Fernandel Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Died in Paris, France  (lung cancer)
Birth NameFernand Joseph Désiré Contandin

Mini Bio (1)

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 Allégret was the director of his first successful film La meilleure bobonne (1930). He tried to work as director twice during World War II but did not succeed in that.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Volker Boehm

Spouse (1)

Henriette Manse (4 April 1925 - 26 February 1971) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (8)

Buried in the exclusive "Passy" cemetery Paris, France.
Grandfather of Vincent Fernandel.
He had been a bank teller but this work was impossible for him: all customers burst out laughing when they saw his horse-like smile!
Fernandel was mentioned in the Camus novel "The Stranger" as the director of a movie the main character had gone to see after his mother's death. When this later came up in his trial, the courtroom was aghast that he'd gone to see such a film under those circumstances.
Brother-in-law of Jean Manse.
Brother of Fransined.
In Honoré de Marseille (1956), Fernandel sings three songs composed by Henri Betti with the lyrics by Jean Manse. Henri Betti and Jean Manse had written a fourth song for the movie, "C'est Noël", sung by Fernandel in a scene that was edited out. The song was later sung by Georges Guétary and Tino Rossi.

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