Murray Cohl

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Murray "Dusty" Cohl
Born(1929-02-21)February 21, 1929
Toronto, Ontario
DiedJanuary 11, 2008(2008-01-11) (aged 78)
Toronto, Ontario
Occupationfilm producer
Known forco-founder of Toronto International Film Festival and Canada's Walk of Fame

Murray "Dusty" Cohl, CM (February 21, 1929 – January 11, 2008) was a Canadian film producer and co-founder of Toronto International Film Festival and Canada's Walk of Fame.

Murray Cohl was born in Toronto, Ontario to Karl and Lillian Cohl in 1929. His father Karl was a Communist who worked as a house painter in the city. Cohl attended at Charles G. Fraser elementary school and Camp Naivelt in the north of Toronto from the age of five. He began his adult life as a real estate lawyer after graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1954.[1]

Cohl was invested into the Order of Canada in May 2003 for “his pride in Canadian talent” and his “desire to celebrate our achievements.”[2] He was diagnosed with liver cancer in late 2007. On January 11, 2008 he died at a hospital in Toronto.[3]


  1. ^ "TIFF co-founder loses fight with cancer". The Globe and Mail. January 11, 2008. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  2. ^ Order of Canada citation
  3. ^ "Dusty Cohl, man behind Toronto film festival, dies". CBC News. January 12, 2008. Retrieved 2016-09-10.

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