Yves Jacques

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

Yves Jacques
Yves Jacques par Julie Bouchard.jpg
Born (1956-05-10) 10 May 1956 (age 64)
Years active1980–present

Life and careerEdit

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




  • Nominated for the prix Jutra for best actor in 2000 for Souvenirs intimes


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]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g 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

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