National Arts Centre mourns the passing of celebrated Canadian screen legend Gordon Tootoosis  

Ottawa (Canada)—It was with great sadness the National Arts Centre (NAC) today learned of the passing of Gordon Tootoosis, one of Canada’s most celebrated actors. 

In addition to a long and illustrious career in film and television, Mr. Tootoosis recently appeared at the NAC last May, making his long-awaited return to the stage in the title role of the provocative play Gordon Winter by Cree playwright Kenneth T. Williams.  The show was part of Prairie Scene, a 13-day festival celebrating Manitoba and Saskatchewan arts and culture.

A Canadian actor of Cree descent, Mr. Tootoosis will be remembered for the many television appearances and films to his credit, including the Academy Award nominated epic drama Legends of the Fall (1994) and his work in the role of Albert Golo on CBC’s North of 60 in the mid-nineties.  In 2004, Mr. Tootoosis was awarded the Order of Canada recognizing him as an inspirational role model for Aboriginal youth.  

“The Canadian arts community feels a great loss,” said Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of Canada’s National Arts Centre.  “Mr. Tootoosis legendary film and television career helped bring awareness to Aboriginal and First Nations issues while contributing significantly to the cultural life of this country.  He will be greatly missed.”

Canada’s National Arts Centre extends condolences to his family and friends, and has lowered the NAC flags around the building in recognition of his passing.

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