Eric Peterson

Eric Neal Peterson CM (born October 2, 1946) is a Canadian stage, television, and film actor, known for his roles in three major Canadian series – Street Legal (1987–1994), Corner Gas (2004–2009), and This is Wonderland (2004–2006), as well as Corner Gas Animated (2018–present).[1]

Eric Peterson

Born (1946-10-02) October 2, 1946 (age 75)
NationalityCanadian
OccupationActor
Years active1971 – present
Spouse(s)Annie Kidder
Children2
AwardsBest Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series
2007 Corner Gas (shared)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
1992 Street Legal
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Dramatic Role
1989 Street Legal
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Dramatic Role
1987 Street Legal
2008 ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence For a significant body of work and union activism
2013 Governor General's Performing Arts Award

CareerEdit

StageEdit

In 1971, Peterson began his acting career when he helped found the collective theatre company Tamahnous Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia.[2] There he received major roles in versions of The Bacchae and Nijinsky, both directed by John Gray.[3]

In 1974, he moved to Toronto, Ontario, and joined Theatre Passe Muraille, a leading collective ensemble in Canada. He had main roles in productions of The Farm Show The West Show, Them Donnelly’s, and 1837: The Farmers' Revolt. It was in this latter Rick Salutin production that he gained the greatest recognition, playing William Lyon Mackenzie and Lady Backwash.[3]

In 1976, Peterson began to collaborate with John Gray again, writing Billy Bishop Goes to War. The play, which premiered in Vancouver in 1978, went on tour internationally, garnering positive reviews on Broadway, where Peterson won the Clarence Derwent Award for most promising performer,[3] in London's West End. He was also nominated for Best Actor[3] at the Edinburgh Festival Mainstage. In 1998, Peterson acted in the play once more at the Canadian Stage in Toronto.[2]

Peterson's more recent stage appearances include Love and Anger at the Factory Theatre, Health (another collaboration with John Gray) at the Vancouver Playhouse and the lead role in Richard Ill at the Young People’s Theatre.[3] In October 2000, he performed in Hysteria at the Canadian Stage and in January 2001, he appeared in Clout at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.[2]

Between November 20 and December 13, 2008, Peterson starred as family patriarch and business man Helge Klingenfeldt in The Company Theatre's production of Festen at the Berkeley Street Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Between August 8 and 29, 2009, Peterson reprised the lead role in Billy Bishop Goes to War at the Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto. The company announced that the production was planned to return in 2010.[4]

He's currently playing the role of Percy Schmeiser in the docu-drama Seeds.

TelevisionEdit

Until Corner Gas, his most famous role on television was his award-winning role as Leon Robinovitch, a left-wing lawyer, on Street Legal.[2] His more notable television work includes 1998's Nothing Sacred (a movie for which he also co-produced and appeared in the stage version), Night Heat and This Is Wonderland. He also appeared as Hank Stewart in the Hippocratic Oath episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents for AHF Film Productions.[3]

In total, Peterson has appeared in fifty-two movie and television productions.[1] He also appeared in an infomercial for Amnesty International.[5] He also appeared in the Goosebumps episode "Shocker on Shock Street" as Mr. Wright

Peterson's most famous television role was that of Oscar Leroy on the Canadian television program Corner Gas. Peterson played the father of Brent Leroy (played by Brent Butt), who inherited the gas station after his father decided to retire. Much to the dismay of his son and his wife Emma (played by Janet Wright), he uses his new-found free time to unwittingly annoy his family and the town at large.[6] Following the end of that show's run, Peterson made a guest appearance on the show Dan for Mayor, a show starring his former Corner Gas co-star Fred Ewanuick.[7] As of 2014 he appears in The Best Laid Plans as Jerry Stockton.

Since January 2007, he has been performing in Half Life, a play by John Mighton, at the Canadian Stage.[6] According to The Canadian Encyclopedia, "his fresh, energetic, natural acting style has made him popular with Canadian audiences, and he continues to be a mainstay of Canadian television."[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Peterson was born in Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is married to fellow actor and People for Education executive director Annie Kidder, who is the sister of Margot Kidder.[8] Peterson and his wife live in Toronto, Ontario, with their two daughters, although he still frequents his home province of Saskatchewan, where he owns a cottage on Katepwa Lake in the Qu'Appelle Valley near his hometown of Indian Head.

