Donnelly Rhodes





12/4/1937 , Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada



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Donnelly Rhodes was born December 4, 1937, in Winnipeg. Early in life he wanted to be a warden for the National Park Service, but he joined the Canadian Air Force as a mechanic. When he left the air force he studied at the Manitoba Theatre Center and was a member of the first graduating class of the National Theatre School in Canada. He began his career as a stage actor, starring in a production of "A Streetcar Named Desire", before making film debut in 1956's "Reprisal!", then credited as "Don Rhodes". He had guest spots at this time on such TV shows as "Maverick", "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour", "Wagon Train", "Laredo", "Convoy", "Kildare", and several others before his next film role in "Gunfight in Abilene". He continued his stage and television career while also appearing in such films as "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "Change of Mind", and "The Neptune Factor", among others. He appeared as a star in two seasons of the soap opera "The Young and the Restless", and then settled comfortably into a diet made almost exclusively of television, whether it be guest appearances in shows or TV movies. Even in the nineties his career has continued, having been in such shows as "The Black Stallion", "The Heights", "Sliders", "Two", "The X-Files" (in two different roles on two seperate occasions), "The Outer Limits", "Millenium" (also having two seperate roles), "The Crow: Stairway to Heaven", and his own show, "Da Vinci's Inquest". He divided his time equally between Vancouver and Los Angeles. After a battle with cancer, Rhodes died at the age of 80 at Baillie House Hospice in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Monday, January 8, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Sarah, his daughter and his son.