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'X-Files' Actor John Neville Dies at 86

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 21st 2011 3:30PM
John NevilleCanadian actor John Neville, perhaps best known for his role as The Well-Manicured Man in 'The X-Files,' has died at the age of 86.

The Canadian Press reports that Neville, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, died Saturday in Toronto, surrounded by family. The veteran actor appeared in dozens of productions over the course of his sixty-year career, but it was his titular role in Terry Gilliam's 'The Adventures of Baron Munchausen' that earned him critical acclaim and public visibility. Though the film was a commercial failure, few could fault Neville's wry performance, and he went on to become a mainstay in films, television and theater.

Though he turned in many memorable on-screen performances, Neville seemed just as comfortable working behind the scenes, serving as artistic director of the Nottingham Playhouse in the 1960s and, after his move to Canada, the Stratford Festival in the 1980s.

As well as his stint at Stratford, Neville also served as artistic director for Edmonton's Citadel Theatre in the 1970s and Halifax's Neptune Theatre from 1978-1983.

British-born Neville emigrated to Canada in 1972, where he subsequently became a citizen. In 2006, he was named a member of the Order of Canada for his work in Canadian theatre, and he became an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1965.

Des McAnuff, current artistic director of the Stratford Festival, said of the actor: "John Neville was a superb actor, an outstanding director and a terrific artistic leader of our Festival. His charisma and charm were matched by the generosity of his spirit."

Neville is survived by his wife, Caroline, and their six children and six grandchildren.

Which of Neville's roles was your favorite?

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John Neville appeared in the first series on Masterpiece Theater as John Churchill in The First Churchills. (Winston Churchills ancestor) in 1968. He was fantastic. Thank you Mr. Neville for your great work.

November 22 2011 at 10:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

John Neville was great in "The X-Files." Such a Great actor!

November 22 2011 at 5:58 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Raymond's comment

Indeed - that's where I'll primarily remember him from. Never forgave them for blowing him up!

November 27 2011 at 11:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Baron hans Vongress

An excellent actor.
Loved him as the baron.
His voice, his true sound English voice and acting.
No one can hold a candle to his style
RIP sir and thank you for giving of yourself to art and humanity.

November 22 2011 at 5:53 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Such a loss. And let lus not forget his marvelous perfomance along with the brilliant Susan Hampshire in the title roles of Masterpiece Theater's "The First Churchills." One of the all-time "masterpieces" of TV, this series should be seen. Life is just too short. Rest in peace, Mr. Neville.

November 22 2011 at 5:52 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ibizans's comment

I'm planning to buy "The First Churchills" soon. Thank You for reminding me!

November 22 2011 at 5:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Raymond's comment

I have a well loved set. Love the scene where he has to jump out the window while King Charles is waiting at his mistress's door. She was a busy lady.

November 22 2011 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

Good bye neville it was good to know you !

November 22 2011 at 2:52 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

What a handsome mustache said Venus to the Baron. I think I have seen the film at least 200 times with the stereo turned way up for the beautiful sound track. Rest in a well deserved Peace Baron!

November 22 2011 at 1:04 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

May he rest in piece.

November 22 2011 at 12:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Work all your life in the limelight & still go out without much fanfare...

November 21 2011 at 11:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply


November 21 2011 at 11:05 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Baron Munchausen was excellent. I've seen it many times and will some more. RIP John.

November 21 2011 at 10:02 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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