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Toronto-bred ‘Heartland,’ 'Designated Survivor' actor Robert Cormier dead at 33

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Robert Cormier is shown in Season 15 of "Heartland" in this undated handout photo. Cormier, a Toronto-born actor, has died at age 33. On "Heartland" he portrayed Finn Cotter. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - CBC

TORONTO — Robert Cormier, a Toronto-born actor whose credits include “American Gods" and the long-running CBC series “Heartland” has died at age 33.

The funeral director at Ridley Funeral Home confirmed the death, but did not reveal a cause.

An obituary on the funeral home's website said Cormier died on Sept. 23 and described him as “an athlete, an actor, and a great brother” whosememory will live on "through his passion for art and film."

Cormier appeared on “Heartland”as Finn Cotter, the grandson of Duncan Fraser’s Al Cotter.

The "Heartland" production team said on social media they were "deeply saddened" by the news and described Cormier as a beloved member of the cast for two seasons.

CBC adds in a separate statement that Cormier "was a remarkable young man."

Cormier's credits also included guest appearances on the defunct CBS/Global series "Ransom" and ABC/CTV's "Designated Survivor."

“He had a passion for helping others and was always looking to achieve more,” the obituary read.

“He enjoyed movie nights with his family and looked up greatly to his father. He impacted many people throughout his life whether it was family, teammates and friends.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 28, 2022.

Noel Ransome, The Canadian Press