‘Once Upon a Time’ Star Tragically Dead at 48

Chris Gauthier Once Upon a Time Dead
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One of the really fun things about Disney shows and movies is how they can take movies and stories we know so well and twist them into new and unique stories. One of the best ways Disney did this was with its hit ABC show, Once Upon a TimeOnce Upon a Time aired from 2011 until 2018, and told the story of a young woman, Emma Swann, who comes to the town of Storybrooke.

What Emma doesn’t know is that Storybrooke is hiding one heck of a secret. The town is a secret town that is full of fairy tale characters who don’t remember who they are. And Emma is the only one who can help break the curse.

Once Upon a Time

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Throughout its seven seasons, Once Upon a Time introduced viewers to dozens of classic characters, including the infamous Captain Hook and his sidekick, Smee. The dashing Colin O’Donoghue played Captain Hook and Smee was played by English-born Canadian actor, Chris Gauthier. Together, the two took Captain Hook and Smee to new heights.

Sadly, we have learned that Chris Gauthier passed away suddenly. He was just 48 years old.

Smee and Hook Once Upon a Time

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Related: Disney Calls Tinker Bell and Captain Hook “Potentially Problematic”

Gauthier’s reps from TriStar Appearances confirmed his death to Entertainment Weekly and said that he died after a brief illness.

“As a beloved 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 ask for privacy during this time so that they are able to grieve properly.”

Smee Once Upon a Time

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After news of Gauthier’s death broke, O’Donoghue shared a heartfelt message.

Rest in Peace Chris! Heartbroken! My love and thoughts go out to Erin and the boys! You will be missed brother! You were the real captain!!


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Chris Gauthier was born on January 27, 1976, in Luton, Bedfordshire, England. He began acting in his mid-twenties, landing his first role on the show Cold Squad. From there, he appeared in many hit films and television shows, including Freddy vs. Jason (2003), Watchmen (2009), Psych, When Calls the Heart, and A Series of Unfortunate Events.

He is perhaps most well-known for playing William Smee on Once Upon a Time and Winslow Schott/Toyman on the hit CW series, Smallville.

Gauthier leaves behind his wife Erin, and his two children, Ben and Sebastian.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Chris Gauthier’s friends and family. May he rest in peace. 

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

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