Winston Rekert in 1986
|Died|| (aged 63)|
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Winston Houghton Rekert (June 10, 1949 – September 14, 2012) was a Gemini Award-winning Canadian actor. He was best known for starring in the television series Adderly and Neon Rider.
A Vancouver native, Rekert started acting at age 12, appearing in an amateur production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. After high school, Rekert spent a year working in a logging camp, then took a year off to try acting. Rekert subsequently joined the Arts Club Theatre Company and in 1973 he landed his first television role on the comedy-drama The Beachcombers.
In 1985 Rekert played the role of Detective Langevin in the American film Agnes of God. In the same year, he received a Genie Award nomination for Best Actor at the 6th Genie Awards for his performance in the film Walls.
From 1986 to 1988 Rekert starred as the lead character in the Canadian television series Adderly, a comedy-drama that was a spoof of the spy genre. In 1987 Rekert won a Gemini Award for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Continuing Dramatic Role for his work on the series.
Following Adderly's cancellation, Rekert's childhood friend, Danny Virtue, pitched him an idea for a television series that eventually became Neon Rider. The series ran from 1990 to 1995 and starred Rekert as Michael Terry, a therapist who ran a ranch for troubled adolescents. Rekert also worked on the series as a writer, director and producer. Through the show Rekert became involved with a variety of youth groups and was named the national spokesman for Youth at Risk.
Over the course of his career, Rekert made guest appearances on many Canadian and American television series filmed in Vancouver, including Cold Squad, Supernatural, Stargate SG-1 and Battlestar Galactica.
In April 2012 the Union of B.C. Performers awarded Rekert with the Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award—an annual award that "recognizes professional performers displaying humanity, artistic integrity and encouragement of new talent."
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Attempts to create new television spy spoofs in the spirit of GS [Get Smart] include Adderly, which appeared during the mid-1980s secret-agent revival as part of CBS's late night schedule.