It went unreported on the internet at the time, but we’ve learned this week that actor Tom Heaton, who played Mr. Keene in IT (’90), passed away last month. He was 77.
In addition to appearing in the beloved 1990 mini-series, Tom Heaton was also in a handful of horror films throughout his decades-spanning career, including April Fools’ Day (1986), A Stranger Waits (1987), The Fly II (1989), Omen IV: The Awakening (1991), The Surgeon (1995), Killer Bees (2002), and more recently, Slither (2006).
Heaton also appeared in two episodes of “The X-Files.”
The actor’s family paid tribute in The Coast Reporter last month.
“An actor, singer/songwriter and artist, Tom was born in 1940 and raised in the Bronx, NY when it was still a rural community. After a stint in the US Army, stationed overseas in Europe, Tom attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and found his true calling. With over 150 film and television credits (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner as his first film), Tom worked throughout the US and Canada, making Gibsons his home after years in Los Angeles, Nelson, Rock Creek, and Vancouver.
Adoring and proud of his family, Tom leaves to mourn his loss, and cherish his life, his wife Janet Hodgkinson, his four children, Willow, Beau (Kess), Sam (Jenna) and Jack, and his four grandchildren, Raven, Lily, Maleka and Makeo.”
Sad to hear about the passing of Vancouver actor, Tom Heaton, this past January. Among many other roles, Tom played Mr. Keene in IT–scaring us as kids in the process! We had hoped to interview him for the doc but he was too ill by the time we arrived in August. . . #tomheaton #vancouver #mrkeene #pennywisedoc #it #itmovie #itthemovie #stephenking #stephenkingsit #RIP