The actor Jackson Davies discusses the new book he co-wrote with Marc Strange, Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40 (Harbour Publishing, 2012), looking at the legendary Canadian television program, its star Bruno Gerussi and his other co-stars, with Joseph Planta.
|Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40 by Marc Strange and Jackson Davies (Harbour Publishing, 2012).
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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.
‘Jackson Davies is a Canadian actor who starred as Constable John Constable for sixteen seasons of The Beachcombers,’ so begins his bio on the new book he’s co-authored from Harbour Publishing, Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40. Forty years ago Canada’s longest-running television drama debuted. This new book is a marvellous way to look back, filled with wonderful photographs and anecdotes about the series, its stars, and its popularity and legacy when it ran on the CBC from 1972 to 1990. In this book we remember Bruno Gerussi, who was the star of the show, the supporting cast, Robert Clothier, Pat John and Rae Brown, and of course Mr. Davies. We get a sense of what it was like backstage, behind the cameras of the show that was set in Gibsons, British Columbia where Gerussi’s Nick worked as a salvager of logs. It was also groundbreaking in its First Nations content. Jackson Davies joins me now. He’s an award winning actor, and one of only two honorary sergeants in the RCMP. He’s a member of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, and is an instructor at Capilano University’s theatre department where he teaches acting for the stage and screen. The book was co-authored with the late Marc Strange, who co-created the show, and its foreword was written by Michael J. Fox. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Jackson Davies; Mr. Davies, good morning.