Leon Pownall

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Leon Pownall
Born (1943-04-26)April 26, 1943
Wrexham, Wales
Died June 2, 2006(2006-06-02) (aged 63)
Stratford, Ontario

Leon Pownall (April 26, 1943 – June 2, 2006) was a Welsh Canadian actor and director.

He was born in Wrexham in Wales and came to Hamilton, Ontario with his family in 1957. He performed at the Stratford Festival during the 1960s and returned several times to the Festival over the years to perform, the last time in 2002 as a director.

Pownall wrote and performed a one man play, Do Not Go Gentle, about Dylan Thomas. Geraint Wyn Davies later performed this work at the Stratford Festival in 2002 and off-Broadway in 2005.

His film credits include Dead Poets Society (1989) and Dirty Pictures (2000). Pownall was nominated for a Gemini Award for the role of Dr. Ewan Cameron in the 1998 Canadian television mini-series The Sleep Room. He also appeared in television series such as The Beachcombers, Street Legal, Wiseguy, and Slings & Arrows.

Pownall died on June 2, 2006, of cancer, in Stratford. He was 63 years old.[1]

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