Canadian lightweight Mark Bocek combines cage-fighting with love for motorcycles

TORONTO – When he is not training or fighting in the UFC, Canadian lightweight Mark Bocek feels a need for speed.

“Cars, motorcycles, they’re a rush to me,” Bocek told The Canadian Press. “I really enjoy them.”

In his garage, Bocek has a Honda CBR1000 and Suzuki GSX-R600 superbike and a Mitsubishi Eclipse car – “my daily driver.”

The 30-year-old from Woodbridge, Ont., considered one of the UFC’s top 155-pound grapplers, fills his down time by watching Formula One and MotoGP. Chances are his TV is tuned to Speed network.

“I watch all the races. When I’m not in town, I PVR them,” he said. “I love sports cars, I love superbikes, I love motorcycles. … Speed. It’s all evolved around speed. If I wasn’t in MMA, it would have something to do with speed for sure.”

Bocek (9-4) is currently training for a fight with Nik (The Carny) Lentz at UFC 140 in Toronto on Dec. 10.

Bocek is not much of a NASCAR fan – the oval circuits do little for him. Instead he loves street circuits like Monte Carlo, with its chicanes.

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“I’m not the drag or straightaway guy,” he explained. “I’m not really into car or bike drag-racing either. It’s cool, it’s powerful but it’s not complete enough for me. So F1 and Moto GP.”

Still Bocek acknowledges he was a bigger fan of Formula One in years gone by.

“Vettel’s the man right now. Overall accomplishments, how can you not say (Michael) Schumacher. I think it’s seven world titles. But favourite all-time, Ayrton Senna, no question.”

Bocek does his riding mostly on the road. He concedes riding on a track can be safer – “There are a lot of bad drivers out there” – but getting a bike to a track takes time and effort.

“It’s a bit of work compared to just opening your garage and pulling out,” he said.

“But yeah I know how dangerous they are.” he said of motorcycles.
“I’ve seen friends crash. There’s no guarantees either way, but I’m not asking for trouble. I don’t have to be doing 250 kilometres per hour to enjoy it. I can enjoy it just by being on it on a nice day.”

His bikes offer plenty of speed wherever he takes them.

“A CBR 1000 it’s no joke. That’s pretty much as powerful as they get. You could be on a highway and just laugh at Corvettes.”

Bocek doesn’t takes passengers on his bikes – there are no extra seats or pegs.

“I try to make it as much of a race bike as possible. I usually go on my own and I’ll just go for an hour or so. Secluded areas, I’ll go for a one-hour blip – just on my own, just to enjoy it and have fun, to get my fix.”

No hogs or Harley-Davidsons for Bocek.

“It’s just not my thing. Everyone’s got their thing, you know. It’s just very hard to ride a bike like that after you’re used to the braking, handling and performance of a superbike. It’s very hard for me to get on a cruiser and try to ride that and it’s hard to make a U-turn. My hands are up high and I feel like I’m on a little moving chair. I don’t feel like I’m one with the bike.

“Everyone has their preferences. It’s just not for me.”

Bocek’s bikes aren’t cheap – both costing more than $10,000 – and modifications up the price tag even more.

“A couple of times, when I got fight of the night (bonuses), it definitely helped,” he said.

Bocek isn’t the only mixed martial arts fighter with a love of motorcycles. Anthony (Rumble) Johnson, Josh Koscheck and Jamie Varner are among those who share Bocek’s passion.

Former heavyweight champion Frank Mir, meanwhile, was badly injured in a 2004 motorcycle crash in Las Vegas. He was sidelined for some 17 months before returning to the cage, taking longer to regain his form.

And in recent weeks, IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon and MotoGP star rider Marco Simoncelli died in race crashes.

“Bad two weeks there,” Bocek said with a sigh.

But Bocek says he has the green light to ride and takes the responsibility of speed seriously.

“It doesn’t say anything in the (UFC) contract. But I don’t do anything stupid on them either. I love my life too and I love my job.

“It’s all (done) with respect. I mean you could get killed in a car too, it’s just you’ve got more protection in a car. But I keep a straight head on my shoulders.”

Living in Canada also helps, in that the climate forces his motorcycle off the road for months at a time.

