In an interview at Selected echoes or through social networks, many personalities paid tribute to Pierre Marcotte. A man of playful kindness that we already miss.
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Here are 13 Quebec stars who paid tribute to Pierre Marcotte:
On July 13, Joël Denis is having dinner with friends when the phone rings. “VAT and Journal of Montreal called me to confirm Pierre’s death. That’s how I learned it. Both arms fell off me. It gave me a bad shot…”
Their friendship took root in 1964 when Joël welcomed Pierre to the team Youth, at Tele-Metropole. “We had completely different personalities. It was what brought us together and was our strength. I was the enfant terrible and the rebel who sent everyone together. Pierre put the soft pedal. He had a diplomacy that I didn’t have. He knew how to approach people. We arrived at the same result, but he did it with much more tact. Over the decades, their relationship grew stronger. “He was my great, great boyfriend. He was my brother.”
“Marcotte gave me confidence”
the era of tanners was a milestone for the entertainer, who learned a lot from his partner. “Marcotte was a comedian who was good at vaudeville and burlesque. He had a sense for timing. In the sketches he was a stooge, and with me it worked at full speed. He was the one who even introduced me to this kind of comedy. I had gone to the right school with Olivier Guimond and La Poune, but Marcotte gave me confidence. When I arrived at tanners and when I started creating characters I felt like I hit the floor. He said to me, “I give it to you!” He was generous.” Then came the trip in 2016 that brought the three friends together. “As much as he encouraged me at the start of tannersas much as I encouraged him afterwards.”
Joël describes his friend as a bon vivant. A being of great class who advocates values that are precious to him. “He was a man who was loyal to his friends. He was unfailingly loyal. In this profession, that’s a rare commodity. He also had a lot of humility. In his eyes, other people were important. He always said : “Why is my business doing well? Because I am well surrounded.” Peter was handsome. And true.”
He dedicates a song to her
The man also had great sensitivity. “When we were together and we wanted to wrap our mouths, we sat on the ground, we listened to Aznavour and we both cried. If you wanted to make Pierre cry, just sing to him You go again. I had surprised him by singing it to him on a Radio-Canada show and he cried hot tears.
This summer, Joël performs on Saturdays in Saint-Donat. “Just before his death I was still making jokes about Pierre and his blondes. It’s a number I want to keep.’ He also wrote the song They have goneas a tribute to the craftsmen of the time Youth missing now. “Next Saturday I will dedicate it to him. It is a great absence for me and for all of Quebec. He was adored, this man.”
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“My friends, very sad news of Pierre’s death. Covid has just killed another great Quebecer that we all loved. Pierre knew throughout his career to bring you joy and happiness. He liked you and he had a lot of respect for you, his audience. I am touched by your thoughts and your sweet words of compassion. Bruno-Pierre and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Shirley xx»
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“Pierre has defended the aspirations of the entire Quebec artistic community and has always respected his audience as a mediator. I had and still have a deep respect for this exceptional colleague.”
In 1958, Jacques Boulanger made his debut on CHRC radio. “For me it happened so fast and it went so fast in terms of popularity that I got a show called CHRC fan club. There were always 300 to 400 girls attending the Saturday afternoon show. I presented all the artists who were passing through Quebec.
The following year, Pierre Marcotte arrived at the station. “After a week I invited him to my show and we immediately became friends. My mother had an apartment building on McMahon Street. When I was 17 she gave me a place to live. After a few weeks of friendship I said to Marcotte, “Come to our building, my mother has a free apartment.” He had his studio on the first floor and I had my apartment on the second floor. During the day we would go out or go for a walk. We were always together.”
Also and above all, the young Boulanger had a party on Saturdays, after every show. “We listened to music and made noise until 4:00 a.m. It was terrible! Marcotte experienced that when he arrived in Quebec. That’s why we quickly became good friends. He had the same ideas as me. He liked to go out and have a good time funny. We also had the same taste in girls. Sometimes he would say to me, “A beautiful blonde is coming to my house tonight. She wants to be with a friend who wants to know you.” I only had to go down the stairs and there I was. The great freedom of the time, we experienced it well!”
Lost, then found
Inexplicably, the two friends completely lost sight of each other when Pierre Marcotte settled in Montreal. Even when Jacques Boulanger took the leap to the metropolis, one never gave a sign of life to the other. “It’s strange… However, there has never been any coldness between us. We had our lives and our careers were very fulfilling.” This silence continued for decades. Then, last year, they found each other thanks to TV children, which also welcomed Shirley Théroux and Joël Denis. They were very happy about this meeting.
Two weeks before his death, the resident of Saint-Irénée called his old friend. “We talked for a good hour and a quarter, and it was as if we had left the day before. He said to me: “Jacques, I absolutely want you to come and see me with Nicole. I have rooms available, I’m waiting for you.” I replied that I love to drive, but at 83 I go less far than I used to. He said to me, “Listen, Boulanger, I’ll send you a driver!” He was excited, as usual. That’s how he used to be. .”
He also took the opportunity to invite his friend Jacques to join his series Afternoons of Pierre Marcotte, which he was to present next fall at the Casino de Montréal. “I had declined the invitation because my career is behind me, but I wanted to see the show. When I heard about his death, I regretted that we did not see each other… In closing, I would like to offer my condolences to his wife and his two sons.
“We had to see each other! He reminded of his old girlfriends. “Did he call you back too?” We haven’t seen each other. When an old friend you haven’t seen in a long time calls you, cancels you the other dates and leave. I told him I’d call him back and the unexpected happened. She roams. We’re getting older and we’re all in danger of leaving it in single file. A gentleman left. What a lovely workmate! We had a good laugh together! He found me a little eccentric with my appearance when we hosted mornings together. That irresistible smile and her beautiful blue eyes. Friendly is a beautiful word! He was.”
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“I have very fond memories of a man who always welcomed me on film shoots with great respect and camaraderie. He was loved and respected by the general public and by all his friends and colleagues.”
“He will have impressed us both by his presence in the media and by his great generosity.”
“Pierre was a true gentleman. Thank you for our beautiful meetings.”
“He had been a friend for 55 years, at the start of Télé-Métropole. We were a whole gang starting at that time. We never left each other. We have always socialized and visited. We called each other regularly. When Pierre came to Montreal, he always stopped at my house. I saw him again a week before his death. It’s hard to lose a lover like that. At 83, he was no longer young, but he was still in good shape. He was in better shape than me”, concludes his friend, who today moves around in a wheelchair.
“Rest well, dear Pierre, sir and so cultured. Very glad to have met you.”
Peter Karl Peladeau
“Pierre Marcotte, a multi-talented gentleman, will have left his mark on our television and the great years of variety at Télé-Métropole. The straight man from the flagship show The tanners we’re going to miss it.”
“Pierre Marcotte was an animator. Not an actor, nor a singer or a comedian. A host. His talent was knowing how to receive. To be of service to others. His talent was to make his guests and audience feel important. He wasn’t the star, he was the friend. Which is much rarer. On TV, as in life. Thank you for everything.”
“Pierre Marcotte’s departure, so sudden, so unexpected, shakes us all because Pierre knew how to make everyone love him. There was no one happier, gentler and funnier than Pierre when we worked with him. If we had a crazy idea during the show, he would quickly tell us to execute it… It didn’t matter the original plan of the show and the time we stole from him to put himself in the spotlight. […] Recently, not more than two weeks ago, he wrote to me on Facebook to send me funny little movies to distract me, educate me or amuse me. Or a word to confirm what I had said. Not that we are not friends; we always have been. But the fact that he took the time to choose topics to distract me really touched me.