Eric Peterson brings “Oscar Leroy” to life, the curmudgeonly father of Brent Butt’s “Brent Leroy” on the hit show Corner Gas. 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”.
His 20th Anniversary tour of Billy Bishop won the 1999 Dora Awards for “Best Play”, “Best Direction” and “Best Performance”.
In January 2007, Eric will star in the hit play Half Life by John Mighton at the Can-Stage Theatre in Toronto.
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 Corner Gas, Eric aka 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.iIn 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.