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Canadian actor-director Albert Millaire, who had a five-decade career in Quebec film, TV and theater, died Wednesday in Montreal. He was 83.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mr. Albert Millaire,” his Montreal agency Premiere Role said on its Facebook page without specifying the cause of death. “His charisma, strong personality, unforgettable voice, integrity and involvement in all artistic spheres will remain in the memory of all those who had the chance to rub shoulders with him.”
Born in Montreal in 1935, Millaire studied at the Quebec Dramatic Arts Conservatory before launching his stage career in 1956. He acted and directed for four seasons at the Stratford Theater Festival in the 1990s while appearing in a host of French-language dramas, including D’Iberville, Heart of the Rose, Othello, Phedre and Cyrano de Bergerac.
Millaire also appeared on English-language TV dramas like Disney’s Road to Avonlea, in the role of Pierre Lapierre; E.N.G.; The King Chronicle; and Adventures in Rainbow Country. Briefly sidelined by cancer in the late 1990s, he returned to the stage in 2001 in Howard Baker’s Vanya, directed by Serge Denoncourt.
Millaire’s recent credits included Memoires Vives, a soap opera on which he appeared in 2014-15, and Luc Dionne’s 2010 indie Prodigal Son.
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