Roy Dupuis

Roy Dupuis

Born: April 21, 1963
Age: 60
Birthplace: New Liskeard, Ontario, Canada
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Roy Dupuis (born April 21, 1963) is a Canadian actor best known for his role as counterterrorism operative Michael Samuelle in the television series La Femme Nikita. He portrayed Maurice Richard on television and in film and Roméo Dallaire in the 2007 film Shake Hands with the Devil.



Dupuis was born Roy Michael Joseph Dupuis in New Liskeard, Ontario to French-Canadian parents. From early infancy until he was eleven years old, Dupuis lived in Amos, Abitibi, Quebec. The next three years he lived in Kapuskasing, Ontario, where he learned to speak English. His father was a travelling salesman for Canada Packers; his mother was a piano teacher. He has a younger brother and an older sister. When he was fourteen, after his parents divorced, his mother moved the family to Sainte-Rose, Laval, Quebec, where he finished high school. After high school, he studied acting in Montreal, at the National Theatre School of Canada (L'École nationale de théâtre du Canada), from which he graduated in 1986.

He lives southeast of Montreal, in an 1840 farmhouse located on 50 acres (200,000 m²) of land which he bought in 1996 and which he has restored and renovated. He enjoys sports, particularly hockey, sky-diving, and golf. His hobbies include astronomy and physics (his interests in high school). He learned to play the cello as a boy and, at times, still plays, sometimes in dramatic roles. For the past few years, between television and film projects, he has been occupied with learning to sail; he owns a couple of sailboats, and he is custom-outfitting the larger aluminum-keeled vessel in preparation for extended ocean voyages.


Dupuis is a celebrity in French-speaking areas of Canada and is also well known in anglophone areas due to his English-language and bilingual projects. He has performed in many theater productions, movies, and television series.

Among the stage roles that he has performed so far are: Luc in Michel Marc Bouchard's Les Muses orphelines (The Orphan Muses), directed by André Brassard in 1985; Roméo in a Québécois adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (Roméo et Juliette), directed by Guillermo de Andrea in 1989; and Jay in Jean-Marc Dalpé's Le Chien (The Dog), Adrien in Jeanne-Mance Delisle's Un Oiseau vivant dans la gueule (A Live Bird in Its Jaws), and Lee in a Québécois version of Sam Shepard's True West, all three productions directed by Brigitte Haentjens, in 1987-89, 1990, and 1994, respectively.

Dupuis gained national celebrity virtually overnight as Ovila Pronovost in the series Les Filles de Caleb (also known as Emilie) when it premiered on Radio-Canada (1990-92), and he co-starred as the journalist Michel Gagné in four seasons of Scoop (1991-95). He was introduced to the American public on television as Oliva Dionne in Million Dollar Babies (1994)--Les jumelles Dionne: La véritable histoire tragique des quintuplées Dionne (The Dionne "Twins": The True Tragic Story of the Dionne Quintuplets). In the United States, he also debuted on the big screen in such film roles as Becker in Screamers (1995) and as John Strauss in Bleeders (1996), also known as Hemoglobin (1997) in the UK. In 1997 he began appearing as Michael Samuelle in the television series La Femme Nikita, also known as Nikita. Recently, he won a MetroStar Award for his role as Ross Desbiens in Le Dernier Chapitre: La Vengeance (2003), the sequel to Le Dernier Chapitre (2002), both filmed simultaneously in dual-language versions broadcast in French and English on Radio-Canada and the CBC, respectively. Dupuis's first appearance on film was in a 1987 short experimental work inspired by the 1926 avant-garde film Anémique Cinéma, by Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray, featuring the same title.

