The Sole Society, a Family History Society researching Sole, Saul, Sewell, Solley and similar names

Famous Living Soles - Paul Soles

By Helene Weaver

This article was originally published in the August 2001 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society.

Below is a news item from the local newspaper THE RECORD, Kitchener, Ontario (Canada) dated February 2001. Paul Soles, a well known Canadian actor from Toronto will play Shylock in the 2001 production of Merchant of Venice at the Stratford (Ontario) Shakesperean Festival opening May 28th. The article talks about the roles Paul Soles has played in North American stage, screen and TV. The photo above shows him playing Costas Stavros in Riverdale. I met Paul Soles a few years ago but don't know if he is connected with The Sole Society?


Veteran Canadian actor, Paul Soles is coming to Stratford. The veteran Canadian actor and TV personality has agreed to take on the role of Shylock in the Stratford Festival 2001 production of The Merchant of Venice.

Festival artistic director Richard Monette, who is directing the production, welcomed Soles to the Festival company yesterday and thanked him for agreeing to step into the role after the death of actor Al Waxman, who had been slated to play the role. Waxman died after complications following heart surgery on January 17th. Rehearsals for the play begin in the coming weeks and the production opens May 28th.

Soles, well-known across Canada for his work in theatre, film and television, began his career in TV news and current affairs, and is remembered as the host of CBC's long-running Take Thirty opposite co-hosts Anna Cameron, Adrienne Clarkson, Mary Lou Finlay and Hana Gartner, and for shows such as This Is the Law, Wayne and Shuster and Beyond Reason.

Yet throughout his wide-ranging career, Soles has played a variety of stage roles, including a nine-month run with the world premiere of the musical Ragtime, the lead role of Nat in I'm Not Rappaport, Mr Dussel in The Diary of Anne Frank (with Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson) and the Doctor and other roles in Maebeth (on Broadway with Glenda Jackson and Christopher Plummer).

Soles' film credits include The Lotus Eaters, Gunrunner, Family Reunion, Ticket to Heaven and Falling Over Backwards, for which he received a Genie nomination for best supporting actor. He's featured in the forthcoming Paramount movie The Score, directed by Frank Oz, with Edward Norton, Robert DeNiro and Marlon Brando

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