Whether onscreen or on stage, Raymond Bouchard delivered nuanced and memorable performances that made him one of Canada's most popular actors. He was born on March 7, 1945 in Lauzon, Québec, Canada. In 1971, Bouchard made his feature film debut in the drama "Stop," which followed a racecar driver whose marriage is crumbling due to his obsession with winning. He first appeared on French Canadian television seven years later with a lead role on "Race de monde" (Société Radio-Canada, 1978). Bouchard further established his career with appearances in "Les yeux rouges" (1982), "Bonjour docteur" (Société Radio-Canada, 1987-89), and the comedy "Ding et Dong le film" (1990). Bouchard also made his mark in theater, taking on Shakespearean roles in productions of "Hamlet" and "Othello." In 2003, Bouchard landed his most acclaimed film role in "Seducing Doctor Lewis," a comedy that revolved around a tiny fishing village that convinces a young doctor to become a resident in order to help boost its economy. For his work as the town's mayor in the acclaimed film, Bouchard earned Genie and Jutra award nominations. He followed up with a more dramatic performance as a dying writer in "La vie avec mon père" (2005). Bouchard wowed on television as well, with featured roles on the historical series "Chartrand et Simonne" (Société Radio-Canada, 2000-03) and the sports drama ("Lance et compte: Le grand duel" (Société Radio-Canada, 2008). In 2011, Bouchard was cast in "Funkytown," a drama feature set during the late-1970s disco era.
By Candy Cuenco