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Bruno Cremer, best known for playing Georges Simenon‘s Inspector Jules Maigret in the long-running (1991-2005) French television series Maigret, died in a Paris hospital on Saturday, Aug. 7. Cremer, who had been fighting cancer for a number of years, was 80. Cremer’s acting career spanned half a century. He began appearing in bit parts in films in the ’50s; following a slow ascent, he landed several major roles in French productions of the ’70s. Most notable among those was Claude Sautet‘s Academy Award-nominated drama A Simple Story (1979), co-starring Romy Schneider and Claude Brasseur. Cremer kept himself busy in the ’80s, but from the early ’90s on his film/TV work was almost exclusively restricted to playing the pipe-smoking Maigret. »
- Andre Soares
Locarno, Switzerland -- The world premiere of "L'Avvocat" (The Counsel), a thriller written and directed by France's Cedric Anger, was the highlight Monday at the Locarno Film Festival, where it screened in a packed Piazza Grande on a day dedicated to French film.
The film tells the story of a young, ambitious attorney, played by Benoit Magimel, who unwittingly gets involved in the affairs of a mob boss, played by Gilbert Melki. Magimel, Melki and Anger were all on hand for the screening, where they charmed the crowd before hand.
In his comments before the film, Locarno artistic director Olivier Pere also broke sad news to the crowd, announcing that French actor Bruno Cremer had died the previous day at the age of 80.
The day's events also included a roundtable on French film and an invitation-only party to celebrate French film at Locarno's lakeside Lido.
The day's activities follow an »
- By Eric J. Lyman
French actor Bruno Cremer has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 80.
The star died at a hospital in Paris on Saturday after struggling with the disease for several years, his agent France Degand has confirmed.
Cremer began his career in the 1950s and starred in a variety of stage plays, including a starring role as Thomas Beckett in the world premiere of Jean Anouilh's Beckett in 1959.
But he will perhaps be best remembered for playing the famous pipe-smoking detective Maigret in the TV series which debuted in 1991 and ran until 2005.
Cremer is survived by his wife Chantal, their two daughters, and a son from a previous marriage. »
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