“I pack up the bikes, put them in storage and I’m like ‘OK, it was a good year, no accidents,’” he said with a laugh.

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Nuremberg fan loses arm after being hit by train after row with Mainz supporters at station

NUREMBERG, Germany – A Nuremberg football fan lost an arm after being hit by a train following an altercation with opposing supporters at a station.

The 19-year-old man was in a group of fans returning from Nuremberg’s 4-0 loss at Schalke on Saturday when it became involved in a row with Mainz supporters at Cologne train station. He is thought to have fallen in front of an oncoming high-speed train. Emergency surgery failed to save his right arm.

Cologne police initially began an attempted homicide inquiry believing the man was pushed, but a state prosecutor told the Nuernberger Zeitung newspaper that witnesses gave a different story.

“They stated that the 19-year-old was running over the tracks when he fell in front of the train,” state prosecutor Alf Willwacher said.

Nuremberg director Martin Bader said the club heard the news with “disbelief and great sadness.” He denied the fan was a hooligan and offered him and his family Nuremberg’s “full support.”

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“We still don’t know the exact circumstances. We can’t and won’t comment on the matter as long as the police continue with the investigation,” Bader said. “That such a serious incident could take place is very tragic. It certainly adds a new dimension to the violence.”

Kicker reported that police arrested a 21-year-old man following the incident in which about 30 people took part.

Several violent incidents have marred German Cup and league matches recently, while a police report said the number of people injured at matches in the top two divisions reached a 12-year high last season.

“We note with concern the nationwide developments,” Bader said. “Anyone that feels a bond with football wants peaceful football occasions in and around German stadiums. Sport should be the focus of attention in every rivalry.”

Mainz’s game at Cologne had earlier been called off after the referee attempted suicide hours beforehand. The German Football Federation said Monday that Babak Rafati is recovering well and has been released from the hospital.

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Spain borrowing costs soar in first debt sale since conservative election win

MADRID – Spain’s borrowing costs soared Tuesday in an auction of short-term debt, suggesting investors remain cautious about the country’s financial future despite a convincing electoral win this week by conservatives bent on deficit-cutting austerity.

The Treasury sold €2.98 billion ($4 billion) in 3- and 6-month bills, which was roughly the agency’s target. But the average interest rate on the 3-month bills jumped to 5.1 per cent from 2.3 per cent in the last such auction in Octover, and to 5.2 per cent on the 6-month bills, compared with 3.3 per cent last time.

Demand was nevertheless good, with bids almost three times the amount offered for the 3-month bills, and nearly 5 for the 6-month bills.

Last week Spain had to offer an average interest rate of nearly 7 per cent on 10-year bonds at an auction, a euro-era record. An auction of 12- and 18-month bonds last week also went badly, with Spain also forced to offer significantly higher interest rates to investors.

The centre-right Popular Party has had no time to savour its electoral victory over the Socialists, having to immediately address grueling task of reassuring investors worried about Spain’s grim prospects for economic growth and getting nearly 5 million unemployed – 21.5 per cent of the work force – back to work.

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Doubts that Spain will be able to make it are behind the rise in its borrowing rates. On the secondary market, where bonds are bought and sold after they are issued, the yield on Spanish benchmark 10-year bonds stood at 6.5 per cent, roughly the same as the day after the election and not far from the 7 per cent level that is considered unsustainable over the longer term.

The future prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has said he will maintain the purchasing power of retirement pensions but other than that, any kind of government spending is liable for cuts. However, Rajoy has kept the country and the financial community largely in the dark over his specific plans. He will not be sworn in until mid-December.

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said Monday it was maintaining its AA- rating with a negative outlook for Spain despite the conservative win.

Meanwhile, in a sign of the fragility of some of Spain’s lender, the central bank announced late Monday that it had seized a small bank, Banco de Valencia, because of problems with solvency and liquidity stemming from overexposure to the real estate bubble largely blamed for Spain’s economic collapse. It is the fourth such seizure of a banking entity since 2009.

The Bank of Spain said it was injecting €1 billion in capital into Banco de Valencia S.A. and opening up a €2 billion credit line for it.


Ciaran Giles contributed to this report.

