04/19/2011 AT 01:35 PM EDT
Michael Sarrazin, whose late '60s and early '70s movies included the Oscar-nominated They Shoot Horses, Don't They
with Jane Fonda, died of cancer Sunday in a Montreal hospital, his agent told the Los Angeles Times
. The Quebec City-born actor was 70.
Among his other movies were The Flim-Flam Man
with George C. Scott, The Sweet Ride
with Jacqueline Bisset – with whom he had a long relationship – as well as Sometimes a Great Notion
and The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
, both with Paul Newman, and For Pete's Sake
, with Barbra Streisand.
Although never a full-fledged box-office name, the lanky, boyish Sarrazin was up for the leading role of Joe Buck in 1969's Midnight Cowboy
– but, because of Sarrazin's contractual commitment to another studio, the part went to, and made a star of, Jon Voight.
Survivors, according to the Times
, include two daughters, Michelle and Catherine, and a brother, Pierre, a producer.