Serge Houde

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

Serge Houde
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Houde at The Kennedys premiere at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, March 2011
Born (1953-02-16) February 16, 1953 (age 67)
Years active1988–present

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]

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]


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


  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.

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