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Sat Apr 18, 2015, 09:00 PM

 

'Green Gables' star Jonathan Crombie dies at 48

For many women of Generation X, Jonathan Crombie was their first PBS crush, even if they didn't know his name.

He played Gilbert Blythe, the school rival, boyfriend and eventual husband of the heroine in the beloved Anne of Green Gables movies.

Crombie, 48, died of a brain hemmorhage Wednesday In New York, his sister Carrie told the Canadian Broadcasting Company Saturday.

Though he would go on to star in the Broadway play The Drowsy Chaperone, Crombie is best remembered for his work as Gilbert. He was never bothered by the fame it brought him and even answered to the name Gil when recognized on the street, she says.

"I think he was really proud of being Gilbert Blythe and was happy to answer any questions," she told the CBC. "He really enjoyed that series and was happy, very proud of it we all were," she said.

The son of former Toronto mayor and Canadian Cabinet minister David Crombie, he beat out fellow Canadian and future 90210 star Jason Priestly for the role. "We never screen-tested him," Green Gables producer Kevin Sullivan told the CBC. "We met him and he was cast. It was a perfect storm. ... It just all worked perfectly."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2015/04/18/jonathan-crombie-anne-of-green-gables-death/25994191/

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ND-Dem Apr 2015 OP
shenmue Apr 2015 #1
snacker Apr 2015 #2
ND-Dem Apr 2015 #4
Terra Alta Apr 2015 #3
greatlaurel Apr 2015 #5
GoCubsGo Apr 2015 #6
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Response to ND-Dem (Original post)

Sat Apr 18, 2015, 09:05 PM

1. Rest in peace

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Response to ND-Dem (Original post)

Sat Apr 18, 2015, 10:01 PM

2. RIP

He was an absolutely perfect Gilbert Blythe.



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Response to snacker (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 18, 2015, 10:12 PM

4. yes. i liked that series, special, whatever it was.

 

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Response to ND-Dem (Original post)

Sat Apr 18, 2015, 10:03 PM

3. wow, so young

May he rest in peace.

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Response to ND-Dem (Original post)

Sat Apr 18, 2015, 10:20 PM

5. My condolences to his family and friends. He was a wonderful actor.

He gave our family many hours of enjoyment watching the Anne of Green Gables series. Mr. Crombie was very talented.

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Sat Apr 18, 2015, 10:33 PM

6. Awful!



I loved that series.

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Sat Apr 18, 2015, 10:38 PM

7. That's horrible!

I was just googling him a few days ago, showing my daughters who played Gilbert in the CBC special. The younger 2 are just starting to get interested in the Anne series.

So sad, and so young

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Sat Apr 18, 2015, 11:43 PM

8. I loved that series. Very sad, he was too young.

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