AwardsEdit

Peterson has won numerous awards over his career. For his portrayal of Leon Robinovitch on Street Legal, he was nominated for the Gemini Award for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Continuing Dramatic Role six times in 1987, 1989, and every year from 1992 through 1995. He tied for the win with Winston Rekert (for Adderly) the first year and won in outright the next two. He has also been nominated twice under Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series with Corner Gas at the Gemini Awards and once for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series for Episode 4 of This is Wonderland for his portrayal of Judge Malone[9] His fourth Gemini Award came in 2001 for Best Performance in a Pre-School Program.[6]

He has also been nominated four times for Canadian Comedy Awards for his role on Corner Gas. In 2004, he was nominated (alongside fellow Corner Gas actor Brent Butt) in the "Pretty Funny Television Performance – Male" category.[10] In 2007, he was nominated for "Best Male Performance."[11]

In addition, on May 21, 1996, Peterson received an honorary Doctor of Letters in drama from the University of Saskatchewan; the head of the drama department, Henry Woolf,[3] made the presentation. In 1999, the 20th anniversary edition of his play Billy Bishop Goes To War won him Dora Awards for Best Play, Best Direction, and Best Performance.[6] He had previously received a Dora Award nomination for his role in Escape from Happiness.[3] A 1982 CBC television adaptation garnered him an ACTRA award nomination.[2] In May 2013 he received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his work for his lifetime contributions to Canadian theatre.[12]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Visitor Michael Tyler
1983 The Kid Who Couldn't Miss Billy Bishop / Walter Bourne Writer
1984 The Painted Door Steven Short
1985 The King of Friday Night
1986 The Last Season Father Schula
The Park is Mine Mike
1987 Docudrama: Fact and Fiction Billy Bishop / Walter Bourne Archive footage
1991 Thick as Thieves Judge Head
1994 Henry & Verlin Lovejoy
1995 Bach's Fight for Freedom Duke Wilhelm Ernst
1996 Spill Eric Black
1998 The Sleep Room Sal Rothenberg
Earth Mr. Rogers
Sleeping Dogs Lie Jack Doughty
2001 Franklin's Magic Christmas Grandfather Turtle Voice
Direct-to-video
2002 Fairytales and Pornography Kyle
2013 Cas & Dylan Jack
Canadian Famous Himself Documentary short
2014 Corner Gas: The Movie Oscar Leroy
2015 Canadian Star Himself Documentary short
Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven A.Y. Jackson Voice
2016 Where the Universe Sings A.Y. Jackson Voice
2018 His Master's Voice Hogarth
2020 True: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Rainbow King Voice
Direct-to-video
Defining Moments Edward
You Will Still Be Here Tomorrow Frank Short film
Post-production
The Death of Father Christmas Father Riley Pre-production

