as Oscar Leroy

Eric Peterson’s career in Canadian television and stage spans forty-five years. Noted for originating the role of Oscar in the long-running Corner Gas franchise, he stars in the original series, the feature film and in the new animated series.

His work in Canadian film and television includes credits such as Deepa Mehta’s Earth, Jerry Ciccoritti’s Trudeau, Peter Moss’s mini-series “Best Laid Plans,” guest star appearances on the series “What Would Sal Do?” “Slings and Arrows,” “Da Vinci’s Inquest,” “Murdock Mysteries,” “Dan for Mayor,” “The Republic of Doyle” and “Cracked,” as well as series regular roles: Leon Rabinovich in “Street Legal,” and Judge Malone on “This Is Wonderland.”

Eric’s stage career includes hundreds of plays on most major stages across Canada, as well as Broadway, London’s West End, the Edinburgh Festival and the Melbourne International Theatre Festival. He is noted for co-creating and originating Billy Bishop Goes to War on stage, television and feature film.

Eric is the recipient of the Gordon Pinsent Award of Excellence in 2009 for his stage work, as well as the Earle Grey Award, a lifetime achievement award for his film and television endeavors. He garnered a Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance and two Gemini nominations for his portrayal of Oscar in the Corner Gas franchise. Eric holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan, is a recipient of the Governor General’s Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (Theatre) and a member of the Order of Canada.