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Acclaimed Kamloops actor Dinicol helped found Western Canada Theatre

Keith Dinicol died on Nov. 17 after suffering a stroke. He was 69
Keith Dinicol
Keith Dinicol was active with WCT throughout the 1970s and returned for a number of plays in the 1990s, including his 1997 performance as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus.

Kamloops-born-and-raised actor Keith Dinicol, who had notable roles on the stage and screen, has died.

The death was announced by the man's family on social media on the weekend. Dinicol died on Nov. 18 after suffering a stroke. He was 69.

As an actor, Dinicol had early history in Kamloops, helping to establish the Western Canada Youtheatre, which would later become Western Canada Theatre.

On top of acting with the emergent company, Dinicol also served as business manager and dabbled in directing in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Dinicol was active with WCT throughout the 1970s and returned for a number of plays in the 1990s, including his 1997 performance as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus.

But Dinicol came to be known as a mainstay elsewhere, as a resident actor and teacher/director at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, performing there from the early 1980s until 2015.

Dinicol also acted in TV roles throughout his career, with recent success on the Hallmark Channel series Chesapeake Shores. Other notable TV appearances include Designated Survivor, Murdoch Mysteries and Schitt's Creek.

"My Dad was a true man of the theatre, a wonderful actor and a teacher to everyone he came in contact with,” son and fellow actor Joe Dinicol said on Instagram. “That all came second to his fierce and beautiful love for his family.”