Tony Van Bridge

Last updated

Valentine Anthony Neil "Tony Van" Bridge CM (28 May 1917 20 December 2004) was a British television and theatre actor and director.


Early life

Bridge was born in London and first appeared as a child actor at the age of ten, and enrolled aged 19 at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. [1] [2]

He married Kippe Cammaerts just before World War II. [3] They had two children, Pieter and Michael. While he was away during World War II, his wife met Jack Morpurgo and started a relationship with him. Bridge returned to England in 1946 and shortly thereafter decided to emigrate to Canada.

Bridge had three further children in Canada – Shona Bridge, David Cheyne and Peter Cheyne. [4]


Bridge worked for 15 years with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and 30 years with the Shaw Festival. [5] He was interim artistic director at Shaw for the 197475 season. [6]

On 27 April 2000, Bridge was made a Member of the Order of Canada for his services to the performing arts.

Bridge died 20 December 2004 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. He was survived by his ex-wife Stacey and predeceased by his second wife Elizabeth Bridge.

Television (partial)

Related Research Articles

Robert Shaw (actor) English actor and novelist

Robert Archibald Shaw was an English actor, novelist, and playwright. He was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his role as Henry VIII in the drama film A Man for All Seasons (1966). He played the conned mobster Doyle Lonnegan in The Sting (1973) and the shark hunter Quint in Jaws (1975).

Ralph Fiennes English actor, producer, and director

Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes is an English actor, film producer, and director. A Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre.

Stratford, Ontario City in Ontario, Canada

Stratford is a city on the Avon River within Perth County in southwestern Ontario, Canada, with a 2016 population of 31,465 in a land area of 28.28 square kilometres. Stratford is the seat of Perth County which was settled by English, Irish, Scottish and German immigrants, in almost equal numbers, starting in the 1820s but primarily in the 1830s and 1840s. Most became farmers, and even today, the area around Stratford is known for mixed farming, dairying and hog production.

Geraint Wyn Davies Welsh-Canadian-American actor.

Geraint Wyn Davies is a Welsh-born Canadian stage, film and television actor-director. Educated in Canada, he has worked in his native United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. His most famous role is likely that of vampire-turned-police detective Nick Knight in the Canadian television series Forever Knight.

Hume Cronyn Canadian-American actor

Hume Blake Cronyn Jr., OC was a Canadian actor of stage and screen, who enjoyed a long career, often appearing professionally alongside Jessica Tandy, his wife of over fifty years.

Douglas Rain Canadian actor and narrator

Douglas James Rain was a Canadian actor and narrator. Though primarily a stage actor, he provided the voice of the HAL 9000 computer for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and its sequel, 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984).

Stratford Festival theatre festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada

The Stratford Festival is a theatre festival which runs from April to October in the city of Stratford, Ontario, Canada. Founded by local journalist Tom Patterson in 1952, the festival was formerly known as the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, the Shakespeare Festival and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. The festival was one of the first arts festivals in Canada and continues to be one of its most prominent. It is recognized worldwide for its productions of Shakespearean plays.

Christopher Plummer Canadian actor

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer is a Canadian actor whose career has spanned seven decades, beginning with his film debut in Stage Struck (1958).

Shaw Festival theatre festival in Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario, Canada

The Shaw Festival is a major not-for-profit theatre festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is the second largest repertory theatre company in North America. Founded in 1962, its original mandate was to stimulate interest in George Bernard Shaw and his period, and to advance the development of theatre arts in Canada.

Kim Coates Canadian actor

Kim F. Coates is a Canadian-American actor who has worked in both Canadian and American films and television series. He has worked on Broadway portraying Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire and in the lead role of Macbeth performed at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. He is best known for his role as Alexander "Tig" Trager in the FX series Sons of Anarchy and as Declan Gardiner in the Citytv series Bad Blood, as well as his recurring roles in Prison Break, Cold Case, CSI and CSI: Miami. and film roles in The Last Boy Scout (1991), Bad Boys (1995), King of Sorrow (2006), Goon (2011).

Colm Feore American-born Canadian actor

Colm Feore OC, is an American–Canadian actor. A 13-year veteran of the Stratford Festival, he is best known for his Gemini-winning turn as Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in the television miniseries Trudeau, as well as roles such as Detective Martin Ward in Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Lord Marshal Zhylaw in The Chronicles of Riddick, Pope Julius II on The Borgias, First Gentleman Henry Taylor on 24, General Ted Brockhart on House of Cards, Declan Gallard on 21 Thunder and Wernher von Braun in For All Mankind. He is a Prix Iris and Screen Actors Guild Award winner and a Genie Award nominee.

William Hutt (actor) Canadian actor of stage, television and film

William Ian DeWitt Hutt, was a Canadian actor of stage, television and film. Hutt's distinguished career spanned over fifty years and won him many accolades and awards. While his base throughout his career remained at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, he appeared on the stage in London, New York and across Canada.

Mark Rylance English actor, theatre director, and playwright

Sir David Mark Rylance Waters is an English actor, theatre director, and playwright. He was the first artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in London, between 1995 and 2005. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, Rylance made his professional debut at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow in 1980. He appeared in the West End productions of Much Ado About Nothing in 1994 and Jerusalem in 2010, winning the Olivier Award for Best Actor for both. He has also appeared on Broadway, winning three Tony Awards: two for Best Actor for Boeing Boeing in 2008 and Jerusalem in 2011, and one for Best Featured Actor for Twelfth Night in 2014. He received Best Actor nominations for Richard III in 2014 and Farinelli and the King in 2017. He is one of only eight actors to have won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play twice while his nominations for Richard III and Twelfth Night in 2014 make him one of only six performers to be nominated in two acting categories in the same year.

Christopher Newton is a Canadian director and actor and served as artistic director of the Shaw Festival from 1980 to 2002.

Anton Rodgers actor (1933-2007)

Anthony "Anton" Rodgers was an English actor and occasional director. He performed on stage, in film, in television dramas and sitcoms. He starred in several sitcoms, including Fresh Fields, its sequel French Fields, and May to December.

Michael Morpurgo British childrens writer

Sir Michael Andrew Bridge Morpurgo, is an English book author, poet, playwright, and librettist who is known best for children's novels such as War Horse (1982). His work is noted for its "magical storytelling", for recurring themes such as the triumph of an outsider or survival, for characters' relationships with nature, and for vivid settings such as the Cornish coast or World War I. Morpurgo became the third Children's Laureate, from 2003 to 2005.

Francis Edward Paxton Whitehead is an English actor, theatre director and playwright. He was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for his performance as Pellinore in the 1980 revival of Camelot.

Graham Abbey is a Canadian film, television and stage actor, who is best known for his role as Gray Jackson in TV drama The Border.

Peter Thomas Donaldson was a Canadian actor.

Michael Bawtree Canadian director, actor and writer

Michael Bawtree is a Canadian actor, director, author and educator.


  1. "Tony van Bridge, 87: Actor won stage acclaim". Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  2. van Bridge, Tony (2 August 1998). "Dialogue: Tony van Bridge" (Interview). Interviewed by Richard Ouzounian. TV Ontario. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  3. "Michael Morpurgo; Jean Webb". 23 May 2006. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  4. "Valentine A. N. "Tony" VAN BRIDGE". 20 December 2004. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  5. "Tony van Bridge acting credits". Stratford Festival Archives. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  6. van Bridge, Tony (1995). Also in the Cast: The Memoirs of Tony van Bridge. Oakville, Ontario: Mosaic Press. ISBN   0-9699478-0-1.