I digress . . .
Harron had a long career, not only in Hollywood but in his native Canada and in
London as well. He found his life's work in acting. Sadly, his personal life
wasn't as successful. He burned through three marriages, fueled at one time or
another by boozed-up women, suicide attempts, and public shouting matches.
Among his survivors is his fourth wife, Claudette Gareau (although the sources
I read are divided as to whether he and Gareau were married). His relationships
with his children are best described as "civil." One of his daughters
is the filmmaker Mary Harron, who made American Psycho and I
Shot Andy Warhol.
had a reputation as quite a randy fellow; a castmate once joked, "Don's
been through every female member of the cast—and half the men."
didn't know that Don's favorite book was Anne of Green Gables, and
he adapted the book into a successful musical. One of his proudest accomplishments
was his 1997 adaptation of the musical for a disabled cast.
loved Canada. "Canada is the best place in the world. I'm not being
patriotic; it's a fact." Canada loved him, too. He was awarded the Order
of Canada and was one of the first inductees into the Canadian Comedy Hall of
Fame. He was also inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in
once said, "I was born at home in bed with a naked woman, and hope to exit
the same way." Not sure if his wish came true, but R.I.P., Don.