Brent Carver, an award-winning Canadian stage actor, is being remembered for his natural love of theatre and zest for life.
According to Janice Thomson, a longtime friend, Carver died on Tuesday in his favorite place on earth, his birthplace of Cranbrook, B.C. His family says that in 2014, they were very proud when Carver won the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
In 1993, he won Tony Awards for best actor in a musical for his starring role in “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” Carver was nominated in the same category in 1999 for his role in “Parade.” “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” “Millennium,” and “Due South” are some of the film and T.V. roles he played. The family in a statement said that Brent was best recognized as a first-class performer, irreplaceable in the presentation of his craft, delighting viewers through film, T.V., stage, and concert performances as he was blessed with many talents and natural love of theatre.
The family also stated that Brent would be remembered as a kind, gentle and gifted man. The Carver family also stated that his love of performing could only be compared to his zest for life and lifetime devotion to family, friends, and treasured pets.
They thanked the performing arts community for helping him fulfill his dreams with joy in his heart and embracing Brent.
The Stratford Festival stated that it was devastated by the news. Carver performed there for nine seasons. Antoni Cimolino, the artistic director, said in a statement that Brent opened up his heart to reveal the pain and beauty of life and was an artist who demanded the utmost of himself.
In the festival’s New York production of “King Lear” in 2004, Carver performed together with Christopher Plummer. In 2017, he performed his final Stratford on “Twelfth Night” and “The School for Scandal.” Cimolino stated that his heart was so big as it encompassed them all and made them one. Carver left behind two sisters, two brothers, and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces, and grand-nephews. The family is expected to hold a private memorial on Monday.