Michel Côté

Michel Côté, television and film actor, comedian, and author (b at Alma, Québec 25 June 1950). Born of a humble rural background, Michel Côté pursued classical studies and then continued on at the National Theatre School.

Michel Côté

Michel Côté, television and film actor, comedian, and author (b at Alma, Québec 25 June 1950). Born of a humble rural background, Michel Côté pursued classical studies and then continued on at the National Theatre School. He was immediately picked to play major roles in Montreal's most renowned theatres: Nouveau-Monde, Compagnie Jean-Duceppe, Nouvelle Compagnie Théâtrale, Théâtre de Quat'sous and in a range of varied and classical plays including Equus, Le Médecin malgré lui and Soudain l'été dernier. However, it was certainly in the play BROUE that Michel Côté, along with two fellow actors Marc Messier and Marcel Gauthier, would make his mark. On the evening of 21 March 1979, not a soul among the authors, actors or spectators at the Théâtre des Voyagements on Montréal's Boulevard Saint-Laurent would have thought they were attending an important première in the history of Québécois theatre. Hoping to run for a month, this group of playlets on the theme of "a day at the tavern" would find itself 28 years later with the 3 actor-authors in the same roles and still consistently making 3 generations of Quebécois audiences laugh. Broue presents a collection of 18 characters, each one more colourful than the last. The actors come and go from a tavern (from which women were barred at the time), with only seconds to change and return on stage as new "beer guzzlers." The award-winning Broue (and its English version Brew) toured Québec numerous times and was performed in Vancouver and Toronto. After more than 2600 performances (until 2007) before more than 2.7 million spectators, it would win undoubtedly the most prestigious of awards - the renowned Guinness World Record - for longest-running play with the original cast.

Michel Côté's presence, his eyes (sometimes piercing, sometimes soft), and his subtle almost burlesque acting made him attractive to television where people could enjoy him in a range of humorous and dramatic programs. He enriched the very celebrated year-end show Bye Bye with excellent acting from 1968 to 1998, for which he won a PRIX GÉMEAUX QUÉBÉCOIS (1987). He performed in Du Tac au Tac (1976-1982); Montréal ville ouverte (1992); La Petite Vie (1993-1999), Prix Gémeaux (1999); and the much enjoyed Omerta series (Omerta, la loi du silence, 1996; Omerta II, la loi du silence, 1997; Omerta le dernier des hommes d'honneur, Gémini 1999), Prix MétroStar (2000).

At the same time, Michel Côté carried on a very successful acting career in cinema. From affectionate rascal, to thoughtful and remorseful father and degenerate loner, Michel Côté delivers a range of emotions that are regularly replenished in each film. Those that come to mind include Cruising Bar (1989), which he co-scripted and in which he played 4 different characters; T'es belle Jeanne (1989); La vie après l'amour (2000); Sur le seuil (2003); Le dernier tunnel (2004); the highly acclaimed C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005); and Ma fille, mon ange (2007).