Tim Sims

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Tim Sims
Born Timothy Sims
Died February 2, 1995
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1983–1995

Tim Sims was a Canadian actor and comedian.

He is known for his roles as Jack the Cave Man on The Red Green Show and as Circle Researcher Rory Tate in a series of Reese's Peanut Butter Cup commercials in the 1990s. He also performed sketch comedy with The Second City.

Sims died at the age of 33 from AIDS-related causes.[1] The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award and Tim Sims Playhouse, a Toronto venue used by The Second City, are both named in his honour.

Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award[edit]

The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award[2] is an annual award given to Toronto's "most promising new comedy act." It was established by Sims' widow, comic actor Lindsay Leese. The Award is given annually as part of the Cream of Comedy showcase at The Second City, which features performances by that year's five finalists and which is televised by The Comedy Network.


*in 2002 Hart and Polley tied for the award after the jury became hopelessly deadlocked; a new rule was made that Lindsay Leese would receive a tie-break in future years, if necessary, to avoid the same problem.


  1. ^ Shane, MacDougall (October 31, 1996). "Take the Money and Run". Eye Weekly. Toronto Star Newspapers Limited. Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  2. ^ "Tim Sims Encouragement Fund". Retrieved 2007-08-28. 

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