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DiedNovember 16, 1885, Regina, Canada
SpouseMarguerite Monet
FactWas approached by Jon Cassar to play a part in the fifth season of 24. He declined doing so.

Louis Riel was born in the Red River Settlement in the present-day Canadian province of Manitoba on October 22, 1844. His father, Louis Riel Sr., was a Métis man of French-Canadian and Scottish descent, while his mother, Julie Lagimodière, was a Métis woman of French and Cree descent. Riel was the eldest of eleven children. He received his early education at the Collège de Montréal, a Jesuit school. In 1862, he left Canada to study in New York City.

Riel’s political career began in 1869, when he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Red River Colony. In 1870, he played a key role in the creation of the province of Manitoba. He also led the Red River Rebellion of 1869–1870, which resulted in the establishment of the Provisional Government of Saskatchewan. Riel was tried and convicted of treason by the Canadian government and was hanged on November 16, 1885.

Riel is a controversial figure in Canadian history. Some view him as a hero who fought for the rights of the Métis people and the preservation of their culture, while others view him as a traitor who betrayed his country.

General Info

Full NameLouis Riel
DiedNovember 16, 1885, Regina, Canada
EducationCollège de Montréal


SpouseMarguerite Monet
ChildrenMarie-Angélique Riel, Jean-Louis Riel
ParentsLouis Riel Sr., Julie Lagimodière
SiblingsSara Riel, Joseph Riel, Marguerite Riel, Henriette Riel, Charles Riel, Marie Riel, Octavie Riel, Alexandre Riel, Eulalie Riel, Philomène Riel, Elie Riel

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1Was approached for a leading role in an American TV series, after the completion of La Femme Nikita (TV series); but he declined it because he wanted to return home (from Toronto, Ont.) to Québec. (The title of the series is not public knowledge.)
2Was approached by Jon Cassar to play a part in the fifth season of 24. He declined doing so.
3He won a Genie award for his role of Alexandre Tourneur in Mémoires affectives (2004).
4Bears a strong resemblance to NHL superstar Maurice Richard. Prior to his portrayal of "The Rocket," in the 2005 film, he was featured in a Canadian TV commercial and TV biography portraying "The Rocket" (1999).
5Bought an 1840s farmhouse in the Quebec countryside, which he has been restoring and renovating over the past several years.
6Bought a second-hand sailing boat and is rebuilding it to make it sea-worthy. He is taking lessons in navigation and plans some extensive voyages in it. [2005]
7Uses his abilities on the ice in starring as Maurice "Rocket" Richard in the film directed by Charles Binamé. [2005]
8Hobby: Sailing




Pieds nus dans l'aube2017filmingLéo
Hitchhiking in the DarkannouncedHenry Mason (rumored)
Embrasse-moi comme tu m'aimes2016Narcisse St-Germain
Feuilles mortes2016Bob
There where Atilla passes...2016Michel
Le bruit des arbres2015Régis Otis
The Forbidden Room2015Cesare
Missing: An Interactive Thriller2014Video Game
Ceci n'est pas un polar2014André Kosinski
L'autre maison2013Gabriel Bernard
Roche papier ciseaux2013Vincent
Les rescapés2010-2012TV SeriesGérald Boivin
Coteau Rouge2011Éric Miljours
Les doigts croches2009Charles
The Timekeeper2009Scully
Je me souviens2009/ILiam Hennessy
Bye-Bye2008TV Series
Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #12008Jean-Paul Mercier
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct2008Jean-Paul Mercier
Un été sans point ni coup sûr2008Gilbert Turcotte
Emotional Arithmetic2007Benjamin Winters
Shake Hands with the Devil2007General Romeo Dallaire
That Beautiful Somewhere2006Detective Conk Adams
Maurice Richard2005Maurice Richard
Les états-Unis d'Albert2005Jack Decker
C'est pas moi, c'est l'autre2004Vincent Papineau / Claude Laurin
Manners of Dying2004Kevin Barlow
Mémoires affectives2004Alexandre Tourneur
Monica la mitraille2004Gérald 'Gerry' Simard
Jack Paradise (Les nuits de Montréal)2004Jack Paradise
The Barbarian Invasions2003Gilles Levac
The Last Chapter II: The War Continues2003TV Mini-SeriesRoss Desbiens
Le dernier chapitre2002TV Mini-SeriesRoss Desbiens
Séraphin: un homme et son péché2002Alexis Labranche
The Last Chapter2002TV Mini-SeriesRoss Desbiens
La Femme Nikita1997-2001TV SeriesMichael Samuelle
Maurice Richard: Histoire d'un Canadien1999TV SeriesMaurice Richard
Free Money1998The Turk
Bleeders1997John Strauss
J'en suis!1997Dominique Samson
Waiting for Michelangelo1996Thomas
Aire libre1996Aimé Bonpland
L'homme idéal1996/IChristian
Scoop IV1995TV SeriesMichel Gagné
Dark Eyes1995TV SeriesDanny Le Blanc
Million Dollar Babies1994TV Mini-SeriesOliva Dionne
C'était le 12 du 12 et Chili avait les blues1994Pierre-Paul
Scoop III1994TV SeriesMichel Gagné
Blanche1993TV SeriesOvila Pronovost
Cap Tourmente1993Alex O'Neil
Scoop II1993TV SeriesMichel Gagné
Scoop1992TV SeriesMichel Gagné
Being at Home with Claude1992Yves
Lance et compte: Tous pour un1991TV MovieMaxime Morel
Heritage Minutes1991TV SeriesLouis Riel / Maurice Richard
Le marché du couple1990Barman
Les filles de Caleb1990TV SeriesOvila Pronovost
Jesus of Montreal1989Marcel Brochu
Dans le ventre du dragon1989Jean-Marie
L'amour avec un grand A1989TV SeriesClaude
Comment faire l'amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer1989Pusher #2
Le grand jour1988TV Movie
Le monde selon Croc1988TV Mini-SeriesVarious
L'héritage1987TV SeriesMonsieur Leduc
Les enfants de la rue: Danny1987


La Femme Nikita2001TV Series 1 episode


Chercher le courant2010Documentary associate producer


Chercher le courant2010Documentary voice
Maurice Richard: The Legend, the Story, the Movie2006TV MovieHimself
Tout le monde en parle2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
Mémoires collectives: À la mémoire de Jacques W. Benoit2005Video documentaryHimself
L'invitation aux images2003DocumentaryThe Archivist
Rivières d'argent2002DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche2004TV Movie documentaryMarcel Brochu


Won Awards

2008JutraJutra AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Meilleur Acteur)Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)
2007Canadian AwardAtlantic Film FestivalBest ActorShake Hands with the Devil (2007)
2007GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleMaurice Richard (2005)
2006Best Actor AwardTokyo International Film FestivalMaurice Richard (2005)
2005GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleMémoires affectives (2004)
2005JutraJutra AwardsBest Actor (Meilleur Acteur)Mémoires affectives (2004)

Nominated Awards

2008GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleShake Hands with the Devil (2007)
2006JutraJutra AwardsBest Actor (Meilleur Acteur)Maurice Richard (2005)
2004GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleSéraphin: un homme et son péché (2002)
2003JutraJutra AwardsBest Actor (Meilleur Acteur)Séraphin: un homme et son péché (2002)
1993GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleCap Tourmente (1993)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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