A prolific film actor in his native Canada, Gabriel Arcand appeared in over 40 movies beginning in the early 1970s. Some of his best known performances occurred during the 1980s in films like "Suzanne" (1980) and "Les Plouffe" (1981), both of which earned him Genie Awards honors, the Canadian film industry's equivalent of the Academy Awards. Arcand went on to win a Genie for Best Actor in a Leading Role for 1984's "Le crime d'Ovide Plouffe," before adding further prestige to his already lauded career with noteworthy performances in the films "Post Mortem" (1999), "Congorama" (2006), and "Karakara" (2012). In 2013 Arcand breathed new life into his acting career with a celebrated role as a kind-hearted lamb farmer in the rural family drama "Le démantèlement." He may have already been several decades into his career, but Arcand's highly-praised performance in the film proved he was still at the top of his game.
Born into a filmmaking family -- his brother Denys is a prominent French-Canadian director -- Arcand began his acting career by appearing in several of his brother's early movies, including 1972's "La maudite galette" and "Réjeanne Padovani" from 1973. He continued appearing in French-Canadian films throughout the remainder of the decade, before landing his breakout role as Ovide Plouffe in the Depression-era family drama "Les Plouffe." Arcand would go on to earn a Genie nomination for his work in the film, before going on to win the Best Actor Genie for the 1984 follow-up, "Le crime d'Ovide Plouffe." Arcand continued to appear regularly in movies throughout the remainder of the 1980s, but worked sparingly in the decade that followed. By the early 2000s, however, Arcand's output gradually began to pick up, with such noteworthy appearances in the films "Congorama," "L'Empire Bo$$é" (2012), and "Karakara." His career appeared to be on the upswing in 2013, after he earned praise for his role as a modest Canadian lamb farmer in director Sébastien Pilote's pensive drama, "Le démantèlement." The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews when it was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, with Arcand receiving much of the praise for his understated performance.