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Alf Humphreys | 1953 - 2018

As published in BayToday.ca, North Bay, Ontario., January 31, 2018.

Local actor 'Alf' Humphreys passes

Acclaimed Canadian actor Alfred 'Alf' Humphreys died today in Stratford, Ontario. He was 65.

Humphreys was last year inducted into the North Bay Musicians and Entertainers Hall of Recognition.

Born Aug 9, 1953, in Haileybury, He always considered North Bay 'home', and loved the many years he and his family resided here.

"Alfred E. Humphreys is the epitome of a Northern Ontario man," says a Hall of Recognition Committee submission.

Born in 1953 in Haileybury, Humphreys, the oldest of four boys, spent his early years moving from one mining community to the next.

From as far back as he can remember, Humphreys was a fan of film and television. As an usher at the Odeon theatre in North Bay, he recalls watching his childhood hero, Charles Bronson, in the film, Valachi Papers, repeatedly from the back of the house.

By 18, Humphreys realized that school was interfering with his education, so he left to join the military and eventually found himself leading tourists as a bush guide in Northern Ontario, Baffin Island, and western Quebec. It wasn’t long until Humphreys realized that his true talent was not in guiding the tourists, but in entertaining them.

After being fired for "acting like a lunatic," Humphreys literally happened upon a theatre company in North Bay. It was a match made in heaven and Humphreys found himself being trained by professionals and took to the craft like a duck to water.

Soon after, Humphreys was hired to act at the Blythe Summer Festival and it wasn’t long before he was cast in television commercials for everything from Arrow shirts to Certs.

Following his passion, Humphreys found himself acting next to stars like Sylvester Stallone in Rambo: First Blood which opened the doors to much commercial and television work such as X Files, The Twilight Zone and Da Vinci’s Inquest.

After starring in more than 100 movies and television shows, his most exciting memory is of the moment he was cast in the role of the son of Charles Bronson. Although he was living in Stratford, Ont., with his wife and son, Humphreys always considered North Bay his home.

He always maintained that his inspiration as an actor came from his friends, family, and neighbours here in North Bay.

Alf leaves behind his wife Elizabeth 'Liz' Moss, and their son Kess Humphreys. Alf's brothers Stanley (Lynn McKinnon) of Russell, ON, John of Victoria, BC and David of North Bay.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.


Alf painting at PAL Place, Stratford. 2012.
Photo: Ann Baggley


As published in North Bay Nugget, January 31, 2018.

Actor Alf Humphreys dead at 64

Canadian actor Alfred ‘Alf’ Humphreys, an inductee to the North Bay Musicians and Entertainers Hall of Recognition in 2017, died Wednesday in Stratford, Ont.

Humphreys was 64.

Born in Haileybury, he considered North Bay his home. He was the oldest of four boys and spent his early years moving from one mining community to another.

Humphreys was a fan of film and TV, and as an usher at the Odeon Theatre in North Bay watched his childhood hero, Charles Bronson, in the Valachi Papers from the back of the house.

He served in the military for a short while, guided tourists through the bush in Northern Ontario, on Baffin Island and in Western Quebec, before joining a theatre company in North Bay.

It was a match made in heaven and Humphreys found himself being trained by professionals and took to the craft like a duck to water.

Soon after Humphreys was hired to act at the Blythe Summer Festival and it wasn’t long before he was cast in television commercials for everything from Arrow shirts to Certs.

Following his passion, Humphreys found himself acting next to stars like Sylvester Stallone in First Blood, which opened the doors to commercial and television work such as The X Files, The Twilight Zone and Da Vinci’s Inquest.

He appeared in more than 100 movies and television shows, eventually winning a role as the son of his idol, Bronson, in the 1986 film Act of Vengeance.

His final film credit was as Mr. Jefferson in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, in 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Moss, their son, Kess Humphreys, and his brothers Stanley of Russell, Ont., John of Victoria, B.C., and David of North Bay.

He is predeceased by his parents, Leslie and Gabrielle Humphreys.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

 
   
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