Tom Jackson (actor)

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Tom Jackson

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Jackson in 2012
Thomas Dale Jackson

(1948-10-27) 27 October 1948 (age 75)
Occupation(s)Actor, singer
Years active1985–present

Thomas Dale Jackson, CC (born 27 October 1948) is a Canadian actor and singer. He created and starred in an annual series of Christmas concerts called the Huron Carole for 18 years. He was the Chancellor of Trent University from 2009 until 2013. He played Billy Twofeathers on Shining Time Station and Peter Kenidi on North of 60 .


Life and career

Tom Jackson was born on the One Arrow Reserve, Saskatchewan, near Batoche, the son of Rose, a Cree, and Marshall, an Englishman. He moved with his family to Namao, Alberta at age seven, and then to Winnipeg, Manitoba when he was fourteen. A year later, he dropped out of high school and lived on the streets for several years.

As an actor, he has starred in television shows such as North of 60 and Shining Time Station where his character Billy Twofeathers debuted in its Halloween episode "Scare Dares". Jackson also made a guest appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the season seven episode Journey's End. His films include Loyalties and The Diviners .

He also starred in Grizzly Falls in 1999. His film career remains active with his appearance in the 2007 horror thriller Skinwalkers . In 2014, he appeared in acclaimed director Sidney J. Furie's The Dependables , as Sergeant Robinson. [1] In 2019, he played White Bull, a Ute drug lord, opposite Liam Neeson in the film Cold Pursuit . He's cast member of the new 2023 series Sullivan's Crossing .

He has also released several albums of country and folk music. [2]

Personal life

Tom now resides in Calgary with his wife Alison (née Jones) and four children.


A well-known philanthropist, Jackson created an annual series of Christmas concerts called the Huron Carole. Featuring Jackson and numerous other Canadian singers and performers, the Huron Carole troupe travels across the country each year, raising money for the Canadian Association of Food Banks. An album of Christmas songs recorded to tie-in with the tour is an annual best seller in Canada. After 17 years, Jackson retired the Huron Carole and in its place launched Singing for Supper, a cross-Canada tour that plays smaller community venues raising money and gifts of food, during the 2005 Christmas season.

After North of 60 cast member Mervin Good Eagle died by suicide in October 1996, Tom started the Dreamcatcher Tour.

In the spring of 1997 Jackson's home town was bracing for "the flood of the century" that had already put towns south of the US/Canada border under water. Jackson was instrumental in organizing flood relief concerts across the nation (Calgary, Winnipeg).[ citation needed ]

Honours and decorations

Jackson has been honoured several times for his life's work. Most notably, in 2000, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and is a former member of the Order of Canada Advisory Council. He has been nominated for Juno Awards and Gemini Awards. He has also received honours from several Canadian universities, including honorary degrees from the University of Calgary, Trent University and the University of Lethbridge. He also received the Humanitarian Award at the 2007 Juno Awards due to his charitable efforts. [3] In May 2014, Jackson received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award (GGPAA) for his lifetime contributions to Canadian broadcasting. At the Gala honouring GGPAA recipients on 10 May, Jackson took to the National Arts Centre stage to perform one of his songs. [4]

On 14 April 2009, Jackson was announced as the tenth chancellor for Trent University. [5] Jackson held this position until 2013.

Canadian medals, orders, and decorationsRibbon BarYear bestowed
Order of Canada (CC) CAN Order of Canada Companion ribbon.svg
  • Officer 2000
  • Companion 2020 [6]
125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal Canada125 ribbon.png 1992
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal UK Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.svg 2002
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.svg 2012
Saskatchewan Centennial Medal SCM ribbon.png 2005
Alberta Centennial Medal ACM ribbon.png 2005


1985 Spirit Bay WillTV series (1 Episode)
1986 Loyalties EddyNominated–Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
1988 Martha, Ruth and Edie
Street Legal Geordie RobertsTV series (1 Episode)
1989–1990 The Campbells Five ClawsTV series (2 Episodes)
1991–1995 Shining Time Station Billy TwofeathersMain role; TV Series
1991 Clearcut Tom Starblanket
1992–1997 North of 60 Peter KenidiMain role; TV Series
Nominated–Gemini Award for Best Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (1995, 1996, 1998)
1993 Spirit RiderAlbert St. ClairTV movie
Medicine River Harlen BigbearTV movie
The Diviners JulesTV movie
Nominated–Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
1994 Street LegalDavid CormierTV series (2 Episodes)
Star Trek: The Next Generation LakantaTV series (1 Episode)
1995 Great Canadian Ghost StoriesHost
500 Nations voiceTV Miniseries
1996 The Adventures of Shirley Holmes MacTV series (1 Episode)
1999 Grizzly Falls Joshua McTavish
2000 Trial by FirePeter KenidiTV movie
Longhouse TalesHector LonghouseMain Role; TV Series
2001 Dream StormPeter KenidiTV movie
2002 Tom Stone Ray SwiftwaterTV series (1 Episode)
Relic Hunter Bobby GreenTV series (1 Episode)
2005 Mee-Shee: The Water Giant Custer
Distant Drumming: A North of 60 MysteryPeter KenidiTV movie
2006 Skinwalkers Will
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Chief JohnsonTV series (1 Episode)
2007 Little Mosque on the Prairie Professor CrakleTV series (1 Episode)
2011 Befriend and BetrayGuy PoirierTV movie
2012 Deadfall Old Native American Hunter
2014 The Dependables Sgt. Robinson
The Best Laid Plans GeorgeTV series (2 Episodes)
2018 Cardinal Lloyd KreegerTV series (4 Episodes)
2019 Cold Pursuit White Bull
2019; 2022 Outlander TehwahsehkweMain role; (3 Episodes)
2021 Supergirl Warden Wyatt KoteTV series (1 episode)
2023 Sullivan's Crossing Frank CranebearSeries regular



1990Sally Ann
Love, Lust and Longing
1994No Regrets
1997Home This Christmas
That Side of the Window
2001I Will Bring You Near
2006Singing for Supper on Tour
2011'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
2015Ballads Not Bullets
2018The Essential


YearSingleCAN CountryAlbum
1989"No Regrets"43No Regrets
1995"Few and Far Between"47
"Humble Me"
1997"Dance with the Devil"That Side of the Window
1998"Before the Owl Calls My Name"
"That Side of the Window"
2002"Love Don't Live Here Anymore"I Will Bring You Near
2011"The Gift"'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
2015"Blue Water"Ballads Not Bullets

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