Jonathan Crombie was a Canadian actor, best known for his role as Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables (1985), Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1987), Road to Avonlea (1990–1996) and Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (2000).
Jonathan David Crombie was born on October 12, 1966, in Toronto, Ontario, to David Crombie, the former mayor of Toronto, and his wife Shirley Ann. Jonathan was the baby of family - he had two older sisters, Robin and Carrie. He was raised along with them in Toronto.
Anne of Green Gables
Crombie never intended to become an actor. However, he was spotted in a high school production of The Wizard of Oz by casting director Diane Polley, who recommended him to be cast in Anne of Green Gables (1985). The role of Gilbert Blythe won him recognition and was the role for which he was best loved. Crombie returned to role of Gilbert in two sequels: Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1987) and Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (2000). He also played the part in "Old Friends, Old Wounds", the last episode of Season 3 of Road to Avonlea (1990–1996).
The role of Gilbert Blythe brought Crombie recognition. Subsequently, he appeared in a number of TV films and series and continued his career in theatre. Crombie was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for his role in the Canadian Stage Company's 1997 production of Arcadia.
Jonathan Crombie died on April 15, 2015 of a brain hemorrhage in New York City, New York, USA at the age of 48. His organs were donated.
|1985||Anne of Green Gables||Gilbert Blythe|
|1986||A Judgment in Stone||Bobby Coverdale|
|1987||Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel||Gilbert Blythe|
|CBS Schoolbreak Special||Barney Roth|
|1988||Mount Royal||Rob Valeur|
|Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Rick Garrison|
|1989||The Jeweller's Shop||Christophe|
|The Teddy Bears' Picnic||Benjamin Bear|
|1990||The Campbells||Kevin Horatio Sims|
|1991||21 Jump Street||Bill Howard|
|1992||Road to Avonlea||Gilbert Blythe|
|The Teddy Bears' Christmas||Benjamin Bear|
|The Good Fight||Sam Cragin|
|1993||Class of '96||Sam Clive|
|1998||Comedy Now!||Various Characters|
|The Teddy Bears' Scare||Benjamin Bear|
|1999 - 2000||Power Play||Hudson James|
|2000||Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story||Gilbert Blythe|
|2001||The Waiting Game||Matt|
|2002||Earth: Final Conflict||Dr. Field|
|2003 - 2005||Slings and Arrows||Lionel Train|
|2004||The Jane Show||Dave|
|2004 - 2010||The Secret World of Benjamin Bear||Benjamin Bear|
|2013||Cottage Country||Dan Mushin|
|2014||Russian Broadway Shut Down||Villager|
Behind the scenes
- Jonathan was first discovered for Anne of Green Gables by casting director Diane Polley, the mother of Sarah Polley, who portrayed Sara Stanley in Road to Avonlea (1990–1996).
- When Jonathan and Megan Follows visited Schuyler Grant at college, they invited her roommate out for dinner. The roommate declined the invite as she had never seen either of the Anne of Green Gables movies and therefore had no idea who her roommate's famous friends were.
- Jonathan hated having to wear the straw hat in the Lily Maid scene because he thought he looked like Frank Sinatra.
- A stunt double was used in Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel for the scenes when Gilbert drove his bike into the lake and when he mounted the horse after Anne whipped him with her basket of flowers
- Jonathan only appeared in the three films for a total of 1 hour and 11 minutes. That is only 1/10 of the total running time of the three movies.
- He would often bring treats, such as candy and popcorn, to set for his fellow workers.
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|Actors who portrayed Gilbert Blythe|
|Paul Kelly · Tom Brown · Patric Knowles · Jeremy Spenser · David Spenser · William Cole · Hervé Brousseau|
Robin Halstead · Christopher Blake · Jonathan Crombie · Kevin Flinn · Sean Persaud · Tanner Gillman
Gabriel Sharra · Mark Tarona · Drew Haytaoglu · Juho Keskitalo · Lucas Jade Zumann
|Audrey Cameron · Charles Mason · Derek Lansiaux · Eric Clavering · Pavol Mikulík · Kazuhiko Inoue|
Mirosław Konarowski · Robert Harper · Ali Mukaddam · David Kaufman · Simon Jäger · Sean Persaud
|Dean Regan · Jeff Hyslop · Claude Tessier · Bill Houghton · Barrie Wood · Jim White · Tim Howar · Graham Coffeng|
Daniel Murphy · Jamie McKnight · Sean Hauk · Darren Voros · Jory Rossiter · Peter Deiwick · Louie Rossetti · Aaron Kyte
Matt Wagman · Michael Hughes · Andrew McAllister · Justin Stadnyk · Patrick Cook · Gabe Antonacci · Ben Chiasson
Alex Furber · Anthony MacPherson · Cameron Kneteman