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Jean Duceppe

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B: October 25, 1923 in Montréal, Québec
D: December 7, 1990 in Montréal, Québec

Jean Duceppe was born to a Montreal family of 18 children living in a working-class neighborhood. He grew up to become the most beloved of Quebec actors. He started out studying to be a Franciscan brother, and is now remembered for three outstanding performances: as Mon oncle Antoine in Claude Jutra‘s film, as Willy Loman in La mort d’un commis voyageur/Death of a Salesman, and as Maurice Duplessis in Charbonneau et le Chef. Jean Duceppe founded his own theatre company in 1973 at Montréal`s Place des Arts. Death of a Salesman was one of the company`s first shows. The match between Duceppe and character of Willy Loman was magical. In fact Jean Duceppe once said, “Willy Loman was the greatest role of my life. It marked me and became a part of me; I could have played it till my dying day, without ever getting tired of it.” A year after his death the administration of Place des Arts changed the name of Théâtre Port-Royal to Théâtre Jean-Duceppe in his honour. Among his children are director Monique and the leader of the Bloc Québecois, Gilles Duceppe.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Tit Coq (1953)
Le monde des femmes (1956)

Louis-Joseph Papineau: Le demi-dieu (1961)
La mort d’un commis-voyageur (TV-1962)
Trouble fête (1964)
La corde au cou (1965)
YUL 871 (1966)
Bilan (TV-1969)

Act of the Heart (1970)
Le gardien (TV-1970)
Mon once Antoine (1971)
Des souris et des hommes (TV-1971)
Les colombes (1972)
Quelques arpents de neige (1972)
Je t’aime (1974)
Alien Thunder (1974)
Bingo (1974)
Les beaux dimanches (1974)
Toi et tes nuages (TV-1974)
Qui perd gagne (TV-1974)
Les vautours (1975)

Cordélia (1980)
Lucien Brouillard (1983)
Le vieillard et l’enfant (1985)

TV Series – Cast:
La famille Plouffe (1953-1959)

Le petit monde du père Gédéon (1960)
Ti-Jean caribou (1963)
Rue l’anse (1963)
Rue des Pignons (1966)

Les forges de Saint-Maurice (1973)
Terre humaine (1973)

Mon oncle Antoine, movie poster
Poster for the movie Mon oncle Antoine