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Brian Edgar Huggins (30 August 1931 – 29 March 2013) was a British-Canadian journalist and actor.

Brian Huggins
Born(1931-08-30)30 August 1931
Leicester, Leicestershire, England
Died29 March 2013(2013-03-29) (aged 81)
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
OccupationJournalist, writer, actor


Huggins was born on 30 August 1931 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, where he was also raised. He started his career in journalism in England, before moving to Canada at age 25. After arriving in Canada he worked for The Newspaper Guild in Montreal, and as a journalist with the CBC in Toronto. He was the candidate in the 1963 general elections for the New Democratic Party of Canada in the riding of Ottawa West. In the 1970s he was a broadcast journalist for CBC Ottawa; lived in Paris where he was a freelance writer; and returned to Ottawa where he worked as a Member's Secretary on Parliament Hill, before he joined the Civil Service to work in public relations, a writer and editor for Statistics Canada. He also worked for the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Following his retirement from journalism and the public service, he took up acting. As a background or character actor he played many small roles in both television and movies filmed for the most part on the East Coast. He is best known for his portrayal of "Shitty" Bill in the hit Canadian mockumentary series Trailer Park Boys.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Born to parents Beatrice Pye and Charles Huggins, Huggins was raised in Leicester. Huggins later moved to London to pursue his career in journalism which he had started at the Leicester Evening Mail. After emigrating to Canada, Huggins lived in Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa. Once retired he moved to Nova Scotia, where he divided his time between Chester and Dartmouth. He also spent a good part of the year in his native England.[citation needed]

Huggins was a member of the Ottawa Press Club, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Royal St George's Society of Halifax, Chester Yacht Club, Royal Over-Seas League, Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, and the New Democratic Party.[citation needed]


Huggins died on 29 March 2013 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.[2]


  1. ^ "Brian Huggins". IMDb. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Huggins Brian Edgar August 30th 1931 March 29th 2013 It". The Chronicle Herald. Archived from the original on 6 April 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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