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Victims intimidated by inmates using social networking sites

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Lisa Gesik hesitates to log into her Facebook account nowadays because of unwanted “friend” requests, not from long-ago classmates but from the ex-husband now in prison for kidnapping her and her daughter.

Neither Gesik nor prison officials can prove her ex-husband is sending her the messages, which feature photos of him wearing his prison blues and dark sunglasses, arms crossed as he poses in front of a prison gate. It doesn’t matter if he’s sending them or someone else is – the Newport, Ore., woman is afraid and, as the days tick down to his January release, is considering going into hiding with her 12-year-old daughter.

“It’s just being victimized all over again,” she said.

Across the U.S. and beyond, inmates are using social networks and the growing numbers of smartphones smuggled into prisons and jails to harass their victims or accusers and intimidate witnesses. California corrections officials who monitor social networking sites said they have found many instances in which inmates taunted victims or made unwanted sexual advances.

Like Gesik’s case, it’s often difficult for authorities to determine for sure who’s sending the threatening material and the few people caught rarely face serious consequences.

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“The ability to have these kinds of contacts is increasing exponentially. In many ways, the law has not caught up with these changing technologies,” said Rob Bovett, an Oregon district attorney whose office prosecuted Gesik’s ex-husband, Michael Gladney.

Timothy Heaphy, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia, said criminals’ use of social networks to reach witnesses has made his job harder.

“We deal every day with witnesses who are afraid of being identified,” he said. “If there are increased instances where folks who are incarcerated can reach outside the walls of the jail, that’s going to make it more difficult for us to get co-operation.”

In a rare victory, Heaphy’s office successfully prosecuted John Conner and Whitney Roberts after they set up a Facebook account that Conner used to intimidate witnesses preparing to testify against him on charges of burning two houses to punish a girlfriend and collect the insurance.

“How the hell can u b a gangsta when u snitchin and lien…,” said a post from the pair that publicly exposed one witness who co-operated with law enforcement, according to federal court records.

The issue has emerged as cellphones have proliferated behind bars. In California, home to the nation’s largest inmate population, the corrections department confiscated 12,625 phones in just 10 months this year. Six years ago, they found just 261. The number of phones confiscated by the federal Bureau of Prisons has doubled since 2008, to 3,684 last year.

Noting the increase, California legislators approved a law bringing up to six months in jail for corrections employees or visitors who smuggle mobile devices into state prisons, while inmates caught with the phones can now lose up to 180 days of early-release credit. But no additional time is added to their sentence, minimizing the deterrence factor.

In the old days, those behind bars would have to enlist a relative or friend to harass or intimidate to get around no-contact orders. Social networks now cut out the middle man.

In Gesik’s case, Gladney used to harass her the old-fashioned way, sending letters and making phone calls through third parties. The Facebook harassment began in June.

Gesik, 44, got prison officials to contact Facebook to remove that account, only to have another message appearing to be from him in September. This time, there was a different spelling of his last name.

“I figure, if he’s done all this from in prison, what’s he’s going to do when he gets out?” Gesik said.

A gap in state law meant that “no contact” orders like the one Gesik obtained against Gladney were deemed not to apply to anyone in custody, said Bovett, the prosecutor. “So they could do these very creative ways of reaching victims through third parties,” he said.

Last June, Oregon legislators approved a law prohibiting inmates from contacting their domestic violence victims from behind bars.

In California, prison officials are working with Facebook to identify inmate accounts and take them down. But that only generally happens only after the damage is done.

Karen Carrisosa, who lives in a Sacramento suburb, was aghast when officials found Facebook postings from Corcoran State Prison inmate Fredrick Garner. Garner is serving a 22-year, involuntary manslaughter sentence for killing her husband, 50-year-old Larry Carrisosa, outside a church 11 years ago.

“My kids, they go on Facebook, I go on Facebook, and what if they decide to look us up?” Carrisosa said.

She was alerted by a Sacramento television station that Garner was posting messages to his mother and others. Garner was punished with a 30-day reduction in his early release credits for possessing a forbidden cellphone and has since been transferred to Salinas Valley State Prison.

Hector Garcia Jr. used a smuggled smart phone hidden in his cell at Kern Valley State Prison to rally support on Facebook for an inmate hunger strike this summer that sought improved living conditions for gang leaders housed in special secure cellblocks.

