With his gaunt, angular features and piercing gaze, this charismatic French-Canadian leading actor won considerable acclaim onstage in the early and mid-1980s and began starring in well-received art-h...
Acted on US TV in an episode of "Miami Vice" entitled "One-Way Ticket"; played hired killer Phillipe Sagot
Playe Horst in film version of Martin Sherman's play "Bent", directed by Sean Mathias
American TV-movie debut, "Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris" (CBS)
Awarded use of a studio in New York City owned by the government of Quebec; was based in NYC for about five years (dates approximate)
London stage debut, "Being at Home with Claude"
Co-starred in "I Shot Andy Warhol"
Breakthrough performance in the leading role of Daniel in Denys Arcand's "Jesus of Montreal"
First film role of note in "Les Fous de bassan"
Served as assistant director to Paul Buissoneau and also performed at the Quat'Sous Theater in Montreal; also worked as an assistant to theater director Andre Brassard
With his gaunt, angular features and piercing gaze, this charismatic French-Canadian leading actor won considerable acclaim onstage in the early and mid-1980s and began starring in well-received art-house films near the end of the decade. An award-winning actor for his work in French-speaking theater in Montreal, Lothaire Bluteau enjoyed a major breakthrough with his role as the theater director obsessed with a modernized staging of the Passion and his performance as Jesus in Denys Arcand's striking satirical drama, "Jesus of Montreal" (1989).
Conservatory of Dramatic Arts
When asked whether he finds it difficult to separate himself from the characters he plays, Bluteau responded: "Sometimes I think I'm getting better at not frowning in the emotional sadness and the fear I have when I start working on a film or play. When you are enriched by your character's life, you do tend to share a lot of things together. They will call upon your emotions and leave you with souvenirs and old scars, that you manage to survive from. The character wants to borrow that pain, and of course there is a transformation and collar of sadness that you are attached to." --to Jayne Margetts in theiMAGAZINE, 1995 (www.thei.aust.com)
"If Jennifer Jason Leigh is the substance abuse poster girl, then Bluteau is the brutally cathartic and austere poster boy." --Jayne Margetts in theiMAGAZINE, 1995 (www.thei.aust.com)