Born in Canada and trained for an acting career in New York, Michael Sarrazin made his earliest movie appearances through the auspices of the National Board of Canada. Arriving in Hollywood in 1967, Sarrazin was almost immediately lionized critically for his supporting work opposite George C. Scott in The Flim-Flam Man (1967). He went on to co-star with Jane Fonda in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969); with Paul Newman and Henry Fonda in Sometimes a Great Notion (1971); and with Barbra Streisand in For Pete's Sake (1974). Though his Hollywood commitments kept him hopping, Sarrazin never abandoned his Canadian roots, appearing in such above-the-border productions as The Groundstar Conspiracy (1972), Double Negative (1979), and Joshua Then and Now (1985). On television, Sarrazin played the creature in Frankenstein: The True Story (1973), adhering to Mary Shelley's original intention that the monster be as intelligent and well-spoken as it was uncontrollably violent.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Was a high-school dropout.
- Trained at the Actors Studio in New York.
- Played Romeo to Genevieve Bujold's Juliet in a live TV production of the Shakespeare play.
- Was offered a contract with Universal Studios in the mid-1960s; his first film for them was 1967's Gunfight in Abilene.
- His contract with Universal forced him to back out of playing Joe Buck in Midnight Cowboy.
- The play Michael's #1 Fan concerns a person obsessed with him.