Among Dupuis' film performances are Yves, in Being at Home with Claude (1991; Cannes, Un Certain Regard 1992)--his first major screen role—directed by Jean Beaudin, adapted from a screenplay by Johanne Boisvert based on the 1986 stage play by René-Daniel Dubois; and Kevin Barlow, in Manners of Dying (2004), the first feature film directed by Jeremy Peter Allen, adapted from his own screenplay based on the short story first published in the 1993 collection The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios and Other Stories by Yann Martel. His performance as Alexandre Tourneur in Mémoires affectives (2004), directed by Francis Leclerc, who co-wrote the screenplay with Marcel Beaulieu, has recently received awards.

In Maurice Richard (The Rocket), directed by Charles Binamé (Séraphin: Heart of Stone) and released in late November 2005, Dupuis stars as French-Canadian ice hockey icon Maurice "Rocket" Richard, who played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1942 to 1960 and whom he portrayed previously on Canadian television in 1997 and 1999. Dupuis' own experience playing hockey and his ability to perform on the ice on authentic period hockey skates were useful for this film, in which several professional hockey players were cast in supporting roles. The film was nominated for the Jutra Award 2006 in fourteen categories, including Dupuis for Best Actor, but he did not win it. Leading the nominations for a Genie Award in thirteen categories, it won nine of the twenty-two awards on the night of Tuesday, 13 February 2007, at the Carlu Event Theatre in Toronto, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Dupuis.

In December 2005, Dupuis completed filming That Beautiful Somewhere, based on the 1992 novel Loon, by Bill Plumstead its executive producer, and both set and filmed on location in North Bay, Ontario. The film, directed by Robert Budreau, is produced by Lumanity Productions. Its world première was on August 26, 2006, at the Montreal World Film Festival (24 August to September 4, 2006); it was presented at Cinéfest Sudbury: International Film Festival (16-24 September 2006), at the Calgary International Film Festival (September 22-October 1, 2006), and at other film festivals, as well as broadcast on Canadian pay cable television, before it was released commercially in Canada in April 2007.

On location in Kigali, Rwanda, in mid-June 2006, Dupuis began filming the dramatic feature film Shake Hands with the Devil, in which he performs the principal role of Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) during the Rwandan Genocide. The film is based on Dallaire's autobiographical book Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda. After two months in Kigali, filming continued in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in August 2006. Prior to its release, a "draft of the film" was screened as a courtesy by the producer, Laszlo Barna, to Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, and his cabinet, who found it emotionally very moving. The film was a "special presentation" at the Toronto Film Festival on 9 September 2007, and opened the 27th Atlantic Film Festival on 13 September 2007. Shake Hands with the Devil opened in theaters on 28 September 2007. For his performance as Dallaire, Dupuis won his second Jutra Best Actor award; in accepting it, "Dupuis dedicated his award to his mother, who died recently, as well as to Dallaire and the people of Rwanda."

In October 2006, along with Gabriel Byrne, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow, and Susan Sarandon, he filmed Emotional Arithmetic, directed by Paolo Barzman and adapted by Barzman and Jefferson Lewis from the novel by Canadian writer Matt Cohen (1942-1999), who had written several drafts of a screenplay adaptation himself before his death. Dupuis plays Benjamin Winters, the "embittered" son of Melanie Lansing Winters (Sarandon) and her husband, David Winters (Plummer). The film closed the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival on 15 September 2007.

In winter 2007, he participated in the improvisational short film directed by Francis Leclerc, entitled Revenir ("Return"), conceived, filmed, and screened during the 11th edition of Festival Regard, a festival of short films, held in Saguenay, Quebec.

Later in 2007 and 2008, Dupuis began working on several new film projects, including: as Charles in Truffe ("Truffle"), directed by Kim Nguyen, produced by Renée Gosselin and distributed by Christal Films, whose world première opens the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal on July 3, 2008; as Jean-Paul Mercier in "L'Instinct de Mort" ("Mesrine: Killer Instinct"), part 1 of Public Enemy Number One, a two-part feature film about notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine, played by Vincent Cassel, directed by Jean-François Richet; as Mr. Turcotte in "Un été sans point ni coup sûr" ("A No-Hit No-Run Summer"), a baseball feature film set at the beginning of the 1960s adapted from the novel of that title by Marc Robitaille, directed by Francis Leclerc; as Scully in "The Timekeeper", an English-language feature film directed by Louis Bélanger;, as Irishman Liam Hennessy in André Forcier's Je me souviens and as another character named Charles in "Les doigts croches" (2008), directed by Ken Scott.

