Yves Jacques

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Yves Jacques

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Born (1956-05-10) 10 May 1956 (age 64)
Years active1980–present

Yves Jacques OC (born 10 May 1956) is a Canadian film, television and stage actor. [1]


Life and career

Jacques was born in Quebec City in 1956. He studied theatre at the Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, [1] and began acting on stage in both Quebec City and Montreal. [1] He became more widely known to film and television audiences beginning in 1981 as a sketch performer in Télévision de Radio-Canada's annual Bye Bye New Year's Eve variety special, and soon began appearing more widely in film and television roles. [1] To international audiences, he is best known as Claude, the gay academic in Denys Arcand's The Decline of the American Empire and The Barbarian Invasions . [1] On stage, he is noted for originating the role of Lydie-Anne in the premiere of Michel Marc Bouchard's play Lilies . [1]

Since 2001, he has toured the world in two shows by Robert Lepage, Far Side of the Moon (La Face cachée de la lune) and Le Projet Andersen , where he played all the roles. [1]

Jacques was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009. [2]

He is openly gay. [3]


Short films





In 1981, he was singer-songwriter of the song On ne peut pas tous être pauvres (music by composerPierre Gagnon). Jacques also produced and realised(directed) the music video which is the first Québécois music video. [4]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Yves Jacques at The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. "Order of Canada: Yves Jacques". The Governor General of Canada . Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. Thomas Waugh, Romance of Transgression in Canada: Queering Sexualities, Nations, Cinemas. Carleton University Press, 2006. ISBN   978-0773530690. p. 434.
  4. according to Musique Plus