Serge Houde
Serge Houde
Serge Houde
Serge Houde

Serge Houde (born February 16, 1953) is a Canadian film and television character actor.

He is best known for his role in Jon Cassar's Emmy-nominated miniseries The Kennedys playing the notorious Chicago mafia boss Sam Giancana opposite Tom Wilkinson and Barry Pepper.

GQ's Tom Carson said Houde’s performance was "a terrific Sam Giancana (Serge Houde, and where has this formidable actor been all of Martin Scorsese's life?). It will probably set off Camelot guardians' alarm bells to hear that Giancana, the Chicago Mob boss, appears at all—and tête-à-tête with papa Joe, who's committing hubris's fatal error by negotiating with him."[1]

Biography

Houde began acting at age 35, and he has over 160 film and TV productions to his credit.[2]

Besides his role as Sam Giancana in The Kennedys, Houde also appeared in the Seth Rogen-starring feature, 50/50, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. In it, he played Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character's father and Anjelica Huston's character's husband; his character suffered from Alzheimer's. He also starred as The Doctor in Episode 9 of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Kevin Tancharoen's web series anthology inspired by the popular video game of the same name.

In 2014, Houde received a Leo Award nomination for Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for his role as drug kingpin David Thorpe on CTV's undercover cop series Played.[3]

The following year, he attracted attention for his moving portrayal of a homeless man suffering from Tourette's in the hit Canadian police drama 19-2.[4][5]

Filmography

Year Title Role Director Notes
1994 Highway of Heartache Clive Turnpike Gregory Wild
1994 Windigo Major Binette Robert Morin Feature film
1997 The Peacekeeper Secretary of Defense Frederic Forestier Feature film
2001–2003 Largo Winch John Sullivan Various TV Series
2002-2009 Smallville John Frankle / Priest Various TV Series
2006 Supernatural Dr. Mason Various TV Series; Season 2, Episode 4
2008 The American Trap (Le piège américain) Unknown Charles Binamé Feature film
2008 Tomorrow (Demain) Richard Maxime Giroux Feature film
2011 The Kennedys Sam Giancana Jon Cassar TV Miniseries
2011 Mortal Kombat: Legacy The Doctor: Episode 9 Kevin Tancharoen Web Series
2011 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Mr. Salz David Bowers Film
2011 50/50 Richard, Adam's Father Jonathan Levine Feature Film
2013 Supernatural Ed Stoltz Various TV Series; Season 8, Episode 15
2013 Played David Thorpe, Drug Kingpin Adrienne Mitchell CTV TV Series
2013 Dragons 3D Dr. Vulnet Grazinar Marc Fafard IMAX
2015–Present iZombie Donald Thorne Jason Bloom / Michael Fields 3 episodes
2015 19-2 Leon, Tourette's Guy Louis Choquette
2015 When Calls the Heart Judge Roy Parker Neill Fearnley Hallmark Channel TV Series
2015 Santa Hunters Principal Welsh Savage Steve Holland Nickelodeon TV movie
2016 Nine Lives Board Member Stein Barry Sonnenfeld Feature Film
2016 On the Farm Vancouver Mayor Rachel Talalay CBC TV Movie
2016 Chesapeake Shores Del Granger Martin Wood / Anne Wheeler Hallmark Channel TV Series; recurring role
2016 Boundaries (Pays) Deputy Minister Dustin Torpe Chloé Robichaud Feature film
2016 The Wedding March Johnny Neill Fearnley Hallmark Channel TV Movie
2017- Somewhere Between Richard Ruskin ABC Drama TV Series
2017 A Series of Unfortunate Events Milt Alan Arkush 1 episode
2018 Trial & Error Milton, Houseboy TV Series; recurring, season 2
2021 The Baker's Son Jean Pierre Hallmark Original Movie
This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (September 2011)

References

  1. ^ Carson, Tom (March 31, 2011). "Dead Kennedys". GQ. USA.
  2. ^ "Canadians in Camelot: A breakdown of the Canuck talent in 'The Kennedys'". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
  3. ^ "The many faces of Serge Houde: Leo nominee was a wildlife photographer and ad exec before leaping into acting". WESTENDER. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  4. ^ "50/50 actor brings disorder to 19-2". The TV Junkies. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  5. ^ "Another Houde nabbed by 19-2 cops in Montreal". BRIOUX.TV. Retrieved 2016-07-18.