Tom Kneebone

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Tom Kneebone
Born(1932-05-12)12 May 1932
Died15 November 2003(2003-11-15) (aged 71)
Occupation(s) cabaret performer and actor
Awards Order of Canada
Order of Ontario

Tom Kneebone, CM OOnt (12 May 1932 15 November 2003) was a New Zealand-Canadian cabaret performer and actor.


Early life

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Kneebone went to England to study at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.


He moved to Canada in 1963 and performed in various revues in Toronto, Ontario and across Canada for decades, often with onstage partner Dinah Christie. He performed at the Shaw Festival and the Stratford Festival of Canada. He became artistic director of the Smile Theatre Company in 1987, writing and directing performances at health care facilities and senior citizens' homes.

In early-2003, he was named a member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. Kneebone's Order of Canada honour was in recognition of being a "multi-talented performer who has had a long and eclectic career" [1] while his Order of Ontario honour was for having "brought joy to the lives of thousands of seniors confined to nursing homes and long-term care facilities through live theatre". [2]

Personal life

Kneebone died on 15 November 2003, aged 71 in Toronto. [3]



1964 The Luck of Ginger Coffey Kenny
1986A Judgment in StoneNorman Smith


1954Give Them a RingCharlieTelevision film
1958 On Camera Steve / Brenden McCoy2 episodes
1958 The Adventures of Chich Host24 episodes
1958–1959FolioNjegus / Variety / Diggory4 episodes
1958–1960 General Motors Theatre Tom Burton / Drinker / Newsvendor
1960 R.C.M.P. NewmanEpisode: "The Extortionist"
1963 Playdate Stage ManagerEpisode: "The Critic"
1963, 1964 Festival Stephen Undershaft / Dubois2 episodes
1963–1966 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Thomas Farmer15 episodes
1964 The Forest Rangers Bobo the ClownEpisode: "Let There Be Rain"
1979 King of Kensington CharlieEpisode: "Dear Aunt Martha"
1987 Adderly HeywoodEpisode: "Tiers of Internment"
1990 Road to Avonlea Rev. BrinsmeadEpisode: "Conversions"
1990Back to the BeanstalkThe ButlerTelevision film
1990–1993 Counterstrike Bennett66 episodes
1991–1992 The Adventures of Tintin Additional voices26 episodes
1993 Beyond Reality Carmichael WilliamsEpisode: "The Loving Cup"
1994 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Murray McCormackEpisode: "Magic Trick"
1994–1995 Side Effects Mr. Hamburg4 episodes
1995Spenser: A Savage PlaceHenriTelevision film

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  1. Order of Canada citation
  2. Profile Archived 2007-04-02 at the Wayback Machine ,; accessed February 5, 2018.
  3. "Tom Kneebone, Canadian Actor Who Worked at Shaw and Stratford Fests, Dead at 71 - Playbill". Playbill.