On March 18, 2008, after fourteen years, Dupuis returned to the stage for a limited run as Ian in a French translation of Blasted, the controversial first play by British playwright Sarah Kane (1971-1999). Jean-Marc Dalpé's French version, Blasté, directed by Brigitte Haentjens for her company Sybillines Inc., also featured Céline Bonnier and Paul Ahmarani.

Civic and philanthropic activities

Dupuis is co-founder and president of the Rivers Foundation (Fondation Rivières), an ecological organisation that protects the rivers of Quebec and their natural and cultural habitats from small hydroelectric dam projects and other environmental and economic threats, and to encourage, through education, the development of alternative energy sources.

Selected awards

  • MetroStar: 1991: Comédien - Téléroman ou mini-série: Les Filles de Caleb
  • Gémeaux: 1991: Meilleure interprétation dans un premier rôle masculin: série dramatique: Les Filles de Caleb
  • Fipa d'Or: 1991: Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels (Cannes): Best Actor: Les Filles de Caleb
  • MetroStar: 1992: Comédien de téléroman ou mini-série québécoise: Emilie
  • MetroStar: 2003: Rôle masculin/Télésérie québécoise: Le Dernier Chapitre: La Vengeance
  • Genie: 2004: Meilleure interprétation dans un premier rôle masculin (Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role): Mémoires affectives
  • Jutra: 2005: Meilleur acteur (Best Actor): Mémoires affectives
  • Tokyo International Film Festival: 2006: Best Actor: The Rocket
  • Genie: 2007: Meilleure interprétation dans un premier rôle masculin (Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role): The Rocket
  • Jutra: 2008: Meilleur acteur (Best Actor): Shake Hands with the Devil

Selected stage performances

  • Les Deux Gentilshommes de Vérone (The Two Gentlemen of Verona), by William Shakespeare (1985)
  • La Passion selon Pier Paolo Pasolini (The Passion According to Pier Paolo Pasolini), a play by René Kalinsky based on Teorema (1985)
  • Harold et Maude (Harold and Maude), trans. and adapt. by Jean-Claude Carrière of the play by Colin Higgins (1986)
  • Toupie Wildwood, by Pascale Rafie (1987)
  • Au pied de la lettre (At the End of the Letter), by André Simard (1987)
  • Fool for Love, by Sam Shepard, trans. Michèle Magny (1987)
  • Le Chien (The Dog), by Jean-Marc Dalpé (1987-1989)
  • Les Muses orphelines (The Orphan Muses), by Michel Marc Bouchard (1988)
  • Roméo et Juliette (Romeo and Juliet), by William Shakespeare, trans. Jean-Louis Roux (1989)
  • Un Oiseau vivant dans la gueule (A Live Bird in Its Jaws), by Jeanne-Mance Delisle (1990)
  • True West, by Sam Shepard, trans. Pierre Legris (1994)
  • Blasted, by Sarah Kane, trans. as Blasté by Jean-Marc Dalpé (2008)

Selected television work (TV-ography)

