Forsyth, Rob

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Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Austin and Ethyl Forsyth, script writer Robert William Forsyth (10 September 1949 -- 13 September 1999) studied arts and psychology at York University from 1967 to 1971.

Rob Forsyth began working in television in the nineteen seventies, writing scripts for episodes of CTV and CBC crime dramas such as "Sidestreet" and "Night Heat". In the 1980s and 1990s, Forsyth wrote for such television series as "Beyond Reality", "The Campbells", "Cold Case", "Due South", "Emily of New Moon", "E.N.G.", "North of 60" and "Outer Limits". Forsyth also wrote and developed a number of made-for-television movies and mini-series, including "John Ware", "Murder Most Likely" "Race For The Bomb", "Vanderberg" and "The Winnings of Frankie Walls".

Forsyth is perhaps best known for his script adaptation of M.T. Kelly's novel "A Dream Like Mine", which was made into the controversial independent film "Clearcut", staring Michael Hogan and Graham Greene. He also wrote the scripts for the films "Conquest" (1998), "Murder Most Likely" (1999), "Marine Life" (2000) and "Dr. Lucille" (2000).

Forsyth received several awards for his writing, including best writer in 1998 for his work on "North of 60". In 2000 and 2001 he received two posthumous awards for "Dr. Lucille", one The Margaret Collier Award, the other from The Writer's Guild of Canada. He died of cancer 13 September 1999.


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