Biography And Filmography:
Roy Dupuis was born on April 21, 1963, in New Liskeard, Ontario.
He spent a most of his early childhood in Amos,
a region of Québec called Abitibi. For the next few years, he lived in Kapuskasing, Ontario, where he learned to speak English. His father
was a traveling salesman for a meat company. His mother is a piano teacher.
He has one younger brother and an older sister. When he was just fourteen years
old his parents divorced and his mother
relocated the family to Sainte-Rose, Laval, Québec, where he finished high school. After high school,
he studied acting in Montréal, at the National Theatre School of Canada, graduating in 1986.
Acting and performing was not Roy's' first career choice. He studied physics in high school, but
watching movies and television made him start
thinking about being an actor. After his graduation in 1986, and a few years of successful experience acting in the
theater, he began
his roles in film and television.
The obscurity he had during the early years ended when ninety percent of the residents of Québec watched the classic
series drama "Filles de Caleb, Les" (1990) turning him into a sexy
celebrity overnight, and winning him
quite a few awards for his performance. His next major role was as a
writer in the Canadian television series "Scoop" (1992), which ran for four seasons. In 1991
he starred in his first major film role, as the gay
pimp, Yves, in "Being at Home with Claude" (1992), which was Canada's
entry at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival. Other leading roles in French
projects followed, and more English language roles came along as well, including the role of Becker in
"Screamers" (1995), which was his introduction into United States theaters.
For the next five years he spent his time in Toronto,
television series "La Femme Nikita" (1997-2001) alongside sexy Peta
Wilson , which was seen in more than
45 countries around the world. When the final season of "La Femme
Nikita" finished production at the end of 2000, he returned to Montreal for
a few months of vacation before beginning production again on French
The television series "Dernier chapitre, Le" (2002), about
motorcycle mob rivalry, was filmed in both French and English at the
same time. Then he teamed up with director Charles Binamé to star as in the romantic
lead of Alexis Labranche, the heroes romantic love interest, in a variation of another
Québec classic, "Séraphin: un homme et son péché" (2002), which became the
countries highest grossing movie.
In 2003, he appeared in several projects. In Denys Arcand's
"Invasions Barbares, Les" (2003) (The Barbarian Invasions), which
saw even greater worldwide success than "Jésus de Montréal" (1989),
he again played a role as a police detective. Released between 2004 and 2005 were six more
movies in which the actor starred as either the lead or supporting role. His
portrayal of Alexandre in
"Mémoires Affectives" (2004) brought him his first major film
Roy then played the part of French-Canadian hockey hero Maurice "Rocket" Richard
in the film "Maurice Richard" (2005), a story about Quebec's most
famous hockey player, Maurice "The Rocket" Richard, about the
struggles of a French Canadian in the National Hockey League. He then appeared in the mystery film, "That Beautiful Somewhere" (2006),
about a weathered detective who teams up with a young female archaeologist to
unravel the mysterious death of a monster found in a swamp thought to have
He next appeared in the historical drama "Shake Hands with the Devil"
(2006), the film adaptation of the Romeo Dallaire autobiography "Shake
Hands with the Devil". After being screened at the Toronto International Film Festival
and the Atlantic Film Festival, the movie
opened to great reviews in September 2007.
Next up was another dramatic movie, "Emotional Arithmetic" (2007), starring
with Gabriel Byrne, Christopher Plummer, Susan
Sarandon, and Max von Sydow, and tells the story of three people who
formed a life-long bond while housed at a detention camp during World War II
that are reunited some 35 years later after being separated from one another
The actor was then hired and cast in the romantic comedy "Truffe"
(2008) where chaos ensues after global warming transforms a working-class
Montreal neighborhood into a world Mecca for truffles. He then followed with
the adventure film "The Timekeeper" (2008) and the crime drama
"Instinct de mort, L'" (2008), the story of notorious French
gangster Jacques Mesrine. The follow-up film to "Public Enemy No.
1". He wrapped up the year with the drama "Nemesis" (2008)
about a miner who dies tragically on Saint-Valentine's Day night and the
entire mining community believes it was Mathilde his wife who killed him.
Roy lives in the countryside outside of Montréal, and enjoys sky diving and playing
golf, and has been busy sailing and renovations on his home and
For over ten years he has actively supported the Mira Foundation which provides guide dogs for
visually impaired children and adults, and service dogs for those with other disabilities. He
co-founded the Rivers Foundation to protect the rivers of Canada from
abuse by hydro electric companies. He also acts as co-president and lends much
of his free time to developing the foundation when not working
professionally on films, movies and television.