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Victor A. Young | 2020

As posted in The Toronto Star April 12, 2020

Mirvish pays tribute to Canadian actor Victor A. Young

By Debra Yeo, Toronto Star

Mirvish Productions will pay tribute to Canadian actor Victor A. Young by dimming the marquee lights of the Royal Alexandra Theatre on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Young, who had more than 45 years' experience as a stage, TV and film actor, died of cancer on April 8 in Toronto.

The Dora Award-winning musical theatre veteran performed in five major Mirvish productions, including "Crazy for You," "The Producers," "The Lord of the Rings," "Dirty Dancing" and "Rock of Ages," the company said in a news release.

Elsewhere, Young played roles ranging from Prospero in Shakespeare's "The Tempest" to Daddy Warbucks in "Annie."

Young and his wife, Jayne Lewis, starred together more than once as the feuding couple in "Kiss Me Kate" for the Stratford Festival, the musical version of "The Taming of the Shrew."

Onscreen, Young's roles included a recurring part in Canadian lawyer soap "Street Legal," and roles in movies like Antoine Fuqua's "Bait," "Serendipity" with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, and John Singleton's "Four Brothers."

Young was also a former president of Canadian Actors' Equity.

In reporting his death, Lewis quoted her husband's own words:

"I just want people to be happy that they knew me. I want people to know that I was as honest as I could be and I always did my best to maintain my integrity.

"I always tried to take the high road, even when I knew it would be hurtful to people. In the end, the high road was the most important road. The high road is the road to take."

Staff Announcement by The Stratford Festival, April 13, 2020.

More sorrow came our way this Easter weekend with news of the passing of Victor A. Young, who performed in almost every major theatre in Canada and was a member of our company for three seasons.

Equally accomplished in classical drama, comedy and musical theatre, Victor first joined us in 1976, when he played Sebastian in The Tempest, Marcellus in Hamlet and Fedotik in Three Sisters.

In 1989, he returned to us to star as Fred Graham in Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, opposite his wife, Jayne Lewis, as Lilli Vanessi. That same year he also played Aemilius in our one-act adaptation of Titus Andronicus, as well as appearing in The Comedy of Errors and The Shoemaker's Holiday.

In 1990, his last Festival season, he played Old Siward in Macbeth, Duke Senior in As You Like It, and Messala and Cicero in Julius Caesar.

His many credits elsewhere included several shows for Mirvish Productions, including, in 2006, the world première of the musical version of Lord of the Rings, in which he created the role of Lord Elrond. He also appeared on television, radio and film.

A past President of Canadian Actors Equity Association, Victor received many accolades over his 45-year career, including a 1986 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Actor. He taught and mentored at several educational institutions, including the Randolph School for the Performing Arts, Sheridan College, St. Lawrence College and the universities of Regina and Saskatchewan.

We are dedicating this season's production of Chicago to Victor's memory. Our hearts go out to Jayne at this terrible time of loss, as do our deepest sympathies to all who knew, admired and loved him.

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