Life and Times (1996– )

Leading Man: The Life and Times of William Hutt 

Leading Man offers fresh, rare insights about the man who has been called "Canada's preeminent actor" and "the world's greatest living classical actor."


Joel Gordon


David Gilmour (narration written by), Joel Gordon (documentary teleplay)


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Episode credited cast:
Ann-Marie MacDonald Ann-Marie MacDonald ... Herself - Hostess
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Hutt William Hutt ... Himself
Norman Jewison ... Himself
Richard Monette Richard Monette ... Himself
Christopher Plummer ... Himself


The documentary follows Hutt through his much-publicized last season at the Stratford Festival in 2005, as he played Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest. As a confluence of biography and artistic profile, Leading Man shows Hutt musing as much about the nature of his craft as the events of his life. Throughout his 57 years on the stage, Hutt has been especially modest, some might say guarded about his personal life. In the film's especially candid moments, Hutt discusses those topics he typically avoids - his family, his war experience, his most difficult acting roles - revealing a life story entwined with rich cultural histories, the story of the rise of Canadian Theatre, as well as touching personal moments. Hutt won the Military Medal for his service with the medical corps during the Second World War. He also had a tumultuous relationship with his conservative parents over the issue of his sexuality. In the late 1940s, Hutt was one of many soon-to-be famous actors involved with ... Written by McManus, Kelly

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10 July 2006 (Canada) See more »

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