A Judgment in Stone (The Housekeeper)||Bobby Coversdale|
|1987||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Barney Roth||Episode: "The Day They Came to Arrest the Book"|
|1987||Anne of Avonlea||Gilbert Blythe||TV movie|
|1988||Mount Royal||Rob Valeur||16 episodes|
|1988||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Rick Garrison||Episode: "Fogbound"|
|1989||The Jeweler's Shop||Christopher|
|1989||The Teddy Bears' Picnic||Benjamin Bear (voice)||TV movie|
|1989||The Hitchhiker||Kenny||Episode: "Coach"|
|1991||21 Jump Street||Bill Howard||Episode: "The Education of Terry Carver"|
|1992||Road to Avonlea||Gilbert Blythe||Episode: "Old Friends, Old Wounds"|
|1992||The Teddy Bears' Christmas||Benjamin Bear (voice)||TV movie|
|1992||The Good Fight||Sam Cragin||TV movie|
|1993||Matrix||Cumberland||Episode: "Conviction of His Courage"|
|1993||Class of '96||Sam Clive||Episode: "They Shoot Baskets, Don't They"|
|1997||Comedy Now!||Various||Episode: "Skippy's Rangers - The Show They Never Gave"|
|1998||The Waiting Game||Matt||TV movie|
|1998||The Teddy Bears' Scare||Benjamin Bear (voice)||TV movie|
|1999–2000||Power Play||Hudson James||5 episodes|
|2000||Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story||Gilbert Blythe||TV movie|
|2002||Earth: Final Conflict||Dr. Field||Episode: "Deep Sleep"|
|2003–2006||The Secret World of Benjamin Bear||Benjamin Bear (voice)||TV series|
|2003||Slings & Arrows||Episode: "Playing the Swan"|
|2004||The Jane Show||Dave||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2005||Slings & Arrows||Lionel Train||3 episodes|
|2006||Empty Room (short)|
|2013||Cottage Country||Dan Mushin|
|2015||The Good Wife||Inspector Bill Frazier||Episode: "Hail Mary"|
|2015||Haven||Young Dave||Episode: "Just Passing Through"|
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Anne Shirley is a fictional character introduced in the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. Shirley is featured throughout the classic book series, which revolve around her life and family in 19th and 20th-century Prince Edward Island.
Road to Avonlea is a Canadian television series first broadcast in Canada between January 7, 1990, and March 31, 1996, and in the United States starting on March 5, 1990. The program was created by Kevin Sullivan and produced by Sullivan Films in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and the Disney Channel, with additional funding from Telefilm Canada. The Disney Channel began airing the series in the United States from March 5, 1990 to March 30, 1997. The series was loosely adapted from a number of novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery, with many of the series' characters and episodes inspired by her stories.
David Edward Crombie is a Canadian politician, professor and consultant. Crombie served as mayor of Toronto from 1972 to 1978. In federal politics, he served as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament from 1978 to 1988 serving in several cabinet positions. As of 2020 Crombie is the last centre-right MP to represent Toronto Centre.
Colleen Rose Dewhurst was a Canadian-American actress mostly known for theatre roles. She was a renowned interpreter of the works of Eugene O'Neill on the stage, and her career also encompassed film, early dramas on live television, and Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival. One of her last roles was playing Marilla Cuthbert in the Kevin Sullivan television adaptations of the Anne of Green Gables series, and her reprisal of the role in the subsequent TV series Road to Avonlea. Dewhurst won two Tony Awards and four Emmy Awards for her stage and television work.
Anne of Green Gables is a 1985 Canadian made-for-television drama film based on the 1908 novel of the same name by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, and is the first in a series of four films. The film stars Megan Follows in the title role of Anne Shirley and was produced and directed by Kevin Sullivan for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It was released theatrically in Iran, Israel, Europe, and Japan.
Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel is a 1987 Canadian television miniseries film and the second in a series of four films. It is the sequel to the 1985 miniseries Anne of Green Gables, based on Lucy Maud Montgomery's novels Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island and Anne of Windy Poplars.
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The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. It is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the fictional 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage, as he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors.
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Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series is a Canadian animated television series produced by Sullivan Entertainment and developed by writer/director/producer Kevin Sullivan, based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. Many supporting characters are sourced from Sullivan's television series Road to Avonlea, which is based on Montgomery's books The Story Girl and The Golden Road. One season of the series was produced, with 26 episodes, originally airing from 2001 to 2002. The series was developed for PBS. Barbie.com was responsible for the funding.
The Blythes Are Quoted is a book completed by L. M. Montgomery (1874–1942) near the end of her life but not published in its entirety until 2009. It is her eleventh book to feature Anne Shirley Blythe, who first appears in her first and best-known novel, Anne of Green Gables (1908), and then in Anne of Avonlea (1909), Chronicles of Avonlea (1912), Anne of the Island (1915), Anne's House of Dreams (1917), Rainbow Valley (1919), Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920), Rilla of Ingleside (1921), Anne of Windy Poplars (1936), and Anne of Ingleside (1939). It consists of an experimental blend of fifteen short stories, forty-one poems, and numerous vignettes featuring Anne and members of her family discussing her poetry. The book focuses on small-town life in Glen St. Mary, Prince Edward Island, and is divided into two halves: one preceding the events of the First World War of 1914–1918 and one relating incidents after the war, up to and including the beginning of the Second World War of 1939–1945.