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Pierre Fresnay Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Paris, France
Died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France  (respiratory problems)
Birth NamePierre Jules Louis Laudenbach
Height 5' 5¼" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Pierre Fresnay was born on April 4, 1897 in Paris, France as Pierre Jules Louis Laudenbach. He was an actor and writer, known for La Grande Illusion (1937), Le Corbeau (1943) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934). He was married to Yvonne Printemps, Berthe Bovy and Rachel Bérendt. He died on January 9, 1975 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France.

Spouse (3)

Yvonne Printemps (1934 - 9 January 1975) (his death)
Berthe Bovy (1923 - 20 April 1929) (divorced)
Rachel Bérendt (7 May 1918 - 1920) (divorced)

Trivia (3)

Sir Alec Guinness states in his autobiography 'My Name Escapes Me' that Fresnay was his favorite actor.
Distinguished French leading actor, in films from 1915. Gained a solid reputation on stage as a member of the Comedie Francaise for eleven years. Trained at the Conservatoire National d'Art Dramatique in Paris. Co-founded (with his wife, the actress Yvonne Printemps) the Theatre de la Michodiere in Paris in 1937, and starred in most of its plays. On screen, first came to the fore in Marcel Pagnol's Marseilles trilogy. Also seen in British films, notably Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934). His most acclaimed performance was as an aristocratic officer in 'Jean Renoir (I)''s La Grande Illusion (1937).

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