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Life and career
McCamus was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and was brought up in London, Ontario from the age of ten, after his family moved cross country. While attending London's Oakridge Secondary School, McCamus became intrigued with the theatre, and went on to attend the University of Windsor's school of dramatic art.
His film debut came in director Paul Donovan's quirky time-travel comedy Norman's Awesome Experience, otherwise known as A Switch in Time (1989). In 1991 McCamus gained critical acclaim for his role as a mental patient in the historical drama Beautiful Dreamers.
McCamus' role as struggling actor Henry Adler in I Love a Man in Uniform (1993), directed by David Wellington resulted in him winning the Genie Award for Best Actor. McCamus has been nominated for the Genie Award on two occasions since, for Long Day's Journey into Night (1996), also directed by Wellington, in which McCamus reprised his successful performance as Edmund Tyrone from the Stratford Festival, and for the Oscar-nominated The Sweet Hereafter (1997), directed by Atom Egoyan.
McCamus came to the attention of a wider audience playing the villainous Mason Eckhart in the Marvel TV series Mutant X. Although McCamus proved sufficiently popular that he appeared in every episode of the first season, something that was not originally planned, he quit the show to star as Richard III and Mack the Knife at the Stratford Festival. He only returned to Mutant X to make occasional appearances in the second and third seasons.
McCamus starred in the CBC film Waking Up Walter: The Walter Gretzky Story (2005) as famous hockey dad Walter Gretzky, the Canadian production Shake Hands with the Devil (2007), and in the Ken Finkleman miniseries At the Hotel (2006).
In 2010 he appeared at Stratford as Captain Hook in Peter Pan and as Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons.
He appeared in the 2019 season of CBC's Street Legal in a supporting role.
|1987||And Then You Die||Jimmy|
|1988||Norman's Awesome Experience||Norman|
|1988-1989||Friday the 13th: The Series||Atticus Rook / Frank Edwards||2 episodes|
|1990||Beautiful Dreamers||Leonard Thomas|
|1993||I Love a Man in Uniform||Henry Adler|
|1993||Guilty as Sin||Ray Schiff|
|1994||The Circle Game||Frank|
|1996||Great Performances||Edmund Tyrone||Episode: "Long Day's Journey into Night"|
|1997||The Sweet Hereafter||Sam|
|1997||Bach Cello Suite #6: Six Gestures||J.S. Bach|
|1998||Last Night||Radio D.J.||Voice|
|1999||The Passion of Ayn Rand||Richard||TV movie|
|2000||The Spreading Ground||Johnny Gault|
|2000||Possible Worlds||George Barber|
|2000||Foreign Objects||TV Series|
|2001-2004||Mutant X||Mason Eckhart||26 episodes|
|2002||The Nature of Nicholas||Father|
|2002||Perfect Pie||Don Rayford|
|2003||The Newsroom||Bob Daniels||Episode: "Death 1, George 0"|
|2004||Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen||Calum|
|2004||Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning||Wallace Rowlands|
|2005||Black Widow||Detective Pressman|
|2007||Shake Hands with the Devil||Phil Lancaster|
|2008||Killshot||Paul Scallen / FBI Chief|
|2014-2015||Orphan Black||Dr. Nealon||7 episodes|
|2015||King John||King John|
|2015||Antony and Cleopatra||Enobarbus|