Harvey Atkin
Harvey Atkin

Harvey Atkin was born in Toronto, Canada. Having achieved a reputation as a class clown, it was in high school that his performance gifts first began to emerge. He was persuaded to join his school's drama club and won a best actor award at a local drama festival in his first year of participation. Once bitten by the acting bug, he majored in drama at a summer camp for the performing arts and utilized his stint working for his father in the construction industry to hone his ear for languages and accents. A few years later he joined forces with a school chum who had started a local talent agency, signed on and began performing in television commercials, which lead to voice-overs, television and radio dramas and feature films. He is now a veteran of 35 years hands-on experience in the industry.

Harvey credits his family background as largely responsible for the language and cultural influences that were thrust upon him as a youngster. He and his family lived with his grandparents, Russian immigrants, until he was five and even after the first of his three younger sisters was born and the family moved into their own home around the corner, his grandparents were still a major presence in his young life. It was his grandfather who brought the Old World, in the form of the Yiddish language and culture, home each evening and this gentleman, who lived to be over 102, continues to affect his thoughts and behaviour. Another major influence was his father, who exposed Harvey to a great many facets of the business world, as well as the realities of "The Street".

For six years Harvey commuted almost weekly to Los Angeles, where he was featured as a "regular" on the popular Cagney and Lacey television series. He also created, wrote, directed and starred in almost 600 segments of "Help Yourself", a handyman show for CFTO and CTV. He currently contributes to a weekly radio entertainment review and is seen and heard in dozens of feature films, cartoon and television shows. He has voiced over four thousand radio and television commercials and is the recipient of 3 Clio awards, the Oscars of the commercial industry, as well as close to forty other industry citations from the Television Bureau, the International Broadcasting Awards and the London International Broadcasting Awards. He was also a Genie nominee for his film work in the movie "Meatballs" and has appeared in over 75 feature films and Movies of the Week, not to mention hundreds of episodic Television shows.

Currently Harvey is a regular on the Law & Order series of shows and is the Voice of Leon's Furniture in Canada and Bally's Resorts, Dunkin Donuts and Mercedes Benz of Florida in the U.S., to name but a few.

Working on the philosophy that "you can't keep going to the well without putting something back", Harvey serves as spokesman for several local charities and social service organizations as well as a celebrity auctioneer (yes, he really is an auctioneer). Harvey makes his home in both Toronto and Miami with Celia, his wife of forty-four years. They have a son and daughter, both married, and have five grandchildren.

Harvey Atkin is available for V.O. / On Camera