Jonathan Wilson (actor)

Jonathan Wilson is a Canadian actor, comedian and playwright, best known for his 1996 play My Own Private Oshawa.[1] The play, a semi-autobiographical comedy about growing up gay in Oshawa, Ontario,[2] was also optioned by Sandra Faire's SFA Productions for production as a film, which won an award at the Columbus International Film & Video Festival in 2002 before being broadcast as a television movie on CTV in 2005.[3]

Jonathan Wilson
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • playwright
Years active1988–present

Wilson was a member of The Second City's Toronto cast in the early 1990s.[4] He later collaborated with fellow Second City alumni Kathy Greenwood and Ed Sahely on the stage show Not to Be Repeated, in which the three performed a two-act improvisational narrative comedy play in each performance.[5] The show was also later developed into a short-run television series, This Sitcom Is...Not to Be Repeated, for The Comedy Network in 2001.[6] In 1998 he appeared on the LGBT-themed sketch comedy special In Thru the Out Door for CBC Television and Showtime.[7]

Wilson's other acting credits include voice roles in Mia and Me, Little Bear, Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, Totally Spies!, Skatoony, Camp Lakebottom, Yin Yang Yo!, Get Ed, BeyWheelz, Iggy Arbuckle, Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends, recurring roles in Traders, Freaky Stories, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye and This Is Wonderland, film roles in House, Saint Ralph, New York Minute, PCU, Rubber Carpet and Brain Candy, commercials such as Rice Krispies, and stage productions of The Laramie Project, The Lion King, and The Normal Heart.[8] He won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role - Play or Musical for his performance as Timon in The Lion King.[9]


  • 34 Calibre Testing (1990)
  • My Own Private Oshawa (1996)
  • Kilt (2000)
  • Well (2002)
  • That Gay Guy (2008)


  1. ^ Gary Smith, "Play explores realities of growing up gay". Hamilton Spectator, October 12, 1996.
  2. ^ "SFA Productions has its Own Private feature". Playback, October 5, 1998.
  3. ^ "Oshawa gets 'star' role in new movie"., June 23, 2005.
  4. ^ Sky Gilbert, Ejaculations from the Charm Factory. ECW Press, 2000. ISBN 978-1550224320.
  5. ^ "A Brand-New Play Every Night? AIIEEE!" Archived 2013-06-20 at Eye Weekly, May 4, 1995.
  6. ^ "Not your average funny Canuck". Toronto Star, June 3, 2001.
  7. ^ Alan Conter, "Show tackles sex, gender full-tilt: Born at Just for Laughs, CBC's In Thru the Out Door brings gay comedy to the small screen". Montreal Gazette, June 20, 1998.
  8. ^ "Theatre Review: The Normal Heart at Buddies in Bad Times" Archived 2013-06-20 at National Post, October 21, 2011.
  9. ^ "Well, Here Goes". NOW, April 25, 2002.

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