John Dunsworth aka Mr. Lahey

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John speaks to High School groups with great success!!

John’s presentation at Stephenville High School was that he brought hope; in the fact that he spoke to the audience in a way that the students could relate to and that they could succeed with what they wanted to do.  The faculty found that students that normally would skip out presentation went to see him and that they were thrilled with one of the Trailer Park Boys came into their school.  
tephanie A. McGean   Teacher of the Deaf Stephenville High School Newfoundland
John Dunsworth was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, not far from the sea where he now spends most of his time on his yacht when he’s not working.  John is one of Halifax’s most venerable and revered actors.  He has appeared in countless CBC radio dramas and has held leading roles in over 25 Neptune Theatre productions.  In 1970, long before the days of waterfront renewal, John convinced the City of Halifax to lease to him a run-down old building by the shipyards which he turned into Pier One Theatre – Halifax’s first and arguably its most successful alternative theatre company.

John first met Mike Clattenburg in the mid-1990s when he auditioned for a small role in Mike’s short, One Last Shot.  Halfway through shooting, John’s small role blossomed into a leading part – a part that garnered him a Best Performance award from the Atlantic Film Festival.  From there, John developed that role into the character Mr. Lahey, the trailer park supervisor on the series Trailer Park Boys.
John’s recent film credits include principle roles in Sleepmurder for CTV, Blessing for CBS, Shattered City: Halifax Explosion for Salter Street Films and Thom Fitzgerald’s Indie film Three Needles.

John is an avid bridge player, holding master points.  He also holds, until somebody proves otherwise, the Internet Scrabble record for having three 7-letter words in a row.  Around town, John is easy to spot.  He drives an old truck with a thousand pound winch that he uses for hauling granite.  In 1987, John founded Filmworks Casting where he worked as Halifax’s most successful casting director.  Prior to that, John worked in the transportation industry.  To be precise, he drove a cab for three years and worked the CNR trains from Halifax and Sydney.


Avid sailor.

Has done numerous radio drama roles, commercials and voice-over work.

Father of Sarah Dunsworth.

A Master Bridge player

Went to the University of Guelph. Majored in Theatre but dropped out in his 4th year when he was forced to take philosophy in a summer semester.

Actor: Mr. Lahey

Guess Who’s Knocking (2009) (post-production) …. Joseph

The Gospel According to the Blues (2009) (TV) (post-production) …. Manager

Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns (2009) …. Greg

Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (2009) …. Jim Lahey

… aka Les Trailer Park Boys – Le jour de la brosse (Canada: French title)

Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys (2008) (TV) …. Jim Lahey

… aka Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys: A Trailer Park Boys Special (Canada: English title: long title)

“Trailer Park Boys” …. Jim Lahey (56 episodes, 2001-2007)

– A Shit River Runs Through It (2007) TV episode …. Jim Lahey

– Going Off the Rails on a Swayze Train (2007) TV episode …. Jim Lahey

– Let the Liquor do the Thinking (2007) TV episode …. Jim Lahey

– Jump the Cheeseburger (2007) TV episode …. Jim Lahey

– We Can’t Call People Without Wings Angels So We Call Them Friends (2007) TV episode (credit only) …. Jim Lahey

(51 more)

Stuck (2007) …. Cabbie

The Conclave (2006) …. Cardinal Calandrini

… aka Das Konklave (Germany)

Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006) …. Mr. Lahey

… aka Les trailer Park Boys – Le film (Canada: French title)

… aka Trailer Park Boys: Baked on a True Story (USA: promotional title)

A Bug and a Bag of Weed (2006) …. Geoff

Trudeau II: Maverick in the Making (2005) (TV) …. Émery Beaulieu

The Hunt for the BTK Killer (2005) (TV) …. Pastor

Ambulance Girl (2005) (TV)

Serious Miracles (2005) …. Mr. Garrety

Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas (2005) (TV) …. Samuels

… aka James Patterson’s Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas (UK: copyright title) (USA: complete title)

Stone Cold (2005) (TV) …. Jim Burns

… aka Robert B. Parker’s Stone Cold (UK: complete title) (USA: complete title)

… aka Jesse Stone: Stone Cold (USA: new title)

… aka Stone Cold (USA: short title)

“Funpak” (2005) TV series …. Nero (unknown episodes)

The Trailer Park Boys Christmas Special (2004) (TV) …. Jim Lahey

The Riverman (2004) (TV) …. Haney

Sleep Murder (2004) (TV) …. Lance

Reversible Errors (2004) (TV) …. Ike

… aka Scott Turow’s Reversible Errors (USA: complete title)

A Hole in One (2004) …. Pastor

Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion (2003) (TV) …. Naval Officer McNabb

Blessings (2003) (TV) …. Deputy

The Christmas Shoes (2002) (TV) …. Dr. Julian

… aka Les souliers de Noël (Canada: French title)

Lift-Off (2002)

Too Young to Be a Dad (2002) (TV) …. Manager

… aka A Family’s Decision (USA)

… aka Too Young to Be a Father (USA)

… aka Trop jeune pour être père (Canada: French title)

