Gilbert made his iconic entrance to the world of Green Gables by teasing Anne with the nickname ‘Carrots’ teasing her about her orange-coloured hair. Anne and Gilbert have a tension-filled relationship through their school years but eventually Anne gives into her feelings for Gilbert and marries him. Gilbert also goes on to become a doctor and fights on the battlefields of France during the first Great War.
“It’ll be three years before I finish medical school. Even then there won’t be any diamond sunbursts or marble halls.”Gilbert Blythe
JONATHAN CROMBIE WAS OFFERED THE ROLE OF GILBERT BLYTHE after a casting agent saw him in a high-school play. He reprised the role of Gilbert in two other Anne mini-series and as a guest star on Road to Avonlea. His additional television credits include the television movies The Waiting Game, The Killing Fields, and the series Slings and Arrows and Earth: Final Conflict, among others. His big screen credits include Café Romeo and The Jewler’s Shop (with Burt Lancaster). On stage, Crombie’s numerous performances at the prestigious Stratford Festival Theatre included the roles of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew, Orlando in As You Like It, Bud in Sweet Bird of Youth and Guildenstern in Hamlet. Jonathan was the voice for Benjamin Bear in The Secret World of Benjamin Bear (2004-2010). Jonathan Crombie passed away at age 48 on April 15, 2015.