Sean McCann, actor (born at Windsor, Ont 24 Sep 1935). Sean McCann is a character actor who has appeared on stage and in more than 150 films and television shows in Canada and the US. He grew up and went to school in Windsor and studied at the University of Western Ontario to be a priest; however, he turned to acting instead and began appearing in small parts in Canadian films such as A Quiet Day in Belfast (1974), The Far Shore (1976), Three-Card Monte (1978) and Louise Malle's Oscar-nominated Atlantic City (1980).
In 1985, McCann landed the part of Lieutenant Hogan and appeared in all 96 episodes of the popular CTV/CBS police drama Night Heat (1985-89); he was nominated for a best supporting actor GEMINI AWARD in 1987 for the role. He worked with Donald BRITTAIN in the director's docudrama about the Seafarers' International Union of Canada, Canada's Sweetheart: The Sage of Hal C. Banks (1985). He played Farrah Fawcett's father in the acclaimed American television movie Small Sacrifices (1989) and appeared as Ontario premier Mitch Hepburn opposite Beau Bridges and Kate NELLIGAN in Million Dollar Babies (1994), the CBC miniseries about the DIONNE QUINTUPLETS. He was a memorable Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King in Brittain's critically acclaimed 3-part 1988 miniseries The King Chronicles.
In 1990 Sean McCann received an Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of the embattled high school principal in the American television move Common Ground, and he was nominated for Geminis for his appearances in Noddy, a children's series broadcast on PBS, BBC and CBC (1998-2000). He won the Gemini for best actor in a guest role for his performance in the dramatic series Power Play in 1999.
McCann's other film and television credits include Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave (1981), Anne of Green Gables (1985), David CRONENBERG's Naked Lunch (1991), Bordertown Café (1993), The Air Up There (1994), Tommy Boy (1995), Iron Eagle IV (1995), Swann (1996; GENIE AWARD nomination for best supporting actor), Paul Schrader's Affliction (1997), Ken Russell's television drama Dogboys (1998), Simon Birch (1998), Who Killed Atlanta's Children? (2000), Robert LEPAGE's Possible Worlds (2000), John Greyson's Law of Enclosures (2000), the Oscar-winning musical Chicago (2002) and the series Naturally Sadie (2005-06).
A self-confessed political junkie, Sean McCann ran for the provincial Liberals in the 1977 election. A lifelong baseball fan, he works with the Toronto Blue Jays organization as an ambassador for amateur baseball and sits on the board of directors for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. He was given the 1989 EARLE GREY AWARD for lifetime achievement by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.