Tommy Sexton

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Tommy Sexton

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Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his involvement in CODCO, a Newfoundland-based comedy troupe which later became a CBC television series (1988-1993). Sexton was an essential figure in the Newfoundland cultural revival of the 1970s and beyond. He often performed in drag and incorporated queer culture into his work. Sexton passed away due AIDS-related illnesses in 1993. The Tommy Sexton Centre was opened in St. John's in 2006, and continues to operate a short-term housing program for individuals who are HIV positive or impacted by HIV.

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Tommy Sexton relaxing with a drink, 1987
A home photograph taken of Sexton holding a beer and smiling at the camera.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his involvement in CODCO, a…

Tommy Sexton enjoying a coffee
Tommy Sexton sitting in front of a sun lit window, holding a yellow mug with a smile on his face.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his involvement in…

Tommy Sexton posing for the camera, 1986
Tommy Sexton posing with his arms crossed over his chest, looking to the side towards the camera without smiling.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his…

"Tommy Sexton is one of Newfoundland's most versatile actors and dancers. Here he portrays some well-known 'types'"
Four photographs of Tommy Sexton: posing as a ballet dancer, and parodies of John Travolta, Newfie stereotypes, and children's studio portraits. From Decks Awash magazine, volume 8, issue 4, page 40.Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer,…

Tommy Sexton's silly selfie
Tommy Sexton holding a camera and taking a photo of himself.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his involvement in CODCO, a Newfoundland-based comedy troupe…

Tommy Sexton on Christmas Day 1987
Tommy Sexton sneaking up on the camera on Christmas Day 1987. He is surrounded by presents and his black cat is on the left side.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best…

Tommy Sexton entertaining a crowd at Halloween party
Tommy Sexton entertaining a crowd while in drag at a Halloween party. He is holding a cigarette and a drink and people around him can be seen smiling.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's,…

Tommy Sexton in drag at Halloween party
Photo of Tommy Sexton in drag, at a Halloween party, performing in a living room and enjoying himself.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his involvement in…

Tommy Sexton in drag perched on a roof
Photo of Tommy Sexton in drag sitting like a gargoyle outside on the roof of a house.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his involvement in CODCO, a…

Tommy Sexton by the ocean
Photo of Tommy Sexton standing on a rock by the ocean wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and sneakers.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his involvement in CODCO,…

Tommy Sexton smiling at camera
Photo of Tommy Sexton seated, smiling at the camera, wearing a brown jacket.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his involvement in CODCO, a…

Tommy Sexton holding picture of himself and dog
A photograph of Tommy Sexton seated, wearing a red hat and black shirt, holding an older photograph of himself with his arm around a black dog.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland.…

Tommy Sexton with cat in kitchen
Photo of Tommy Sexton seated in a kitchen, wearing a plaid shirt and blue pants. He is holding a black cat.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his…

Tommy Sexton with cat by Christmas tree
Photo of Tommy Sexton seated on the ground, wearing a white t-shirt and jeans. He is holding a black cat. A Christmas tree and coffee table are visible in the background.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born…

Tommy Sexton holding a drink, hand in pocket
A photograph of Tommy Sexton wearing a black shirt, jeans, and a red hat. He is holding a drink and leaning against a wall with his hand in his pocket. There is a person in the background of the photo.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor,…

Tommy Sexton mirror selfie
A photograph of Tommy Sexton wearing a white t-shirt, taking a picture of himself in a mirror with a black camera.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his…

Tommy Sexton sunbathing on tropical beach
A photograph of Tommy Sexton on a tropical beach, shirtless and facing the sun with his eyes closed. There are people, boats, houses, trees, and a partial view of the ocean in the background.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer,…

Tommy Sexton with cat and dog
A photograph of Tommy Sexton wearing a blue jacket, with his arms around a black cat and a black dog. In the background are a radiator heater, a staircase, and several pairs of shoes.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and…

