A Canadian actor known for his expressive eyes and taciturn drifter roles, Michael Sarrazin achieved his most fame co-starring in "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?." After dropping out of school, Sarrazin studied at New York's Actors' Studio and acted in short Canadian historical films. In 1965 he was signed by Universal and had a small role in the Western TV show, "The Virginian." In 1967 he was noticed for his portrayal of young con man, Curley, in "The Flim-Flam Man." His 1968 performance in the drama, "The Sweet Ride," earned him a Golden Globe nomination as Most Promising Newcomer and paved the way for his co-starring role in the period drama, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?," playing opposite co-star, Jane Fonda. Sarrazin's performance was lauded for its restrained power. His next role was in Paul Newman's acclaimed family saga, "Sometimes a Great Notion," forming part of a strong ensemble cast that included Newman and Henry Fonda. As the '70s progressed, he played Barbra Streisand's husband in the comedy, " For Pete's Sake," and starred in the action comedy, "The Gumball Rally." By the '80s he began appearing in low-budget films like the thriller, "Seduction," with Morgan Fairchild. Since then he has stayed below the radar, making guest appearances on shows like "La Femme Nikita" or playing roles in low-profile features like "FeardotCom" and the Dolph Lundgren action film, "The Peacekeeper." Sarrazin passed away in 2011, at the age of 70.
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Began acting on CBC TV at age 17
Signed a contract with Universal
Made his first American TV appearance in the TV movie "The Doomsday Flight" (NBC)
Made his film debut in "Gunfight in Abilene" with Bobby Darin
Co-starred in "The Flim-Flam Man" with George C. Scott
Met his long-term love Jacqueline Bisset in the film "The Sweet Ride"
Starred opposite Jane Fonda in Sydney Pollack's film "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
Co-starred in the Paul Newman directed "Sometimes A Great Notion"
Starred as the Creature in the NBC miniseries "Frankenstein: The True Story"
Co-starred with Barbra Streisand in the comedy "For Pete's Sake"
Played the title role in the supernatural thriller "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud"
Co-starred with Anthony Quinn in "Caravans"
Starred in "Joshua Then and Now," adapted from Mordecai Richler's novel
Played the lounge singer Romeo Laflamme in "La Florida"
Appeared in the "Peacekeeper," starring Dolph Lundgren
Final acting role was the original Hallmark Channel movie "The Christmas Choir"