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Jean Marais (I) (1913–1998)

Jean Marais was a popular French cinema actor and director who played over 100 roles in film and on television, and was also known for his many talents as a writer, painter and sculptor. He was born Jean Alfred Villain-Marais on December 11, 1913, in Cherbourg, France. His father practiced veterinarian medicine, then fought in the World War I, and ... See full bio »

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Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast La Bête (The Beast) / The Prince / Avenant
Orpheus Orphée
Fantomas Fantômas / Fandor
Stealing Beauty
Stealing Beauty M. Guillaume


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 1992 Les enfants du naufrageur
 1986 Lien de parenté
Victor Blaise
 1985 Parking
Hadès / The Devil
 1982 Cher menteur (TV Movie)
George Bernard Shaw
 1980 Les parents terribles (TV Movie)
 1977 Vaincre à Olympie (TV Movie)
 1973-1974 Joseph Balsamo (TV Mini-Series)
Baron Joseph Balsamo / Graf Alessandro di Cagliostro / Graf Phönix / ...
- Die Intrige (1974) ... Baron Joseph Balsamo / Graf Alessandro di Cagliostro / Graf Phönix / ...
- Episode #1.7 (1973) ... Baron Joseph Balsamo / Graf Alessandro di Cagliostro / Lieutenant de Barreau / ...
- Episode #1.6 (1973) ... Baron Joseph Balsamo / Graf Alessandro di Cagliostro / Lieutenant de Barreau / ...
- Episode #1.5 (1973) ... Baron Joseph Balsamo / Graf Alessandro di Cagliostro / Lieutenant de Barreau / ...
- Episode #1.4 (1973) ... Baron Joseph Balsamo / Graf Alessandro di Cagliostro / Lieutenant de Barreau / ...
 1973 Karatekas and co (TV Mini-Series)
- Quelque part en Méditerranée (1973) ... L'Empereur
- Deux millions de fusils (1973) ... L'Empereur
- Mozart passe la mesure (1973) ... L'Empereur
- Le club de l'eau plate (1973) ... L'Empereur
- La couronne d'Attila (1973) ... L'Empereur
 1971 Robert Macaire (TV Movie)
Robert Macaire
 1970 Donkey Skin
Le roi bleu
 1970 La provocation
 1969 Le jouet criminel (Short)
Le vieil homme
 1969 Diamond Rush
Manuel Thomas, dit Manu
 1967 Seven Guys and a Gal
 1965 Fantomas Unleashed
Fantômas / Fandor / Professeur Lefèvre
 1965 Train d'enfer
Antoine Donadieu
 1965 Thomas the Impostor
Le narrateur (voice)
 1965 Ivory Coast Adventure
Jean-Luc Hervé de la Tommeraye
 1964 Friend of the Family
Noël Carradine
 1964 Cherchez l'idole
Un invité au spectacle de Sylvie Vartan (uncredited)
 1960 Testament of Orpheus
Oedipe (uncredited)
 1958 Life Together
Teddy Brooks
 1958 Every Day Has Its Secret
Xavier Lezcano
 1958 King on Horseback
Henri La Tour
 1957 S.O.S. Noronha
Frédéric Coulibaud
 1957 Typhoon Over Nagasaki
Pierre Marsac
 1956 Elena and Her Men
Général François Rollan
 1956 The Whole Town Accuses
François Nérac
 1956 Kiss of Fire
 1955 School for Love
Eric Walter
 1953 Le guérisseur
Pierre Lachaux-Laurent
 1953 Julietta
André Landrecourt
 1953 Inside a Girls' Dormitory
Inspecteur Désiré Marco
 1953 Voice of Silence
L'ancien maquisard
 1953 The Lovers of Midnight
Marcel Dulac
 1953 L'appel du destin
Lorenzo Lombardi
 1952 Leathernose
Roger de Tainchebraye
 1951 Miracles Only Happen Once
 1950 Coriolan
 1950 The Glass Castle
Rémy Marsay
 1950 Orpheus
 1949 Ceux du Tchad (Short)
Un jeune lieutenant
 1948 Aux yeux du souvenir
Jacques Forestier
 1948 The Eagle with Two Heads
 1947 The Royalists
Le marquis de Montauran
 1944 Carmen
Don José
 1943 Voyage Without Hope
Alain Ginestier
 1942 Le lit à colonnes
Rémi Bonvent
 1941 Le pavillon brûle
 1937 Abused Confidence (as Marais)
 1937 Bizarre, Bizarre
Le fêtard assommé par un Chinois
 1936 Les hommes nouveaux
Le secrétaire
 1935 Le bonheur
Journalist - Un journaliste (uncredited)
 1934 L'aventurier
Le jeune ouvrier (as Maray)
 1934 Le scandale
Le liftier
 1933 Étienne
 1933 L'épervier
 1933 Song of the Streets (uncredited)
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Other Works:

(Book) "Histoires de ma vie", Albin Michel 1975, ISBN 2-226-00153-0

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 5 Interviews | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Marais | Maray


5' 10¾" (1.8 m)

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Personal Quote:

What has always attracted me in life is poetry. Any genre can have poetry. For me, poetry contains truth.


Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1958 See more »


Almost always cast by Jean Cocteau

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