Best French Actor in a Leading Role 1940-1949

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The seven best performances by year (1940-1949), French and foreign players playing in films produced mainly in France.

1. Claude Dauphin

Actor | Barbarella

In 1930, Claude, who was a stage-struck set designer at the Oden Theater, a repertory house in Paris, learned an ailing actor's part in two hours and took it over without a rehearsal. Tristan Bernard, the famous French playwright and producer took notice of this feat. He engaged Dauphin for the ...

1940 Battement de cœur de Henri Decoin

2. Fernandel

Actor | Don Camillo

The apocryphal biography of Fernand Contandin tells the invention of his artistic name Fernandel by his sister-in-law ("Voici le Fernand d'elles"). At the beginning of the thirties he became a typical actor of the comedy genre: popular, common, likable and with a concealed grain of drama. Marc ...

1940 La Fille du puisatier de Marcel Pagnol Best French Actor 1940

3. Gilbert Gil

Actor | On demande un ménage

Gilbert Gil was born on September 9, 1913 in Goussainville, Val-d'Oise, France as Gilbert Moreau. He was an actor and director, known for On demande un ménage (1946), Royal Affairs in Versailles (1954) and Foolish Husbands (1941). He died on August 25, 1988 in Maisons-Laffitte, Yvelines, ...

1940 L'entraîneuse d'Albert Valentin

4. Fernand Gravey

Actor | The King and the Chorus Girl

One of director Alfred Machin's favorite actresses was Fernande Dépernay of the Théâtre des Galeries. Dépernay was married to Georges Mertens, another of Machin's regular actors. Their son, Fernand Mertens, born in 1904. He made his acting debut in 'Saïda Makes Off with Manneken Pis' and in 1914 ...

1940 Paradis perdus d'Abel Gance

5. Louis Jouvet

Actor | Drôle de drame

Louis Jouvet was a living glory of the French theatre where he debuted in 1910. In his life he has worked as pharmacist, manager of a theatre, actor and theatre teacher. He debuted at the movies in 1932 and his best films were of the Golden Age of French cinema called the "poetical realism", e.g. "...

1940 La Charrette fantôme de Julien Duvivier

6. René Lefèvre

Actor | Opéra-musette

René Lefèvre was born on March 7, 1898 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France as René Lefebvre. He was an actor and writer, known for Opéra-musette (1942), Moon Over Morocco (1931) and Knock, ou le triomphe de la médecine (1926). He died on May 4, 1991 in Nice.

1940 Les Musiciens du ciel de Georges Lacombe

7. Raimu

Actor | La femme du boulanger

Orson Welles once called beloved, down-to-earth French character star Raimu (born Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire) "the greatest actor who ever lived." It is hard to argue the compliment of one genius to another. Raimu was born in Toulon, France on December 17, 1883 of very humble means. He began his ...

1940 La Fille du puisatier de Marcel Pagnol

8. Lucien Baroux

Actor | Les mystères de Paris

Lucien Baroux was born on September 21, 1888 in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France. He was an actor, known for Les mystères de Paris (1935), Derrière la façade (1939) and Arènes joyeuses (1935). He died on May 21, 1968 in Soorts-Hossegor, Landes, France.

1941 Moulin Rouge d'André Hugon

9. Harry Baur

Actor | Golgotha

Harry Baur was born on April 12, 1880 in Montrouge, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], Île-de-France, France as Henri-Marie Baur. He was an actor, known for Behold the Man (1935), Dance Program (1937) and Les misérables (1934). He was married to Rika Radifé and Rose Grane. He died on April 8, 1943 ...

1941 Volpone de Maurice Tourneur

10. Pierre Blanchar

Actor | Crime et châtiment

Pierre Blanchar was born on June 30, 1892 in Philippeville, Constantine, France as Gustave Pierre Blanchard. He was an actor and director, known for Crime and Punishment (1935), Feu Mathias Pascal (1937) and Pastoral Symphony (1946). He was married to Marte d'Lagrange. He died on November 21, 1963 ...

1941 L'empreinte du Dieu de Léonide Moguy

11. Pierre Fresnay

Actor | La grande illusion

Pierre Fresnay was born on April 4, 1897 in Paris, France as Pierre Jules Louis Laudenbach. He was an actor and writer, known for La Grande Illusion (1937), Le Corbeau (1943) and Amazing Monsieur Fabre (1951). He was married to Yvonne Printemps, Berthe Bovy and Rachel Bérendt. He died on January 9,...

