It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Canadian actor Chris Gauthier. Known for his roles in popular films such as “Watchmen” and “Freddy vs. Jason,” as well as TV series like “Eureka” and “Once Upon a Time,” Gauthier’s talent and charm captivated audiences around the world.

Gauthier also made a lasting impression on Hallmark movie lovers, appearing in beloved films such as “Ms. Christmas Comes to Town,” “Three Wise Men and a Baby,” and “The Christmas Promise.” His versatility as an actor shone through in over 100 TV shows and movies listed on IMDB, leaving behind a rich legacy.

Gauthier’s management company, TriStar Appearances/Event Horizon Talent, confirmed the heartbreaking news of his passing. In a statement, they expressed their deep sorrow, saying, “We can confirm that our dear friend and client, Chris Gauthier, passed away on Friday morning, February 23, at the age of 48.”

Recognizing Gauthier’s impact on the Vancouver film industry and beyond, the statement continued, “As a beloved Vancouver-based character actor, Chris shared his talents with so many of us both on television and in film. His loss is felt not just by his fans but by those of us who were lucky enough to know him more personally. On behalf of his family, we do ask for privacy during this time so that they are able to grieve properly.”

While his manager did not disclose the specific cause of death, it was revealed that Gauthier passed away suddenly and unexpectedly following a short illness.

The news of Gauthier’s passing deeply affected those who had the pleasure of working with him, including the Hallmark Channel. In a tribute Instagram post, the channel expressed their condolences, saying, “We are sorry to hear about the passing of Chris Gauthier. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans.”

Among Gauthier’s notable roles was his portrayal of Smee in the TV series “Once Upon a Time,” where he shared the screen with Colin O’Donoghue, who played Captain Hook. Upon learning of his former co-star’s passing, O’Donoghue took to Instagram to pay tribute, posting a heartfelt picture of the two of them together and writing, “You will be missed brother! You were the real captain!!”

As we remember Chris Gauthier, let’s take a moment to reflect on his remarkable life and career. Watch the video below to learn more about the journey of this incredible actor.

Chris Gauthier is survived by his loving wife, Erin, and their two sons, Ben and Sebastian. In this time of grief, may his family find comfort in the memories shared and the love they have for one another.