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Gagnon, Hubert

Hubert Gagnon
Hubert Gagnon

Quebec-based actor, born September 29, 1946; died June 7, 2020 at the age of 73 of cancer in Longueuil.

In the early 1970s, Hubert Gagnon entertained a generation of children in the role of Picabo in Les Oraliens for Radio-Québec.

Gagnon's stage career is notable for his performances in the works of Michel Tremblay in French and in English. Among these are the Quebec anglophone premiere of Bonjour, là, bonjour (Saidye Bronfman Centre) and the world premiere of Les Anciennes odeurs (Théâtre de Quat'Sous).

He also acted in the premiere of Michel Marc Bouchard's Les Feluettes (Nouvelle Compagnie Théâtrale / Théâtre Denise-Pelletier) and the francophone premiere of Gaëtan Charlebois's Michaël/Michael (Quat'Sous). Gagnon's stage performances were marked by an interesting combination of his elegant good looks, quick intelligence and emotional depth.

In the 1990s, he began acting extensively in film and on television, and is now best known for his voice over of Homer in the French version of The Simpsons (1991-2017). He dubbed roles in 535 films and series, including the character Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter film series, and the voices of Robert de Niro, Mel Gibson, Richard Gere, and Robert Redford (319 actors in total). His ability to communicate action through his voice alone was dubbed "Gagnonerie."

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Last updated 2020-12-14