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Overview (2)

Born in Québec, Canada
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Serge Houde is a Canadian Character Actor who's made a career out of playing good guys and bad guys. Case in point: he played Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character's father suffering from Alzheimer's in the feature 50/50 (2011), and he also portrayed the volatile Mafia Boss Sam Giancana opposite Tom Wilkinson in the mini-series The Kennedys (2011).

Houde began acting at age 35, after pursuing successful careers as an Award Winning Advertising Executive (IKEA) and as an Internationally Published Wildlife Photojournalist specializing in Bears (National Geographic). Despite a late start and with no formal training, his passion for "The Work" coupled with his determination and raw talent, quickly established him as one of Canada's most successful Character Actors. He has close to 150 Credits listed on IMDB and has recently worked opposite the leads of such hits TV Series as Hell on Wheels (2011), The Killing (2011), Supernatural (2005) and Psych (2006). The intensity and creativity he brings to a role often attracts attention, as was the case with his appearance in the Undercover Police Drama Played (2013), for which he received a 2014 Leo Awards Nomination for Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Roger Colt

Spouse (1)

Gwen Gnazdowsky (? - ?)

Trivia (3)

Received this review from GQ Magazine's Tom Carson for his work in The Kennedys (2011): "...a terrific Sam Giancana (Serge Houde, and where has this formidable actor been all of Martin Scorsese's life?).".
Director Jon Cassar had this to say about Houde's portrayal of Sam Giancana in The Kennedys (2011): "He has that steely stare that all those mafia bosses seem to have. He could scare you without a gun. He was wonderful. He is in pivotal scenes that tell the story of the Mafia connection to the White House. And Serge was wonderful in portraying that scary persona. Of course, in real life he's an absolute sweetheart, but I find that's often the case. Usually the worst, meanest guys on film are the nicest on the set." Jon Cassar interviewed by Gayle Macdonald for The Globe and Mail.
Houde received this review for his portrayal as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Alzheimer suffering father in Jonathan Levine's feature -"50/50" (2011)_: Serge Houde's performance is one of the few horribly believable portrayals of Alzheimer's I've seen lately. The look of spaced-out absence and perennial curiosity he knows not to try to satiate because he'll just forget it is all too real for me and my experiences with my grandfather. When Adam tells his father he loves him late in the film, Houde's uncomprehending face and gentle but neutral one-word response was so familiar I burst into tears.

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