Fernandel Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 8 May 1903Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Date of Death 26 February 1971Paris, France  (lung cancer)
Birth NameFernand Joseph Désiré Contandin

Mini Bio (1)

The apocryphal biography of Fernand Contadin 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 (7)

Buried in the exclusive "Passy" cemetery Paris, France.
Father of actor Franck Fernandel and actress Josette Contandin
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.
Screenwriter Jean Manse's brother-in-law
Brother of Fransined.

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