Quebec filmmaker Jean-Claude Lord dies at 78, a few weeks after a stroke

Prominent Quebec filmmaker Jean-Claude Lord died of a serious stroke on December 30. He was 78 years old.

Lord’s son, Jean-Sébastien, shared the news of his father’s passing on social media on Saturday evening, describing him as a “great pioneer” in the province’s film and television industry.

Lord made his debut in the 1970s with highly critical, political and satirical films on Quebec society.

He is best known for the cult series Launch and Account, which depicts the hockey underworld, but he also made a few English-language feature films, including the horror film Visiting hours, with William Shatner and Michael Ironside.

The Government of Quebec honored Lord’s illustrious career in 2017 with the Prix Guy-Mauffette, one of the most prestigious awards given to an artist, for his contribution to the audiovisual industry.

Lord’s son said ceremonies to commemorate his father’s life will be held when public health restrictions imposed to control the COVID-19 pandemic “can lend themselves to a more meaningful gathering”.

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