Stars and their ancestors from Quebec: The most beautiful voice in France is a Guimond from America

Bill Murray, Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, George Clooney. Richard Darbois made them all.

As a voice actor, he is the French voice of the big film stars. Known for his deep voice, he is considered the most beautiful in France.

An actor by trade, Darbois made humble beginnings in adult films.


Richard Darbois, an actor specializing in dubbing, is the son of the famous comedian Olivier Guimond (photo).

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Richard Darbois, an actor specializing in dubbing, is the son of the famous comedian Olivier Guimond (photo).

Richard Darbois was born Richard Guimond on December 7, 1951 in Montreal. He is the son of Olivier Guimond (1914-1971), who needs no further introduction, and Jeanne-d’Arc Charlebois (1920-2001), imitator of La Bolduc.

The couple married in Woonsocket, Rhode Island while touring one of Canada’s many small diasporas. When they separated in 1955, Jeanne-D’Arc went to France for a career, where she took the stage name Jeanne Darbois, as the maid’s name was too heavy to carry for a girl from Verdun, France.

Ti Zoune

Olivier Guimond was born in Montreal. But his father, the no less famous Ti-Zoune (1893-1954), grandfather of Pôpa and Môman Paré, uncle Georges and Madame Jigger, was a child of diaspora, born in Sudbury according to some sources, in Pembroke according to others.

His grandfather, Pierre Guimond (1827-1909), a shoemaker originally from Saint-Jérôme, had settled in Pembroke when Curé Labelle dreamed of settling in northwestern Quebec and northern Ontario to counter the exodus to the United States.

Olivier Sr., a shoeshine boy at the Ottawa train station, started at the bottom… of the ladder. There he was discovered by Arthur Petrie, always on the lookout for new talent for his acrobatic troupe. From its first appearance it was a success. Guimond has charisma and a sense of clout. Petrie names him Ti-Zoune. Nothing to do with the jokes at the bottom of the belt!


Excerpt of the English-language wedding of Olivier Guimond (Ti-Zoune) and Effie MacDonald on April 8, 1914 at Saint-Jacques-le-Mineur church.

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Excerpt of the English-language wedding of Olivier Guimond (Ti-Zoune) and Effie MacDonald on April 8, 1914 at Saint-Jacques-le-Mineur church.

On April 8, 1914, in the church of St-Jacques-le-Mineur (only the bell tower of the UQAM survives today), he married Euphemia MacDonald (1897-1996), a young Scottish dancer; Olivier is born on May 21st … Oliver, indeed, since the most famous comedian in Quebec had an English first name that we made French.

The first miracle of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré

“I’ve almost lost my fingers […]. Here we are three French people who have been tormented together […] The Iroquois made us dance around the fire […] they were in their forties and they tricked us. »

The end of the first Guimond d’Amérique was not funny.

The life of Perche-born Louis Guimond (1625-1661) in New France was anything but mundane. A few years before the tragic events, Louis, plagued by severe kidney pains, moved with difficulty around the Beaupré Chapel construction site.

To cure his illness, he places three stones in the foundation and invokes good Saint Anne. His kidneys are healing (the stones are gone). The news spread throughout the colony. This is the beginning of the miracle industry on the “Coste des Beaux Prés” that Pope Francis will soon bless.

Sire line of Richard Darbois (Richard Guimond)

GUIMOND, Oliver (1914-1971)

CHARLEBOIS, Joan of Arc (1920-2001)

► Married 16 May 1946, Woonsocket, RI

GUIMOND, Oliver (1893-1954)

MACDONALD, Effy (1897-1996)

► Married 8 April 1914, St-Jacques-le-Mineur, Mtl

GUIMOND, Napoleon (1860-1944)

Legare, Ursula (1860-1937)

► Married on 1ah July 1883, Pembroke, Ontario

Guimund, Pierre (1827-1909)

GOYER, Domithilde (1824-1899)

► Married 23 May 1848, Terrebonne

Guimund, Pierre (1800-?)

Fournel, Judith (1807-1863)

► Married 9 May 1825, Sainte-Thérèse-de-Blainville

GUIMOND, Jacques (1763-1822)

TOUSIGNANT, victory (1774-1833)

► Married 23 August 1791, Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines

Guimond, Francois (1730-1790)

SIMON called DARAGON, Angelique (1727-1804)

► Married 22 April 1749, ND de Quebec

Guimond, Francois (1690-1773)

Fortin, Elizabeth (1695-1733)

► Married 5 February 1714, L’Islet-sur-Mer

GUIMOND, Claude (1660-1738)

Roy, Anne (1654-1719)

► Married 8 October 1685, ND de Quebec

GUIMOND, Ludwig (1625-1661)

BITOUSET, Jeanne (1635-1707)

► Married 11 February 1653, Quebec

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