In Memoriam

Peter Jobin | 1944-2018

by David Ferry


Peter was one of the generation of Canadian stage and film artists who was born just before the Baby Boom. He had a very good career, but like many Canadian artists, his name was never a household one.

Peter was born in Montreal to Paul and Dorothy Jobin and studied theatre at George Williams University. After two seasons at Stratford in 1966 and ‘67, Peter moved to London. In his first week there he was offered a small role in “Zigger-Zagger.” It opened at the Strand Theatre in March, 1968. It was a great introduction to the late 60’s London scene.

On the recommendation of William Hutt, Peter was cast in the NYC production of “Hadrian VII” opposite Alec McCowan. He went from NYC to lead roles at Birmingham Rep and to London (where he shared a flat with Richard Monette) and then into a BBC film about the Chicago Seven. In 1971 he had a fateful dinner with Timothy Bond, who asked Peter to write screenplays with him (Peter went on to write 20 films/TV series.) Peter was cast in “Charles Manson: AKA Jesus Christ” for Theatre Passe Muraille. Theatres doing new Canadian work were opening up and Peter became a founding company member at Toronto Free Theatre. Prior to his death Peter had completed work on his historical account of the early days at Theatre Passe Muraille (“Beyond Walls”) which will be published in November by The Porcupine’s Quill. He leaves his siblings Mark Jobin and Cathy Dunfield.