Anthony Sherwood

Actor/Director, Anthony Sherwood Productions, Brampton, ON. Born: Halifax, NS.
Anthony Sherwood is an African-Canadian artist whose career spans over 30 years performing on stage, television and in motion pictures. He is one of Canada’s most successful Black actors having performed in more than 150 television and feature film projects. This versatile performer has worked with such actors as Henry Fonda, Sidney Poitier, Martin Sheen, Burt Reynolds, Leslie Neilson, Brian Dennehy, Lou Gossett Jr., Kathleen Turner, Jamie Lee Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Christopher Reeves, and appeared as Jessica Alba’s father in the film, Honey.
Anthony was born in Halifax, as was his mother; his father in Kingston, Jamaica. His mother was a fifth-generation Canadian whose ancestors came up the Underground Railroad from Virginia. The performing arts are deeply rooted in Anthony’s family tree; his grandmother was an accomplished musician and music teacher, his mother a singer, and his aunt Portia White, was Canada’s first and most famous Black opera singer, and one of Nova Scotia’s most cherished icons. Anthony’s family eventually moved to Montreal where he decided to follow in his parent’s footsteps and chose singing as his first career. He headed up his own R&B band that traveled across Canada and the United States. After touring with his band for eight years, Anthony decided to do something that didn’t involve so much traveling, so in 1973 he took his first acting class and ultimately discovered his true passion.
His acting career began on stage, in musical theatre. Anthony starred in such musicals as, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Cabaret, Razz ‘M Jazz, and The Music Man, and recently starred in the hit musical, Dream Girls, at the Grand Theatre in London. He eventually made the transition to film and began acting in several Canadian and American feature films. American audiences will remember him as “Jason Locke” in the popular American television series, Airwolf. For five successful seasons, he portrayed the character of “Dillon Beck” on the CBC award-winning television drama, Street Legal and received a Gemini Award nomination for his performance. He has guest-starred in more than fifty television shows including; Due South, Outer Limits, Soul Food, Earth: Final Conflict, PSI Factor, 1-800 Missing, Danger Bay, Adventure Inc., Hidden Room, Diamonds, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Night Heat, Aaron Stone, The Best Years, Ghost Writer, and Counter Strike.
Anthony has enjoyed a very successful career in film, having worked with such illustrious film directors as Sidney Lumet (nominated for five Oscars), Ted Kotcheff (Executive Producer of Law & Order) and Michael Crichton, (Creator/Writer of ER and Jurassic Park). He has also has appeared in over 70 feature films including Honey, The Guardian, Hostile Takeover, Deadbolt, Undue Influence, Boss GirlPhysical Evidence, and Guilty As Sin.
Anthony wrote and directed original musical productions, Ain’t Got No Money, in Vancouver; Once Upon A Stage and Razz M’ Jazz, in Montreal; and But I Was Cool, in Toronto. He wrote, Rockin’ In Paradise, a new musical play with Canadian music legends Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones, and in February 2010, he wrote, directed and produced an educational play on great African-Canadian hero, William Hall which was presented in Halifax, Toronto and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. In February 2008, Anthony also produced the original stage production, Follow the North Star for the Federal Government of Canada, which commemorated the 175th Anniversary of British Imperial Act of 1833 – The Act to Abolish Slavery in the British Empire. He has also directed and produced many successful concerts including the World AIDS Day Concert in 2005 which was the largest music concert for World AIDS Day in Canada.
As a documentary filmmaker, Anthony has enjoyed much success producing, directing and even writing such films as, Honour Before Glory, Music – A Family Tradition.
He produced and directed the documentary film Nowhere To Run, which examines the global crisis of landmines. His film, Mozambique – A Land of Hope looks at the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and was broadcast on the Signature Series on OMNI 1 Television, and featured at the World AIDS Conference in Toronto (2006). His documentary film, 100 Years of Faith is a documentary about the oldest black church in Quebec, and his most recent documentary, Knocking On Heaven’s Door filmed in Jamaica (2008).
For seven years, Anthony was the writer, director, narrator and host of the documentary series, Forbidden Places for the Discovery Channel. Forbidden Places was nominated for Best Documentary Series on Canadian Television for two years in a row. For three successful seasons, he was the host of In The Black for Omni Television, the first talk-show on Canadian television featuring exclusive interviews with prominent African-Canadians.
Anthony is a recognized and dedicated social activist who continues to fight for the rights of all Canadians. In 1980, he formed the first Black Actors Association in Canada that lobbied the television and film industry for equal opportunities; he is the former National Chairman of the March 21 Campaign for the Federal Government of Canada – March 21 is the International Day For the Elimination of Racism; and has received international recognition and awards for his efforts in raising awareness to the importance of racial equality.
Awards: Include 2ndPrize at the Hollywood Black Film Festival in Los Angeles and Gemini Award, Honour Before Glory (2002); Gemini Award and Emmy nomination, Music – A Family Tradition (1997); Martin Luther King Achievement Award (1998); Brampton Arts Acclaim Award (1998); Urban Alliance on Race Relations Award (2000); African-Canadian Achievement Award (2002); North American Black Historical Museum & Cultural Centre Award (2006), Planet Africa Award (2006); Harry Jerome Award (2008).
Other: Hosted the Stop Racism concert in Vancouver with special guest Prince Charles and The Royal Family, and the 1999 Canada Day Celebration on Parliament Hill for former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
Affiliations: Board of Directors member, Alliance of Canadian Television and Radio Artists (1982-84); Board of Directors member, Historica Foundation; Board of Directors member(1994-98); Board of Directors member, Ontario Black History Society (1990-92); President of Obsidian Theatre Company (2003); Consultant for the YTV Achievement Awards (1995-2000); National Co-Chairman for March 21 Campaign for The Federal Government (1993-2001); Vice-President, A Child’s Voice Foundation.