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Jacques Brel (1929–1978)

One of the most popular singers of French songs. After a childhood full of boredom and normality, Brel started to work in his father's cardboard factory. But he wanted a different kind of life. He had been writing songs all his life and in the early 1950s he went to Paris. After a few years he became hugely successful. His songs include 'Amsterdam... See full bio »

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 2015 Voyage en Chine (performer: "Vesoul") / (writer: "Vesoul")
  So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 2011 - 2014) (performer - 1 episode, 2011)
- Top 18 Perform, 2 Eliminated (2014) ... (writer: "Ne me quitte pas")
- Two of 10 Voted Off (2011) ... (performer: "Les Bourgeois") / (writer: "Les Bourgeois")
  Gent de paraula (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2014) (writer - 1 episode, 2014)
- Episode #4.13 (2014) ... (performer: "Amsterdam") / (writer: "Amsterdam")
  Rising Star (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2013) (music - 1 episode, 2013) (writer - 1 episode, 2013)
- Episode #1.9 (2013) ... (lyrics: "Ahava Bat Esrim") / (music: "Ahava Bat Esrim")
- Episode #1.7 (2013) ... (writer: "Ne me quitte pas")
 2013 The Blue Black Hussar (Documentary) (writer: "Jacky")
 2013 Dom Hemingway ("La Fanette")
 2013 Diana (performer: "Ne me quitte pas") / (writer: "Ne me quitte pas")
 2012 One Hit Wonderland (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Kung Fu Fighting (2012) ... (writer: "Seasons in the Sun")
 2012 Person of Interest (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Flesh and Blood (2012) ... (writer: "Ne me quitte pas" ("Don't Leave Me") - uncredited)
  Banda sonora (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 2007 - 2012) (performer - 2 episodes, 2007 - 2008)
- Episode #8.9 (2012) ... (writer: "Ne me quitte pas")
- Episode #2.9 (2008) ... (performer: "Ne me quitte pas") / (writer: "Ne me quitte pas")
- Episode #1.13 (2007) ... (performer: "Ne me quitte pas") / (writer: "Ne me quitte pas")
  No me la puc treure del cap (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2012)
- Desamor (2012) ... (performer: "Ne me quitte pas pas") / (writer: "Ne me quitte pas pas")
 2011 Núria Feliu 50-70 (TV Movie) (writer: "El clar país")
 2010 Estradilla: Pate Mustajärvi N.Y.T. (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "N.Y.T.")
 2010 One Night Only: Barbra Streisand and Quartet at the Village Vanguard - September 26,2009 (Video) (music: "If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas)")
 2009 Cinquentinha (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2009) ... (writer: "Ne Me Quitte Pas")
 2009 This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Seasons in the Sun")
 2008 Loquillo leyenda urbana (Documentary) (writer: "Con elegancia")
 2008 Diary of a Nymphomaniac (performer: "La Chanson Des Vieux Amants") / (writer: "La Chanson Des Vieux Amants")
 2008 Flashbacks of a Fool (lyrics: "Fils de...")
 2008 A Good Boy (TV Movie) (writer: "Amsterdam")
 2008 Queridos Amigos (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2008) ... (writer: "Ne me quitte pas")
 2008 Welcome to the Sticks (writer: "Le plat pays" (1962))
  Pauw & Witteman (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 2007) (music - 1 episode, 2007)
- Episode #2.49 (2007) ... (writer: "Le plat pays")
- Episode #2.30 (2007) ... (music: "Mijn vlakke land")
  Les grands du rire (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2007) (writer - 1 episode, 2007)
- Episode dated 27 October 2007 (2007) ... (performer: "Jacky", "Quand on n'a que l'amour", "Vesoul", "Amsterdam", "Ne me quitte pas") / (writer: "Jacky", "Quand on n'a que l'amour", "Vesoul", "Amsterdam", "Ne me quitte pas")
 2007 José Carreras - Energia (Video) (writer: "Mon enfance", "La chanson des vieux amants")
 2007 El pasado (performer: "Ne Me Quitte Pas") / (writer: "Ne Me Quitte Pas")
  TeleMonegal (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2006) (writer - 1 episode, 2006)
- Episode #3.16 (2006) ... (performer: "Ne me quitte pas") / (writer: "Ne me quitte pas")
 2005 Rocío... siempre (TV Movie) (writer: "A que no te vas")
 2005 Cançons per no oblidar, el disc de la Marató (TV Movie) (performer: "No em deixis, no (Ne me quitte pas)") / (writer: "No em deixis, no (Ne me quitte pas)")
 2005 Jaurès, naissance d'un géant (TV Movie) (writer: "Jaurès")
 2005 Jacques Brel op de Marquisen (TV Movie documentary) (lyrics: "La Quete" - as J. Brel) / (performer: "Ne me quitte pas", "L'Homme de la Mancha", "Une Ile", "Jojo", "La Quete", "Les Marquises") / (writer: "Ne me quitte pas", "L'Homme de la Mancha", "Une Ile", "Jojo", "Le Bon Dieu", "Les Marquises")
 2003 High Chaparall (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Steve-O (2003) ... (writer: "Seasons in the sun")
