Dave Broadfoot, Royal Canadian Air Farce comedian, dead at 90

Canadian comedian and former Royal Canadian Air Farce actor Dave Broadfoot has died, his family confirmed to CBC News. He was 90.

Born in Vancouver on Dec. 5, 1925, Broadfoot was an early member of the long-running comedy show on CBC. Starting in 1973, he appeared on radio and television versions of the show, including the TV series finale.


Dave Broadfoot, centre, is congratulated by Royal Canadian Air Farce performers Roger Abbott, right, and Don Ferguson at a ceremony in Toronto in September 2003. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

In 2003, Broadfoot was presented with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.

Among his best-known characters were Sgt. Renfrew of the RCMP and Big Bobby Clobber, a hockey player who had received too many pucks to the head.

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