Richard Donat

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Richard Donat
Born Richard Donat
(1941-06-01) 1 June 1941 (age 75)
Kentville, Nova Scotia Canada

Richard Donat (born 1 June 1941) is a Canadian actor known for his roles in Canadian and American television. He is currently into his fifth season playing the character Vince Teagues in the Canadian-American TV series, Haven. Donat is the younger brother of Peter Donat and the nephew of British actor Robert Donat.


Donat has had a long career playing character roles mainly on television, though he has had roles in films such as Tomorrow Never Comes (1978), City on Fire (1979), Gas (1981), Draw! (1984), My American Cousin (1985), Samuel Lount (1985), American Boyfriends (1989), The Weight of Water (2000) and Amelia (2009). He has also narrated several documentaries, including a number of Nova episodes.[1]

Among his TV appearances Donat was Doctor Burnley in the Canadian television series Emily of New Moon from 1998 to 2000. He played Colonel Boyle, the fort commander in the Canadian comedy series Blackfly for its two seasons, 2001-2002. Currently he plays Vince Teagues, one of the editors of the local newspaper in the town of Haven from the TV series of the same name. Although Haven is supposed to be in Maine, the series is filmed in Nova Scotia where Donat hails from.

In 1984 Donat won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Leading Role" for his work in Brecht's In the Jungle of Cities.[2] In 2007 he won a Merritt Award for "Outstanding Performance - Supporting Actor" for his role in Sam Shepard's Fool For Love.[3]

Richard Donat is also a director and won the Mecca Award in 2004 for his direction of The Drawer Boy. [4]


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