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Yves Jacques

Born in Québec City, Yves Jacques was the drummer in his own band from the age of eight, and as a teenager, studied theatre and mime at the Orford Art Center and percussion at the Conservatoire des Musique de Québec.

After graduation from theatre school in 1977, he first gained notoriety with his musical parody Slick and the Outlags, created with his musician buddies. The show was an instant hit and was shown in Québec City and Montréal, before touring Québec again in a 1984 revival.

After the show's first run, Jacques began to be offered parts in stage plays and television shows. For five years, in Québec City, he performed leading roles in the city's top theatres. In 1982-1983, he also produced and directed Québec's first music video, On ne peut pas tous être pauvres (Everybody can't be poor), a song also released as a 45 vinyl.

In 1984, his part in Denys Arcand's The Decline of the American Empire confirmed his status as an actor, and was followed by a succession of hits, in the cinema, on television and the stage. The include stage production ofLes Feluettes, French-language versions of Brecht's Galileo and the Threepenny Opera, as well as Brad Fraser's Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, a second Denys Arcand feature film, Jésus de Montréal (Prix du Jury, Cannes, 1987), as well as Luc Plamondon's rock opera La Légende de Jimmy, which marked his last stage appearance in Québec before a seven-year hiatus.

Since September 1993, he has been living in Paris, which has allowed him to perform in films shot in France, the Czech Republic, Protugal, Hungary (with Charles Aznavour), Belgium and Sweden (in the studios of Ingmar Bergman).

His first stage appearance in Paris was in January 1996, at the Théâtre national de Chaillot (Trocadéro), where he played alongside Rupert Everett in Jérome Savery's production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest He appeared in another Paris hit production with Savary, Molière's Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, which had a run of over 125 performances.

In the fall of 1999, he returned to the Montreal stage as Lord Goring in Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, played at Compagnie Jean-Duceppe, one of Québec's most prestigious theatres. In the summer of 2000, he then triumphed in Goldoni's Les Jumeaux vénitiens, performed during the Just For Laughs/Juste pour rire Festival. In 1999 and 2000, he earned nominations to the Métrostar and Jutra, some of Québecs most coveted awards, for his parts in André Melançon's hit TV series Ces enfants d'ailleurs II and Jean Beaudin's feature film Souvenirs intimes.

Since 1999, he has performed regularly in both French and Québec movies, including: Patrice Leconte's La veuve de Saint-Pierre, starring Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil; Gabriel Pelletier's La vie après l'amour (the top-grossing Québec movie in the summer of 2000); Nuit des noces by Emile Gaudreault (the top-grossing Québec movie in the summer of 2001); and the international co-production Napoléon, directed by Québec director Yves Simoneau and starring Christian Clavier, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu and Isabella Rossellini, in which he plays Lucien Bonaparte.

His most rewarding filmmaking alliance in France, however, has been with director Claude Miller, with whom he has worked on three successive films: La classe de neige (Prix du Jury, Cannes, 1998); La chambre des magiciennes, (International Critics” Award, Berlin, 2000); and most recently, Betty Fisher et autres histories (International Critics' Award, 2001).

In February 2001, he was bestowed the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, awarded by France's Ministère de la Culture.

Since Autumn 2001, he has been orbiting Earth aboard Robert Lepage's the far side of the moon, touring France, the United States, New Zealand, Mexico, Germany, Norway, Japan, Québec and Canada.

Yves Jacques

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