Mavor Moore

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James Mavor Moore
Born (1919-03-08)March 8, 1919
Toronto, Ontario
Died December 18, 2006(2006-12-18) (aged 87)
Victoria, British Columbia
Nationality Canadian
Other names Mavor Moore
Occupation writer, producer, actor
Awards Order of Canada
Order of British Columbia
Governor General's Performing Arts Award

James Mavor Moore, CC OBC (March 8, 1919 – December 18, 2006) was a Canadian writer, producer, actor, public servant, critic, and educator.


Born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Francis John Moore, an Anglican theologian, and Dora Mavor, who helped establish Canadian professional theatre in the 1930s and 1940s, Moore graduated with a BA from the University of Toronto in 1941. During World War II, he was an intelligence officer.

As a director and known as Mavor Moore was a pioneer of Canadian television in the 1950s and was the creator of the CBC National News, later known as The National selecting the program's first regular newsreader, Larry Henderson.

He is better known for his contribution to drama having created more than 100 plays, documentaries, musicals and librettos for stage, radio and television. From 1970 to 1984, Mavor Moore taught theatre history as a professor at York University. He was the first artist to chair the Canada Council from 1979 to 1983.

In 1973 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1988. In 1999 he was appointed to the Order of British Columbia. Moore received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts, in November 1999.


In 1994 he wrote an autobiography, Reinventing Myself.


In 1943, he married Darwina Faessler, with whom he had four daughters, including Charlotte Moore and Tedde Moore, both Dora Mavor Moore Award winners. His second marriage, in 1968, was to Phyllis Grosskurth, ending in divorce in 1978. In 1980, he married opera singer Alexandra Browning, who survives him. He died in 2006, aged 87, after several years of ill health.

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