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Albert S. Waxman

Albert Waxman was born on March 2, 1935 in Toronto. He attended Vaughan Road Collegiate from 1950-1952. In 1957 he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Western Ontario and attended the University of Toronto Law School in 1957-58. Al also attended such drama/theatre schools such as the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of the Theatre (New York City), London School of Film Technique (London, England), New York School of Motion Picture Production (New York City) and took acting classes with Lee Strasberg.

In 1949 Al Waxman was a regular on CBC children’s radio stories. Not long after television started in Canada in 1952, he began on CBC television dramas. Since these early beginnings, he has completed over 1000 radio, television, film, and theatre productions as either actor or director. His theatrical experience includes off-Broadway in New York, West End of London, the Stratford Festival in Ontario, local theatre and the Royal Alexandra in Toronto, regional theatre in Canada, Summer Stock in New England, and repertory theatre in England.

He responded to the need for his services in community work and was involved with charitable causes from coast to coast. Al was spokesperson for organizations such as: United Appeal, United Jewish Appeal, Israel Bonds, Variety Club, and Big Brothers. From June 1979 to June 1981, he was the National Campaign Chairman for the Canadian Cancer Society and in 1988-1989 he was an Official Spokesperson for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

Al Waxman was accorded many tributes for his volunteer and philanthropic work. In 1978 he was honoured with the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal. In 1989 he was the recipient of the B’nai Brith of Canada Humanitarian Award. In 1996 Waxman was inducted into the Order of Ontario, and in 1997, into the Order of Canada.

In addition to his many acting credits, Al Waxman had starring roles in numerous films and television projects, amongst them: Atlantic City, Class of ’82, Switching Channels, Collision Course, Millennium, Mob Story, Scream of Stone, and The Hit Man. He also received ten industry award nominations for acting excellence (including the Gemini, Bijoux, ACTRA, Clio, and Emmy awards). He won the ACTRA award for best actor as star of the series King of Kensington.

In September 1999, Al Waxman’s autobiography, "That’s What I Am", was published.
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