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Earle Grey Award

The Earle Grey Award is the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television at its annual awards ceremony.
Cedric Smith - Earle Grey Award
Cedric Smith speaks after accepting the Earle Grey Award (photo G. Pimental Photography, courtesy Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television).

The Earle Grey Award is the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television at its annual awards ceremony (the Gemini Awards from 1986 to 2011 and the Canadian Screen Awards from 2013 to present). It is given to an actor in recognition of his or her body of work in television, or for their contribution to the international profile of Canadian television. It can be presented to an individual or a collaborative team.

The Earle Grey Award is named after the first president of the Toronto ACTRA branch (not Governor General Earl Grey). Nominations are submitted by Academy members to the Special Awards Committee, whose choice of recipient must then be approved by the Board of Directors. In May 2012, the Academy merged the Gemini and Genie Awards into the Canadian Screen Awards, which were first held in 2013.


1986 — Ed McNamara

1987 — Lorne Greene

1988 — Kate Reid

1989 — Sean McCann

1990 — Jan Rubes

1991 — awards not held

1992 — Colleen Dewhurst (awarded posthumously)

1993 — Barbara Hamilton

1994 — Ernie Coombs

1995 — SCTV (Rick Moranis, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Martin Short, Joe Flaherty, Catherine O'Hara, John Candy, Harold Ramis and Dave Thomas)

1996 — Bruno Gerussi (awarded posthumously)

1997 — Gordon Pinsent

1998 — Kenneth Welsh and Al Waxman (Two Gemini Awards ceremonies were held in 1998; Welsh received the Earle Grey Award at the 12th Gemini Awards, Waxman at the 13th.)

1999 — Jayne Eastwood

2000 — Royal Canadian Air Farce (Roger Abbott, Luba Goy, Don Ferguson and John Morgan)

2001 — Jackie Burroughs

2002 — CODCO (Tommy Sexton, Andy Jones, Greg Malone, Cathy Jones and Mary Walsh)

2003 — Jennifer Dale

2004 — Graham Greene

2005 — Steve Smith

2006 — Donnelly Rhodes

2007 — Don Harron

2008 — David Gardner

2009 — Eric Peterson

2010 — not awarded

2011 — Cedric Smith

2012 — awards not held

2013 — not awarded

2014 — Colm Feore

2015 — Paul Gross

2016 Wendy Crewson

2017 Tantoo Cardinal

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