John Dunsworth was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia and has been acting since elementary school when he was the Voice of God in The Creation.
But it wasn’t until taking an elective course at the University of Guelph that he fell in love with drama and was cast as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and Oscar Wilde in The Masque of Wilde.
He returned to Halifax in the early 1970s and co-founded Pier 1 on the Halifax Waterfront – the first alternate professional theatre on the east coast. He directed and acted there and for Theatre Canada in Newfoundland; taught at Dalhousie University and directed productions for many theatre companies including a dozen comic opera for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Nova Scotia.
Since those halcyon days he’s acted in dozens of radio plays at CBC, and in more than 25 roles at Neptune and various other theatres in Nova Scotia.
In the early ‘80s, Dunsworth co-founded Filmworks Casting, which has ably served the film community for 30 years.
Luckily for him, in the 1990s Mike Clattenburg cast him as Jim Lahey in Trailer Park Boys, which seems to have incredible worldwide staying power – he tours across Canada regularly with the Randy and Lahey Show.
In 2010, Dunsworth made his debut as newspaperman Dave Teagues on Haven. He reprised the role in the show’s second season and is back for a third.
Dunsworth loves the variety of a life in entertainment, and has self-published a book and two CDs of his stories. He paints seascapes and loves to build things from granite.
Dunsworth and his wife Elizabeth have four children all living in Nova Scotia and all working in the film industry.