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Ron Canada in 2009
Ronald Ellis Canada
May 3, 1949
New York City, NY, U.S.
Ronald Ellis Canada (born May 3, 1949) is an American journalist and actor with a specialty in portraying judges and detectives.
Following completion of the Michele Clark broadcast journalism program at Columbia University, under the guidance of producer Fred Friendly, Canada commenced his career as a television news reporter in 1971 at WBAL-TV. In 1974, he began his three-year tenure at WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. For his work in the nation's capital, Canada was nominated twice for Regional Emmy Awards, receiving the award in 1977. The following year he received an A.P. Award for Outstanding Reporting.[ citation needed ]
He began his acting career in 1978. While making the career transition he worked part-time as a broadcaster for The Voice of America (U.S. Information Agency). He studied acting at The Folger Theatre Group under the tutelage of Franchelle Stewart Dorn. He moved from D.C. to New York in 1985. Shortly thereafter he became the second actor to play the role of ‘Troy Maxson’ in August Wilson's Fences at The GeVa Theatre in Rochester, New York (January 1986).
Canada has had a long career in both television and film, known primarily for his work in Cinderella Man , Wedding Crashers ,and his recurring role as Under Secretary of State Ted Barrow on The West Wing . In 1996, Ron received the Dallas Film Critics Award and significant national attention for his performance as "Otis Payne" in John Sayles's film Lone Star .
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