Monday, April 18, 2011
RIP Michael Sarrazin
Sarrazin was born Jacques Michel André Sarrazin in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada on May 22, 1940 and later moved with his family to Montreal. In 1965, Sarrazin signed with Universal, becoming one of the last actors to come up through the old studio system. After a series of small roles in TV, his film career took off with the 1967 Western "Gunfight in Abilene", starring Bobby Darin and Leslie Nielsen. He went on to land a slew of roles, including playing a Confederate soldier 1968's "Journey to Shiloh", opposite Harrison Ford, and earned a Golden Globe nom for his role as a slacker surfer in 1968's "The Sweet Ride". That movie also starred Jacqueline Bisset, with whom Sarrazin began a 14-year relationship. Other credits included 1972's "The Life and Times of George Roy Bean" and 1976's Gumball Rally. In recent years, he primarily took on guest-starring roles in TV series. His last onscreen role was in Hallmark Channel's 2008 telefilm "The Christmas Choir". Sarazzin appeared in a guest appearance role in one Euro-western TV mini-series "The Adventures of Smoke Bellew" (1995).
He moved to Montreal from the West Coast a decade ago to be closer to his daughters, Catherine and Michelle.