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Also Known As: Jacques Michel Andre Sarrazin Died: April 17, 2011
Born: May 22, 1940 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Quebec, Ontario, CA Profession: actor

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While his career seems to have not lived up to its early promise, this charismatic lead of the late 1960s and early 70s has made the transition to character player since the late 80s. Sarrazin began making appearance on his native Canadian television while still a teenager. He made an inauspicious American feature debut in "Gunfight in Abilene" but won acclaim in as George C Scott's traveling companion in "The Flim-Flam Man" (both 1967). Sydney Pollack's Depression-era drama "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969) afford the handsome actor one of his best-remembered screen roles. As a drifter who becomes Jane Fonda's marathon dance partner with tragic results, Sarrazin was quite effective. He was even better in the underrated "Sometimes a Great Notion" (1971) as a petulant, self-indulgent youth who matures into a responsible logger. Among his other better-known roles are as The Creature in the NBC miniseries "Frankenstein: The True Story" (1973), as Barbra Streisand's taxi driving husband in the pallid "For Pete's Sake" (1973) and as a man possessed by a murder victim in "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud" (1975). As he has aged, Sarrazin has begun to move into character roles like his prisoner-of-war...

While his career seems to have not lived up to its early promise, this charismatic lead of the late 1960s and early 70s has made the transition to character player since the late 80s. Sarrazin began making appearance on his native Canadian television while still a teenager. He made an inauspicious American feature debut in "Gunfight in Abilene" but won acclaim in as George C Scott's traveling companion in "The Flim-Flam Man" (both 1967). Sydney Pollack's Depression-era drama "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969) afford the handsome actor one of his best-remembered screen roles. As a drifter who becomes Jane Fonda's marathon dance partner with tragic results, Sarrazin was quite effective. He was even better in the underrated "Sometimes a Great Notion" (1971) as a petulant, self-indulgent youth who matures into a responsible logger. Among his other better-known roles are as The Creature in the NBC miniseries "Frankenstein: The True Story" (1973), as Barbra Streisand's taxi driving husband in the pallid "For Pete's Sake" (1973) and as a man possessed by a murder victim in "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud" (1975). As he has aged, Sarrazin has begun to move into character roles like his prisoner-of-war in Paul Almond's "Captive Hearts" (1987) and his appearances on such TV shows as "Murder, She Wrote" and "The Outer Limits".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Tripping Wire (2005)
3.
 feardotcom (2002) Frank Bryant
4.
 Second Arrival, The (1998) Nelson Zartoff
5.
 Peacekeeper, The (1997) Murphy
6.
 Hostage Train (1997) Mr Smith
7.
 Lena's Holiday (1991)
8.
 Phone Call, The (1990) Michael Anderson
9.
 Mascara (1989) Bert Sanders
10.
 Malarek (1989) Moorcraft
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1957:
Began acting on CBC TV at age 17
1965:
Signed contract with Universal
1966:
First American TV appearance, the TV-movie "The Doomsday Flight" (NBC)
1967:
Made his film debut in "Gunfight in Abilene" with Bobby Darin
1967:
Co-starred in "The Flim-Flam Man" with George C. Scott
1968:
Met long-term love Jacqueline Bisset in the film, "The Sweet Ride"
1969:
Starred opposite Jane Fonda in Sydney Pollack's film, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
1970:
Co-starred in the Paul Newman directed, "Sometimes A Great Notion"
1972:
Starred as the Creature in the NBC miniseries, "Frankenstein: The True Story"
1974:
Co-starred with Barbra Streisand in the comedy, "For Pete's Sake"
1975:
Played the title role in the supernatural thriller, "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud"
1978:
Co-starred with Anthony Quinn in "Caravans"
1985:
Starred in "Joshua Then and Now," adapted from Mordecai Richler's novel
1993:
Played the lounge singer Romeo Laflamme in "La Florida"
1997:
Appeared in the "Peacekeeper," starring Dolph Lundgren
2008:
Final acting role was the original Hallmark Channel movie, "The Christmas Choir"
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Education

Actors Studio: New York , New York -

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