SHAUGHNESSY VILLAGE, QC, CANADA, February 28, 2012 /Stanford Who’s Who/– Stanford Who’s Who is proud to announce the acceptance of Walter Massey, owner of his own entertainment company known as WalMass, to the exclusive ranks of premier professionals as a result of his exceptional effort and routine demonstration of passion, vision and dedication in the entertainment industry.
An icon in the entertainment industry with over 60 years of experience in the field, Mr. Massey is a veteran of television, radio and theatre who has appeared on countless occasions over the course of his incredibly impressive career. Included in his impressive acting resume are the roles of President Theodore Roosevelt (Teddy) in television’s Hallmark Hall of Fame production ‘Cooke and Peary: A Race to the Pole’ with Rod Steiger and Richard Chamberlain, Doc Stewart on the classic television series ‘Lassie’, Sir Winston Churchill for Radio Canada in French, Herb Hall in ‘Hart to Hart: 3/4 Time’ with Stefanie Powers and Robert Wagner. He continues as the voice of Principal Haney in the Emmy Award winning children’s series, ‘Arthur’.
Mr. Massey studied at the Professional Broadway Workshops of Harold Clurman and Sanford Meisner. He was part of the inaugural production of Joseph Papp’s NY Shakespeare Festival, playing the role of Brutus in ‘Julius Caesar’. In Canada, he has enjoyed many successes with the country’s major Theatres, such as The Stratford Shakespeare Company, The National Arts Centre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre, Fredericton Playhouse, Centaur Theatre, Saidye Bronfman/Segal Centre and the Mountain Playhouse in Montreal.
Walter co-founded two Theatres in Canada: The Kings Theatre in Prince Edward Island and The Piggery Theatre in Quebec. He also joined a group of writers to start up what is now the successful Playwrights Workshop in Montreal. With the help of America’s Actors Equity Association, Walter helped institute and establish Canada’s current Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA) and served on its governing bodies, both locally and nationally, for over 34 years. He likewise aided in the establishment of Canada’s Association of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA). As a reward for his devotion and service to these organizations, Walter was awarded Lifetime Memberships of The Larry McCance Award (EQUITY) and The ACTRA Award of Excellence.
Walter has enjoyed many accomplishments and proud moments, working with the best in the business on fine projects in his profession: Charleton Heston in a revival of ‘Mr. Roberts’ on Broadway directed by John Forsythe, with Oliver Reed, Raymond Burr, John Ireland, Susan James, Donald Pleasance in the television movie ‘Tomorrow Never Comes’, with Martin Landau and Edward James Olmos in Bonanno: ‘A Godfather’s Story’, and with Robert De Niro in’ Jacknife’ both movies for television. One of the most challenging and satisfying projects he experienced, was playing the part of Doctor Norman Bethune’s father in Chinese/Canadian co-production of ‘Bethune’ in which he was also asked to write and direct some of the scenes – The challenge being that the crew for the film was half English and half Chinese. Neither able to speak each other’s language. This included the director who required an interpreter.
During his collegiate career, Walter earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario, in Canada and completed studies in Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy and Engineering Administration at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was during these days that Walter became highly involved in university and community theatre productions. He won many awards and critical kudos for his acting ability. It was his love for the acting profession that withdrew him from academia and into the hustle and bustle of the New York Theatre scene. From there he began his career performing in the United States for the Allenberry Playhouse in Pennsylvania and the famous Playhouse Theatre in Houston, Texas in such roles as Tony in ‘Dial M for Murder’, Starbuck in ‘The Rainmaker’ and Claudius in ‘Hamlet’.
Returning to Canada to create the Performer Associations, he helped lay the groundwork for the establishment of drama courses at the University of Waterloo, Ontario and with President Father Malone of Loyola College/Concordia University in Montreal. He traveled throughout Eastern Canada on behalf of the government helping the growth of theatre across the provinces.
Born 1928 in the city of Toronto, Canada of a well-known Canadian heritage, Walter had the influences of the first Canadian Governor General, Vincent Massey (cousin), Hollywood actor, Raymond Massey (cousin), and his father, Parliamentarian, Entrepreneur and Bible Class Leader, Denton Massey. His great grandfather founded the world-renowned Massey-Harris Company and his grandfather not only ran that company but also started the Bordens Milk Company and Lever Bros. (soap manufacturer) in Canada. His grandmother, herself, became one of the most respected financiers Canada produced in her time.
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