Comedian Michel Dumont died

The Jean Duceppe Theater, where he was artistic director for 27 seasons, from 1991 to 2018, confirmed the news Thursday at the end of the day.

Michel’s departure upsets us and leaves us very big shoes to put on, declared, by press release, David Laurin and Jean-Simon Traversy, artistic co-directors of the Montreal theater, as well as Amélie Duceppe, general director of the institution.

Michel Dumont with David Laurin and Jean-Simon Traversy, in 2017

Photo : Duceppe

Throughout his career, he has carried the torch of a popular and accessible theater at arm’s length, fighting to ensure that our language and our culture take their rightful place on our stages.

David Laurin, Jean-Simon Traversy and Amélie Duceppe

For the whole Duceppe team, he was an exceptional friend, role model, advisor and mentor. He will be sorely missed. We will pursue its mission with pride and gratitude, they added.

Originally from Saguenay, Michel Dumont has performed in more than 75 plays during his career.

Michel Dumont, standing with his hands in his pockets, looks into the distance on a theater stage.

Michel Dumont in 2013 in the play “The Crossing of the Inner Sea”, created by Jean-Rock Gaudreault.

Photo: François Brunelle / Compagnie Jean-Duceppe

From the creation of the Jean Duceppe theater company in 1973, Michel Dumont took to the stage, alongside Jean Duceppe, to present the play The death of a salesman by Arthur Miller, in Montreal.

Subsequently, he distinguished himself in plays like The Tamed Shrew, by Shakespeare, or in La Cerisaie by Chekhov.

In addition to having been a monument of the theater, Michel Dumont has also played in about fifteen soap operas and television series, including Ladies of heart, Omerta, Emergency and Yamaska.

Michel Dumont has also interpreted roles in the cinema, notably in the film Café de Flore by Jean-Marc Vallée.

More details to come.

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