Tom Jackson (actor)
Tom Jackson, 2012
Thomas Dale Jackson, OC (born 27 October 1948), is a Canadian-born actor and singer perhaps best known for the annual series of Christmas concerts, called the Huron Carole, which he created and starred in for 18 years. He was the Chancellor of Trent University from 2009 until 2013. His best known television roles are Billy Twofeathers on Shining Time Station and Peter Kenidi on North of 60.
Life and career
Tom Jackson was born on the One Arrow Reserve, Saskatchewan, near Batoche, the son of Rose, a Cree, and Marshall, an Englishman. He moved with his family to Namao, Alberta at age seven, and again, to Winnipeg, Manitoba when he was fourteen. A year later, he dropped out of high school and lived on the streets for several years.
As an actor, he has starred in television shows such as North of 60 and Shining Time Station where his character Billy Twofeathers debuted in its Halloween episode "Scare Dares", and made a guest appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the season seven episode Journey's End. His films include The Diviners. He also starred in Grizzly Falls, in 1999. His film career remains active with his appearance in the 2007 horror thriller, Skinwalkers. He is set to appear in acclaimed director Sidney J. Furie's next feature, Pride of Lions, as Sergeant Robinson.
He now resides in Calgary with his wife Alison (née Jones) and four children.
A well-known philanthropist, Jackson created an annual series of Christmas concerts called the Huron Carole. Featuring Jackson and numerous other Canadian singers and performers, the Huron Carole troupe travels across the country each year, raising money for the Canadian Association of Food Banks. An album of Christmas songs recorded to tie-in with the tour is an annual best seller in Canada. After 17 years, Jackson retired the Huron Carole and in its place launched Singing for Supper, a cross-Canada tour that plays smaller community venues raising money and gifts of food, during the 2005 Christmas season.
After North of 60 cast member Mervin Good Eagle committed suicide in October 1996, Tom started the Dreamcatcher Tour.
In the spring of 1997 Jackson's home town was bracing for "the flood of the century" that had already put towns south of the US/Canada border under water. Jackson was instrumental in organizing flood relief concerts across the nation (Calgary, Winnipeg).
Honours and decorations
Jackson has been honoured several times for his life's work. Most notably, in 2000, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and is a former member of the Order of Canada Advisory Council. He has been nominated for Juno Awards and Gemini Awards. He has also received honours from several Canadian universities, including honorary degrees from the University of Calgary, Trent University and the University of Lethbridge. He also received the Humanitarian Award at the 2007 Juno Awards due to his charitable efforts. In May 2014, Jackson received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award (GGPAA) for his lifetime contributions to Canadian broadcasting. At the Gala honouring GGPAA recipients on May 10, Jackson took to the National Arts Centre stage to perform one of his songs.
On 14 April 2009, Jackson was announced as the tenth chancellor for Trent University. Jackson held this position until 2013.
|1985||Spirit Bay||Will||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1986||Loyalties||Eddy||Nominated–Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role|
|1988||Martha, Ruth and Edie
|Street Legal||Geordie Roberts||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1989–1990||The Campbells||Five Claws||TV Series (2 Episodes)|
|1991–1995||Shining Time Station||Billy Twofeathers||Main role; TV Series|
|1992–1997||North of 60||Peter Kenidi||Main role; TV Series|
Nominated–Gemini Award for Best Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (1995, 1996, 1998)
|1993||Spirit Rider||Albert St. Clair||TV Movie|
|Medicine River||Harlen Bigbear||TV Movie|
|The Diviners||Jules||TV Movie|
Nominated–Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
|1994||Street Legal||David Cormier||TV Series (2 Episodes)|
|Star Trek: The Next Generation||Lakanta||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1995||Great Canadian Ghost Stories||Host|
|500 Nations||voice||TV Miniseries|
|1996||The Adventures of Shirley Holmes||Mac||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1999||Grizzly Falls||Joshua McTavish|
|2000||Trial by Fire||Peter Kenidi||TV Movie|
|Longhouse Tales||Hector Longhouse||Main Role; TV Series|
|2001||Dream Storm||Peter Kenidi||TV Movie|
|2002||Tom Stone||Ray Swiftwater||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Relic Hunter||Bobby Green||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|2005||Mee-Shee: The Water Giant||Custer|
|Distant Drumming: A North of 60 Mystery||Peter Kenidi||TV Movie|
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Chief Johnson||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|2007||Little Mosque on the Prairie||Professor Crakle||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|2011||Befriend and Betray||Guy Poirier||TV Movie|
|2012||Deadfall||Old Indian Hunter|
|2014||The Dependables||Sgt. Robinson|
|The Best Laid Plans||George||TV Series (2 Episodes)|
|2018||Cardinal||Lloyd Kreeger||TV Series (4 Episodes)|
|2019||Cold Pursuit||White Bull|
|Love, Lust and Longing|
|1997||Home This Christmas|
|That Side of the Window|
|2001||I Will Bring You Near|
|2006||Singing for Supper On Tour|
|2011||‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime|
|2015||Ballads Not Bullets|
|1989||"No Regrets"||43||No Regrets|
|1995||"Few and Far Between"||47|
|1997||"Dance with the Devil"||That Side of the Window|
|1998||"Before the Owl Calls My Name"|
|"That Side of the Window"|
|2002||"Love Don't Live Here Anymore"||I Will Bring You Near|
|2011||"The Gift"||`Twas in the Moon of Wintertime|
|2015||"Blue Water"||Ballads Not Bullets|
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