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Jean Desailly (1920–2008)

Jean Desailly was born on August 24, 1920 in Paris, France. He was an actor and director, known for The Soft Skin (1964), The Professional (1981) and Le Doulos (1963). He was married to Simone Valère and Nicole Desailly. He died on June 10, 2008 in Paris. See full bio »


(age 87) in Paris, France

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Known For

The Soft Skin
The Soft Skin Pierre Lachenay
The Professional
The Professional Le ministre
Le Doulos
Le Doulos Le commissaire Clain
The Grand Maneuver
The Grand Maneuver Victor Duverger


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 2000 Across the Road
 1999 La dilettante
Edmond Thibault
 1998 The Raft of the Medusa
La Tullaye
 1990 Équipe de nuit
Le père
 1981 The Professional
Le ministre
 1980 Pile ou face
 1979 The Black Sheep
De Brugères
 1979 I've Got You, You've Got Me by the Chin Hairs
Le directeur de la Police Judiciaire
 1979 Le cavaleur
 1974 The Irony of Chance
M. Desvrières
 1973 The Serpent
Récitant / Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1973 The Inheritor
Jean-Pierre Carnavan
 1972 Un Flic
Distinguished gentleman who was robbed a statue
 1972 The Assassination of Trotsky
Alfred Rosmer
 1971 Countdown
Michel St Rose
 1970 The Comeuppance
Le commissaire Clair
 1968 Le franciscain de Bourges
M. Toledano
 1967 The 25th Hour
Cabinet minister
 1966 De dans van de reiger
 1965 The Two Orphans
Le comte de Linières
 1964 Graduation Year
M. Terrenoire
 1963 Le Doulos
Le commissaire Clain
 1962 The Seven Deadly Sins
Monsieur Duparc - le père de Bernard (segment "Luxure, La")
 1961 Famous Love Affairs
Le baron de Jonchère (segment "Comédiennes, Les")
 1961 Violent Summer
Dr. Francis
 1960 Love and the Frenchwoman
Voice of the speaker (segment "Adolescence, L'")
 1960 The Dance of Death
Fred Pellmann
 1960 The Baron of the Locks
Maurice Montbernon
 1960 Préméditation
Le juge Lenoir
 1959 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Récitant / Narrator (French version) (voice)
 1959 125 rue Montmartre
Commissaire Dodelot
 1958 Inspector Maigret
Marcel Maurin
 1955 The Grand Maneuver
Victor Duverger
 1954 Royal Affairs in Versailles
 1952 Jocelyn
 1951 Demain nous divorçons
Max Blachet
 1950 Véronique
 1949 Occupe-toi d'Amélie..!
 1949 La veuve et l'innocent
Claude Girelle
 1949 The Mark of the Day
 1949 L'échafaud peut attendre
Michel Vincent
 1948 Just a Big Simple Girl
 1947 Carré de valets
Jacques de la Bastide
 1947 Amours, délices et orgues
Jean Pelletier dit 'Pivoine'
 1946 Pastoral Symphony
Jacques Martens - son fils
 1946 Patrie
Karloo van der Noot
 1946 Sylvie et le fantôme
 1945 The Last Judgment
 1945 Le père Goriot
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French leading man, a graduate of the École des Beaux Arts. Achieved his greatest popularity in the 1940's and 50's. He had been a member of the Comédie-Française (1942-1946) and the Renaud-Barrault company (from 1952). See more »

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