Michael Sarrazin reported dead
In the late 1960s, Michael Sarrazin was talked about as one of the promising new actors in Hollywood (getting a Golden Globe as such in 1968 for the Sweet Ride, and a BAFTA in 1969 for “promising newcomer to leading film roles” for They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”).
You are probably going to see the latter movie mentioned prominently in the mainstream obits.
Sarrazin, though, who always had the air of the outsider, was a very geek friendly actor.
How many people have played both Dr. Frankenstein’s creation and Edgar Allan Poe?
For my crowd, we probably first think of him for The Reincarnation of Peter Proud. Max Ehrlich adapted his own novel. Sarrazin’s haunted performance led a cast that included Jennifer O’Neill and Margot Kidder.
Throughout his career, he would continue to do genre work: Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Ray Bradbury Theater, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Earth: Final Conflict, La Femme Nikita, the 1990s version of The Outer Limits, and more.
Michael Sarrazin always struck me as that good-looking guy in the geek group, the one who’d be sitting quietly on the couch, who might have a sort of a sad smile when approached…the guy you thought should be happier than he was, and who knew it…
Good-bye, Michael Sarrazin…we always felt for you.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.