Leon Robinovitch, Billy Bishop, Oscar Leroy.
It sort of has a nice little ring to it.
Eric Peterson brings "Oscar Leroy" to life, the curmudgeon father of Brent Butt's "Brent Leroy." Oscar has decided he's earned a little down time and has passed the responsibility of running the family business on to his son, Brent. That leaves Oscar loads of time to drive his wife Emma (Janet Wright) to her wits end, while telling Brent how to run the gas station.
Eric is one of Canada's most accomplished actors, a winner of four Gemini Awards and a Dora Award. He has portrayed a broad range of memorable characters from his lead in Billy Bishop Goes to War to lawyer Leon Robinovitch in the CBC series Street Legal.
Peterson earned three Best Actor Gemini Awards for his portrayal of Robinovitch, and nabbed a fourth in 2001 for Best Performance in a Pre-School Program. He was also part of the Best Ensemble Cast Gemini Award win in 2007 for Corner Gas. His 20th Anniversary tour of Billy Bishop won the 1999 Dora Awards for Best Play, Best Direction and Best Performance.
Eric was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and while he now lives in Toronto, he enjoys visiting his cottage in Saskatchewan's Lake District during his downtime. In an odd bit of casting trivia, he and Janet Wright have known each other for over 35 years, first working together on a production that started in Saskatoon, which eventually traveled throughout the province.