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Memorable Manitobans: Peter Boretski (c1929-2001)


Born Peter Perehinczuk at Winnipeg around 1929, he performed in the city before leaving in the mid-1950s to work as an actor in Ontario then Britain and Europe, where he was known as Peter James and later Peter Boretski (taking his mother’s maiden name Boretski). He returned to Canada in 1960, after marrying British actor Jennifer Phipps with whom had two children. He was most well-known for his portrayal of pharmacist Jack in the 1970s television series The King of Kensington. He starred in the one-man play Einstein about the noted physicist (1980s) and appeared in such films as The Nutcracker Prince (1990), Naked Lunch (1991), Sam & Me (1991), and The Outer Limits (1995). He died at Toronto, Ontario on 5 September 2001.


“Gaslight leads chat about recent past,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 1960, page 38.

“Actor loved Winnipeg,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 October 2001, page 54.

We thank Elsie Shamota for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 August 2018

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