Best French Actor in a Leading Role 1950-1959

by guillaume836076 | created - 13 Aug 2011 | updated - 13 Aug 2011 | Public

The seven best performances by year (1950-1959), French and foreign players playing in films produced mainly in France.

1. Bernard Blier

Actor | Quai des Orfèvres

Bernard Blier was born on January 11, 1916 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was an actor, known for Quai des Orfèvres (1947), The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972) and Speriamo che sia femmina (1986). He was married to Annette Martin and Gisèle Brunet. He died on March 29, 1989 in ...

1950 Manèges d'Yves Allégret Best French Actor 1950

2. Jean Desailly

Actor | La peau douce

Jean Desailly was born on August 24, 1920 in Paris, France. He was an actor and director, known for The Soft Skin (1964), On ne badine pas avec l'amour (1955) and La mort de Belle (1961). He was married to Simone Valère and Nicole Desailly. He died on June 10, 2008 in Dourdan, Essonne, France.

1950 Chéri de Pierre Billon

3. Fernandel

Actor | Don Camillo

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 ...

1950 Meurtres ? de Richard Pottier

4. Pierre Fresnay

Actor | La grande illusion

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 Amazing Monsieur Fabre (1951). He was married to Berthe Bovy and Rachel Bérendt. He died on January 9, 1975 in ...

1950 Dieu a besoin des hommes de Jean Delannoy

5. Jean Marais

Actor | La belle et la bête

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 ...

1950 Orphée de Jean Cocteau

6. Gérard Philipe

Actor | Le rouge et le noir

In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Mark Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's ...

1950 La Beauté du Diable de René Clair

7. Michel Simon

Actor | Le quai des brumes

The son of a sausage-maker, Michel Simon was conscripted into the Swiss Army at the start of World War I, but was thrown out through a combination of tuberculosis and general insubordination. He was variously a boxer, photographer, general handyman and right-wing anarchist, finally becoming a stage...

1950 La Beauté du Diable de René Clair

8. Bernard Blier

Actor | Quai des Orfèvres

Bernard Blier was born on January 11, 1916 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was an actor, known for Quai des Orfèvres (1947), The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972) and Speriamo che sia femmina (1986). He was married to Annette Martin and Gisèle Brunet. He died on March 29, 1989 in ...

1951 Sans laisser d'adresse de Jean-Paul Le Chanois

9. Pierre Brasseur

Actor | Les enfants du paradis

Pierre Brasseur was born on December 22, 1905 in Paris, France as Pierre Espinasse. He was an actor and writer, known for Children of Paradise (1945), Les yeux sans visage (1960) and Port of Shadows (1938). He was married to Lina Magrini and Odette Joyeux. He died on August 14, 1972 in Bruneck, ...

1951 Les Mains sales de Fernand Rivers et Simone Berriau

10. Fernandel

Actor | Don Camillo

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 ...

1951 L'auberge rouge de Claude Autant-Lara

11. Pierre Fresnay

Actor | La grande illusion

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 Amazing Monsieur Fabre (1951). He was married to Berthe Bovy and Rachel Bérendt. He died on January 9, 1975 in ...

1951 Monsieur Fabre de Henri Diamant-Berger

12. Jean Gabin

Actor | La grande illusion

Jean-Alexis Moncorge started his career with 15 years at the theatre and debuted at the "Moulin Rouge" in Paris in 1929. Despite of his rude aspect he knew to be the gentleman of the French cinema in the time between the two World Wars. One of his most popular personalities was inspector Maigret. ...

1951 La Nuit est mon royaume de Georges Lacombe

13. Louis Jouvet

Actor | Drôle de drame

Louis Jouvet was a living glory of the French theatre where he debuted in 1910. In his life he has worked as pharmacist, manager of a theatre, actor and theatre teacher. He debuted at the movies in 1932 and his best films were of the Golden Age of French cinema called the "poetical realism", e.g. "...

1951 Une histoire d'amour de Guy Lefranc

14. Michel Simon

Actor | Le quai des brumes

The son of a sausage-maker, Michel Simon was conscripted into the Swiss Army at the start of World War I, but was thrown out through a combination of tuberculosis and general insubordination. He was variously a boxer, photographer, general handyman and right-wing anarchist, finally becoming a stage...

1951 La Poison de Sacha Guitry Best French Actor 1951

15. Gino Cervi

Actor | Le miserie del signor Travet

The son of Italian theatre critic Antonio Cervi, Gino Cervi was one of the most famous Italian actors, first on stage, then on screen and finally on television. He appeared in his first play in 1924, a year after his father's death. He won world fame with three movies directed by Alessandro Blasetti...

