Born into a filmmaking family -- his brother Denys is a prominent French-Canadian director -- Arcand began his acting career by appearing in several of his brother's early movies, including 1972's "La maudite galette" and "Réjeanne Padovani" from 1973. He continued appearing in French-Canadian films throughout the remainder of the decade, before landing his breakout role as Ovide Plouffe in the Depression-era family drama "Les Plouffe." Arcand would go on to earn a Genie nomination for his work in the film, before going on to win the Best Actor Genie for the 1984 follow-up, "Le crime d'Ovide Plouffe." Arcand continued to appear regularly in movies throughout the remainder of the 1980s, but worked sparingly in the decade that followed. By the early 2000s, however, Arcand's output gradually began to pick up, with such noteworthy appearances in the films "Congorama," "L'Empire Bo$$é" (2012), and "Karakara." His career appeared to be on the upswing in 2013, after he earned praise for his role as a modest Canadian lamb farmer in director Sébastien Pilote's pensive drama, "Le démantèlement." The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews when it was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, with Arcand receiving much of the praise for his understated performance.