Lorne Cardinal

Lorne Cardinal (born 6 January 1964) is a Cree[1] First Nations Canadian stage, television and film actor, best known for portraying Davis Quinton on Corner Gas. He is a former rugby union player.[2]

Lorne Cardinal
Born (1964-01-06) 6 January 1964 (age 58)
Alma materUniversity of Alberta
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • writer
  • voice artist
  • dramaturg
Years active1994–present
Known forCorner Gas
Monique Hurteau
(m. 2018)

Early lifeEdit

Cardinal was born on a reserve of the Sucker Creek First Nation at Lesser Slave Lake. He attended local schools as a child. He obtained a B.F.A. degree in acting from the University of Alberta in 1993, and was also the first Indigenous student to do so.[3]

Cardinal is also a rugby union enthusiast. He played for the Edmonton Druids RFC and then the Strathcona Druids, and was the first Indigenous person to play for the latter team. In his role in Corner Gas, he is shown wearing Saskatchewan Prairie Fire rugby team merchandise.


Cardinal has had a variety of roles in theatre, film and television. These include Insomnia, renegadepress.com, Crazy Horse and Wolf Canyon.

Of Cree descent, he is noted for playing First Nations roles in many productions, including Tecumseh in Canada: A People's History, an aboriginal elder in Tkaronto, and Davis Quinton, a Cree man, on Corner Gas. He also appeared on many episodes of North of 60.[4] Cardinal can be heard as the voice of Jacob Morin on the APTN stop motion animated series Wapos Bay: The Series.

In 2011, Cardinal starred alongside Craig Lauzon in a production of Kenneth T. Williams' play Thunderstick. The two actors traded roles on alternate days.[3]

Cardinal completed a documentary film titled Chasing Lear (2016) with producer Monique Hurteau; it premiered on APTN. Chasing Lear explores the National Arts Centre theatre production of King Lear, that had an all-Aboriginal cast. Actors included August Schellenberg as Lear, Billy Merasty, Jani Lauzon, Tantoo Cardinal, and Kevin Loring. Lorne Cardinal did double-duty, serving as assistant director and also carrying the role of Duke of Albany.

He recently starred in the award-winning satirical short film 'No Reservations'. The film looks at pipeline politics and was created as a part of the Crazy8's film competition. As of 2020 Cardinal has a recurring role in the network TV drama FBI: Most Wanted.

Personal lifeEdit

Cardinal lives on the coast of British Columbia in Squamish with his wife Monique Hurteau, a producer, writer, and comedian. His brother Lewis, a business consultant and human rights activist in Edmonton, was a New Democratic Party candidate in the 2011 federal election.

Cardinal has eight other siblings who live in several areas of Canada.


