Nicholas Campbell

Active - 1976 - 2017  |   Born - Mar 24, 1952 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada  |   Genres - Drama, Crime

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An able "action player," Canadian actor Nicholas Campbell was all action and no lines in his bit roles in A Bridge too Far (1975), The Eagle Has Landed (1976) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Campbell was third-billed as Sniffer in the 1985 Tatum O'Neal/Irene Cara vehicle A Certain Fury, and was "adult relief" in the bizarre 1987 street-gang musical Knights of the City. Campbell's series TV gigs include the leading roles of investigative reporter Nick Fox on The Insiders (1986) and private eye Mike Devitt on the Canadian-filmed Diamonds (1987). In 1983 Campbell starred as the enigmatic, expository title character on the HBO anthology series The Hitchhiker.

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  • His mother was a Russian woman who escaped a Nazi concentration camp, and his father was a Canadian of Scots descent.
  • Grew up in Montreal.
  • Studied pre-law when he entered college, but then switched his focus to English and drama.
  • Was the original portrayer of the title character in The Hitchhiker, an HBO anthology series, but the role was recast after the first season.
  • Has written and directed several films, including the 1992 documentary Stepping Razor: Red X.
  • Has won several Canadian Gemini Awards, including one for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for the made-for-TV movie Major Crime (1997).  
  • Is a horse-racing enthusiast.