1941 Le Dernier des six de Georges Lacombe

12. Jean Gabin

Actor | La grande illusion

Jean-Alexis Moncorge started his career with 15 years at the theatre and debuted at the "Moulin Rouge" in Paris in 1929. Despite of his rude aspect he knew to be the gentleman of the French cinema in the time between the two World Wars. One of his most popular personalities was inspector Maigret. ...

1941 Remorques de Jean Grémillon

13. Louis Jouvet

Actor | Drôle de drame

Louis Jouvet was a living glory of the French theatre where he debuted in 1910. In his life he has worked as pharmacist, manager of a theatre, actor and theatre teacher. He debuted at the movies in 1932 and his best films were of the Golden Age of French cinema called the "poetical realism", e.g. "...

1941 Volpone de Maurice Tourneur Best French Actor 1941

14. Charles Vanel

Actor | Le salaire de la peur

Charles Vanel was born on August 21, 1892 in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France as Charles-Marie Vanel. He was an actor and director, known for The Wages of Fear (1953), Diabolique (1955) and To Catch a Thief (1955). He was married to Arlette Mauricette Bailly. He died on April 15, 1989 in Cannes, ...

1941 Le Diamant noir de Jean Delannoy

15. Jean-Louis Barrault

Actor | The Longest Day

Celebrated French stage actor/director/producer Jean-Louis Barrault was born on September 8, 1910. A superlative tragedian and mime, his dedication to both avant-garde and classical plays helped revive the French theatre after World War II, while presenting world premières of works by such ...

1942 La Symphonie fantastique de Christian-Jaque

16. Jules Berry

Actor | Aventure à Paris

Jules Berry was born on February 9, 1883 in Poitiers, Vienne, France as Jules Peaufichet. He was an actor, known for Aventure à Paris (1936), Les Visiteurs du Soir (1942) and L'homme de Londres (1943). He was married to Josseline Gaël. He died on April 23, 1951 in Paris, France.

1942 Les Visiteurs du soir de Marcel Carné

17. Pierre Blanchar

Actor | Crime et châtiment

Pierre Blanchar was born on June 30, 1892 in Philippeville, Constantine, France as Gustave Pierre Blanchard. He was an actor and director, known for Crime and Punishment (1935), Feu Mathias Pascal (1937) and Pastoral Symphony (1946). He was married to Marte d'Lagrange. He died on November 21, 1963 ...

1942 Pontcarral, colonel d'empire de Jean Delannoy

18. Pierre Fresnay

Actor | La grande illusion

Pierre Fresnay was born on April 4, 1897 in Paris, France as Pierre Jules Louis Laudenbach. He was an actor and writer, known for La Grande Illusion (1937), Le Corbeau (1943) and Amazing Monsieur Fabre (1951). He was married to Yvonne Printemps, Berthe Bovy and Rachel Bérendt. He died on January 9,...

1942 L'assassin habite au 21 de Henri-Georges Clouzot

19. Fernand Gravey

Actor | The King and the Chorus Girl

One of director Alfred Machin's favorite actresses was Fernande Dépernay of the Théâtre des Galeries. Dépernay was married to Georges Mertens, another of Machin's regular actors. Their son, Fernand Mertens, born in 1904. He made his acting debut in 'Saïda Makes Off with Manneken Pis' and in 1914 ...

1942 La Nuit fantastique de Marcel L'herbier

20. Raimu

Actor | La femme du boulanger

Orson Welles once called beloved, down-to-earth French character star Raimu (born Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire) "the greatest actor who ever lived." It is hard to argue the compliment of one genius to another. Raimu was born in Toulon, France on December 17, 1883 of very humble means. He began his ...

1942 Les Inconnus dans la maison de Henri Decoin Best French Actor 1942

21. Erich von Stroheim

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatmaker from Gliwice, Poland. His family was Jewish.

After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America around 1909. Working in ...

1942 Macao, l'enfer du jeu de Jean Delannoy

22. Pierre Brasseur

Actor | Les enfants du paradis

Pierre Brasseur was born on December 22, 1905 in Paris, France as Pierre Espinasse. He was an actor and writer, known for Children of Paradise (1945), Les yeux sans visage (1960) and Port of Shadows (1938). He was married to Odette Joyeux. He died on August 14, 1972 in Bruneck, Trentino-Alto Adige,...

