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Charles Dennis

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Charles Dennis is a Canadian actor, playwright, radio actor, journalist, author, director, and screenwriter.


Dennis made his acting debut at 8 years old in 1954 on Marjorie Purvey's radio series, Peter and the Dwarf and performed on the series for five years. He has written a number of radio plays for BBC, and CBC, including Leslie and Lajos , Long Time Ago , and To an Early Grave . In 2009 his play, The Alchemist of Cecil Street, starring Ron Orbach, Bryan Cranston and Edward Asner was produced by The Famous Radio Ranch. In 2010 The Famous Radio Ranch followed up with a production of Dennis's play "Tolstoy Was Never There" starring Kevin Dunn, Ross Benjamin, Ron Orbach, Rose Abdoo, Ed Begley Jr., John O'Hurley, Leila Birch, Kim Eveleth, Becky Bonar. Patrick Pinney and Ethne Bliss.

In 1963, Dennis made his stage debut at the Red Barn Theatre in Jackson's Point, Ontario playing Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace and Simon Bliss in Hay Fever. Later that year he adapted, directed and played Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye at the Coach House Theatre. In 1968, he wrote and appeared in his play, "Everyone Except Mr. Fontana", at the Colonnade Theatre in Toronto. In 1971, he traveled to England, where he directed the Walter Scharf-Don Black musical Maybe That's Your Problem at the Roundhouse Theatre in London.

Returning to Canadian stage in 1980, he played Sidney Bruhl in Deathtrap opposite Anna Russell at London's Grand Theatre. His play, Altman's Last Stand, was produced at the National Arts Center in Ottawa in 1982. In 1985, he wrote and directed the play Significant Others at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles.

In 1989, he co-starred in his play, Going On, directed by Edward Hardwicke at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In 1990, Dennis recreated the role of Alfred in Going On opposite Maria O'Brien at the Callboard Theatre in Los Angeles, and in 1997 wrote and starred in the play SoHo Duo, directed by Kenneth Welsh at the West Bank Theatre in New York.

In 2003, Dennis created the role of Fred Ross in the Ed Begley Jr. musical Cesar and Ruben at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles, and in 2005, played George Sanders in the play High Class Heel, at The National Arts Club in New York.

In 2011, he returned to the boards playing Gregory Wagner for the Open Fist Theatre Company in their production of "Room Service" by Murray and Boretz, which the Los Angeles Times described as a "superb revival".

  • 2005, High Class Heel
  • 1997, SoHo Duo
  • 1989, Going On
  • 1985, Significant Others
  • 1982, Altman's Last Stand
  • 1974, Crazy Joan
  • 1968, Everyone Except Mr. Fontana

Author George Anthony wrote that Charles Dennis "was a talented young hotshot who wanted to do it all: write, produce, direct, star", and that he "worked as an entertainment writer for Toronto Telegram". He was a film and theatre critic for them until his first play, Everyone Except Mr. Fontana presented in 1968.

In 2002, Dennis wrote three articles for the Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times about Ivor Novello, Phil Gersh, and Julian Fellowes. In February 2010 he wrote an article on Christopher Plummer in The Hollywood Reporter.

His first novel, Stoned Cold Soldier was published in 1973. In 1997 , Dennis wrote the novels "Given the Crime" and "Given the Evidence". His works have received favorable response from Kirkus Reviews.

  • 1998, Given the Evidence ISBN 0671001531
  • 1998, Given the Crime ISBN 0671001515
  • 1987, Shar-Li ISBN 0515089745
  • 1983, This War Is Closed Until Spring ISBN 0771597673
  • 1981, The Dealmakers ISBN 0440118522
  • 1979, Bonfire ISBN 0440106591
  • 1978, The Periwinkle Assault ISBN 0770100279
  • 1977, A Divine Case of Murder ISBN 0770100503
  • 1975, Somebody Just Grabbed Annie! ISBN 0312743750
  • 1974, The Next-to-Last Train Ride ISBN 0312572255
  • 1973, Stoned Cold Soldier ISBN 0860070190

  Television, film, and video
In 1973, he created Thames Television's first daytime drama, Marked Personal starring Stephanie Beacham. He wrote the Television movies Mirror, Mirror in 1979 and The Jayne Mansfield Story in 1980. He wrote and appeared in the 1984 movie Covergirl opposite Kenneth Welsh, William Hutt and August Schellenberg. In 1984, he wrote and directed the motion picture Reno and the Doc starring Kenneth Welsh and Linda Griffiths, which in 1985 was nominated for five Genie Awards. Also in 1984 he co-authored a screenplay of his novel The Next-to-Last Train Ride for a film was directed by Richard Lester and released under the title Finders Keepers. Vincent Canby in The New York Times described it as "a genially oddball comedy of a sort not often successfully made these days."

In 2004, Dennis was the voice of Rico in Disney's animated feature Home on the Range. In 2007, Dennis wrote and directed the motion picture Hard Four starring Ross Benjamin, Samuel Gould, Edward Asner, Dabney Coleman, Paula Prentiss, Ed Begley Jr., Fayard Nicholas and Bryan Cranston. In 2010 he wrote and directed The Favour of Your Company starring Carolyn Seymour, Neil Dickson and Ron Orbach, which was shown at the BAFTA/LA Short Film Showcase.

In 2011 he launched his own online interview show Paid to Dream, which can be heard at www.paidtodream.com.

In October, 2011 he won the first-ever Samuel Fuller Guerilla Filmmaker Award at the Buffalo International Film Festival for his short film Atwill starring Neil Dickson. The film was shot on an iPad and is the pilot for a web series.

Partial filmography

=As writer or director
  • Butterfield
  • Hard Four
  • Goose on the Loose
  • Adderly"
  • Finders Keepers (Based on his novel The Next-to-Last Train Ride)
  • Screwball Academy
  • Reno and the Doc
  • Covergirl
  • Svengali
  • Double Negative
  • The Jayne Mansfield Story
  • Mirror, Mirror writer
  • Search and Rescue: The Alpha Team"
  • The Thirsty Dead
  • Marked Personal" (90 episodes, 1973–1974)

=As actor
  • American Dad!
  • Donna on Demand
  • Guardians of Luna
  • Hard Four
  • Home on the Range
  • Enterprise
  • 2001: A Space Travesty
  • Due South
  • Relentless III
  • Majority Rule
  • Jake and the Fatman
  • Princesses
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Grand Slam
  • Screwball Academy
  • The City Girl
  • Covergirl
  • Reno and the Doc

=As video game voice actor
  • Mass Effect
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma
  • Crash Tag Team Racing
  • Mercenaries
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords
  • EverQuest II
  • The Bard's Tale
  • Law & Order: Justice Is Served
  • Doom³ as Counselor Elliot Swann
  • Ground Control II: Operation Exodus
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Champions of Norrath: Realms of EverQuest
  • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
  • Law & Order II: Double or Nothing
  • Gladius
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Brute Force
  • Master of Orion 3
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale II

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