TelevisionEdit

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1982 Billy Bishop Goes to War Billy Bishop / Various TV film
1985 Trap at the Door Lemieux TV film
The Park is Mine Mike TV film
Ewoks Teebo 5 episodes
Voice
Star Wars: Droids 6 episodes
Voice
1986 Mr. Belvedere Season 2 episode 18: "Valentines Day"
The Care Bears Family Noble Heart Horse 13 episodes
Voice
1987–1994 Street Legal Leon Robinovitch 126 episodes
1988 Night Heat Matt Semple Season 4 episode 3: "Ain't No Cure for Love"
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Hank Stweart Season 3 episode 7: "Hippocritic Oath"
1994–1995 The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon The Leprechaun Season 2 episode 6: "Dudley and the Leprachaun"
Season 3 episode 3: "The Tree House"
1995 Deadly Love Elliott TV film
1996 Captive Heart: The James Mink Story Reverend Eli Brennemen TV film
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Season 4 episode 12: "Escape"
Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore Story Dr. Spring TV film
1997 PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal O.S.I.R. Psychologist Owen Wiliston (segment "House on Garden Street) Season 1 episode 18: "The Fog/House on Garden Street"
Goosebumps Mr. Wright Season 3 episode 1: "A Shocker on Shock Street"
La Femme Nikita Zoran Bruner Season 1 episode 21: "Verdict"
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Traders Joe Fitzpatrick Season 3 episode 5, 7, and 18: "Pledge of Allegiance," "Profit and Prejudice," "A Friend in Need"
1998 Lost Universe Jess English version
Voice
Nothing Sacred TV film
1999 Big Wolf on Campus Mr. Tock Season 1 episode 16: "Time and Again"
Win, Again! Cliff
2000 The Moving of Sophia Myles Lester TV film
2001 A Colder Kind of Death Howard Downey TV film
Canada: A People's History William Lyon MacKenzie King Season 2 episode 12, 13, and 14: "Ordeal by Fire," "Hard Times," and "The Crucible"
A Wind at My Back Christmas Professor Coburn TV film
2002 The Many Trials of One Jane Doe Dr. Daniels TV film
The Stork Derby Max MacLeod TV film
Trudeau Tommy Douglas TV film
Street Time Monty Season 1 episode 12: "Betrayal"
Puppets Who Kill Mr. Quigley Season 1 episode 12: "Mr. Quigley, the Asshole Next Door"
2003 Sounder Vet TV film
Do or Die Henry Chesser TV film
Jasper, Texas Old Mr. King TV film
Tom Stone Professor Vernon Day Season 1 episode 12: "Now You See Him"
Doc Kyle's Dad Season 4 episode 8: "Swing Shift"
2004 Blue Murder Phillip Carlyle Season 4 episode 8: "Upstairs Downstairs"
2004–2006 This Is Wonderland Judge Malone 39 episodes
2004–2009 Corner Gas Oscar Leroy Main role
107 episodes
2005 Untold Stories of the ER Reenactment Season 1 episode 8: "I Need Some Help Here"
Slings & Arrows Gavin Gilchrist Season 2 episode 1, 4, and 6: "Season's End," "Fair Is Foul and Foul Is Fair," and "Birnam Wood"
Trudeau II: Maverick in the Making Tommy Douglas TV film
Microkillers Captain Wilcox Episode: "Ebola"
2009–2014 The Ron James Show 'Black' Amos / Sir John A. MacDonald 4 episodes
2009 It's Been a Gas Himself / Oscar Leroy
2010 Republic of Doyle Eli Kent Season 1 episode 7: "The Woman Who Knew Too Little"
Murdoch Mysteries Hershey Dillard Season 3 episode 11: "Hangman"
Billy Bishop Goes to War Billy Bishop TV film
Writer
Eco Home Adventures Himself Documentary short
2011 Dan for Mayor Lenny-Man Season 2 episode 7: "The Art of Gambling"
The Casting Room Himself Season 1 episode 1: "Eric Peterson"
Wishing Well TV film
2012 Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town Jeff Thorpe TV film
2013 Copper Reverend William Remington Season 2 episode 2 and 3: "Aileen Aroon" and "The Children of the Battlefield"
Rookie Blue Archie Season 4 episode 8: "For Better, for Worse"
Cracked Ed Janoski Season 2 episode 5: "The Hold Out"
2014 The Best Laid Plans Jerry Stockton Miniseries
2015 Young Drunk Punk Rudolph Season 1 episode 9: "First Date Funeral"
The Plateaus Mick Donald Episode #1.7
2016 Valentine Ever After George TV film
2017 What Would Sal Do? Harold Episode "Vince's Uncle"
2017–present True and the Rainbow Kingdom Rainbow King Voice
2017–2018 Hard Rock Medical Dr. Kesler 7 episodes
2018–present Corner Gas Animated Oscar Leroy Voice
2019 The Umbrella Academy Al 2 episodes
Sydney to the Max Don 2 episodes
American Gods The Caretaker 4 episodes
Street Legal Leon Robinovitch 2 episodes
Claws of the Red Dragon James McAvoy TV film
2020 True: Terrific Tales Rainbow King 2 episodes
2021 Chapelwaite Samuel Gallup

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Eric Peterson at IMDb
  2. ^ a b c d e f Eric Peterson at The Canadian Encyclopedia
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Eric Peterson's profile at the University of Saskatchewan archives
  4. ^ Soulpepper Theatre Company website page for 2009 production of Billy Bishop Goes to War, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 12, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Eric Peterson's other work on the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ a b c d "Biography at Corner Gas Online". Archived from the original on November 4, 2016. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  7. ^ 'Gas' star guests on 'Dan For Mayor'. Toronto Sun, July 14, 2011.
  8. ^ Biography for Annie Kidder on the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ Eric Peterson's Awards at the Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ "Corner Gas Online". Archived from the original on March 11, 2014. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  11. ^ 'Corner Gas' nabs a leading six nominations for Canadian Comedy Awards[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Eric Peterson". Award Recipients. Governor General's Performing Arts Awards. 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013.

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