Chuck Shamata's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2008 - Flash of Genius
2006 - The Sentinel
2005 - Cinderella Man
2004 - The Day After Tomorrow
1981 - The Devil and Max Devlin
1979 - Stone Cold Dead
1978 - I Miss You, Hugs and Kisses
1976 - Death Weekend
Guest TV Roles
Award-winning actor Chuck Shamata's credits are varied and numerous. Most recently, he co-starred in the Tony Bill-directed cable feature Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (2002) (TV), and as Pierre Salinger with Joanne Whalley in the mini-series _"Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis" (2000) (mini)_.
Shamata's feature films include When Justice Fails (1999) with Marlee Matlin and The Spreading Ground (2000) with Dennis Hopper. Other starring film credits include Joshua Then and Now (1985) with James Woods (I), Power Play (1978) with 'Peter OToole (I), Nowhere to Hide (1987) with Amy Madigan, Disney's The Devil and Max Devlin (1981) with Bill Cosby, and Night Friend (1987) with Art Carney. Don Shebib's classic Between Friends (1983) (TV) - often recognized by critics as one of Canada's all time best films - was the film for which Shamata received his first of several Genie Award nominations, and took home Best Actor honors at the Sorrento Film Festival.
On the small screen, Shamata won the Bijou Award (Canadian Emmy) for his starring role as a family man facing his homosexuality in the network film The Running Man. For SHOWTIME, Shamata co-starred as mafia boss Sam Giancana in The Family, and in the cable features, The Thin Blue Lie (2000) (TV) with Rob Morrow (I) and Escape Clause (1996) (TV) with Paul Sorvino. Other cable features include Lifetime's Cable Ace Award-winning Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story (1995) (TV) with Sela Ward, and HBO's Between Friends (1983) (TV) alongside Elizabeth Taylor (I) and Carol Burnett.
A few of Shamata's network movies include A Father for Brittany (1998) (TV) with Andrew McCarthy (I), On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story (1990) (TV) with 'William Daniels', and Echoes in the Darkness (1987) (TV), with Robert Loggia.
On stage, Shamata has played Dr. Astrov opposite Peter O'Toole in Uncle Vanya in Toronto and Chicago, Torvald in A Doll's House and leading roles in such plays as Good Woman of Setzuan, To Clothe The Naked, You're Gonna Be Alright Jamie Boy, Battering Ram, My Fat Friend, Chapter Two, The Country Girl and The Indian Wants The Bronx in theatres from Halifax to Los Angeles.
Mr. Shamata is a founding member of the Actors Reperatory Company (ARC), a theatre group formed to stage little-known plays by great writers, and for which he recently starred in their debut production of Creditors, by August Strindberg and directed by John Neville.
- Father of 'Lisa Shamata' (qv).
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