Actor Michael Sarrazin has passed away. Working mostly in film throughout the ‘60’s and 70’s, his leading roles include such films as “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” opposite Jane Fonda, “The Flim-Flam Man” with George C. Scott, and “The Reincarnation of Peter Proud.” Sarrazin was noted for his soulful eyes, and his passively defiant drifter characters.Jacques Michel Andre Sarrazin was born in Québec City, Québec, Canada on May 22, 1940. Sarrazin drifted himself through eight different schools before eventually dropping out. He worked at a Toronto theatre, on TV, and for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation during his teen years. He also studied acting at the Actors Studio in New York. While playing parts for the National Film Board of Canada in a handful of their historical documentary shorts, he was noticed by Universal and signed in 1965.
Appearing in a couple of television series, he broke into film in 1967 with parts in “Gunfight in Abilene” and “The Flim-Flam Man.” He went on to do, the critically acclaimed, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” in 1969. In 1973, he sympathetically played the role of The Creature in television’s “Frankenstein: The True Story.” Sarrazin would go on to make a few more films, but his acting mainstay was primarily in guest starring roles on television shows. His last role was in 2008’s TV movie “The Christmas Choir.”
Sarrazin succumbed to cancer on Sunday in Montreal, Québec. Two daughters, Michelle and Catherine, and a brother, Pierre, survive Sarrazin.
Sources: IMDb, UPI.com