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Also Known As: Died: July 27, 2010
Born: July 27, 1949 Cause of Death: Unknown
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor

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A character actor possessing a menacing but often sympathetic presence, Maury Chaykin specialized in small but startling performances in American features, including the pivotal role of Major Fambrough in Kevin Costner's Oscar-winning drama, "Dances With Wolves" (1990) and memorable parts in "WarGames" (1983) and "My Cousin Vinny" (1992). His sporadically recurring role on HBO's "Entourage" (2004- ) as volatile movie producer Harvey Weingard never failed to amuse, while he made a true name for himself on television with the starring turn as Detective Nero Wolfe on the A&E series, "A Nero Wolfe Mystery" (2001-02). He went on to find his true niche in Canada, where his physical appearance - being on the heftier side - did not impede his opportunity to land interesting leading roles.

A character actor possessing a menacing but often sympathetic presence, Maury Chaykin specialized in small but startling performances in American features, including the pivotal role of Major Fambrough in Kevin Costner's Oscar-winning drama, "Dances With Wolves" (1990) and memorable parts in "WarGames" (1983) and "My Cousin Vinny" (1992). His sporadically recurring role on HBO's "Entourage" (2004- ) as volatile movie producer Harvey Weingard never failed to amuse, while he made a true name for himself on television with the starring turn as Detective Nero Wolfe on the A&E series, "A Nero Wolfe Mystery" (2001-02). He went on to find his true niche in Canada, where his physical appearance - being on the heftier side - did not impede his opportunity to land interesting leading roles.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Barney's Version (2010)
2.
 Casino Jack (2010)
3.
 Adoration (2008)
4.
 Blindness (2008)
5.
 Big Nothing (2007)
6.
 Heaven's Fall (2006)
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9.
 Intern Academy (2004)
10.
 Sugar (2004)
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Milestones close milestones

1968:
Formed and ran the Swamp Fox Group with some high school friends while in college at the State University of New York, Buffalo; the troupe toured widely, performing original material, and won an award at the 1969 Yale Drama Festival (dates approximate)
:
Moved to New York after studying at San Francisco's ACT; took various odd jobs to pay the rent
1975:
Unable to find show business work in NYC, journeyed to Canada to act in a stage play, "Hooray for Johnny Canuck"; subsequently acted in a number of productions at Toronto's Factory Theatre Lab
1978:
Returned to NYC, joining the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Dodget Theatre Company to act in a production of "Gimme Shelter" by Barry Keefe
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Performed in other Off-Broadway theater productions, including "Fat Fell Down" and "A Man's a Man"
1979:
Acted in "Leave It to Beaver Is Dead", an off-Broadway musical play presented by Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival
1979:
Returned to Canada
1979:
Earliest feature film appearances included a role in the Canadian-made comedy-thriller, "Highpoint"
1980:
Appeared in first U.S. TV movie, "Jimmy B. & Andre" (CBS)
1981:
Made U.S. feature film debut in "Death Hunt"
1983:
Breakthrough role in Hollywood films, "WarGames"
1983:
Appeared in first film with Canadian producer-director-writer Paul Donovan, "Def-Con 4"
1986:
Played title role in the Canadian-made docudrama feature, "Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks"
1990:
Offered a memorable turn as the suicidal cavalry major who sends Kevin Costner west in "Dances with Wolves"
1991:
Began collaboration with writer-director Atom Egoyan with the "En Passant" segment of "Montreal vu par..." and "The Adjuster"
1992:
Worked on fourth film with Donovan, "Buried on Sunday"
1992:
Portrayed friendly truck driver Leon "Crazy-As" Pendleton in Edward Zwick's "Leaving Normal"
1992:
Made TV miniseries debut in "Conspiracy of Silence", which originally premiered on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in December, 1991 and later aired on CBS
1992:
Cast in a supporting role in "My Cousin Vinny"
1993:
Appeared in first film with director Jon Amiel, "Sommersby"
1994:
Played Jessica Tandy's movie-producer son in "Camilla"; Atom Egoyan appeared as a film director
1994:
Received second Genie Award for portrayal of a deeply-troubled Brian Wilson-like musician in "Whale Music"
1995:
Played a menacing, rotund, depraved politician in "Devil in a Blue Dress"
1995:
Teamed with Michael Richards as the seriously goofy uncles in Diane Keaton's "Unstrung Heroes"
1997:
Worked in third film with Egoyan, "The Sweet Hereafter"; gave an unexpectedly disturbing performance as a choleric, cuckhold
1998:
Portrayed the prison warden in "The Mark of Zorro"
1999:
Reteamed with Amiel on "Entrapment", playing a dissipated underworld figure with a comically monstrous belly
1999:
Doubled as a store owner and a wacky, crying lawyer for the dream sequences in "Jacob Two Two and the Hooded Fang"
2000:
Played Kyra Sedgwick's aging father confronting his daughter's lesbianism when she brings her girlfriend to Thanksgiving dinner in "What's Cooking?"; screened at the Sundance Film Festival
2000:
Portrayed Nero Wolfe in A&E TV-movie "The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery"
2001:
Reprised title role in the A&E series "Nero Wolfe"
2004:
Starred in "Being Julia," based on the novel "Theatre," by W. Somerset Maugham
2005:
Cast as mob boss, San Marco in Atom Egoyan's "Where the Truth Lies" starring Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth
2005:
Cast in a recurring role as Hollywood producer Harvey Weingard on HBO's "Entourage"
2008:
Cast in Fernando Meirelles-directed mystery drama "Blindness"
2008:
Appeared in the Canadian TV series "Less Than Kind"
2010:
Cast in a supporting role opposite Kevin Spacey and Kelly Preston in "Casino Jack"
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Education

American Conservatory Theatre: San Francisco , California -
State University of New York, Buffalo: Buffalo , New York - 1968 - 1972

Notes

On Hollywood's obsession with beauty: "It's just brutal. You have to look great. It has nothing to do with the way most people are, the way most people are built. It's sick . . . I can't expect people to say, 'Let's star Maury Chaykin in, you know, the next Disney movie.' It's easier for me to make that happen in Canada. I've played so many leading roles there. They were not huge, box-office commercial films. But they were lovely, beautiful films." --Maury Chaykin, quoted in The New York Times, March 18, 2000.

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Mr. Chaykin died in Toronto July 27, 2010, his 61st birthday.

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