Lorne Cardinal

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Lorne Cardinal
Born Sucker Creek, Alberta, Canada
Occupation Actor, Film Director
Years active 1994–present

Lorne Cardinal is a Canadian stage, television and film actor, best known for portraying character Davis Quinton on the Canadian television series Corner Gas.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He obtained a B.F.A. degree in acting from the University of Alberta in 1993, becoming the first Aboriginal student ever to do so.[2]

Cardinal is a rugby union enthusiast. He played for the Edmonton Druids RFC and then the Strathcona Druids, becoming the first Aboriginal person to play for the team. He can be seen wearing Prairie Fire rugby team merchandise on Corner Gas.

He currently lives on the coast of British Columbia with his partner, producer, writer and comedian Monique Hurteau. His brother Lewis, a business consultant and human rights activist in Edmonton, was a New Democratic Party candidate in the 2011 federal election.


He has also had various other roles in theatre, film and television, some of which include Insomnia, renegadepress.com, Crazy Horse and Wolf Canyon.

Of Cree descent, he is also noted for playing First Nations roles in many productions, including Tecumseh in Canada: A People's History and an aboriginal elder in Tkaronto. He also appeared on many episodes of North of 60.[3] Currently, Cardinal can be heard as the voice of Jacob Morin on the APTN stop motion animated series Wapos Bay: The Series.

In 2011, he starred alongside Craig Lauzon in a production of Kenneth T. Williams' Thunderstick, in which the two traded roles on alternate days.[2]

Cardinal is working on a documentary film The Making of King Lear (working title) with producers Jeff Dorn and Monique Hurteau for an anticipated 2014 release. The Making of King Lear is about the National Arts Centre theatre production of King Lear, with an all-Aboriginal cast which included August Schellenberg as Lear, Billy Merasty, Jani Lauzon, Tantoo Cardinal, Kevin Loring and Craig Lauzon, with Cardinal doing double-duty as both assistant director and the role of Duke of Albany.


Year Show Role Notes
1994 Lonesome Dove Indian Brave Episodes: "O Western Wind: Part 1" and "Down Come Rain: Part 2"
1994 Hawkeye Episode: "The Furlough"
1995-1997 North of 60 Gambler
Daniel Deela
Appeared in six episodes
1995-1996 Jake and the Kid Moses Lefthand Episodes: "We All Live in Crocus" and "Full Circle"
1999 Exhibit A: Secrets of Forensic Science Frank Roy Episode: "Killer in a Box"
1999 The City Gabriel Appeared in four episodes
2001 The Associates Preston Stanley Episode: "Encumbered"
2001-2002 Blackfly Chief Smack-Your-Face-In Appeared in eight episodes
2002 Relic Hunter Sheriff Dark Feather Episode: "Fire in the Sky"
2004-2009 Corner Gas Davis Quinton Appeared in 107 episodes
2004-2008 renegadepress.com Wayne Sinclair Appeared in six episodes and directed two
2005-Present Wapos Bay: The Series Jacob Voice role
2006 Moccasin Flats Himself Director
Episode: "Hide and Seek"
2007 Monsters We Met Himself Episode: "Eternal Frontier (America, 11,000 years ago)"
2007 Rabbit Fall Himself Director
Episode: "The Weetigo"
2008 Winnipeg Comedy Festival Himself Host
Episode: "Hardly Working"
2010 Great Canadian Books Himself Episode: "Three Day Road"
2012 Arctic Air Zachary Ward Recurring role
2012 Primeval: New World Raymond Episode: "Sisiutl"
2013 If I Had Wings Angus Coleman
2014 Fargo Ray Almond Episode: "A Rabbit, A Fox and a Cabbage"
2014 Corner Gas: The Movie Davis Quinton Reprise of role from 2004-2009 TV series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Lorne Cardinal awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
Gemini Awards
1 4
Leo Awards
0 1
Awards won 1
Nominations 5
Year Award Category Film/Series Result Notes
2004 Gemini Award Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series Corner Gas Won Shared with the cast of Corner Gas for the episode "Gopher It."
Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series Corner Gas Nominated Shared with the cast of Corner Gas for the episode "Face Off."
2006 Gemini Award Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series Corner Gas Nominated Shared with the cast of Corner Gas for the episode "Merry Gasmas."
2008 Gemini Award Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series Wapos Bay: The Series Nominated Shared with the cast of Wapos Bay: The Series for the episode "The Guardians."
2009 Leo Award Best Performance in a Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series Wolf Canyon Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Corner Gas Online :: Who's Who". Lorne Cardinal as Davis Quinton. Pants Online Inc. 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Split personalities: Actors stretch their thespian legs by switching roles nightly in Canadian dramedy". Winnipeg Free Press, March 31, 2011.
  3. ^ http://www.wintertime.com/OH/Nof60/Interviews/lorne.html

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