|Roy Dupuis Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||April 21, 1963|
Roy Dupuis is a Canadian actor, director, and producer, best known for his role of Michael Samuelle, a counterterrorism operative in the TV series La Femme Nikita from 1997 to 2001, as well as the roles in The Rocket (2005), Shake Hands with the Devil (2007), and Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008). He also played a character of Ovila Pronovost in Les Filles de Caleb (1990) and Blanche (1993) TV series, and Michel Gagné in Scoop (1992) TV series, as well as the next 3 seasons – Scoop II (1993), Scoop III (1994), and Scoop IV (1995).
Roy was recognized for the roles of Dominique Samson in Heads or Tails (1997), and John Strauss in Bleeders (1997) before finally landing the role in La Femme Nikita in 1997 that helped his acting career tremendously. After that, Roy had prominent roles in movies such as That Beautiful Somewhere (2006), Emotional Arithmetic (2007), Truffe (2007), Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008), The Timekeeper (2009), and Les rescapés TV series from 2010 to 2012, as well as movies Another House (2013), The Sound of Trees (2015), and Barefoot at Dawn (2017).
Roy Michael Joseph Dupuis
New Liskeard, Ontario, Canada
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Roy attended a high school in Sainte-Rose, Laval, Quebec, Canada.
After that, he studied acting at the National Theatre School of Canada (L’École nationale de théâtre du Canada) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and graduated in 1986.
Actor, Director, Producer
- Father – He is a traveling salesman.
- Mother – She is a piano teacher.
- Siblings – He has an older sister and a younger brother.
Roy Dupuis is represented by –
- Premier Role (Talent Agent) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Robert Stein Management (Manager) in Beverly Hills, California, United States
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
76 kg or 167.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Roy Dupuis has dated –
- Simone-Élise Girard (1990-1993) – Roy started dating actress Simone-Élise Girard around June of 1990 and they dated for around 2 and a half years before breaking up in 1993.
- Céline Bonnier (1994-2008) – One of Roy’s most prominent relationships was with the Canadian actress Céline. They were in a long-term relationship spanning over 14 years but ultimately broke up in 2008. Neither of them believed in the concept of marriage, and simply enjoyed the time they spent together. The pair had a chance to co-star on-stage in a French play titled Blasted (Blasté), directed by Brigitte Haentjens in March of 2008.
- Christine Beaulieu (2012-Present) – In 2012, he started dating Canadian actress Christine Beaulieu and was still in a fruitful relationship as of March 2019. Once again, neither Roy nor Christine cared about getting engaged or married and didn’t let bureaucracy dictate their path.
Race / Ethnicity
Roy Dupuis is of French-Canadian descent.
Due to advancing age, his hair has turned ‘Salt and Pepper’.
- Long, slicked-back haircut
- Often wears stubble or a full beard facial hair
- Tall, muscular physique
- Salt and Pepper hair and beard
He supported Mira Foundation until 2006, which provided guide dogs for visually-impaired people, or people with other disabilities. Roy was also a founder of the Rivers Foundation with the intent to protect Canada’s rivers against human exploitation and being tainted by factories and hydro-electric development of the cities.
Best Known For
- Having a prominent role of Michael Samuelle in La Femme Nikita TV series from 1997 to 2001
- Starring in Shake Hands with the Devil (2007) as the lead character General Romeo Dallaire
- Having a lead role of Maurice Richard in The Rocket (2005)
- Playing a character of Jean-Paul Mercier in Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
Roy Dupuis made his theatrical film debut as Jean-Marie in a Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi movie Dans le ventre du dragon in 1987.
First TV Show
Roy Dupuis made his first TV show appearance as himself in an episode of a talk-show L’heure juste in 1986.
Roy Dupuis Favorite Things
- Activity – Hiking, Antique Restoration, Charity, Environmental Activism
- Sports – Hockey, Swimming, Skydiving, Golf, Sailing
- Hobby – Playing A Cello, Physics, Astronomy
- Actor – Alain Delon
Source – Wikipedia
Roy Dupuis Facts
- Both of his parents were born in Canada, but are of French descent.
- Quickly after his birth, the whole family moved to Amos, Quebec, Canada, and stayed there until Roy was 11 years old.
- When he was 13, his family moved to Kapuskasing, Ontario, due to his father’s profession of selling meat for the Canada Packers company. It was there that he learned to speak and write English.
- When he was 14, his parents got divorced, and he moved with his mother, younger brother, and an older sister to Sainte-Rose, Laval, Quebec.
- His mother was a piano teacher, but Roy learned to play the cello at a very young age and had the chance to play it in a few of his television and film roles.
- Roy’s first choice at profession was not acting at all. In fact, he studied physics in high school, but after he saw the film Molière (1978), directed and written by Ariane Mnouchkine, it ignited a spark in him.
- Roy accidentally went into acting, after a female friend of his that studied at the National Theatre School of Canada, asked him to help her with her lines for a play. A few days after doing so, another friend of the girl, named Stefen Labelle, backed out of the audition for the play in the last minute but had the same date and time as the girl, after which he stepped in at the insistence of his female friend.
- Roy essentially presented himself as Stefen, and impressed the director of the play, but was quickly found out because the real Stefen’s picture revealed he was an Afro-haired, African-American guy, which made impersonation easily discoverable, and highly illegal. However, the director told Roy to go and register if he really wanted to attend the school, and never tell anyone how he started if he got accepted, which he did.
- He went from almost complete anonymity to being a superstar when he starred in the drama movie Les Filles de Caleb in 1990, which was seen by 80% of the population of Quebec.
- Roy was chosen to play the role of Maurice “Rocket” Richard because of a strong physical resemblance to him. He starred in a biography TV portrayal titled The Rocket in 1999, before starring in a well-known hockey movie The Rocket in 2005.
- Roy won the Jutra Award in 2005 for Mémoires effective (2004) in the category of “Best Actor”, as well as Genie Award in 2005 for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role” for the same film.
- He won a Jutra Award in 2008 for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role” for his role in Shake Hands with the Devil (2007), as well as a Canadian Award at the Atlantic Film Festival in 2007 for “Best Actor”.
- His love for the mountains, forests, and lakes, came from the region Abitibi, a desolate, natural area around 500 miles from Montreal that he lived in as a child. After a successful career, Roy moved to the countryside near Quebec and started restoring a 1840s farmhouse out of passion and interest for antique refurbishing.
- In 2005, he began restoring second-hand sailing boats and making them shine in their former glory. He also took lessons in water navigation and started going on various adventures.
- Jon Cassar, the producer of the well-known TV series 24 (2001-2010), offered Roy a role in the 5th season, alongside Kiefer Sutherland and Elisha Cuthbert, but he declined.
- He is not on social media.
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