Donnelly Rhodes

Facts of Donnelly Rhodes
NameDonnelly Rhodes
Birth NameDonnelly Rhodes Henry
FatherCecil Sexsmith
MotherAnn Henry
Birth Place/CityWinnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Married toMartha Henry (1962 – 19??), Virginia Haxall Harrison (2 April 1966 – 1970), Maggie Thrett (15 December 1975 – 1977) , Diane Dewey (11 November 1978 – ?), Sarah Wilson (2011 – 8 January 2018-his death)
Children2 (Seana Henry and Westerly Henry)
EducationNational Theatre School of Canada
Networth$1 Million
Died8 January 2018

Donnelly Rhodes was a well-known Canadian character actor best known for playing Sgt. Nick Raitt in the CBC television series Sidestreet. Rhodes gained fame after portraying the ABC soap opera satire Soap. Rhodes began his career as Buck in the 1956 movie Reprisa! In addition, some of the well-known works under his name include The Young and the Restless, Danger Bay, and Battlestar Galactica. The iconic performer, who devoted more than 60 years to performing, passed away in 2018 at the age of 80.

Donnelly Rhodes’s Early Years and Education

On December 4, 1937, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Donnelly Rhodes was born as Donnelly Rhodes Henry to parents Cecil Sexsmith and Ann Henry. He has a brother named Timothy Henry and a sister named Loa Henry. Donnelly was of Irish and Scottish ancestry. After their father Sexsmith abandoned the family, Donnelly and his brothers were reared by their single mother Henry.

His mother Henry was a playwright, author, and journalist best known for writing Lulu Street. The National Theatre School of Canada awarded Rhodes his diploma. Before serving as a technician in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Mr. Rhodes received training as a warden for Parks Canada.

The Professional Career of Donnelly Rhodes

At the Dominican Drama Festival, actor Donnelly Rhodes made his acting debut. As Buck in Reprise, Rhodes made his film début in 1956. He appeared on The 27th July a year later as a television technician, but his work went uncredited. Later on in his career, he worked on several films like Change of Mind, Urban Safari, Ramona and Beezus, and Tron: Legacy.

Rhodes made his television debut in 1960, appearing in two episodes of Bonanza as Latigo/Little Henchman. He played Dr. Grant Roberts in the family adventure series Danger Bay from 1985 until 1990. Also, one of the best television performances in his career was as Detective Leo Shannon in the Canadian TV series Da Vinci’s Inquest from 1998 to 2005.

Moreover Mr. Rhodes’ guest appearances in American television series have played a significant role in his television career. For his roles as Dutch Leitner on the ABC soap opera parody Soap and as Phillip Chancellor II on The Young and the Restless, he is well known to American viewers.

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In the American military science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica from 2004 to 2009, Rhodes portrayed Chief Medical Officer Sherman Cottle.

Mr. Decker was Rhodes’ final on-screen character before his passing in The Romeo Section’s first and second seasons in 2015–16.

In addition, the Union of British Columbia Performers presented actor Rhodes with the Sam Payne Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Net Worth of Donnelly Rhodes

The iconic Canadian actor, who spent more than six decades working in both film and television, was well-paid in addition to enjoying immense popularity. The fact that Donnelly Rhodes worked in the Canadian and American film industries rewarded him handsomely throughout his career, but the sum of his net worth just prior to his passing is $1 million.

Further, given his notoriety and career as an actor, Donnelly Rhodes’ net worth is probably in the millions. IMDb claims that Rhodes and his then-wife Diane Dewey purchased a home in Vancouver in 1983.

Personal Life of Donnelly Rhodes

Donnelly Rhodes was married five times. In 1962, he wed Martha Buhs, an American actress who appeared on theatre, screen, and television. The pair separated in the middle of the 1960s after a short period of marriage. On April 2, 1966, Rhodes wed Virginia Haxall Harrison, his second wife, with whom he had a daughter named Seana Henry the same year they were married. The pair also went on to file for divorce four years after being hitched. Also, Mr. Rhodes raised his daughter, who was just four years old, by himself after his divorce.

Besides other marriages, Donnelly Rhodes’ third marriage was to Maggie Threat with whom he remained married from 15 December 1975 to 1977. And also on November 11, 1978, he wed Diane Dewey, who became his fourth wife. On the date of their divorce, there is no information. He began dating Sarah Wilson, his fifth wife, after divorcing his fourth wife, Dewey. Before getting married in 2011, the pair dated for an extended eighteen years. The couple remained married until the actor’s passing in 2018. In the course of their 25-year romance, they also gave birth to a boy named Westerly Henry.


One of the few Canadian performers to have a successful career in both America and Canada was actor Donnelly Rhodes. At the Baillie House Hospice in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Rhodes passed away on January 8, 2018, after more than 60 years of acting.

At the time of his passing, Rhodes was 80 years old. According to his agent Lisa King, the actor passed away from cancer. Donnelly was cremated, and his wife, Sarah Wilson, received the remains.

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