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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).


Early life[]

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.


Year Title Role
1985 Anne of Green Gables Gilbert Blythe
1986 A Judgment in Stone Bobby Coverdale
Bullies Matt Morris
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
The Hitchhiker Kenny
1990 The Campbells Kevin Horatio Sims
1991 21 Jump Street Bill Howard
1992 Road to Avonlea Gilbert Blythe
Cafe Romeo Bennie
The Teddy Bears' Christmas Benjamin Bear
The Good Fight Sam Cragin
1993 Class of '96 Sam Clive
Matrix Cumberland
1998 Comedy Now! Various Characters
SketchCom 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
2006 Empty Room
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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