Former Quebec presenter and businessman Pierre Marcotte died on Wednesday at the age of 83, confirmed TVA Nouvelles.
He succumbed to COVID-19 at the Quebec University Institute of Cardiology and Pulmonology, confirmed Productions Martin Leclerc, via a press release.
During his television career, Pierre Marcotte hosted several game shows and variety shows.
Born in 1938 in Joliette, Pierre Marcotte began his career as a radio announcer.
After contracts in Granby, Trois-Rivières and Quebec, he became one of the main presenters of the famous Montreal radio station CKVL.
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Shirley Théroux, Pierre Marcotte and Joël Denis in the program “Les Tannants”.
The television smiles at him.
Radio then gave way to a career on television, where he began co-hosting variety shows with Claude Boulard.
However, it is with the show. the tannersbroadcast by Télé-Métropole in the 1970s, which would be a real success.
Pierre Marcotte in the 1960s.
It was during this variety series that he met his ex-wife, the singer and television presenter Shirley Théroux, but also the singer Joël Denis, Roger Giguère and Gilles Latulippe.
“I lose an accomplice, a boyfriend, a friend. We did the 400 shots together. We did great tours, an extraordinary program”, lamented Joël Denis very emotionally, accompanied by The newspaper Wednesday night.
“He was a bit like my brother. He was always close to me. He really believed in what he was doing,” he added on TVA Nouvelles.
Roger Giguère, Shirley Théroux and Pierre Marcotte in the program Les Tannants, broadcast on Télé-Métropole, in the 1970s.
a long run
Following this television success, Pierre Marcotte will present several programs in the 90s and 2000s, both on TVA and TQS, or even on Canal Vox.
Highly appreciated by the public, the variety show host won numerous awards during his 50-year career, including an Artis Trophy, a Meritas Trophy and a MetroStar Award.
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Accomplices Joël Denis and Pierre Marcotte at the 32nd Gémeaux Awards Gala, September 17, 2017.
He also held the position of President of the Foundation of Artists.
A lover of the sea and boats, he had left Montreal to settle in Charlevoix, without completely abandoning the world of entertainment.
He returned to the stage with the Tannants during the tour. It’s crazy, crazy, crazy!in 2016, and was also scheduled to perform next fall in a series of shows at the Casino de Montréal.
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Pierre Marcotte at the media premiere of the show Tannants, on October 18, 2016, at the Théâtre Étoile Banque Nationale, in Brossard.
Parallel to his career in the spotlight, Pierre Marcotte also had a businessman’s cap by managing several restaurants.
He was the owner of the Boucherie establishment in Old Montreal, and was the manager of the famous restaurant Hélène-de-Champlain, located on Île Sainte-Hélène in Parc Jean-Drapeau, closed since 2010.
Pierre Marcotte, here in 1988, was manager of the Hélène-de-Champlain restaurant, on Île Sainte-Hélène, in Montreal. The establishment has been closed since 2010.
He is survived by his wife Denise Plouffe and his two children, one with singer Shirley Théroux and the other with his first wife, singer Ginette Ravel.
— With the collaboration of the QMI Agency
“My condolences to the family and loved ones of this “Tannant””
– François Legault, Premier of Quebec
“A very charming gentleman”
– Guy A. Lepage, presenter
“He was a gentleman, a wonderful man and a guy who had no malice”
– Joel Dennis, singer
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