With sadness in their heart, the family of John Dunsworth informed the world today of the passing of the Canadian actor, mostly known for his role in Trailer Park Boys, aged 71.
"With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people know that our amazing husband, father and grandfather John Dunsworth has passed away. John left this world peacefully after a short and unexpected illness," his daughter Sarah Dunsworth said.
The actor, who was originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, was active in his local theatre and acting community for decades on end. Mr Dunsworth rise to fame as the Jim Lahey character in Trailer Park Boys would come for the first time in the short film One Last Shot.
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Throughout the initial seven seasons that the show ran in Canada and later when it was revived by Netlfix, Mr Dunsworth would continue playing the character-infamous for his drunken, bisexual escapades as a trailer park supervisor and police officer.
Unknown to most, Mr Dunsworth was also known for playing Dave Teagues in the Syfy series Haven (based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid).
His most credited role was in the 1978 short So Long to Run. After that his next onscreen role was in the 1987 film Deep Sea Conspiracy.
Mr Mike Smith, who plays Bubbles on the “Trailer Park Boys,” tweeted that he is “beyond devastated.” “John was a beautiful guy. Brilliant and fascinating. I am forever grateful for having known him. RIP my friend,”
Mr Jonathan Torrens, also a player on the series and starring as J-Roc commented: “Dunsworth was all our father on set yet the biggest kid at heart,” claiming the passed Mr Dunsworth was “curious, mischievous and spirited.”
Mr Tom Arnold, the American comedian, also chimed in, writing “So sad. RIP John Dunsworth. One of the finest men and most brilliant actors I've ever had the honor to work with.”