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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO-CANADIAN " ARDON BESS " IS A CANADIAN ACTOR BEST KNOWN FOR APPEARING IN A HERITAGE MOMENT TELEVISION COMMERCIAL ABOUT THE 1968 SPRINGHILL MINING DISASTER : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS £

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Ardon Bess


Ardon Bess
BornKingstownSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
Occupationactor
Years active1973-present
Ardon Bess is a Canadian actor best known for appearing in a Heritage Moment television commercial about the 1958 Springhill mining disaster portraying survivor Maurice Ruddick. He has also appeared in other films and television roles including Trailer Park BoysHow She MoveTake the LeadThe Ladies ManKung Fu: The Legend ContinuesProm NightKing of Kensington, andJewel. He earned a Gemini Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for his role in One Heart Broken Into Song.

Early Life

Bess was born in KingstownSt. Vincent and the Grenadines. After completing his secondary school education in St. Vincent, he became a bank teller.
Before moving to Canada, Bess was acting in and directing local amateur theatre in Kingstown. He moved to Canada in 1964 and first lived in Oakville, Ontario with his father. He would go on to attend briefly attend Ryerson University in Toronto, studying architecture.
Bess was encouraged by a classmate at Ryerson to go to an acting audition which took place after a soccer practice they were both attending. Following that audition, Bess was offered his first professional theatre role as Sakini in a production of The Teahouse of the August Moon. Subsequently, Bess left Ryerson to attend The National Theatre School of Canada.