The Canadian comedy world lost one of its finest actors today.
John Dunsworth, best known for his portrayal of drunken trailer-park supervisor Jim Lahey on the cult hit series Trailer Park Boys, has died at the age of 71.
Dunsworth’s daughter Sarah, who is also part of the Trailer Park Boys cast, shared the news on social media.
“With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people know that our amazing husband, father and grandfather John Dunsworth has passed away," she wrote. "John left this world peacefully after a short and unexpected illness. The family would like to request that our privacy is respected in our time of grief."
Born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Dunsworth majored in theatre at the University of Guelph before embarking on a career that included CBC radio dramas and starring roles in stage productions at Halifax's Neptune Theatre.
As well as performing in the Trailer Park Boys TV series, Dunsworth appeared in various TPB movies, including 2009's Countdown to Liquor Day, which climaxed with a hilarious scene in which the wasted, JD-clutching Lahey attempts to start a piss war with arch-nemesis Randy (Robb Wells) while both are trying to outrun the cops after a botched heist.
Mike Smith, famous for his portrayal of the bug-eyed Bubbles in Trailer Park Boys, also offered his condolences on Dunsworth's passing.
“I am beyond devastated," tweeted Smith. "John was a beautiful guy. Brilliant and fascinating. I am forever grateful for having known him. RIP my friend."