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Richard McMillan | 1951 - 2017

Stratford Festival News Item, February 21, 2017

Staff and Company:

We were very saddened to hear of the loss of Richard McMillan, a beloved actor, who was a member of our company for 11 seasons between 1977 and 2001. He will forever be remembered here for his portrayals of Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night and Jaques in As You Like It, just a few in a lifetime of remarkable performances.

Richard was an incredibly gifted actor who appeared in some landmark Festival productions and consistently delighted audiences in every role he undertook. His versatility was breathtaking and his love for the theatre was palpable. His passing leaves us all deeply saddened but with fond memories of his work.

We extend our sincerest condolences to his friends and family.

Antoni and Anita

The Tarragon Theatre will be holding a memorial on May 15, as noted in his obituary below.

As posted by

McMillan, Richard (Rick)

Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Richard McMillan, globally celebrated actor and Hamlet to his Anne Louise’s Ophelia, passed on to be with God on Sunday February 19, 2017 after a long duel with cancer. His compassionate spirit was wholly present to whomever he encountered in life: to Rick, the usher toiling at the Princess of Wales or Tarragon Theaters was as much a cherished part of the production as those who had top billing. An actor of extraordinary versatility, Rick was able to work with equal ease in the mediums of stage, film and television, and was known for his poignant and authentic portrayals in all genres including Shakespeare and the classics, musical comedy and drama. Rick felt honoured to have the great privilege of being the first Scar in the highly acclaimed Canadian production of Lion King and, quite against type, went on to play such notable villains as Saruman in Lord of the Rings and Uncle Arthur in War Horse, all at the Princess of Wales Theatre. He also cherished the many opportunities provided to him to work in the finest theatres across Canada and the United States, most especially at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre.

Of all his characters, though, Rick is perhaps best known for his work in Brian Macdonald’s Gilbert and Sullivan light operas at the Stratford Festival and filmed for the CBC, in particular his sneering and joyful Pooh Bah in The Mikado which took him to Broadway as well as London’s Old Vic Theatre and for which he won a DuMaurier Award (Canadian Screen Award). As much as he travelled around the world the city, friends of Pittsburgh always held a special place in his heart.

Missing him terribly and always are his crazy-for-him wife of 25 years, Anne Louise Bannon, and his only child, Maggie McDaughter, of whom he was ridiculously proud. Rick is now reunited with his beloved parents, Frank and Mary McMillan and his dear, recently deceased brother Cooch (Frank) McMillan.

He will be forever loved by Cooch’s wife, Anna, god-daughter Melissa French (Jeff), Jonathan McMillan (Moniek), Joanna McMillan and Christopher McMillan (Sam). He was the cherished brother in law of Thomasene Thompson (Steve) and Kelly Anne Fares Bannon (Michael) and was fun-time uncle to Chelsea, Chloe (god-daughter), Spencer and Maddi. He was a devoted son in law to Larry and Cecilia Bannon with whom he had a close and loving bond.

Rick will no longer be present to his large and loving circle of friends and his beloved acting community at large, but has made an indelible mark on their hearts and in Canadian Theatre history. Awards include four Doras, one Canadian Screen Award, a Toronto Theatre Critics Award and a Helen Hayes nomination.

Besides his acting career, Rick was also a painter, pilot, and motorcyclist.

We will all love you forever, Sweet Rick.

In lieu of flowers please feel free to make a contribution to either The Canadian Actors Fund, or to PAL (Performing Arts Lodge), in Toronto in Rick’s name.

Visitation will be held at HERITAGE FUNERAL CENTRE (50 Overlea Blvd. 416-423-1000) on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 3 to 7 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church (1810 Queen Street East) at 11am. A memorial will be held at the Tarragon Theatre on Monday, May 15, 2017. Directions and online condolences may be found at

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