Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 25, 2010 17:02 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Death of Denis Simpson

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2010) - It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Canadian actor and singer Denis Simpson.

Born in Jamaica, Denis Simpson made his stage debut at the age of 19 in the original Canadian production of Hair. He went on to have a long, varied career spanning 40 years. Familiar to many as host of the children's television show The Polka Dot Door, he was also the original bass vocalist for renowned Canadian a cappella group The Nylons. He was based in Vancouver for many years, and he is well known for several Arts Club stage roles and as a director. He also did guest spots on television programs such as MacGyver, X-Files, and Robson Arms.

Denis Simpson's numerous talents, versatility, and graciousness will be missed by many.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Denis Simpson.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788