Austin Willis

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Austin Willis
Canadian Actor Austin Willis and Dick Fry Perform from the CHNS Studio, Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1928.jpg
Austin Willis and Dick Fry Perform from the CHNS Studio, Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born 1917
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died April 4, 2004 (age 87)
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Occupation actor, television host
Years active 1947-1986
Spouse(s) Kate Reid (1953-1962) (divorced) (2 children)
Gwen Laforty (1984-2004) (his death)[1]

Austin Willis, CM (1917 – April 4, 2004) was a Canadian actor and television host.

He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 2002, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He is best known internationally for his appearance as Simmons, the man whom Auric Goldfinger beats at cards in the opening scenes of the James Bond film, Goldfinger. Originally he was to have played Felix Leiter but at the last minute, fellow Canadian Cec Linder switched roles with him.[2]

In Canada, he had a varied film and TV career, ranging from the early science-fiction series Space Command, to hosting Cross-Canada Hit Parade for several years in the 1950s. In the 1970s he found new fans as the host of the humorous game show This Is the Law.

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