Leslie Carlson, Actor Who Played Villain in 'Videodrome,' Dies at 81

Monday, 12 May 2014 02:11 PM

By Nick Sanchez

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Actor Leslie "Les" Carlson, famous for his role as the villainous Barry Convex in David Cronenberg's 1983 classic "Videodrome," died May 3 in his Toronto home at the age of 81.

Carlson was born in Mitchell, South Dakota, received his BFA and MA from the University of South Dakota, and moved to Canada in the 1960s. He is survived by his wife Joan, sons Ned and Ben, and sister Judy. 

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In addition to "Videodrome," Calson also had roles in three other Cronenberg projects: 1983's "The Dead Zone," 1986's "The Fly" starring Jeff Goldblum, and 2000's "Camera" short film.

He began his career as a stage actor in the 1950s, performing in many U.S. and British productions, including "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," and "Hamlet."

On TV, he also had numerous roles, including appearances on "The X-Files," "Highlander," "MacGyver," "The Twilight Zone," and "The New Avengers."

He was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for "Videodrome," and nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award in 1989 for his role in the stage play "A Lie of the Mind."

Carlson was once married to actress Patricia Hamilton, who played "Rachel Lynde" in Anne of Green Gables.



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