Tommy Sexton under a floral arch
Photo of Tommy Sexton under an archway of greenery and florals. Tommy is holding onto a branch of flowers and leaves, head bent and slightly smiling towards the camera. He is wearing a white t-shirt with a faded image, casual pants, a backpack, and a…

Tommy Sexton before costume party
Photo of Tommy Sexton in drag in a living room. Tommy is standing in front of a plaid couch pushed in front of a window with closed blinds. The window is framed with a string of lights. To his left, there is a blue couch or chair. Tommy is in a…

Tommy Sexton sunbathing on Vacation
An image of Tommy Sexton in a tropical location on a white beach chair. He is tanned and wearing sunglasses.

Tommy Sexton out of focus on a beach
Tommy Sexton on a sandy beach with a leather jacket, with a pink sky behind him.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his involvement in CODCO, a…

Tommy Sexton on beach with snow
An image of Tommy Sexton on a beach with snow in the foreground and the ocean behind him. The sky is pink and he is wearing a leather jacket, jeans and boots.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St.…

Tommy Sexton out of focus taking a photo of himself in the mirror
Tommy Sexton is taking a photograph of himself in a mirror. He is holding a camera and wearing a white tank top.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his…

Tommy Sexton Glaring at Camera
Picture of Tommy Sexton glaring at the camera. He is inside and the background is dark.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his involvement in CODCO, a…

People in Shadow
Picture of the shadows of three people in a room. There is a lamp in the middle providing light.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his involvement in…

Tommy Sexton with Masks
A photograph of Tommy posing next to three masks. He is frowning and his arms are crossed.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his involvement in CODCO, a…

Tommy Sexton on a tropical beach
Tommy Sexton sitting on a beach in a tropical location. Behind him there are are buildings, people, a boat and a large hill covered in trees.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland.…

Tommy Sexton in swimsuit on Christmas eve, 1988
Tommy Sexton posing in front of a stone wall and trees in a tropical location. He is wearing a swim suit and is smiling.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for…

Tommy Sexton in resort room, ,1989
A photograph of Tommy Sexton sitting in a resort room in a tropical location. Behind him is a window showing the ocean below. An unknown person is partially show on the right side of the image.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer,…

Tommy Sexton in kitchen with soap bar
A photograph of Tommy Sexton in a kitchen pointing to a bar of soap held in his hand. Behind him there are wooden kitchen cabinets, a calendar, a stove, and a shelf with several items.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and…

Tommy Sexton in kitchen with dog
A photograph of Tommy Sexton in a kitchen holding a black dog. He is wearing a white bathrobe.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his involvement in CODCO,…

Tommy Sexton in bathrobe, pensive
A photograph of Tommy Sexton in a red bathrobe in front of a white wall. He is looking at the camera pensively.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his…

Tommy Sexton in bathrobe, bemused
A photograph of Tommy Sexton in a red bathrobe in front of a white wall. He is looking at the camera bemusedly.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his…

Tommy Sexton selfie in drag
A selfie of Tommy Sexton in drag. Tommy is wearing a shiny black shirt, a curly blonde wig, red lipstick and breasts.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for…

Tommy Sexton as police officer with cat
A photograph of Tommy Sexton dressed as a police officer holding a white cat. Tommy is wearing a blonde wig and make up.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for…

Tommy Sexton as policy officer with cat, out of focus
A photograph of Tommy Sexton dressed as a police officer and holding a white cat. Tommy is wearing a blonde wig and makeup. The camera is slightly out of focus.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St.…

Tommy Sexton out of focus
An out-of-focus home photograph of Tommy Sexton talking in front of a window.Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his involvement in CODCO, a Newfoundland-based…

Tommy Sexton out of focus, balloons behind
An out-of-focus home photograph of Tommy Sexton, with balloons in the background.

Tommy Sexton (1957-1993) was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was best known for his involvement in CODCO, a…
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