Actor Michel Côté has died aged 72. A man of theatre, film and television, he had been an actor since 1975 and had recently retired from public life due to bone marrow disease.
Michel Côté died on May 29 at the age of 72. The one who was nicknamed “Mister Box Office” because of his many successes is no more. In a press release, Marie Routhier (president at annexe Media) wrote:
“It is with infinite sadness that the family of Michel Côté announces his death on May 29, surrounded by his loved ones. The legendary actor, who will have marked all of Quebec with his immense talent and his insatiable passion, will remain forever present in our collective memory.
Very involved actor
After making his debut on television, Michel Côté began his film career with Au clair de la lune by André Forcier (1985). Four years later, he played successively in In the belly of the dragon, then co-wrote and played one of the four main roles in Cruising Bar, signed Robert Ménard.
He then alternated roles on television (Omerta, Omerta 2, Montreal open city) with two on the big screen (Error on the person, Life after love, On the threshold, The Last tunnel).
A “crazy” success
In 2005, he worked for Jean-Marc Vallée in CRAZY, the story of a young Quebecer from the 60s and 70s struggling to reconcile his homosexuality and the conservative traditions of those around him, including his father (played by Côté). The film was extremely well received and Côté’s career suffered. He shot 1 film a year throughout the 2000s, including From father to cop and its sequel, Cruising Bar 2 or Omertà le film.
In 2017, he stopped filming and in April 2022, announced that he was retiring from public life “due to bone marrow disease”. He died on May 29, 2023 at the age of 72.