Henri Poitras

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Henri Poitras (born June 11, 1896 in Montreal , † August 1, 1971 in Montreal) was a Canadian actor and playwright .

Poitras studied acting at the Conservatoire Lassalle with its founder Eugène Lassalle and his wife Louise Darcey . He was a soldier in World War I and then began his acting career. With Jeanne Demons , Antoinette Giroux , Raoul Lery and Lise Bonheur , he founded the acting company Jeanne-Emons , which performed at the Family Theater . As a good singer and dancer, he received roles with the Société canadienne d'opérette and the Variétés lyriques , and he also took part in radio play productions ( Rue Principale , Le Curé de village ).

For some time he was co-director of the Théâtre Impérial , then he founded the Théâtre du Rire . There he performed more than fifty one-act comedies of his own, but they never appeared in print. Since the 1940s, Poitras was also known as a film actor. He was connected to the work of the writer Claude-Henri Grignon through the role of the jambe-de-bois , which he played in the television and radio production Un homme et son péché and in Les belles histoires des Pays d'en haut (on Radio Canada ) embodied.

For some time he taught at the Conservatoire Lasalle . He ended his acting career with the role of Pantaléon Veilleux in the television series Le petit monde du Père Gédéon . Poitras was married to the actress Lucie Plante .


  • La dame aux camélias (1942, directed by Gratien Gélinas )
  • Fridolinons (1945, directed by Roger Blais )
  • La forteresse (1947, directed by Fédor Ozep )
  • Whispering City (1946, directed by Fédor Ozep)
  • Un homme et son péché (1949, directed by Paul Gury )
  • Docteur Louise / On ne triche pas avec la vie (1949, directed by Paul Vandenberghe and René Delacroix )
  • Séraphin (1950, directed by Paul Gury)
  • Tit-Coq (1952, directed by René Delacroix and Gratien Gélinas)
  • Au chenal du moine (1957, TV series)
  • Les belles histoires des pays d'en haut (1957–1970, TV series)
  • Le petite monde du père Gédéon (1960, TV series)