Royal Canadian Air Farce's Roger Abbott Passes
March 28, 2011 at 4:23 AM (PT)
Condolences to family, friends, and fans of longtime Canadian radio and TV comic actor ROGER ABBOTT, who died after a bout with leukemia at 64 on SATURDAY in TORONTO.
ABBOTT was known as a member of the iconic ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FARCE comedy troupe on CBC radio and television, playing a long list of characters from former Prime Minister JEAN CHRETIEN to LEONARD COHEN and CBC newsman PETER MANSBRIDGE. He founded the AIR FARCE with DON FERGUSON, LUBA GOY, JOHN MORGAN, DAVE BROADFOOT, and MARTIN BRONSTEIN in 1973 after being part of the JUST SOCIETY revue in MONTREAL with CONLON, MORGAN, and BRONSTEIN. The AIR FARCE ran on CBC radio in 1973-1997 and on TV in 1980-2008; ABBOTT, FERGUSON, MORGAN, and GOY were the core members for most of the run.