Maury Chaykin stars in "Casino Jack," opposite Kevin Spacey, as Big Tony.

The late Maury Chaykin was one of the top Canadian-American character actors of his generation and one of the most recognizable faces on stage, television and film. Maclean's magazine film critic Brian D. Johnson observed that Chaykin brought "an unnerving edge to whatever character he play[ed]."

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Chaykin studied acting at SUNY Buffalo, where beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso were his faculty sponsors. Chaykin worked on stage and screen virtually non-stop from then on.

In 1990, Kevin Costner cast him as a mentally unstable cavalry officer in "Dances With Wolves." In 1991, Chaykin played an obsessive games player with more money than sense in Atom Egoyan's "The Adjuster," arguably his finest work. In 1994, he won a Best Leading Actor Genie for his portrayal of an agoraphobic rock star in "Whale Music."

One of his rare leading roles was as Nero Wolfe. Chaykin first played the detective genius in "The Golden Spiders: a Nero Wolfe Mystery" (2000), an A&E telefilm adaptation of the 1953 novel by Rex Stout. Timothy Hutton costarred as Archie Goodwin. The New York Times described Chaykin's "undisguised delight" at starring in "The Golden Spiders." The original movie's success led to the weekly series, "A Nero Wolfe Mystery," which played for two seasons on A&E and continues to air internationally.

Chaykin also had supporting roles in many Hollywood films including "Devil in a Blue Dress," with Denzel Washington; "The Mask of Zorro," with Antonio Banderas; and "Entrapment" with Sean Connery. Two of Chaykin's recent film projects premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival: Fernando Meirelles' feature film "Blindness," which opened the festival, and Atom Egoyan's "Adoration." He also appeared with Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman in the current feature film "Barney's Version." Chaykin also played Col. Fox in "Conduct Unbecoming," directed by Sidney Furie.

He also appeared in dozens of television series including "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Boston Legal," "Stargate" and "Entourage." For his guest role on "La Femme Nikita," Chaykin won a Gemini award, and he recently wrapped the second season of the critically acclaimed television comedy series, "Less than Kind," for City TV.

Maury Chaykin died on July 27, 2010 in Toronto.

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Age: 67 years old
Birthday: July 27, 1949
Height: 6' 1"
Full Name / Real Name: Maury Alan Chaykin
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Wife: Ilana Frank
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