Tom Jackson (actor)

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Tom Jackson
Tom Jackson 2012.jpg
Tom Jackson, 2012
Born (1948-10-27) 27 October 1948 (age 65)
One Arrow Reserve, Saskatchewan, Canada
Occupation Actor, Singer

Thomas Dale Jackson, OC (born 27 October 1948), is a Canadian born Métis actor and singer perhaps best known for the annual series of Christmas concerts, called the Huron Carole, which he created and starred in for 18 years. He was the Chancellor of Trent University from 2009 until 2013.

Life and career[edit]

A Métis,[1] Jackson was born to Rose, a Cree, and Marshall, an Englishman, on the One Arrow Reserve near Batoche, Saskatchewan. He moved with his family to Namao, Alberta at age seven. They moved again to Winnipeg 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 TV shows such as North of 60 and Shining Time Station where his character Billy Twofeathers debuted in its Halloween episode Scare Dares, and made a guest appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the season seven episode Journey's End. His films include The Diviners. He also starred in Grizzly Falls, in 1999. His film career remains active with his appearance in the 2007 horror thriller, Skinwalkers. He is set to appear in acclaimed director Sidney J. Furie's next feature, Pride of Lions, as Sgt. Robinson.[2]

He has also released several albums of country and folk music.[3]

He now resides in Calgary with his wife Alison and four children.

Philanthropy[edit]

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"'s cast member Mervin Good Eagle committed 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]

Honorary degrees[edit]

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.[1] PDF (46.2 KiB)

On 14 April 2009, Jackson was announced as the tenth chancellor for Trent University.[4] Jackson held this position until 2013.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Befriend and Betray Guy Poirier TV
2007 Little Mosque on the Prairie Archaeologist TV
2006 Skinwalkers Will TV
2005 Mee-Shee: The Water Giant Custer
Distant Drumming: A North of 60 Mystery Peter Kenidi TV
2002 Tom Stone Ray Swiftwater TV series
Relic Hunter Bobby Green TV series
2001 Dream Storm: A North of 60 Mystery Peter Kenidi TV series
2000 Trial by Fire Peter Kenidi TV
1999 It's Like, You Know... Father
Grizzly Falls Joshua
1998 Chicago Hope Peter Matthews
1998 North of 60 Peter Kenidi TV series (1992-1997)
1995 Great Canadian Ghost Stories Host
'Sliders Color Commentator TV series
500 Nations voice TV miniseries
1994 Street Legal David Cormier TV series (1988-1994)
Star Trek: The Next Generation Lakanta TV series
1993 Spirit Rider Albert St. Clair TV
Medicine River Harlen Bigbear TV
The Diviners Jules TV
1991 Shining Time Station Billy Twofeathers TV series (1991–1993)
Clearcut Tom Starblanket
1988 Martha, Ruth & Edie
1986 Loyalties Eddy
1985 Spirit Bay Will
1980 Happy Bum Happy

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album
1990 Sally Ann
Love, Lust and Longing
1996 No Regrets
1997 Home This Christmas
That Side of the Window
2001 I Will Bring You Near
2006 Singing for Supper On Tour
2011 ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime

Singles[edit]

Year Single CAN Country Album
1989 "No Regrets" 43 No 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
2009 "The Gift" `Twas in the Moon of Wintertime

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Roberta Bondar
Chancellor of Trent University
2009-present
Succeeded by
Don Tapscott