Paul Massie

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Paul Massie
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Born Arthur Dickinson Massé
(1932-07-07)July 7, 1932
St. Catharines, Ontario
Died June 8, 2011(2011-06-08) (aged 78)
Liverpool, Nova Scotia
Occupation Actor
Academic
Years active 1958–1998
Known for The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll

Paul Massie (born Arthur Dickinson Massé, July 7, 1932, St. Catharines, Ontario – June 8, 2011[1]) was a Canadian actor and academic.[2] He later became a theater professor at the University of South Florida in the 1970s. He remained on faculty until his retirement as professor emeritus in 1996.[3][4]

Massie won a BAFTA Award in 1959 for Most Promising Newcomer for his role in the Anthony Asquith film Orders to Kill (1958) in which he portrayed an American bomber pilot in Nazi-occupied France.[3][5] Also in 1958 he acted in the Peter Hall production of Tennessee Williams' play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Comedy Theatre in London, with Kim Stanley and Leo McKern also in the cast.[1]

Massie played the characters of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in the 1960 Hammer horror film The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll.[6] Unusually, he played Jekyll in make-up as an old, unattractive, bearded man, and his villainous counterpart Hyde as his young, handsome self.[7] He also appeared in the controversial thriller Sapphire (1959), and The Rebel (1961), a vehicle for British comedian Tony Hancock, as a budding artist.[8] His later films included the British comedies Raising the Wind (1961) and The Pot Carriers (1962).[9]

In 1963, he acted in William Fairchild's play Breaking Point, at the Golders Green Hippodrome, London with John Gregson, fellow Canadian Robert Beatty, and Robert Ayres in the cast. John Barron was director.[3]

Later in his career, Massie shifted his focus to teaching, and became a member of the faculty at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he had often been a guest artist-instructor over the years, first appearing in a 1966 production of Tartuffe. He taught acting, scene study, voice production, clowning, directing and other subjects. He also directed numerous productions at USF.[10][4]

Paul Massie died on June 8, 2011, in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, at the age of 78.[3] He had resided on the South Shore of Nova Scotia since his retirement from USF in 1996.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ronald Bergan Obituary: Paul Massie, The Guardian, 31 July 2011
  2. ^ The Stage (16 August 2011). "Paul Massie". The Stage. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Dagan, Carmel (2011-06-16). "Paul Massie dies at 78, Canadian actor became Florida professor". Variety. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  4. ^ a b "Actor Paul Massie left fame, burgeoning career to teach at USF". Tampa Bay Times. 
  5. ^ Obituary, St. Petersburg Times, June 12, 2011, page 5B.
  6. ^ "The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1959)". BFI. 
  7. ^ Hal Erickson. "Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) - Terence Fisher - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie. 
  8. ^ "Paul Massie". BFI. 
  9. ^ "Paul Massie - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie". AllMovie. 
  10. ^ "Orders to Kill (1958) - Articles - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. 

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