|34th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec|
August 8, 1996 – 30 January, 1997
|Governor General||Roméo LeBlanc|
|Preceded by||Martial Asselin|
|Succeeded by||Lise Thibault|
|Senator for Mille Isles, Quebec|
August 31, 1994 – August 8, 1996
|Appointed by||Jean Chrétien|
|Preceded by||Solange Chaput-Rolland|
|Succeeded by||Léonce Mercier|
May 18, 1923|
|Died||November 28, 2013
|Alma mater||Université de Montréal|
|Profession||Playwright, entertainer, politician|
Born in Montreal, Quebec, he originally studied medicine at the Université de Montréal, but gave it up to pursue acting. After travelling and performing in New York and Paris he returned to Montreal and helped create the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and became a frequent actor in and director of its productions for the next several years. He also turned to writing and wrote successful plays, radio dramas, and television shows.
His greatest fame comes from his role on La famille Plouffe, a very successful Quebec situation comedy. Roux served as President of the Canadian Conference of the Arts from 1968 through 1970. In 1994 he was appointed to the Senate and remained there until resigning in 1996. A fierce federalist, great controversy arose when he compared Quebec separatists to Nazis.
Upon leaving the Senate he was, at age 73, the oldest person ever appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec on August 8, 1996. Controversy reemerged when pictures were found showing Roux wearing a swastika on his lab coat in protest of the proposal to invoke conscription for service in World War II. Roux served (training) in the Canadian Army from 1942 to 1946. Roux thus resigned his position on November 5, 1996. On May 31, 1997 Roux returned to public life when the federal government appointed him to be chair of the Canada Council.
In 1971 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1987. In 1989, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec. Roux received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his lifetime contributions to Canadian theatre in 2004.
He died in Montreal on November 28, 2013.
Coat of arms
- St-Pierre, Caroline (November 29, 2013). "Jean-Louis Roux, actor and co-founder of TNM, dies at 90". The Gazette. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- "ROUX, The Hon. Jean-Louis, C.C., C.Q., B.A., R.S.C.". Database of the Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume IV), Ottawa, 2002