Jean-Pierre Masson

Jean-Pierre Masson
Born (1918-08-25)August 25, 1918
Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec
Died March 11, 1995(1995-03-11) (aged 76)
Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actor
Known for Les Belles Histoires des pays d'en haut

Jean-Pierre Masson (August 25, 1918 - March 11, 1995) was a Canadian film and television actor, best known for his long-running television role as Séraphin Poudrier in Les Belles Histoires des pays d'en haut.[1]

Masson studied law at the Université de Montréal, where he was a classmate of Pierre Trudeau, and acted with the Compagnons de Saint-Laurent theatre troupe. Following his graduation, he pursued acting as a career instead of law, taking both stage and radio roles until being cast as Leonidas Plouffe in the television series The Plouffe Family in 1953[1] and as Mr. Jeneau in 14, rue de Galais in 1954. In 1956, he was cast in Les Belles Histoires, a series which lasted until 1970.

Following Les Belles Histoires, Masson had other supporting roles, including the films Cordélia, A Scream from Silence, Maria Chapdelaine and The Alley Cat, and the television series Terre humaine and He Shoots, He Scores. However, he was too strongly typecast by his longtime role as Séraphin Poudrier, and never had another major leading role.[2]

Masson died in a motel room in Pottsville, Pennsylvania on March 11, 1995, while travelling to Florida.[3]


  1. 1 2 "Actor Jean-Pierre Masson dies". Montreal Gazette, March 14, 1995.
  2. "Quebec actor's lonely death in U.S. may prove tragically symbolic". Ottawa Citizen, March 21, 1995.
  3. "Service today for actor Masson". Montreal Gazette, March 17, 1995.

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