“Starving for my better future,” he posted, according a July 1 screen grab from the corrections department. “Let’s do this … statewide…”

The discovery rattled Isabel Gutierrez. Garcia murdered one of her sons and wounded another in January 2005. Now Gutierrez fears her own social-networking left her vulnerable.

“I panicked,” she said. “My photos are up of my family and my grandkids. I felt like they can see into my world.”

Guards found Garcia’s phone, punishing him with a 30-day cut in early-release credits and 30 days’ loss of yard, TV and radio privileges.

Attorneys who represented Garcia and Gladney in their previous criminal trials did not return phone calls seeking comment on behalf of their former clients.

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Calgary entrepreneurs to serve up breakfast on the go

CALGARY – Two young entrepreneurs are hoping their Mighty Skillet truck will warm the hearts of Calgary’s brunch crowd.

Food trucks took the city by storm this summer; gourmet cuisine is served up on the street to hungry fans.

However, the chilly temperatures will be yet another test for the trucks; co-owners Billy MacDonald and John Scott hope hungry Calgarians will bundle up for their morning grub.

“There is a kind of anxiety there that I don’t really know what people are going to think of it,” says Billy.

The duo say it’s been a hectic journey creating Calgary’s first breakfast truck. Hoping to cash in on the food truck feeding frenzy, Bill and John bought ‘Street Burger’ just as Mayor Naheed Nenshi announced phase two of the pilot project.

“It’s a great example of combining entrepreneur’s great ideas and a market that wants the product,” said Nenshi. “Phase two is going to be about seeing how this works over the winter.”

A local freestyle artist has given the truck a new look, featuring mighty Thor in the kitchen with a skillet.

“Billy and I are both into comic books and it kind of came out of nowhere,” says John.

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However, that turned out to be the easy part. The team had to undergo a health and fire inspection as well as set themselves up with insurance before they could obtain a business licence and a mobile vendor’s licence.

Then there was experimenting with the menu.

“We spend lots of late nights trying to come up with the perfect consistency of the shredded potato,” says Billy.

The owners want to take breakfast to the LRT lines but are nervous about the winter weather but felt the opportunity was just too good to pass on.

“Even with the Calgary cold weather, there will be customers. We just have to find them and make sure we are out there when they want us,” says Billy.

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Seasonal parking, what you need to know

The record snowfall from the weekend has led to the second implementation of the seasonal parking ban bylaw.

Global News spoke to Bob Dunford of the city’s transportation department about the newly created bylaw.


In the last few months, city crews have installed “No Parking, Seasonal” signs on arterial bus routes throughout the city.

City council approved the plan earlier this fall, which would allow a seasonal parking ban to be declared after a major snowfall.

By declaring the ban, the city hopes that plows and sanders would have an easier time of clearing arterial routes.

With 8 hours notice, drivers must move their vehicles from routes with seasonal parking signs, or face tagging and towing.

“The seasonal parking ban is to allow us to plow more effectively,” Dunford says, “It’s something you want to have in place very quickly.”

The first seasonal parking ban of the winter went into effect at 7:00 am on Friday, November 18th, and lasted until 7:00 pm on Sunday, November 20th.

During that time, 1,278 tickets were issued, 45 vehicle tows requested, and seven vehicles being towed to the impound lot.

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The second ban went into effect Monday, February 27 at 7 am.  In the first four hours of the ban the city issued 250 tickets and towed 50 vehicles.

If a seasonal parking ban is not in effect, drivers are free to park on streets with the signs, however Dunford advises that motorists consider changing their habits.

“I would encourage anyone during snow season to park off street, not just when the parking ban is declared.”

Residents can sign up to be receive an email alert when a seasonal parking ban is declared.



With files from Fletcher Kent. 

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Chrysler names Timothy Kuniskis new US chief of Fiat after former head leaves company

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Chrysler named a new head of its Fiat brand for the United States on Monday, nearly a year after the small Italian cars made their return to the United States.

Chrysler Group LLC said that Laura Soave, who was named as the Fiat brand’s U.S. head last year before the North American launch of the Fiat 500, has left the company. It did not give a reason for her departure.

Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Chrysler Group, which is now run by Italy’s Fiat SpA, named Timothy Kuniskis as her replacement.

Kuniskis previously served as the product marketing director for both the Chrysler and Fiat brands. He joined Chrysler Group LLC in 1992 and has since held a variety of jobs in its business and marketing operations.

“Tim brings broad expertise and leadership in dealer operations and marketing where he has been already working with the team to shape the direction of the Fiat Brand,” Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler’s chairman and chief executive, said in a statement.

Soave joined Chrysler in March 2010 after serving as a marketing executive for Volkswagen AG’s U.S. operations. Before that, she held various marketing related positions at Ford Motor Co.

Chrysler had hoped that the Fiat 500 would help boost its sales of small cars, an area where its offerings had lagged behind those of other automakers.

But despite an aggressive advertising campaign featuring singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, sales of the 500 have fallen far short of Chrysler’s expectations.

Just before the cute mini-car arrived in the U.S. late last year, the company said it hoped to sell 50,000 of them in the U.S. and Canada in 2011. But as of Oct. 31, it had sold just under 21,000 in the two markets.

Last week, Chrysler and Marchionne blamed the shortfall on a lag time in opening dealerships in metropolitan areas.

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Crosby’s comeback a study in post-concussion performance

OTTAWA – When Canadian hockey great Sidney Crosby hits the ice Monday night, many will be scrutinizing his every move for any sign of the concussion that took him out of the game for nearly a year.

The 24-year-old star of the Pittsburgh Penguins was sidelined on Jan. 5 when he sustained a concussion after being nailed by two hard hits in back-to-back games.

The Penguins thought he would be back before the end of last season, but Crosby was out for the entire summer, with concussion related symptoms including a sensitivity to bright light and loud noises, dizziness and fatigue.

Even when the symptoms started to fade in September, Crosby stayed off the ice opting for a patient approach that would see him return in top form.

His return will be a landmark case study in how long athletes need to recover from concussions and whether they return at the same level of play.

“There will be some pretty trained eyes watching, and probably, they won’t be able to notice a big difference,” says Dr. Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. “But the research suggests that people have been injured in the way Sidney Crosby has been never quite return to the same level they were before.”

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Cusimano says, like the Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemeiux before him, Crosby’s advantage lies in his brain, not his skates or his stick-handling.

“All these superstar guys, what distinguishes them is how smart they are, and that’s the word for how quickly their brains work in the sport,” he says. “These guys are fast thinkers. They are multitaskers. They are able to anticipate. Brain injury effects that very severely.”

Even if Crosby’s mental reaction time slows slightly, Cusimano says he won’t have the same edge as before.

In announcing Crosby’s return, his coach Dan Bylsma said it may take a few games to get Crosby fully warmed up, but his progress is promising.

“In practice he is one of the best players on the ice, he is the best player on the ice,” Bylsma said.

Crosby took a time-out with an MVP title, a Stanley Cup win and an Olympic gold medal already under his belt.

Dustin Fink, a certified athletic trainer, specializing in concussions, said as long as Crosby’s brain has truly healed, there’s no reason he can’t continue to rack up the achievements.

“You shouldn’t go back on the field or the court unless you are playing at 100 per cent because you’ll be at risk of injury again,” he said. “Crosby himself will be playing at the best of his ability at this point.”

Fink, who curates theconcussionblog杭州夜网, said that in his experience athletes who return to play without fully healing their brains can’t compete at the same level as before the injury, but those who give it time have no problem returning.

“When you receive a concussion, you do sustain some sort of damage on the brain,” he said. “When the brain recovers, the brain figures out a correct way to do the same processes as they knew before.”

Former NHL player Jesse Wallin knows just how tough it can be to recover from a concussion. The coach of the Red Deer Rebels hockey team had to cut his career as a player short after he couldn’t shake concussion-related symptoms.

But he says not all concussions are equal. Wallin said he suffered several concussions, most of which he was able to shake after a day or two.

“You recover, get back to health and you are right back at it,” he said, referring to most concussions.

The last concussion was different though, Wallin said. The symptoms never really went away and he had to walk away from playing the game he loved.

Wallin said that as a player, you always want to get back out there and fast, but that it seems Crosby has handled his injuries with care.

