Robert Charlebois was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on June 25, 1944. He is an author, composer, musician, performer and actor.
Among his best known songs are Lindberg (the duo with Louise Forestier in particular), Ordinaire, Les Ailes d'un Ange and Je reviendrai à Montréal. His lyrics, often written in joual, are funny, relying upon plays on words. He won the Sopot International Song Festival in 1970.
In 1970 he sang with Italian singer Patty Pravo the Italian song La solitudine. In the same year, he performed at the Festival Express train tour in Canada, but did not appear on the documentary film.
He co-starred with Terence Hill, Miou-Miou and Patrick McGoohan in the western “Un genio, due compari, un pollo” (The Genius) in 1975 as Steamengine Bill. Thirty-eight years later, Charlebois had a cameo as Jean-Seb Bigstone, the French-Canadian Broadway producer, in the 2012 Gad Elmaleh/Sophie Marceau film Happiness Never Comes Alone.
The Quebec-based microbrewery Unibroue was owned, in part, by Charlebois until it was purchased by Sleeman Breweries in 2004 which in turn was bought by Japanese beer brewing giant Sapporo in 2006.
He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Canada in 1999 and he was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec in 2008.
CHARLEBOIS, Robert (aka Dieu Le Père, Garou) [6/25/1944, Montréal, Québec, Canada –
] – author, composer, singer, film, TV actor, awarded OC .
The Genius – 1975 Locomotive/Steamengine Bill/Paul Lambert)