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Jonny Harris is a Canadian comedian and actor from Pouch Cove, Newfoundland. He has appeared regularly at the Halifax Comedy Festival, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and at Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival. His notable film appearances include Young Triffie and Moving Day. Harris has also appeared on the television series Republic of Doyle and the Shaftesbury Films series, The Listener.

Harris took up the mantle of Constable George Crabtree on Murdoch Mysteries from Matthew MacFadzean who played the character in the original Films.

As there wasn’t a whole lot of work for actors in St. John’s, Jonny Harris thought he’d be penniless in a ditch somewhere. Then, his friend Sherry White suggested he could do something like Andy Jones’ one-man shows – and he did. Harris wrote performed a one man show called Out of the Bog touring it around the country. Then, Harris was cast as Mary Walsh’s son in Hatching, Matching and Dispatching which landed him an agent. The first couple of auditions included Murdoch Mysteries. But the description of Constable Crabtree was about a big intimidating guy who was the muscle of the team – so Harris figured he wouldn't get that part, but at his audition, MM producers informed him that the character would be more the comic relief. (Aug. 21 2019 )

Jonny Harris was nominated for 2017 Canadian Screen Awards' Best Host in a Lifestyle Talk or Entertainment News Program or Series for Still Standing.

In 2017, Jonny appeared in The Pilot, the eighth episode in the first season of Frankie Drake Mysteries as an older retired copper George Crabtree, who is a member of the Aviator's Club.

Trivia

  • Jonny Harris is known for his funny ad-libs during filming; while most are edited out, some like Crabtree's "potato cooking room" line are kept in the final edit.
  • Considered the funniest MM cast member by his fellow cast members, while Jonny considers each of them very skilled at delivering funny moments when they are called to in the script.

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Murdoch Mysteries Stars and Characters
Yannick Bisson as William MurdochHélène Joy as Julia OgdenThomas Craig as Thomas BrackenreidJonny Harris as George Crabtree
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