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Christopher Wiggins (1931 - 2017)

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Christopher Wiggins (1931 - 2017)

Canadian character actor Christopher Wiggins, known for roles in "Friday's Curse" and "Swiss Family Robinson," died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. Wiggins, who had Alzheimer's disease, was 86.

Born in Blackpool, England, in 1931, Wiggins was a banker before moving to Canada in 1952 and beginning his acting career. His early work included roles on 1950s television series "Folio" and "Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans." He won a 1969 best actor Canadian Film Award for his role in "The Best Damn Fiddler From Calabogie to Kaladar."


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Wiggins is most recognizable from his roles as Johann Robinson, the father character on the 1970s TV series "Swiss Family Robinson," and as Jack Marshak, an expert in the occult, on "Friday's Curse," a late 1980s television series that was part of the "Friday the 13th" horror franchise.

But perhaps overshadowing those roles was Wiggins' work as a voice actor. He voiced Cornelius in several animated adaptations of the "Babar" series of children's books for the CBC and HBO; the villain Mysterio on the late 1960s "Spider-Man" TV series; superhero Thor on the 1960s "Marvel Super Heroes" TV series; and the evil wizard No Heart on "The Care Bears Family." His voice can also be heard in cartoons such as "Star Wars: Droids," "Rocket Robin Hood," "Sailor Moon," "The Busy World of Richard Scarry," and many others. He also performed voice roles in more than 1,200 episodes of various CBC Radio programs, including "CBC Playhouse," "Nightfall," and "Vanishing Point."

Wiggins was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Crysler-Wiggins; she died in 2009.

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