Gilbert Blythe enters the world of Green Gables in the iconic scene where he teases Anne with the nickname ‘Carrots’, which causes her to break a slate over his head. Throughout their stormy school years, Anne and Gilbert have a tense relationship but eventually they become friends and confidantes. As their story continues, they fall in love and get married. Gilbert is a committed surgeon who leaves Avonlea to help on the battlefields of France during the first Great War.
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 of Green Gables films, and in an episode of the spin-off series Road to Avonlea. His additional television credits include the television movies The Waiting Game, The Killing Fields, and the series Slings and Arrows. He also voiced the beloved Benjamin Bear in the children’s show The Secret World of Benjamin Bear and its subsequent films. Crombie passed away from an aneurysm at age 48 on April 15, 2015.