  • Le Parc des Braves (The Park of the Brave) (1984-88; episode in 1987)
  • Les enfants de la rue: Danny (Children of the Street: Danny) (1987)
  • L'Héritage (The Inheritance) (1987-90; episode in 1987)
  • L'amour avec un grand A (1985-95): Hélène et Alexis (1988)
  • Lance et Compte (He Shoots, He Scores) (1986-89): Tous Pour Un (All for One --"téléfilm" based on the TV series)
  • Le Grand Jour (The Big Day) (1988)
  • La Maison Deschênes (The House of Deschênes) (1987-89: episode in 1989)
  • Les Filles de Caleb (Caleb's Daughters) (1990-91)
  • Scoop (1991-95)
  • Emilie (1992)
  • Blanche (1993)
  • Dark Eyes (Pilot) (1994)
  • Million Dollar Babies (1994) (1994)
  • Urgence (Emergency Call: Hospital Code 66) (1995)
  • Heritage Minutes (Minutes du patrimoine) : Louis Riel and Maurice "Rocket" Richard (1997)
  • Les Beaux Dimanches (Beautiful Sundays): Maurice Richard: Histoire d'un Canadien. (1999)
  • La Femme Nikita (1997-2001); dir. episode 506: "The Evil That Men Do" (2001)
  • Le Dernier Chapitre (The Last Chapter) (2002)
  • Le Dernier Chapitre: La Vengeance (The Last Chapter: II: The War Continues) (2003)
  • Les Règles du jeu: Roy Dupuis (The Name of the Game: Roy Dupuis) (2005)
  • Un monde sans pauvreté: Agissons! (A World without Poverty: Take Action!) (2005) Public-service voiceover (in collaboration with Pascale Montpetit) sponsored by the Québécois section of Make Poverty History (Abolissons La Pauvreté) on behalf of Global Call to Action Against Poverty
  • Les Rescapés (2010)

Selected filmography

  • Anémique cinéma (Anemic Cinema) (1987)
  • Sortie 234 (Exit 234) (1988)
  • Gaspard et fils (Gaspard and Son) (1988)
  • Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal) (1989)
  • Dans la ventre du dragon (In the Belly of the Dragon) (1989)
  • Comment faire l'amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer (How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired) (1989)
  • Le Marché du couple (The Singles Game) (1990)
  • Being at Home with Claude (1991)
  • Entangled (1992)
  • C'était le 12 du 12 et Chili avait les blues (1993)
  • Cap Tourmente (1993)
  • Screamers (1995)
  • Waiting for Michelangelo (1996)
  • Bleeders (1996 ) (1997 )
  • L'Homme idéal (The Ideal Man) (1996)
  • Aire Libre (1995/1996) (1997 )
  • Free Money (1997)
  • J'en suis! (1997)
  • Hemoglobin (1997 ) ), The Descendant (TV), and Dark Harbour (Can.) ]
  • Séraphin: Heart of Stone (Séraphin: Heart of Stone) (2002)
  • L'Invitation aux images (Invitation to the Images) (2003)
  • Les Invasions barbares (The Barbarian Invasions) (2003)
  • Mémoires affectives (Looking for Alexander) (2004)
  • Manners of Dying (L'Exécution) (2004)
  • Monica la mitraille (Machine-Gun-Molly) (2004)
  • Jack Paradise (Les Nuits de Montréal) (Jack Paradise ) (2004)
  • C'est pas moi c'est l'autre!(2004).
  • Maurice Richard: The Rocket (The Rocket: The Maurice Richard Story) (2005)
  • Les États-Unis d'Albert (Albert's America) (2005)
  • That Beautiful Somewhere (2006)
  • Revenir (Return) (2007)
  • Emotional Arithmetic (2007)
  • Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)
  • Un été sans point ni coup sûr (A No-Hit No-Run Summer) (2008)
  • Public Enemy Number One (International: English title "Mesrine: Killer Instinct") (2008)
  • Truffe (2008)
  • Sticky Fingers (2009)
  • Je me souviens (2009)
  • The Timekeeper (2009)
  • Coteau Rouge (2011)
  • Another House (L'autre maison) (2013)
  • Cyanure (2013)
  • Roche papier ciseaux (2013)
  • Ceci n'est pas un polar (2013)
  • The Sound of Trees (2015)
  • The Forbidden Room (2015)

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