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Albert Millaire was born in Montréal on January 18, 1935. He studied at the Conservatoire d'art dramatique du Québec. With almost 45 years of professional experience, he is considered to be one of the Québec's greatest actors and directors.

Mr. Millaire made his debut at age 15. He was only 21 when he was appointed assistant artistic director of the Chanteclerc Summer Theatre, where he acted in Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and Pirandello's Six personnages en quête d'auteur. He also performed in the Canadian premiere of Beckett's Waiting for Godot, also assisting with the play's stage direction.

A versatile performer, his remarkable career spans both the classic and modern repertoires. In the theatre, he has performed in the lead roles in Lorenzaccio (Musset), Hamlet (Shakespeare), and played Don Juan and Alceste (Molière's Don Juan and Le Misanthrope), and Figaro (Beaumarchais' Mariage de Figaro). Audiences have also seen him perform both as an actor and a director in Roch Carrier's La Céleste Bicyclette (1981, 1996), Rampal's Célimène et le Cardinal (1994), and La Mandragore (1998) by Jean-Pierre Ronfard. For five seasons, he was a guest actor and director of the Stratford Ontario Shakespearean Festival in Ontario.

His television roles include Hippolyte (Racine's Phèdre), Iago (Shakespeare's Othello) and the characters he portrayed in Le Courrier du Roy (1959 to 1961), d'Iberville (1968 and 1969) and Sir Wilfrid Laurier (1986) and Cyrano de Bergerac (1987). Mr. Millaire has also left his mark on the cinema, playing roles in feature films including Fernand Dansereau's Le Maître du Pérou, Bernard Devlin's L'Héritage, and films such as J’en suis by Claude Fournier.

Widely recognized by his peers, Albert Millaire has been awarded the Prix Victor-Morin (1983) and the titles of Knight of the Ordre national du Québec (1995) and Officer of the Order of Canada (1989). For the past twenty years, he has directed a theatre production company which bears his name. President of the Académie québécoise du théâtre, he is also a member of the Concordia Arts Faculty advisory council.