1943 Lumière d'été de Jean Grémillon

23. Pierre Fresnay

Actor | La grande illusion

Pierre Fresnay was born on April 4, 1897 in Paris, France as Pierre Jules Louis Laudenbach. He was an actor and writer, known for La Grande Illusion (1937), Le Corbeau (1943) and Amazing Monsieur Fabre (1951). He was married to Yvonne Printemps, Berthe Bovy and Rachel Bérendt. He died on January 9,...

1943 Le Corbeau de Henri-Georges Clouzot Best French Actor 1943

24. Gabriel Gabrio

Actor | Pépé le Moko

The youngest of no less than sixteen children, Gabriel Gabrio was born in Reims in 1887. His father worked for the Pommeray Champagne cellars but his son was soon more attracted to the theater than to the bubbles of the famous French sparkling white wine. Puppet theater was his first passion. He ...

1943 Le Val d'enfer de Maurice Tourneur

25. Fernand Ledoux

Actor | The Longest Day

Fernand Ledoux was born on January 24, 1897 in Tirlemont, Belgium as Jacques Joseph Félix Fernand Ledoux. He is known for his work on The Longest Day (1962), L'homme de Londres (1943) and It Happened at the Inn (1943). He died on September 21, 1993 in Paris, France.

1943 Goupi mains rouges de Jacques Becker

26. Jean Marais

Actor | La belle et la bête

Jean Marais was a popular French cinema actor and director who played over 100 roles in film and on television, and was also known for his many talents as a writer, painter and sculptor.

He was born Jean Alfred Villain-Marais on December 11, 1913, in Cherbourg, France. His father practiced ...

1943 L'éternel retour de Jean Delannoy

27. Raimu

Actor | La femme du boulanger

Orson Welles once called beloved, down-to-earth French character star Raimu (born Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire) "the greatest actor who ever lived." It is hard to argue the compliment of one genius to another. Raimu was born in Toulon, France on December 17, 1883 of very humble means. He began his ...

1943 Le Colonel Chabert de René Le Hénaff

28. Pierre Richard-Willm

Actor | Le comte de Monte Cristo, 1ère époque: Edmond Dantès

Pierre Richard-Willm was born on November 3, 1895 in Bayonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France as Pierre Richard. He was an actor, known for The Count of Monte Cristo (1943), Le roman de Werther (1938) and Yoshiwara (1937). He died on April 12, 1983 in Paris, France.

1943 Le Comte de Monte-Cristo de Robert Vernay

29. Pierre Blanchar

Actor | Crime et châtiment

Pierre Blanchar was born on June 30, 1892 in Philippeville, Constantine, France as Gustave Pierre Blanchard. He was an actor and director, known for Crime and Punishment (1935), Feu Mathias Pascal (1937) and Pastoral Symphony (1946). He was married to Marte d'Lagrange. He died on November 21, 1963 ...

1944 Le Bossu de Jean Delannoy

30. René Dary

Actor | Touchez pas au grisbi

René Dary was born on July 18, 1905 in Paris, France as Anatole Clément Mary. He was an actor and writer, known for Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954), 120, rue de la Gare (1946) and L'inconnue n° 13 (1949). He died on October 6, 1974 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France.

1944 Le Carrefour des enfants perdus de Léo Joannon

31. Fernand Gravey

Actor | The King and the Chorus Girl

One of director Alfred Machin's favorite actresses was Fernande Dépernay of the Théâtre des Galeries. Dépernay was married to Georges Mertens, another of Machin's regular actors. Their son, Fernand Mertens, born in 1904. He made his acting debut in 'Saïda Makes Off with Manneken Pis' and in 1914 ...

1944 La Rabouilleuse de Fernand Rivers

32. André Lefaur

Actor | Samson

André Lefaur is undeniably part of the pantheon of French actors. One of those "eccentrics of the French Cinema" as Raymond Chirat and Olivier Barrot quite rightly dubbed them. One of these wonderful personalities of the stage and screen who alongside Michel Simon, Louis Jouvet, Saturnin Fabre, ...

1944 Les Petites du Quai aux Fleurs de Marc Allégret

33. Albert Préjean

Actor | Sous les toits de Paris

Albert Préjean was born on October 27, 1893 in Paris, France. He was an actor, known for Sous les toits de Paris (1930), L'opéra de quat'sous (1931) and The Horse Ate the Hat (1928). He was married to Lysiane Rey. He died on November 1, 1979 in Paris.

