Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Maury Chaykin,1949-2010. R.I.P.

Character actor Maury Chaykin has died on his 61st birthday. His cause of death is unknown.

The Brooklyn born Chaykin spent most of his career in Canada. He is perhaps best known for his brief but memorable appearance in Dances With Wolves.

Chaykin had the lead role in the 1994 Canadian film Whale Music in which he played a burned out rock star based on Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. I saw this movie on the CBC on a number of occasions. In the early 2000s, Chaykin played Nero Wolfe in the A&E TV series that also featured Timothy Hutton.

Chaykin might not have been a household name much less a Hollywood star but that man literally and figuratively had a larger than life presence.

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