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Memorable Manitobans: Arnleifur Lawrence Thorsteinson “Larry Thor” (1916-1976)

Broadcaster, actor.

Born at Lundar on 27 August 1916, son of Gudmundur and Stina Thorsteinson, he was educated at Balmoral, Neepawa, and Winnipeg. His career as a broadcaster began with radio station CFAR at Flin Flon, and he later went to Timmins (Ontario), Toronto, and Montreal with the CBC. In 1945, he moved to California where he starred in the radio show “Broadway Is My Beat.” He appeared in several movies and television programs, being a regular on the television series “Mr. Novak.” He taught Theatre Arts at UCLA and produced television and movie scripts. He died at Santa Monica, California on 15 March 1976, survived by a wife and seven children.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 March 1976, page 54.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 October 2014

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