Year Show Role Notes
1999 The Strange Case of Bunny Weequod Short
2002 Insomnia Rich
2006 Dream Makers Himself Documentary
2007 Tkaronto Max Cardinal
I'm Not the Indian You Had in Mind Short
2008 Cafe Utopia: Cinéma Trip Tych Performer #1 Video short
Palace Simon Short
2010 Flicka 2 Sheriff Direct-to-video
Rust Duane Direct-to-video
Reserved for Hollywood Himself Short
2012 Higher Ground Jacob/Father Video short
Path of Souls Dave Courchene
2013 The Shape of Rex Stanley
Pilgrim Asshole Short
If I Had Wings Coleman
2014 Corner Gas: The Movie Davis Quinton Reprise of role from 2004 to 2009 TV series
2015 Canadian Star Himself Documentary
Disorder John Short
Into the Forest Jerry
Open Season: Scared Silly Sheriff Gordy Voice
Released in theatres in Turkey while direct-to-video in North America
2016 Chasing Lear Himself Director
Executive producer
Gods Acre Frank Short
The Adventure Club Curtis
2017 Limina Mr. Gibbs Short
No Reservations Joseph Stillwater Short
Never Steady, Never Still Lenny
Kayak to Klemtu Don
Good Girls Don't Larry
Unintentional Mother Anna's Father Short
2018 The Humanity Bureau Border Ranger
2021 Run Woman Run Len
Year Show Role Notes
1994 Lonesome Dove Indian Brave Episodes: "O Western Wind: Part 1" and "Down Come Rain: Part 2"
Hawkeye Brother of the North Wind Episode: "The Furlough"
Frostfire Dennis TV movie
1995 Tecumseh: The Last Warrior Loud Noise TV movie
1995-1997 North of 60 Gambler
Daniel Deela
Appeared in six episodes
1995-1999 Jake and the Kid Moses Lefthand 21 episodes
1996 Crazy Horse Young Man Afraid TV movie
1997 Out of Nowhere TV movie
1998 Big Bear Little Bad Man Mini-series
Episodes: "#1.1 and "#1.2"
1999 Exhibit A: Secrets of Forensic Science Frank Roy Episode: "Killer in a Box"
The City Gabriel Appeared in four episodes
In the Blue Ground Daniel Dééla
2000 Thin Air Bobby Horse TV movie
2000-2001 Canada: A People's History Harold Cardinal/Mike Mountainhorse/Poundmaker/Tecumseh/Huron Warrior Five episodes
2000-2002 Wumpa's World Wumpa the Walrus (voice) Appeared in all 26 episodes
2001 The Associates Preston Stanley Episode: "Encumbered"
2001-2002 Blackfly Chief Smack-Your-Face-In Appeared in eight episodes
2001 Buffalo Tracks Host
2002 Relic Hunter Sheriff Dark Feather Episode: "Fire in the Sky"
2003 Monsters We Met Clovis man Episode: "Eternal Frontier (America, 11,000 years ago)"
Another Country Daniel Deela TV movie
Ice Bound TV movie
Fallen Angel Clerk TV movie
2004-2008 renegadepress.com Wayne Sinclair Appeared in six episodes and directed two
2004-2009 Corner Gas Davis Quinton Appeared in 107 episodes
2005 Distant Drumming: A North of 60 Mystery Daniel Deela TV movie
2005-Present Wapos Bay: The Series Jacob Voice role
2006 Moccasin Flats Himself Director
Episode: "Hide and Seek"
2006 The Road to Christmas Chaba
2007 Rabbit Fall Himself Director
Episode: "The Weetigo"
Elijah Chief Archie TV movie
2008 Winnipeg Comedy Festival Himself Host
Episode: "Hardly Working"
Roxy Hunter and the Secret of the Shaman Lorne Red Deer TV movie
Moccasin Flats: Redemption Detective #1 TV movie
2009 The Time Traveler Himself Producer
Wolf Canyon Rancher Heavyfeather
It's Been a Gas Himself/Sgt. Davis Quinton TV documentary
Memories, Milestones and Moving Forward Himself Host
2010 Great Canadian Books Himself Episode: "Three Day Road"
2011 Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes Jacob TV movie/special
Level Up Principal Storm TV movie
Snowmageddon Larry TV movie
2012 Arctic Air Zachary Ward Four episodes
Primeval: New World Raymond Episode: "Sisiutl"
2012-2013 Level Up Principal Storm
2013 If I Had Wings Angus Coleman
2014 Far from Home Roger Calhoun TV movie
Fargo Ray Almond Episode: "A Fox, A Rabbit and a Cabbage"
2016 Unser Traum von Kanada Harry TV mini-series
Episodes: "Sowas wie Familie" and "Alles auf Anfang"
Going for Broke Tour Commissioner Fraser
Brewstars Ned TV movie
Shut Eye Pete - Gardener Episode: "The Fool"
2017 Royal Canadian Air Farce Episode: "Air Farce Canada 150"
Tin Star Officer Lightfoot Season 1 episode 7: "Exposure"
The Great Northern Candy Drop Johnny May TV movie
2018–2021 Corner Gas Animated Sgt. Davis Quinton Voice
Main role
2018 The Bad Seed Brian TV movie
Wynter Gabe TV movie
Post production
2019-present Molly of Denali Grandpa Nat Voice
Main role
2020–present FBI: Most Wanted Nelson Skye Recurring role

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film/Series Result Notes
2004 Gemini Award Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series Corner Gas Won Shared with the cast of Corner Gas for the episode "Gopher It."
Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series Corner Gas Nominated Shared with the cast of Corner Gas for the episode "Face Off."
2006 Gemini Award Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series Corner Gas Nominated Shared with the cast of Corner Gas for the episode "Merry Gasmas."
2008 Gemini Award Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series Wapos Bay: The Series Nominated Shared with the cast of Wapos Bay: The Series for the episode "The Guardians."
2009 Leo Award Best Performance in a Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series Wolf Canyon Nominated
2021 Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series Corner Gas Animated Won

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Cardinal
  2. ^ "Corner Gas Online :: Who's Who". Lorne Cardinal as Davis Quinton. Pants Online Inc. 2009. Retrieved October 2, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Split personalities: Actors stretch their thespian legs by switching roles nightly in Canadian dramedy". Winnipeg Free Press, March 31, 2011.
  4. ^ "Lorne Cardinal".

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