“If he is returning there is no question he can return to form,” he said.

Hockey fans won’t know what form Crosby will be in until Monday at 7 PM ET, but regardless the NHL community has been buzzing with excitement about his return.

Fink said he expects Crosby’s return to show athletes that it is possible to come back from a head injury.

“You can still play sports, but the road to recovery isn’t going to be four or five weeks,” he said. “(Sidney) let the symptoms be the guide. That’s the most important thing.”

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Launch of Nova Scotia budget website a ‘diversion,’ Opposition Liberals say

HALIFAX – The government of Nova Scotia launched a website Monday encouraging people to offer feedback as it tries to trim its deficit – a move the Opposition said was a “diversion” from the grim economic realities the province faces.

Finance Minister Graham Steele declined to elaborate on what measures the government is considering as it tries to steer its finances back into the black from a projected deficit this year of $319 million.

Instead, Steele announced the launch of a website that allows people to create their own provincial budget. The site encourages users to adjust revenues and expenditures to show what impact their choices would have on the province’s bottom line.

He said the website and upcoming public consultations are a chance for people to come up with new ideas that could be examined as the government prepares next year’s budget, likely to be presented in early April.

He said whichever path it chooses, the government intends to remain on track to balance the budget as promised in 2013.

“The plan is that for every dollar in new revenue there will be between three and four dollars of savings in expenditures,” Steele said. “But that can be efficiencies, it can be reductions in appropriate spots.”

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Steele said the government has rejected implementing “across-the-board” cuts, but added that it would seek savings in areas it deemed appropriate.

“We are still on that plan, but this pre-budget consultation tour is a chance for Nova Scotians to tell us whether that is still what they want us to do with their money or whether they have other ideas,” Steele said.

Liberal finance critic Diana Whalen said she has no problem with the government gathering public input for the budget, but she called the new website a “diversion.”

“There are some urgent questions that need to be asked today about jobs and the economy,” Whalen said. “I think that’s the comments we are going to see at the end of the whole exercise.”

Steele said the website has cost $32,250 to develop and maintain.

The government has already announced a three per cent cut in health spending last month, and the Transportation Department is reviewing snow-clearing operations with the aim of saving about $2 million.

The recent closure of the NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill in Cape Breton dealt a blow to the province’s economy, and the pending layoffs at the Bowater Mersey paper mill on the South Shore will do the same. But Steele wouldn’t comment on the specific economic impact those would have on Nova Scotia’s finances.

He said his department was still gathering data that would form the basis of a budget update, expected in mid-December.

The consultations will also involve a series of public meetings that will be held across the province during January and February.

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Theatre community mourns death of veteran actor and stage director John Neville

TORONTO – John Neville, a veteran Canadian actor and stage director who appeared in a multitude of productions, including the hit TV series “The X-Files,” died Saturday at the age of 86.

Neville, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, died in Toronto surrounded by family, said a statement from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where Neville worked as an artistic director in the 1980s.

Neville appeared in dozens of movies, television shows and theatre productions during a career that spanned six decades.

His career experienced a big lift when he was cast in the title role in the 1988 film “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.” Although the film was a financial failure, Neville’s performance was well-received and it led to a plethora of film and television roles.

Perhaps the one that gave him the most prominence came in the ’90s when he landed the recurring role of the “The Well-Manicured Man” in the “The X-Files.”

He also did stints as artistic director for Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre in the 1970s and of Halifax’s Neptune Theatre from 1978 to 1983.

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“John Neville was a superb actor, an outstanding director and a terrific artistic leader of our Festival,” Des McAnuff, the current artistic director of the Stratford festival, said in a statement.

“His charisma and charm were matched by the generosity of his spirit.”

Neville was born in England, emigrating to Canada in 1972 and later he became a citizen.

He was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2006 for his work in Canadian theatre and drama. He became an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1965.

Neville received one Gemini nomination in 1999 in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role category for his performance in the 1998 TV series “Emily of New Moon”

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Caroline, six children and six grandchildren.

A private funeral is to be held immediately and plans for a memorial are to be announced in the new year, the statement said.

In the interview below, Neville shares his thoughts on his career, politics, his challenges and fears, and why he loved living in Canada. 


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