Trudeau (2002) (TV) …. Delegate

“Lexx” …. Berf / … (10 episodes, 1996-2002)

… aka Lexx: The Series

… aka Tales from a Parallel Universe (USA: first season title)

– The Game (2002) TV episode (voice) …. His Divine Shadow / Rook

– P4X (2001) TV episode …. Guard

– Texx Lexx (2001) TV episode …. Old Cracker/Voice of Pilot #2

– Brigadoom (1999) TV episode …. Lett

– Twilight (1999) TV episode (uncredited) …. Zombie

Virginia’s Run (2002) …. Cop

… aka La chevauchée de Virginie (Canada: French title)

This Boy (2002) …. Uncle Will

The Shipping News (2001) …. Guy Quoyle

Three Days (2001) (TV) …. Mayor

A Glimpse of Hell (2001) (TV) …. Earl Hartwig

Deeply (2000) (voice) …. Voice of Urban

… aka Deeply (Germany)

… aka Sur fond d’océan (Canada: French title)

“Pit Pony” …. Jack Doyle / … (11 episodes, 1999-2000)

– Chasing Shadows (2000) TV episode …. Jack Doyle

– Lost (1999) TV episode …. Jack Doyle

– A Weighty Matter (1999) TV episode …. Jack Doyle

– Our Sons and Daughters (1999) TV episode …. Jack Doyle

– Sunshine and Shadows (1999) TV episode …. Jack Doyle

New Waterford Girl (1999) …. Roddy

… aka La fille de New Waterford (Canada: French title)

The Real Howard Spitz (1998) …. Clown

… aka Samantha et Monsieur Spitz (Canada: French title)

One Last Shot (1998) …. Jim Lahey

Pit Pony (1997) (TV) …. MacIsaac Smith

“Lexx: The Dark Zone” (1997) TV mini-series …. Divine Predecessor (s) (unknown episodes)

… aka Lexx: The Dark Zone (Germany)

… aka Lexx: The Dark Zone Stories (USA)

… aka Lexx: The Movies (Europe: English title: DVD box title)

Sweet Angel Mine (1996) …. Billy Lee

Life with Billy (1994) (TV) …. Ray Fiske

Mary Silliman’s War (1994) (TV) …. Rapist

… aka L’appel du devoir (Canada: French title)

… aka The Way of Duty (Canada: English title)

Buried on Sunday (1992) …. Reporter 2

… aka Northern Extremes

The Little Kidnappers (1990) (TV) …. Fr. Fraser

Deep Sea Conspiracy (1987) …. Mark

Casting Department:



Deeply (2000) (casting: Halifax)

… aka Deeply (Germany)

… aka Sur fond d’océan (Canada: French title)


Blue Moon (1999) (TV) (casting: Halifax)

Recipe for Revenge (1998) (TV) (casting: Halifax)

… aka Harlequin’s Recipe for Revenge (Canada: English title) (UK: complete title)

… aka La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froid (Canada: French title)

The Real Howard Spitz (1998) (additional casting: Halifax)

… aka Samantha et Monsieur Spitz (Canada: French title)

Loving Evangeline (1998) (TV) (casting: Halifax)

… aka En quête de vérité (Canada: French title)

The Waiting Game (1998) (TV) (casting: Halifax)

… aka Harlequin’s The Waiting Game (Canada: English title: complete title) (UK: complete title)

… aka Clair comme le cristal (Canada: French title)

Titanic (1997) (extras casting: Halifax contemporary shoot)

The Hanging Garden (1997) (casting director: Halifax)

… aka Le jardin suspendu (Canada: French title)

Love and Death on Long Island (1997) (additional casting)

… aka Amour et mort à Long Island (Canada: French title)

Calm at Sunset (1996) (TV) (local casting)

… aka Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn (USA: alternative title)

Sweet Angel Mine (1996) (casting: UK)

Two If by Sea (1996) (extras casting)

… aka Stolen Hearts

Dolores Claiborne (1995) (extras casting)

Le secret de Jérôme (1994) (casting assistant)

… aka Jerome’s Secret

Mary Silliman’s War (1994) (TV) (casting: Halifax)

… aka L’appel du devoir (Canada: French title)

… aka The Way of Duty (Canada: English title)

Paint Cans (1994) (casting: Halifax)

The Secret (1992) (TV) (casting: Canada)

Casting Director:

The Magic of Marciano (2000)

One Heart Broken Into Song (1999)

Eb & Flo (1998)

Pit Pony (1997) (TV)

Life with Billy (1994) (TV)


Guess Who’s Knocking (2009) (post-production) (co-writer)

Set Decorator:

The Magic of Marciano (2000)


Trailer Park Boys: The Movie – Behind the Scenes (2006) (TV) (uncredited) …. Himself

“Northern Lights: The Canadian UFO Experience” (2004) TV mini-series …. Narrator

The Hero’s Hero: The Forgotten Life of William Barker (2003) (TV) …. Narrator

The Perfect Hero (1999) (voice) …. Narrator

… aka Les héros parfait (Canada: French title)

The Last Log Drive (1985) (voice) …. Narrator

Miller Brittain (1981) (voice) …. Narrator

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