Actor John Dunsworth, best known for his portrayal of Jim Lahey in the comedy series Trailer Park Boys, has died at the age of 71. Dunsworth's daughter told a Canadian news outlet that her father passed away after a brief and "unexpected illness". John Dunsworth was well-known for his part in the series Trailer Park Boys, where he played a cop-turned-security guard named Mr. Lahey for 11 seasons, hilarious as an often-inebriated yet still lovable foil for the boys' dastardly plans. John Dunsworth's daughter, Sarah, also put out an announcement on Twitter. She had this to say about her late father.
"With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people know that our amazing husband, father, and grandfather John Dunsworth has passed away. John left this world after a short and unexpected illness. The family would like to request that our privacy is respected during this time of grief."
Mike Smith, aka Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys also shared a quick message about his friend and creative partner, John F. Dunsworth. Smith paid tribute on Twitter as well. He had this to say.
"I am beyond devastated. John was a beautiful guy. Brilliant and fascinating. I am forever grateful for having known him. RIP my friend."
The official Twitter page for Trailer Park Boys took to social media as well to mourn the shocking loss of Dunsworth. The tweet reads.
"We're in shock and heartbroken by the sudden loss of our dear friend John Dunsworth. We respect the family's wishes for privacy at this time."
Along with his role as Jim Lahey, John F. Dunsworth has had an extensive career in television and movies for the last 40 years. One of his more prominent roles included Dave Teagues in the SyFy series Haven, which also filmed in Nova Scotia. Dunsworth was well-known in the regional theatre community, including the creation of the Pier One Theatre; one of Halifax's first alternative theatre and production houses. Dunsworth also had a brief stint in the political world, running for provincial office in 1988 as a member of Canada's New Democratic Party.
John F. Dunsworth was a Nova Scotia, Canada, native, born on April 12th, 1946. He attended the University of Guelph where he majored in theater before dropping out during his 4th year, just shy of graduating. He first became part of what would become Trailer Park Boys when he played a version of the Jim Lahey character for the first time in the short film One Last Shot. He would go on to play the character-infamous for his drunken, bisexual escapades as a trailer park supervisor and police officer at different times in the series-throughout its initial seven season run in Canada and again when the show was revived by Netflix.
As previously mentioned, it is not clear at this time how exactly John F. Dunsworth passed, but it is recommended that everybody give his family and his Trailer Park Boys family time to grieve over their loss of a friend, husband, father, and grandfather. John F. Dunsworth is survived by his wife, three daughters, and son. You can read the announcement of John F. Dunsworth's death via his daughter, Sarah Dunsworth's Twitter account below. John Dunsworth last appeared as Jim Lahey in Trailer Park Boys Season 11. It isn't known if he shot any of the upcoming Season 12 episodes yet. Rest in Peace, John F. Dunsworth.
I am beyond devastated. John was a beautiful guy. Brilliant and fascinating. I am forever grateful for having known him. RIP my friend. https://t.co/tPcyvXIRDy— Bubbles (@MSmithBubbles) October 16, 2017
We're in shock and heartbroken by the sudden loss of our dear friend John Dunsworth. We respect the family's wishes for privacy at this time— Trailer Park Boys (@trailerparkboys) October 16, 2017