John Richard Easton
March 22, 1933
Easton was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the son of Mary Louise (née Withington) and Leonard Idell Easton, a civil engineer. He started acting in a children's theatre group before moving, at the age of seventeen, to Ottawa to work in a weekly repertory theatre.
In 2002, Easton starred in the title role in a three-part documentary, Benjamin Franklin, on PBS. Between 2005 and 2011, Easton appeared as Benjamin Franklin in a series of commercials and videos about Freemasonry, produced for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts A.F. & A.M.
On 18 October 2006, while performing Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia on stage during the show's second preview at the Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater, Easton suffered a heart attack and collapsed. His heart stopped beating, but after co-star Ethan Hawke realised that Easton's fall was serious and asked the audience if a doctor was present, a stagehand stepped up to perform CPR. An ambulance was called and Easton was revived with defibrillation. He underwent a procedure to correct a heart arrhythmia, briefly delaying the opening of the play, in which he played a central role.
|1989||Henry V||Constable of France Charles D'Albret|
|1991||Dead Again||Father Timothy|
|2000||Finding Forrester||Prof. Matthews|
|2005||Stealing Martin Lane||Ed|
|2005||It's About Time||Mr. Dawson|
|2008||Revolutionary Road||Mr. Givings|
|1959||Play of the Week||Beliaev||1 episode|
|1960||The DuPont Show of the Month||1 episode|
|1963||No Hiding Place||Simon McCowen||1 episode|
|1971-1976||The Brothers||Brian Hammond||85 episodes|
|1982||Doctor Who||Captain Stapley||4 episodes|
|1997||Frasier||Mel White||Episode: "Ham Radio"|
|2002||Benjamin Franklin||Benjamin Franklin||PBS mini series|
|2004||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Richard Sutton||Episode: "Bound"|
|2011||Boardwalk Empire||Jackson Parkhurst||Episode: "Gimcrack & Bunkum|
|2007||Manhunt 2||Watchdogs member|
|2013||Grand Theft Auto V||Nigel|
|2001||Tony Award||Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play||The Invention of Love||Won|
|2001||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actor in a Play||Won|