Watch the full documentary of Brian Linehan: A Life in Lights

What do Howard Stern, Daniel Day-Lewis, Norman Jewison, Sophia Loren, John Travolta, Barbra Streisand and Clint Eastwood all have in common?

They were interviewed by Brian Linehan, Canada’s stylish, dedicated entertainment journalist.

In 2005, the television documentary Brian Linehan: A Life in Lights was executive produced by his good friend and Foundation advisor Marcia Martin. It contains photos and clips from his hundreds and hundreds of CityLights shows, interviews with Brian from the 80s and 90s and new insights from his friends. Also included are excerpts from an evening to honour Brian, hosted by good friend Roger Ebert.

He loved classical music. His friends were his family. Before he became the host of CityLights, Brian was producer of programming for Citytv where he introduced The Baby Blue Movie, the first soft core pornography shown on Canadian TV. He had a great sense of humour. He prided himself on his research. And he loved actors, directors, dancers and artists, and they loved him back.

“When I finally got to be interviewed by you, it was a real honour,” Kiefer Sutherland said to Brian during a CityLights interview.

Throughout the documentary, actors and friends like Martin Short, Norman Jewison, Shirley MacLaine and Joan Rivers shared their memories.

“He saw in show business a wonderful yellow brick road, that if he worked really hard he could get on it,” said George Anthony, longtime friend and Foundation advisor.

Take 49 minutes, sit back and enjoy, marvel and learn from the legacy Brian left behind.

Friend and Foundation Director Michael A. Levine may have said it best: “He was a little boy who wanted to run away to the movies.”

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