1944 La Vie de plaisir d'Albert Valentin

34. Raymond Rouleau

Director | Les amants de Teruel

Raymond Rouleau was born on June 14, 1904 in Brussels, Belgium. He was an actor and director, known for Les amants de Teruel (1962), The Crucible (1957) and The Messenger (1937). He was married to Françoise Rouleau, Françoise Lugagne and Tania Balachova. He died on December 11, 1981 in Paris, ...

1944 L'aventure est au coin de la rue de Jacques-Daniel Norman

35. Charles Vanel

Actor | Le salaire de la peur

Charles Vanel was born on August 21, 1892 in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France as Charles-Marie Vanel. He was an actor and director, known for The Wages of Fear (1953), Diabolique (1955) and To Catch a Thief (1955). He was married to Arlette Mauricette Bailly. He died on April 15, 1989 in Cannes, ...

1944 Le Ciel est à vous de Jean Grémillon Best French Actor 1944

36. Jean-Louis Barrault

Actor | The Longest Day

Celebrated French stage actor/director/producer Jean-Louis Barrault was born on September 8, 1910. A superlative tragedian and mime, his dedication to both avant-garde and classical plays helped revive the French theatre after World War II, while presenting world premières of works by such ...

1945 Les Enfants du paradis de Marcel Carné Best French Actor 1945

37. Paul Bernard

Actor | Les dames du Bois de Boulogne

Paul Bernard was born on September 21, 1898 in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, France as Paul Renaud Bernard. He was an actor, known for Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945), Le bossu (1944) and Lumière d'été (1943). He died on May 4, 1958 in Paris, France.

1945 Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne de Robert Bresson

38. Pierre Brasseur

Actor | Les enfants du paradis

Pierre Brasseur was born on December 22, 1905 in Paris, France as Pierre Espinasse. He was an actor and writer, known for Children of Paradise (1945), Les yeux sans visage (1960) and Port of Shadows (1938). He was married to Odette Joyeux. He died on August 14, 1972 in Bruneck, Trentino-Alto Adige,...

1945 Les Enfants du paradis de Marcel Carné

39. Claude Dauphin

Actor | Barbarella

In 1930, Claude, who was a stage-struck set designer at the Oden Theater, a repertory house in Paris, learned an ailing actor's part in two hours and took it over without a rehearsal. Tristan Bernard, the famous French playwright and producer took notice of this feat. He engaged Dauphin for the ...

1945 Félicie Nanteuil de Marc Allégret

40. Fernandel

Actor | Don Camillo

The apocryphal biography of Fernand Contandin tells the invention of his artistic name Fernandel by his sister-in-law ("Voici le Fernand d'elles"). At the beginning of the thirties he became a typical actor of the comedy genre: popular, common, likable and with a concealed grain of drama. Marc ...

1945 Naïs de Raymond Leboursier

41. Fernand Ledoux

Actor | The Longest Day

Fernand Ledoux was born on January 24, 1897 in Tirlemont, Belgium as Jacques Joseph Félix Fernand Ledoux. He is known for his work on The Longest Day (1962), L'homme de Londres (1943) and It Happened at the Inn (1943). He died on September 21, 1993 in Paris, France.

1945 Sortilèges de Christian-Jaque

42. Noël-Noël

Writer | Les choristes

Warmly popular French character player and screenwriter in his heyday, Noel-Noel was born Lucien Noel and developed his celebrity in music halls and the cabaret venue, where he created his Ademai comic character, a blundering French soldier. He eventually took this character successfully to film in...

1945 La Cage aux rossignols de Jean Dréville

43. Louis Jouvet

Actor | Drôle de drame

Louis Jouvet was a living glory of the French theatre where he debuted in 1910. In his life he has worked as pharmacist, manager of a theatre, actor and theatre teacher. He debuted at the movies in 1932 and his best films were of the Golden Age of French cinema called the "poetical realism", e.g. "...

1946 Un revenant de Christian-Jaque

44. Fernand Ledoux

Actor | The Longest Day

Fernand Ledoux was born on January 24, 1897 in Tirlemont, Belgium as Jacques Joseph Félix Fernand Ledoux. He is known for his work on The Longest Day (1962), L'homme de Londres (1943) and It Happened at the Inn (1943). He died on September 21, 1993 in Paris, France.

