The Montreal producer behind the hit bilingual film "Bon Cop, Bad Cop" has died at the age of 67.

Kevin Tierney's son announced his father's death on social media.

 

 

Tierney produced a number of films including the box-office hit film "Bon Cop, Bad Cop," which he also co-wrote and which earned a Genie Award for best motion picture in 2007.

The film became a Canadian classic, but wasn't without its risks, said Montreal Gazette columnist Bill Brownstein.

" At the time, people thought he was nuts, because this was a bilingual film and people didn't think a bilingual film would ever work, but it certainly did," he said. 

Brownstein said news of Tierney's passing left him feeling numb.

"I had known Kevin had been sick, silently but valiantly fighting cancer for the last three years. He had been putting up a really good fight and suddenly, 10 days ago things began to go south," he said. 

Brownstein called Tierney a "gift to the city in terms of cultural contributions on both sides of the linguistic divide."

Tierney served as vice-chair of cinema for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and was given a producer's award from the Canadian Film and Television Production Association in 2009.

In 2009, he produced the well-received film "The Trotsky," which was directed by his filmmaker son Jacob.

Jay Baruchel, who starred in "The Trotsky," and the Tierney written and directed "Good Neighbours," said he's been friends with Jacob Tierney's son since childhood. He praised him as both a movie-maker and father. 

"He's a lovely man to work with," he said. "He believed in Montreal cinema and Quebec cinema with everything in him. He wanted nothing more than to create in that city. He was also a sincere movie lover and made movies for the love of making movies."