WARMINGTON: Toronto actor on the mend after dog knocks him off bike

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In 50 years of acting in movies and television shows, Tedd Dillon never got hurt or missed a call time or audition.

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Until now!

Whether he was playing legendary NHL Commissioner Clarence Campbell in The Rocket or sharing scenes with Oscar nominee Bette Midler in Stella , the Toronto actor, who celebrated his 69th birthday in hospital Tuesday, didn’t need a stuntman.

But he sure could have used one Friday.

Dillon suffered serious injuries after being knocked off his bicycle by a 70-pound dog in the Beaches bike lanes on the boardwalk at around 3:30 p.m. The dog — described as a spaniel-setter mix — was not on a leash and had been chasing a squirrel at the time.

“The dog careened toward me like a meteor,” Dillon said from his Michael Garron Hospital bed. “I smashed into the pavement very hard. It was like being hit by a hammer.”

As a member of Cycle Toronto, Dillon takes pride in his safe approach to riding and was stopped when the dog ran into him.

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While witnesses tended to injured Dillon and called an ambulance, the dog and two people on rollerblades took off.

“I don’t blame the dog and hope he’s OK. But I don’t understand the handlers,” said Tedd. “People saw them take off … It was like a hit-and-run.”

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Toronto Police reported officers are investigating this bizarre case and have not commented on what potential charges could result.

Having a dog off a leash or leaving the scene of an accident are generally things that police frown upon, but they will decide. Meanwhile, Dillon has three major fractures in his pelvis that will require surgery.  

It’s a setback no person needs in a pandemic — let alone a character actor and voice and restoration artist, who relies on freelance work to pay his bills.

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“I have an audition to play a grandfather on Paw Patrol Friday,” he said. “I was very excited about that, and so were my nieces and nephews.”

He won’t be able to make it and fears this accident could stall his career. This is why he appreciates anybody who can help police identify the dog’s owner.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” said Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu. “Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5500.”

Video of the incident would also be helpful.

In the meantime, while talking with venerable Tedd, the nurses were tending to what police describe as “serious” injuries.

He teased he was being poked and prodded like he was in a Cronenberg movie.

“I was actually in a Cronenberg movie,” he joked. “It was not a David Cronenberg film but his brilliant son, Brandon Cronenberg. It was called Antiviral and so much fun to be part of.”

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And now, ironically, he’s in a hospital during a pandemic trying to avoid contracting the coronavirus.

Injured Toronto actor Tedd Dillon is pictured in this Facebook photo.
Injured Toronto actor Tedd Dillon is pictured in this Facebook photo. Photo by Facebook/www.facebook.com/tedd.dillon /Toronto Sun

“I wish I had watched people play tennis when I was riding by and this wouldn’t have happened,” Dillon quipped.

On a breathing machine, thanks to bruised ribs, you can hear him struggle when talking.

What should happen now is rather than having police search for the owner or owners of the dog, those two rollerbladers should contact investigators with an explanation and an apology.

Perhaps, if they have insurance, that could assist in covering some of Dillon’s losses while he’s on the mend.

“That would be wonderful,” he said.

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