A theater-trained powerhouse, Pierre Lebeau proved his ability to successfully pull off drama as well as comedy with aplomb. Born July 22, 1954 in Montréal, Québec, Canada, Pierre Lebeau graduated the National Theatre School in 1975. Although he made his screen debut in the miniseries "Journal en images froides" (Radio-Canada, 1978), he concentrated on theatrical productions until nearly 20 years later, when he began to notch a flurry of film and TV credits, most notably the comedy smash "Les Boys" ("The Boys") (1997), where he played the comedic semi-villain Méo, a local businessman who challenges a ragtag group of similarly past-their-prime men to an amateur hockey tournament. So popular was the movie that it turned into a franchise with installments released in 1998, 2001 and 2005, becoming the most successful Québécoise film series of all time. Lebeau voiced a mysterious fish in Denis Villeneuve's acclaimed mystical "Maelström" (2000) and then won a Best Actor Jutra Award for the title role in "Séraphin: un homme et son péché" ("Seraphin: A Man and His Sin") (2002), playing a greedy old man who attempts to come between a pair of goodhearted young lovers. Buoyed by his success, Lebeau went on to earn a Gémeaux Award nomination for his role on the mystery series "Fortier" (TVA, 2000-04), and delighted fans of his most famous films by reprising the role of Méo in the TV series adaptation of "Les Boys" (Radio-Canada, 2007-2012).
By Jonathan Riggs