Sébastien Dhavernas

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Sébastien Dhavernas
Born (1950-01-19) 19 January 1950 (age 67)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Sébastien Dhavernas (born 19 January 1950) is a Canadian actor.

Dhavernas was born in Montreal, Quebec. He is the husband of actress Michèle Deslauriers and the father of actress Caroline Dhavernas and voice actress Gabrielle Dhavernas. He completed his classical studies at Collège Stanislas, did a year in Sociology at McGill University, and subsequently attended the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Montréal.[1]

In addition to acting, Dhavernas has done French-language voice overdubbing, attaining some fame as the voice of Roger Rabbit in the French-language version of the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.[2] In 1989, he urged the government of Canada to pass legislation requiring that the majority of French-dubbed television programs in Quebec actually be overdubbed in the province, rather than in France.[3] He was later described as being responsible for overseeing dubbing issues in Quebec's Union des artistes.[4] Dhavernas has also acted in theatre, including in a Quebec production of Les Misérables,[5] and has served as president of the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal (CAPPRT).[6]

Dhavernas ran for the Liberal Party of Canada in the Montreal riding of Outremont in the 2008 federal election, campaigning against cuts to arts funding that had been introduced by the Conservative government of Stephen Harper.[7] He made his decision to run only days before the election.[8] Ultimately, he finished second against New Democratic Party incumbent and future party leader Thomas Mulcair. Following the election, Dhavernas was appointed to a Liberal Party political commission headed by Serge Joyal.[9] Dhavernas intended to run for the Liberal nomination in Outremont again in the buildup to the 2011 election, but he was advised that the seat would be reserved for a star candidate.[10]

He ran for Montreal city council in the 2013 municipal election as a candidate of Équipe Denis Coderre pour Montréal in Verdun division of Desmarchais-Crawford and narrowly lost to Sterling Downey of Projet Montréal.

Dhavernas has written for The Huffington Post's French-language Quebec site.[11]


  • Y'a pas de problème (unknown episodes, 1975) .... Michelle Duquette
  • Le pont (unknown episodes, 1977–1978) ....
  • Le temps d'une paix (unknown episodes, 1980) .... Raoul Savary
  • The Gunrunner (1984) .... Fred Samuel
  • Urgence (1 episode, 1997) ....
  • Réseaux (unknown episodes, 1998) .... J. C. Michaud
  • Maurice Richard: Histoire d'un Canadien (unknown episodes, 1999) .... Voix à la radio
  • Les Bougon (1 episode, "TV", 2005) .... Script éditeur
  • Trudeau II: Maverick in the Making (2005) (TV) .... Parisian Publisher
  • René Lévesque (4 episodes, "#1.1", "#1.2", "#1.3" and "#1.4", 2008) .... Robert Bourassa

Electoral Record[edit]

Montreal municipal election, 2013: Councillor, Desmarchais-Crawford
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Projet Montréal Sterling Downey 2,306 24.80
Équipe Denis Coderre Sébastien Dhavernas 2,095 22.53
Vrai changement Marie-Josée Parent 1,917 20.62
Option Verdun / Montréal Richard Langlais 1,523 16.38
Coalition Montréal Françoise Gloutnay 1,082 11.64
Équipe Andrée Champoux France Caya 376 4.04
Total valid votes 9,299 100
Total rejected ballots 319 3.32
Turnout 9,618 43.68
Electors on the lists 22,017
Source: Election results, 2013, City of Montreal.

Canadian federal election, 2008: Outremont
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Thomas Mulcair 14,348 39.53 −7.97 $69,072
Liberal Sébastien Dhavernas 12,005 33.08 +4.12 $45,118
Bloc Québécois Marcela Valdivia 4,554 12.55 +1.62 $48,279
Conservative Lulzim Laloshi 3,820 10.53 +1.96 $25,770
Green François Pilon 1,566 4.31 +2.10 not listed
Total valid votes 36,293 100.00
Total rejected ballots 253 0.69
Turnout 36,546 56.11 +18.68
Electors on the lists 64,556
New Democratic hold Swing −6.05
Source: Official Voting Results, 40th General Election 2008, Elections Canada.
Percentage change totals are in relation to a 2007 by-election, not to the previous general election.


  1. ^ Federal Election 2008: Dhavernas, Sébastien: Quebec, Outremont, Liberal Party of Canada, Globe and Mail, accessed 24 March 2017.
  2. ^ Virginia M. Citrano, "Theater: One Cast, Two Languages," Wall Street Journal, 19 April 1991, A13.
  3. ^ "Actors demand dubbed TV be done in Quebec French," Toronto Star, 3 March 1989, D18.
  4. ^ Allan Woods, "Quebec actors voice fears over shrinking dubbing industry," Toronto Star, 12 December 2014.
  5. ^ Virginia M. Citrano, "Theater: One Cast, Two Languages," Wall Street Journal, 19 April 1991, A13.
  6. ^ "The Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec) appoints a new Vice president for Quebec West and a new member whithin the Political Commission," Canada NewsWire, 12 December 2008.
  7. ^ Philip Authier, "Waiting for stars to rise - or fall," Montreal Gazette, 9 September 2008, A1.
  8. ^ "Liberals gain ground in Montreal," Montreal Gazette, 15 October 2008, B3.
  9. ^ "The Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec) appoints a new Vice president for Quebec West and a new member whithin the Political Commission," Canada NewsWire, 12 December 2008.
  10. ^ Andre Picard, "Liberal heavyweights square off over Outremont," Globe and Mail, 21 September 2009, A4.
  11. ^ Jeff Heinrich, "Bloggers paid with a platform; Arianna Huffington launches her Quebec website with a defence of 'self-expression, when you want, if you want'," Montreal Gazette, 2 February 2012, C5.

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