Alexis Kanner

1942 - 2003

Alexis Kanner was born in Bagneres de Luchon, France. His family, displaced Jewish refugees, emigrated to Montreal, Canada in 1944. After attending McGill University and performing for a season with the Stratford Festival of Canada, Kanner returned to Europe to pursue his acting career.In 1959, Kanner was invited to join the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He appeared as Caliban in Sir Barry Jackson's production of The Tempest ("..the repellently real Caliban of Alexis Kanner cannot be bettered", Illustrated News), as well as playing The Husband in Bernard Hepton's production of Rashomon and Ken in The Naked Island. He appeared as Hotspur in Henry IV for Orson Wells at the Dublin Gate Theatre and the lead in Edward Albee's The American Dream at the Royal Court Theatre in 1961, a performance described by Alan Brien of the Sunday Telegraph as "...played by Alexis Kanner like a human steak looking for a plate on which to serve himself; he is the final parody of the all-American paragon".In

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