 2003 Perduto amor (writer: "LOMBARDIA - LE PLAT PAYS" - as Brel)
  Cuéntame (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2003) (writer - 1 episode, 2003)
- Área de castigo (2003) ... (performer: "Ne me quitte pas") / (writer: "Ne me quitte pas")
 2003 Benjamim (performer: "Ne Me Quitte Pas") / (writer: "Ne Me Quitte Pas")
 2002 Merci Dr Rey! (writer: "If You Go Away")
 2002 Remains (Short) (writer: "If You Go Away")
 2002 Stones (performer: "Les vieux") / (writer: "Les vieux")
 2002 Cherish (writer: "Seasons in the Sun" - as Jacques Romain Brel)
 2002 Pumpkin (writer: "If You Go Away")
 2001 Barend en Van Dorp (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 8 November 2001 (2001) ... (writer: "La valse a mille temps" (uncredited), "Voir un ami pleurer")
 2001 Presença de Anita (TV Mini-Series) (writer: "Ne Me Quitte Pas" (opening theme))
 2001 Tango Cabaret (writer: "Älä jätä nyt (Ne me quitte pas)")
 2000 The Bourgeoisie (TV Series) (writer: "Ne Me Quitte Pas")
 1997 Le bassin de J.W. (performer: "La valse à mille temps") / (writer: "La valse à mille temps")
 1993 Groundhog Day ("La bourree du celibataire")
 1989-1992 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Tormented (1992) ... (writer: "Seasons in the Sun" - uncredited)
- Mighty Jack (1989) ... (writer: "Seasons in the Sun")
 1991 Get a Life (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Chris Moves Out (1991) ... (writer: "Seasons in the Sun")
 1991 'Merci la vie' (writer: "Le bon dieu")
 1989 Cheers (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Feeble Attraction (1989) ... (writer: "Seasons in the Sun" - uncredited)
 1987 Un zoo la nuit (performer: "Voir un ami pleurer") / (writer: "Voir un ami pleurer")
 1987 Law of Desire (writer: "Ne me quitte pas")
 1986 Lola (performer: "La valse a mille temps")
 1979 De Mike Burstyn show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (1979) ... (writer: "Brussel", "The Port of Amsterdam" (aka "Amsterdam"), "La chanson des vieux amants", "Les Bourgeois", "Ne me quitte pas / If you go away")
 1975 Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (writer: "Madeleine", "Marathon (Les flamandes)", "My Childhood (Mon enfance)", "The Statue", "Brussels (Bruxelles)", "Jackie (La chanson de Jacky)", "Timid Frieda (Les timides)", "Taxicab (Le gaz)", "The Old Folks (Les vieux)", "Alone (Seul)", "Funeral Tango (Le tango funèbre)", "I Loved (J'aimais)", "Bachelor's Dance (La bourrée du célibataire)", "Amsterdam", "Ne Me Quitte Pas", "Desperate Ones (Les désespérés)", "Sons Of... (Fils de...)", "The Bulls (Les taureaux)", "Marieke", "Last Supper (Le Dernier Repas)", "Mathilde", "The Middle Class (Les bourgeois)", "Song of Old Lovers (La chanson des vieux amants)", "Next (Au suivant)", "Carousel (La valse à mille temps)", "If Only We Have Love (Quand on n'a que l'amour)")
 1974 The Ernie Sigley Show (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode dated 27 June 1974 (1974) ... (writer: "Seasons in the Sun")
- Episode dated 9 April 1974 (1974) ... (writer: "Seasons in the Sun")
 1973 Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (Documentary) (writer: "My Death")
 1972-1973 The Graham Kennedy Show (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Episode dated 20 November 1973 (1973) ... (writer: "If We Only Have Love")
- Episode dated 21 November 1972 (1972) ... (writer: "If You Go Away")
- Episode dated 21 September 1972 (1972) ... (writer: "I Loved (J'amais)")
 1969 Tintin and the Temple of the Sun (lyrics: "Ode a la nuit", "La chanson de Zorino") / (music: "Ode a la nuit", "La chanson de Zorino")
  Age tendre et tête de bois (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1964) (music - 1 episode, 1964) (performer - 1 episode, 1964)
- Episode dated 10 November 1964 (1964) ... (lyrics: "Les vieux") / (music: "Les vieux") / (performer: "Les vieux")
 1963 Bebert and the Train (performer: "Ne me quitte pas") / (writer: "Ne me quitte pas")
 1963 A King Without Distraction (writer: "Pourquoi faut-il que les hommes s'ennuient?")
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Show Show Director (2 credits)
Show Show Self (16 credits)
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Other Works:

Blau, Mort Shuman and his musical, "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well And Living in Paris," was performed at the Duchess Theatre in London, England with Elly Stone, Mort Shuman, Shawn Elliott, and June Gable in the cast. See more »

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5 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 4 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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While he was voted "the Greatest Belgian" by the audience of the Walloon TV show "Le plus grand Belge", he just was ranked #7 in the show's Flemish version "De Grootse Belg". See more »

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