1946 La Fille du Diable de Henri Decoin

45. Jean Marais

Actor | La belle et la bête

Jean Marais was a popular French cinema actor and director who played over 100 roles in film and on television, and was also known for his many talents as a writer, painter and sculptor.

He was born Jean Alfred Villain-Marais on December 11, 1913, in Cherbourg, France. His father practiced ...

1946 La Belle et la bête de Jean Cocteau Best French Actor 1946

46. Noël-Noël

Writer | Les choristes

Warmly popular French character player and screenwriter in his heyday, Noel-Noel was born Lucien Noel and developed his celebrity in music halls and the cabaret venue, where he created his Ademai comic character, a blundering French soldier. He eventually took this character successfully to film in...

1946 Le Père tranquille de René Clément

47. François Périer

Actor | Le samouraï

Francois Perier was one of France's most prolific character leads. Born in Paris, his father managed a wine shop. At age 14, he wrote to legendary actor Louis Jouvet who subsequently helped him enter the Cours Simon and Le Conservatoire dramatic institutions. A stage star by 1938, he then ...

1946 La Tentation de Barbizon de Jean Stelli

48. Raimu

Actor | La femme du boulanger

Orson Welles once called beloved, down-to-earth French character star Raimu (born Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire) "the greatest actor who ever lived." It is hard to argue the compliment of one genius to another. Raimu was born in Toulon, France on December 17, 1883 of very humble means. He began his ...

1946 L'homme au chapeau rond de Pierre Billon

49. Erich von Stroheim

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatmaker from Gliwice, Poland. His family was Jewish.

After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America around 1909. Working in ...

1946 La Foire aux chimères de Pierre Chenal

50. Bernard Blier

Actor | Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire

Bernard Blier was born on January 11, 1916 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was an actor, known for The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972), Quai des Orfèvres (1947) and L'école buissonnière (1949). He was married to Annette Martin and Gisèle Brunet. He died on March 29, ...

1947 Le café du cadran de Jean Gehret

51. Maurice Chevalier

Actor | Gigi

Maurice Chevalier's first working job was as an acrobat, until a serious accident ended that career. He turned his talents to singing and acting, and made several short films in France. During World War I he enlisted in the French army. He was wounded in battle, captured and placed in a POW camp by...

1947 Le Silence est d'or de René Clair

52. Pierre Fresnay

Actor | La grande illusion

Pierre Fresnay was born on April 4, 1897 in Paris, France as Pierre Jules Louis Laudenbach. He was an actor and writer, known for La Grande Illusion (1937), Le Corbeau (1943) and Amazing Monsieur Fabre (1951). He was married to Yvonne Printemps, Berthe Bovy and Rachel Bérendt. He died on January 9,...

1947 Monsieur Vincent de Maurice Cloche

53. Louis Jouvet

Actor | Drôle de drame

Louis Jouvet was a living glory of the French theatre where he debuted in 1910. In his life he has worked as pharmacist, manager of a theatre, actor and theatre teacher. He debuted at the movies in 1932 and his best films were of the Golden Age of French cinema called the "poetical realism", e.g. "...

1947 Quai des Orfèvres de Henri-Georges Clouzot

54. François Périer

Actor | Le samouraï

Francois Perier was one of France's most prolific character leads. Born in Paris, his father managed a wine shop. At age 14, he wrote to legendary actor Louis Jouvet who subsequently helped him enter the Cours Simon and Le Conservatoire dramatic institutions. A stage star by 1938, he then ...

1947 Le Silence est d'or de René Clair

55. Gérard Philipe

Actor | Le rouge et le noir

In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Mark Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's ...

1947 Le Diable au corps de Claude Autant-Lara

56. Michel Simon

Actor | Le quai des brumes

The son of a sausage-maker, Michel Simon was conscripted into the Swiss Army at the start of World War I, but was thrown out through a combination of tuberculosis and general insubordination. He was variously a boxer, photographer, general handyman and right-wing anarchist, finally becoming a stage...

1947 Panique de Julien Duvivier Best French Actor 1947

57. Bernard Blier

Actor | Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire

Bernard Blier was born on January 11, 1916 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was an actor, known for The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972), Quai des Orfèvres (1947) and L'école buissonnière (1949). He was married to Annette Martin and Gisèle Brunet. He died on March 29, ...

