Once upon a Time’s Chris Gauthier Dead at 48 – TRIBUTES


Chris Gauthier, the actor best known for playing William Smee in Once upon a Time, is dead. He was 48 years old.

Chris Gauthier and Colin O’Donoghue in Once upon a Time Season 7.

OBITUARY: Chris Gauthier (1976-2024)

“Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we love. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.” Canadian actor Chris Gauthier is best known for his roles in “Freddy Vs Jason” and other memorable films. Chris’s vibrant on-screen presence and genuine off-screen warmth will be deeply missed. A private family service will be held to celebrate his life. May he rest in peace.

Cause of Death

His management said he died from an unspecified short illness.


Some of his former costar remembered him.

Beverley Elliott:

“It’s heartbreaking to share the news of the passing of this dear, sweet man, Chris Gauthier. Funny, generous, talented, a loving husband and father. You will be missed by so many. You were a gem. 💔🥲”

Sarah West:

“Extremely saddened to hear about the passing of Chris Gauthier. He was a delightful man and absolutely lovely with the fans of the shows he’d been in. An awful loss. Rest in peace, Chris. You’ll always be my favorite Mr. Smee. 💔”

Candace Friesen:

“I just found out some very unfortunate news of the passing of a good friend. It could’ve been months in between seeing him, and he greeted you with a big hug, making it feel like you just saw him yesterday. You will be missed, Chris Gauthier. Rest easy, my friend. 💔”

Patti Montgomery:

“I’m in shock! Chris Gauthier, my condolences to Erin Gauthier, Tim Gauthier, Dan Gauthier, and Leon Gauthier. I’m so sorry to your whole family. 😢”

Steve Liddle:

“You meet certain people in your life that just become friends instantly. Chris Gauthier had a huge impact on my life. We only met a few times but became true friends and gigged the hell out of it. Shocked and stunned by the news, devastated in fact. RIP my friend. My love goes to you and your wonderful family. 💔😢”

Colin O’Donoghue

Rest In Peace Chris Guthier.

Our condolences are extended to his wife Erin, their children and his entire family.

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