Al Kozlik, Character Actor in Canadian Theatre, Dies at 76

Obituaries   Al Kozlik, Character Actor in Canadian Theatre, Dies at 76
 
Al Kozlik, 76, a Canadian stage actor known for his work at The Shaw Festival, died on Jan. 11 at the Greater Niagara General Hospital after suffering a stroke.

He is survived by his spouse of 41 years, Scott Sunderland.

Shaw Festival artistic director Jackie Maxwell said, "Al was a most beloved and generous Company Member with an enthusiasm for, and love of, actors and acting that was endlessly infectious."

Mr. Kozlik had been a member of the Shaw Festival Ensemble for 28 years. His final performance was as Firs in The Cherry Orchard. He came to the festival in 1980 as an alumni of Vancouver Playhouse.

Primarily a character actor, Mr. Kozlik appeared in over 40 productions at The Shaw. He officially retired from the stage at the end of the 2010 season. Among his many credtis were Three Men on a Horse, Detective Story, Getting Married, You Can't Take It With You, The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles, The Petrified Forest, Cavalcade, Saint Joan, Man and Superman, Geneva, He Who Gets Slapped, Night of January 16th, Camille and The Suicide.

Mr. Kozlik's extensive career in the theatre included eight seasons at the Stratford Festival and work across Canada in such theatres as Theatre Plus, Theatre New Brunswick and Tarragon Theatre. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Morgan's Funeral Home in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Viewing visitation and service will take place 1-5 PM Jan. 21.

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