1948 Dédée d'Anvers d'Yves Allégret

58. Sacha Guitry

Writer | Les perles de la couronne

French actor, dramatist and director, Sacha Guitry was born in 1885 in Saint-Petersburg where his father, actor Lucien Guitry, was under contract with the city's French theater. Early on, Sacha knew he was going to be an artist. Therefore, his studies were mediocre.

His acting debuts were not too ...

1948 Le Diable boiteux de Sacha Guitry

59. Louis Jouvet

Actor | Drôle de drame

Louis Jouvet was a living glory of the French theatre where he debuted in 1910. In his life he has worked as pharmacist, manager of a theatre, actor and theatre teacher. He debuted at the movies in 1932 and his best films were of the Golden Age of French cinema called the "poetical realism", e.g. "...

1948 Les Amoureux sont seuls au monde de Henri Decoin

60. Noël-Noël

Writer | Les choristes

Warmly popular French character player and screenwriter in his heyday, Noel-Noel was born Lucien Noel and developed his celebrity in music halls and the cabaret venue, where he created his Ademai comic character, a blundering French soldier. He eventually took this character successfully to film in...

1948 La Parade du temps perdus (Les Casse-pieds) de Jean Dréville

61. Gérard Philipe

Actor | Le rouge et le noir

In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Mark Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's ...

1948 La Chartreuse de Parme de Christian-Jaque

62. Louis Salou

Actor | La Chartreuse de Parme

Louis Salou was born on April 23, 1902 in Quimper, France as Louis Vincent Goulven Salou. He was an actor, known for La Chartreuse de Parme (1948), Sylvie et le fantôme (1946) and Children of Paradise (1945). He died on October 12, 1948 in Paris, France.

1948 La Vie en rose de Jean Faurez Best French Actor 1948

63. Erich von Stroheim

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatmaker from Gliwice, Poland. His family was Jewish.

After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America around 1909. Working in ...

1948 La Danse de mort de Marcel Cravenne

64. Bernard Blier

Actor | Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire

Bernard Blier was born on January 11, 1916 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was an actor, known for The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972), Quai des Orfèvres (1947) and L'école buissonnière (1949). He was married to Annette Martin and Gisèle Brunet. He died on March 29, ...

1949 L'école buissonnière de Jean-Paul Le Chanois

65. Pierre Brasseur

Actor | Les enfants du paradis

Pierre Brasseur was born on December 22, 1905 in Paris, France as Pierre Espinasse. He was an actor and writer, known for Children of Paradise (1945), Les yeux sans visage (1960) and Port of Shadows (1938). He was married to Odette Joyeux. He died on August 14, 1972 in Bruneck, Trentino-Alto Adige,...

1949 Portrait d'un assassin de Bernard Roland

66. Jacques Dumesnil

Actor | Le père Serge

Jacques Dumesnil was born on November 9, 1904 in Paris, France as Jacques Joly. He was an actor and production designer, known for Le père Serge (1945), Le vicomte de Bragelonne (1954) and Rumors (1947). He died on May 8, 1998 in Hôpital de Bron, Bron, Rhône, France.

1949 La ferme des sept péchés de Jean-Devaivre

67. Fernand Ledoux

Actor | The Longest Day

Fernand Ledoux was born on January 24, 1897 in Tirlemont, Belgium as Jacques Joseph Félix Fernand Ledoux. He is known for his work on The Longest Day (1962), L'homme de Londres (1943) and It Happened at the Inn (1943). He died on September 21, 1993 in Paris, France.

1949 Pattes blanches de Jean Grémillon

68. Gérard Philipe

Actor | Le rouge et le noir

In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Mark Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's ...

1949 Une si jolie petite plage d'Yves Allégret Best French Actor 1949

69. Serge Reggiani

Actor | Il gattopardo

The notably gifted, multi-talented actor, chanteur, poet and painter Serge Reggiani was born in Reggio Emilia, a town in northern Italy, in 1922. His father, a highly visible anti-fascist, fled his Mussolini-dictated homeland due to his fervent political activities and emigrated to France in order ...

1949 Manon de Henri-Georges Clouzot

70. Howard Vernon

Actor | Love and Death

Swiss-born actor Howard Vernon (né Mario Lippert) would make his infamous claim to fame as a stock lead player for the lowgrade, campy horror features of notorious director Jesús Franco, starring as Dr. Orloff, Dracula, and other terrorizers, most of them produced in Spain or France. Born in 1914 ...

1949 Le Silence de la mer de Jean-Pierre Melville