Sterling Carl Campbell
|Known for||Bush Pilot|
|Children||Sterling Campbell, Jr.|
Sterling Carl Campbell (1896/97 - September 6, 1990) was a Canadian aviator and film director best known for the 1947 film Bush Pilot, one of the first narrative feature films ever produced by a Canadian film production company.
Campbell served in the Canadian Army during World War I. He later worked in Hollywood, California as a technical and action assistant director, including the films Wings, Dawn Patrol, Hell's Angels, Air Circus, Legion of the Condemned, Forced Landing and Ceiling Zero, and as an assistant to Cecil B. DeMille and Howard Hawks. He also had minor acting roles in the films Forced Landing, Hands Across the Table, Professional Soldier and Love Is News.
He subsequently returned to Canada, where he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He married Margaret Campbell, later a Toronto City Councillor and Member of Provincial Parliament, in 1941.
With Geoffrey Wood, Larry Cromien and Austin Willis, Campbell launched Dominion Productions in 1946. Bush Pilot was the company's first film. Due to poorer than expected revenues, however, the company never released another film under their management, and was subsequently acquired by Arthur Gotlieb.
Campbell ran for a Toronto City Council seat in the 1956 municipal election, but fell while campaigning, exacerbating an old war injury and remaining bedridden for several months; despite having effectively dropped his campaign, he finished third behind the winners, William Dennison and May Birchard, and ahead of incumbent councillor Edgar Roxborough. In the subsequent 1958 municipal election, Margaret Campbell ran for council instead, winning the seat and beginning her own long career in politics.
He died on September 6, 1990 in Toronto.
- "And So the 'Bush Pilot' Says to the Heroine...". The Globe and Mail, June 6, 1946.
- "Deaths: Campbell, Sterling Carl". The Globe and Mail, September 7, 1990.
- Frank Chamberlain, "Simpson's Radio Column". The Globe and Mail, January 24, 1946.
- "Lives Lived: Margaret Elizabeth Fasken Baird Campbell". The Globe and Mail, May 6, 1999.
- "Canadian Outfit Enters Film Field With Bush Picture". The Globe and Mail, May 31, 1946.
- "Worked as lawyer, judge, politician, and spy: Fought for gay and women's rights starting in the 1970s". National Post, April 26, 1999.