John Vernon, who starred in CBC-TV's 1960s drama Wojeck before moving on to a career in Hollywood, has died. He was 72.

According to his family, the Saskatchewan-born Vernon -- who became known for playing villains, sinister officials and unsympathetic authority figures -- died peacefully at his Los Angeles home Tuesday.

Born Adolphus Raymondus Vernon Agopsowicz, he started acting while attending high school in the community of Zehner, located northeast of Regina. He went on to study at the Banff School of Fine Arts and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

CBC Arts: Wojeck star John Vernon dies


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