R. H. Thomson

Robert Holmes "R. H." Thomson, CM (born September 24, 1947) is a Canadian television, film and stage actor.[1]

R.H. Thomson

Robert Holmes Thomson

(1947-09-24) September 24, 1947
Years active1978 – present
Spouse(s)Laurie Matheson

Thomson was born in Richmond Hill, Ontario. He studied at the University of Toronto, and the National Theatre School.[2]

His own play The Lost Boys was staged at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in March 2000 and at Canadian Stage in February 2002. He has also hosted programming for CBC Radio and CBC Television.

In 2010, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.[3] In May 2015 Thomson received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. Eric Peterson performed in his honour at the gala celebrating the laureates at the National Arts Centre.[4]

Thomson has portrayed a number of historical figures including Samuel Lount, Edsel Ford, Dr. Frederick Banting, Duncan Campbell Scott, Mitchell Sharp, and James Cross.

Thomson is married with two sons, Macintosh and Andrew.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1979 Jigsaw (L'Homme en colère) Borke
1981 Ticket to Heaven Linc Strunc
1981 Surfacing David
1981 Happy Memories Rick
1982 If You Could See What I Hear Will Sly
1983 Snow Jim Short
1985 Vision Quest Kevin
1985 Martin's Day Paul Mennen
1985 Samuel Lount Samuel Lount
1987 And Then You Die Det. Sgt. James McGrath
1987 Wednesday's Children: David Jim Short
1989 The First Season Eric Anderson
1990 Defy Gravity Bill Fiddich
1991 The Quarrel Chaim Kovler
1993 The Lotus Eaters Hal Kingswood
1994 Max Andy Blake
1995 Duncan Campbell Scott: The Poet and the Indians Duncan Campbell Scott
1997 Twilight of the Ice Nymphs Dr. Isaac Solti
1997 Silent Cradle David Greg
1998 Bone Daddy Stone
2000 Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace Knobloch
2006 Population 436 Sheriff Jim Calcutt Video
2006 Who Loves the Sun Arthur Bloom
2008 Well Kept Secrets - Athanassia Manuel
2009 Chloe Frank
2010 New Year Terry Cook
2010 Whirligig Andre
2011 Jesus Henry Christ Billy Herman
2018 Clara Dr. Rickman


Year Title Role Notes
1979 An American Christmas Carol Thatcher TV film
1980 Population of One John Trueman TV film
1981 Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper Lee Schatz TV film
1983 The Terry Fox Story Dr. Simon TV film
1983 Cornet at Night The Stranger TV film
1984 Charlie Grant's War Charlie Grant TV film
1985 The Ray Bradbury Theater Morgan Episode: "The Crowd"
1986 The Marriage Bed Dr. Jeff Reilly TV film
1986 Philip Marlowe, Private Eye Frank Barsley Episode: "Red Wind"
1987 Stranger in My Bed Dr. Davidson TV film
1987 Screen Two Wilf Hawthorne Episode: "Heaven on Earth"
1987 Ford: The Man and the Machine Edsel Ford TV film
1987 Moonlighting Dr. Steven Hill Episodes: "Tale in Two Cities", "Father Knows Last"
1988 Glory Enough for All Dr. Frederick Banting TV film
1988 The Campbells Andrew Jordan Episode: "Last Time Around"
1988 The Twilight Zone Dr. Burrell Episode: "Our Selena Is Dying"
1989 Champagne Charlie Robert Morgan TV film
1989 Love and Hate Gerry Allbright TV film
1990–1996 Road to Avonlea Jasper Dale Regular role
1991 Mark Twain and Me Albert Paine TV film
1992–93 By Way of the Stars Priest TV miniseries
1993 Bonds of Love Jake Hobart TV film
1994 The Babymaker: The Dr. Cecil Jacobson Story Bill Castellano TV film
1994 My Breast Luke TV film
1994 Bizet's Dream Delaborde / Escamillo TV film
1995 Net Worth Milton Mound TV film
1996 Murder at My Door Ed McNair TV film
1999 Cry Rape Ray Marcassi TV film
1999 P.T. Barnum James Anthony Bailey TV film
2000 The Dinosaur Hunter Rev. Smythe TV film
2000 The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne Count Nicolai Kugarin Episode: "Rocket to the Moon"
2001 The Associates Angus MacGregor Episode: "Headfirst Into Hell"
2001 The Royal Scandal Mycroft Holmes TV film
2001 University Harry Copeland TV series
2002 The Stork Derby Hugh McLean TV film
2002 Trudeau Mitchell Sharp TV film
2002 The Battle of Mary Kay Richard Rogers TV film
2002 Tom Stone Peter Krieghoff Episode: "Deal"
2003 Bugs Reynolds TV film
2003 The Piano Man's Daughter Frederick Wyatt TV film
2003 Full-Court Miracle Rabbi Lewis TV film
2004 Human Cargo Peter Fowler TV miniseries
2006 Prairie Giant Dr. Moulds TV miniseries
2006 October 1970 James Cross TV miniseries
2008 The Englishman's Boy Tom Hardwick TV miniseries
2010 Republic of Doyle Francis Chafe Episode: "The Tell-Tale Safe"
2012 King Randall King Episode: "Freddy Boise"
2013 Cracked Robert Kelly Episode: "The Valley"
2016 Love's Complicated Senator TV film
2017–present Anne with an E Matthew Cuthbert Main role
20?? University Harry Copeland Episode: "Welcome to Dorchester"





  1. "R.H. Thomson". The Canadian Encyclopedia, March 6, 2011.
  2. R. H. Thomson. Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia.
  3. Governor General announces 74 new appointments to the Order of Canada
  4. "R.H. Thomson". Governor General's Performing Arts Awards. Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  5. At home with actor R.H. Thomson. Toronto Star, November 22, 2008.
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