column in today's Winnipeg Free Press is about actor Donnelly Rhodes, who died earlier this month in B.C..
If the name doesn’t immediately ring a bell, his face should, as he was a fixture on television screens on both sides of the border for nearly sixty years. His credits include The Young and the Restless, Soap, Danger Bay and DaVinci's inquest and films such as Gunfight in Abilene and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Rhodes' acting roots, however, were firmly embedded in Manitoba’s theatre scene. The story of his rise to fame also helps tell the story of Winnipeg's theatre scene in the 1960s.