ACTRA Honors Late Canadian Actors

Maury Chaykin and Tracey Wright pick up top Canadian actor awards after untimely deaths last summer.

TORONTO – Final salutes to late actors Maury Chaykin and Tracy Wright took center stage Friday night at the ACTRA Awards in Toronto.

Chaykin, who had more than 120 film and TV credits before he died last July at age 61 years, earned the best actor award at the Canadian kudosfest for his performance in the homegrown sitcom Less Than Kind.

And Tracey Wright, who died last June at age 50 years, was honored with the best actress award, shared with Molly Parker for their star turns in Bruce McDonald’s Trigger.

"Their work in these roles lives on, together with their many other memorable performances, now a permanent part of Canadian screen history,” ACTRA Toronto president Heather Allin, said of the posthumous tributes to Chaykin and Wright.

Other ACTRA Award winners included Sean Cullen picking up the top voice work for Jimmy Two-Shoes, and veteran actor Fiona Reid earning the 2011 Award of Excellence.