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William Hutt
William Hutt, actor. Born in Toronto May2, 1920, Mr. Hutt earned his reputation as one of the world's most respected classical actors while performing in Canada, primarily at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. 

He joined the festival during its inaugural season in 1953 and continued to tread the boards until 2005, when he declared retirement at the age of 85. Appearing in more than 100 plays, Hutt was the rare performer who played both fools and kings, and tragic as well as comic leads. Although giving unforgettable performances as King Lear and Prospero, it was his role as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's play in 1975 that garnered such fame, that was revived in 1976 and again in 1979. Hutt also appeared on stages in London, Toronto and New York.

He won every major theatre award in Canada, as well as a Governor General's Award for lifetime achievement, and was made a companion of the Order of Canada. William Hutt died at the age of 87 of leukemia in 2007. He is buried in the Avondale Cemetery in Stratford. After his death, the Waterloo Street bridge that crosses the Avon river immediately south of 4 William Street was named the William Hutt Bridge in his honour.

Did you know? William Hutt volunteered in the Second World War as a medic in the 7th Light Field Ambulance unit, winning the Military Medal in 1944 for ”bravery in the field” during the Italian campaign for his services.