Gerry Bean

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Gerald William Bean, a native of Vancouver, is a Canadian former actor, who had television and film roles under the names Gerry Bean and John Oliver, not to be confused with John Oliver, the Emmy award-winning British comedian and actor.[1] He is best known for his role as Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer Eric Olssen in the first two seasons of North of 60, for which he garnered a Gemini Award nomination for Best Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role at the 8th Gemini Awards in 1994.[2]

In 1994, Bean was charged with assault after an off-set altercation with Tina Keeper, his North of 60 costar and former common-law wife.[1] A few months later he was dropped from the series, although the producers denied that the decision was related to the assault case.[3] Keeper later withdrew the assault charge.[4]

Bean also had guest roles in 21 Jump Street, The Beachcombers, Danger Bay, Broken Badges, Bordertown and MacGyver as Gerry Bean,[5] and The Mighty Ducks, Murder, She Wrote and The X-Files as John Oliver.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title of work Result
1994 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role North of 60 (for episode #1.15: "Southern Comfort") Nominated


  1. ^ a b "North of 60 star charged with assault". Ottawa Citizen, April 15, 1994.
  2. ^ "The Gemini nominees are..." Toronto Star, January 26, 1994.
  3. ^ "CBC dumps North of 60 actor". Calgary Herald, June 1, 1994.
  4. ^ "Assault charge stayed against North of 60 star". Kingston Whig-Standard, June 24, 1994.
  5. ^ "Home-grown fame: Oliver plays Mountie on North of 60". The Province, February 18, 1993.

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