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A Tough Month For ’80s Canadian Icons

[ 4 ] February 28, 2012 |

There was an obituary in the Times today for Neil Hope, the actor who played the sometimes homeless alcoholic character Wheels on the low-tech, every-episode-a-special-episode 80s Degrassi series.   Apparently the character’s demons and struggles were in some measure based on the actor’s. The really sad part: he passed away in 2007, and “[f]amily members, who declined to be interviewed, found out about his death only recently.”

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  • Left_Wing_Fox

    Also recently passed, Jan Berenstain, co-creator of the Berenstain Bears children’s book series.

  • The Shaggy DA

    As someone who grew up with Joey, Snake, and Wheels, that’s just about the saddest thing I’ve ever read.

  • The Shaggy DA

    I’m afraid to ask about the other icon(s) you refer to.

  • Stephen LaRose

    The Toronto Star has a very good story about Hope’s post-Degrassi days.

    http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1137795–degrassi-s-wheels-the-lost-years-of-neil-hope?bn=1