Nicholas Campbell

Nicholas Campbell (born 24 March 1952) is a Canadian actor[1] and filmmaker, who won three Gemini Awards for acting. He is known for such films as Naked Lunch, Prozac Nation, New Waterford Girl[2] and the television series Da Vinci's Inquest.

Nicholas Campbell
Campbell in November 2010
Born (1952-03-24) 24 March 1952
Toronto, Canada
Other namesNick Campbell

Early life

Campbell was born in Toronto and raised in Montreal. He went to Toronto's Upper Canada College and Kingston's Queen's University where he originally studied pre-Law but later switched to English and Drama. He continued his studies in England studying five years at the London Drama Studio and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Campbell spent 40 weeks touring the country with the York Theatre Royal Repertory Company. His debut film role was in The Omen, released in 1976. After he returned from England he divided his time between Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York. In the 1990s he moved back to Canada.


His starring film and television credits include series leads on Diamonds[1] and The Hitchhiker.[1] Starting his acting career in the movies he had small roles in A Bridge Too Far (1977),[1] The Eagle Has Landed (1976)[1] and in the Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).[2] Campbell was third-billed in the 1985 movie Certain Fury. Playing Billy Quinn in CBC's Major Crime (1997) he won a Gemini Award for best actor for his work.[3] His television credits also include the role of Bobby Kennedy in Hoover vs. The Kennedys (Gemini nominee for best actor in a miniseries), Going Home (nominated for BAFTA Award), and The Valour and the Horror. Other works include The Sleep Room, Diana Kilmury: Teamster (Gemini nomination for best supporting actor in a drama) and The Diary of Evelyn Lau. Campbell has also worked extensively with David Cronenberg, appearing in such films as Naked Lunch, The Dead Zone, Fast Company, and The Brood. Campbell has made guest appearances on TV shows including Space: 1999, Airwolf, Blue Murder, (Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series in 2001)[3] A Nero Wolfe Mystery, Street Legal, Republic of Doyle, and Highlander: The Series.

In addition to his acting career, Campbell is also an accomplished filmmaker. He wrote and directed the documentary Stepping Razor; Red X (Genie nomination for best documentary).

Da Vinci's Inquest

Campbell's role as coroner Dominic Da Vinci in Da Vinci's Inquest brought him critical acclaim. Da Vinci's Inquest was nominated for many Gemini Awards. Of the 11 Geminis the show won, it received three for best writing in a dramatic series and three for best dramatic series. Campbell received the Gemini Award for best performance in a continuing leading dramatic role for his work on the series.[3] Campbell also directed a number of episodes of Da Vinci’s Inquest.

In 2005, Da Vinci's Inquest ended its run. In Da Vinci's City Hall, which ran the following season, the character followed his real-life inspiration, Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell (no relation to Nicholas), into municipal politics. No more episodes are planned, but there is talk of a series of TV films that would continue the narrative.



Year Title Role Notes
1976The OmenMarine
1977A Bridge Too FarCaptain Glass
1977The Spy Who Loved MeUSS Wayne Crewman #7
1977Come Back, Little ShebaTurkTV movie
1979Fast CompanyBilly 'The Kid' Brooker
1979H. G. Wells' The Shape of Things to ComeJason Caball
1979The BroodChris
1980Day of ResurrectionRadio Operator - Palmer Station
1981Dirty TricksBill Darcy
1981The AmateurSchraeger
1982TrappedRoger Michaels
1982Killing 'em SoftlyClifford
1982LoveDanny(segment "For Life")
1983The Dead ZoneFrank Dodd
1985Certain FurySniffer
1985Terminal ChoiceHenderson
1986Knights of the CityJoey
1987The Pink ChiquitasCast Member of Zombie Beach Party III
1987RampageAlbert Morse
1991The Big SliceNickPapadopoulos
1991Naked LunchHank
1992Shadow of the WolfScott
1992Bordertown CaféDon
1993Champagne For Two
1994Boozecanwith David Cronenberg as actor
1995Butterbox BabiesClayton Oliver
1995No ContestVic
1995Dancing in the DarkMark ForbesTV movie
1995JunglegroundRobert Neilson
1996The Boys ClubKyle's Dad
1998The Sleep RoomLucas
1998A Cool, Dry PlaceFrankie Gooland
1999Happy Face MurdersRusty ZuvicTV movie
1999New Waterford GirlFrances Pottie
2000New Year's DayOllie
2000Saint JudeDad
2000We All Fall DownBruce
2001Prozac NationDonald
2001Turning PaigeRoss Fleming
2005Cinderella ManSporty Lewis
200714 Days in ParadiseAl Johnson
2008InconceivableJonathan Banks
2009The Cry of the OwlMr. Wyncoop
2009Love and SavagerySenior Tinker
2009WakeGabor Zazlov
2011GoonRollie Hortense
2011I'm YoursFather
2013AlgonquinLeif Roulette
2013Cubicle WarriorsHoward Ramsey
2015The Rainbow KidBill
2015UnearthingSid Smith
2016The AdditionMax Wrathburn
2016UnlessThe Stranger
2017Awakening the ZodiacRay
2017Never Steady, Never StillEd
2017The SoundTaxi Driver #1


Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Hitchhiker The Hitchhiker
1986 The Insiders Nick Fox
1987 Airwolf Jason 'Doc' Gifford
1987 Diamonds Mike Devitt
1987 Hoover vs. The Kennedys Robert F. Kennedy Mini series
1995 Highlander: The Series Kit O'Brady
1995 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Graham Corrigan Season 3: Episode 13
1998 Da Vinci's Inquest Dominic Da Vinci
2003 Human Cargo Jerry Fischer
2005 Da Vinci's City Hall Dominic Da Vinci
2008 The Quality of Life Dominic Da Vinci TV movie
2008 The Englishman's Boy Shorty McAdoo
2008 Flashpoint George Orsten
2008 The Border Dougie Jackson
2009 Murdoch Mysteries Buffalo Bill
2010- Republic of Doyle Martin Poole recurring
2010 Haven Garland Wournos
2012 Less Than Kind[4] Jim Sheridan recurring
2014 Rookie Blue Jay Swarek
2016 Shoot the Messenger Henry Channing
2016 Heartland Will Vernon Episode: "Here and Now"[5]
2017 Black Mirror Russ Sambrell Episode: "Arkangel"
2017 Bad Blood Lonnie Gardiner Episode: "You Can Never Hold Back Spring"
2018 Private Eyes Frank Garrison Episode: "The Devil's Playground"
2019 Coroner Gordon Cooper


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