1952 Le Petit monde de Don Camillo de Julien Duvivier

16. Fernandel

Actor | Don Camillo

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 ...

1952 Le Fruit défendu de Henri Verneuil

17. Pierre Fresnay

Actor | La grande illusion

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 Amazing Monsieur Fabre (1951). He was married to Berthe Bovy and Rachel Bérendt. He died on January 9, 1975 in ...

1952 Il est minuit, Docteur Schweitzer d'André Haguet

18. Jean Gabin

Actor | La grande illusion

Jean-Alexis Moncorge started his career with 15 years at the theatre and debuted at the "Moulin Rouge" in Paris in 1929. Despite of his rude aspect he knew to be the gentleman of the French cinema in the time between the two World Wars. One of his most popular personalities was inspector Maigret. ...

1952 La Vérité sur Bébé Donge de Henri Decoin

19. Marcel Mouloudji

Actor | Les disparus de St. Agil

Marcel Mouloudji was born on September 16, 1922 in Paris, France. He was an actor, known for Les disparus de St. Agil (1938), Nous sommes tous des assassins (1952) and La guerre des gosses (1936). He was married to Louise Fouquet. He died on June 14, 1994 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, ...

1952 Nous sommes tous des assassins d'André Cayatte Best French Actor 1952

20. Gérard Philipe

Actor | Le rouge et le noir

In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Mark Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's ...

1952 Fanfan la Tulipe de Christian-Jaque

21. Serge Reggiani

Actor | Il gattopardo

The notably gifted, multi-talented actor, chanteur, poet and painter Serge Reggiani was born in Reggio Emilia, a town in northern Italy, in 1922. His father, a highly visible anti-fascist, fled his Mussolini-dictated homeland due to his fervent political activities and emigrated to France in order ...

1952 Casque d'or de Jacques Becker

22. Charles Boyer

Actor | Gaslight

Charles Boyer studied philosophy before he went to the theater where he gave his debut in 1920. Although he had at first no intentions to pursue a career at the movies (his first movie was L'homme du large (1920) by Marcel L'Herbier) he used his chance in Hollywood after several filming stations ...

1953 Madame de... de Max Ophüls

23. Daniel Gélin

Actor | The Man Who Knew Too Much

Gallic lead and character actor Daniel Gelin did not have an easy life but was warmly embraced as a talented star who appeared to fine advantage for such legendary directors as Max Ophüls, Louis Malle, Jean Cocteau, Alfred Hitchcock, and Claude Lelouch. He left home at age 16 to take dramatic arts ...

1953 L'esclave d'Yves Ciampi

24. Gérard Philipe

Actor | Le rouge et le noir

In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Mark Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's ...

1953 Les Orgueilleux d'Yves Allégret

25. Rellys

Actor | Feu Nicolas

Rellys was born on December 12, 1905 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France as Henri Marius Bourrelly. He was an actor, known for Feu Nicolas (1943), Les trois cousines (1947) and Les aventures des Pieds-Nickelés (1948). He died on July 20, 1991 in Marseille.

1953 Manon des Sources de Marcel Pagnol

26. Michel Simon

Actor | Le quai des brumes

The son of a sausage-maker, Michel Simon was conscripted into the Swiss Army at the start of World War I, but was thrown out through a combination of tuberculosis and general insubordination. He was variously a boxer, photographer, general handyman and right-wing anarchist, finally becoming a stage...

1953 La Vie d'un honnête homme de Sacha Guitry

27. Raf Vallone

Actor | The Godfather: Part III

Raf Vallone was an internationally acclaimed Italian movie star known for his rugged good looks. The athletic Vallone, a former soccer player who often was compared to Burt Lancaster, was born Raffaele Vallone in 1916 in Tropea in Calabria, Italy, the son of a prominent lawyer and his aristocratic ...

1953 Thérèse Raquin de Marcel Carné

28. Charles Vanel

Actor | Le salaire de la peur

Charles Vanel was born on August 21, 1892 in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France as Charles-Marie Vanel. He was an actor and director, known for The Wages of Fear (1953), Diabolique (1955) and To Catch a Thief (1955). He was married to Arlette Mauricette Bailly. He died on April 15, 1989 in Cannes, ...

1953 Le Salaire de la peur de Henri-Georges Clouzot Best French Actor 1953

29. Fernandel

Actor | Don Camillo

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 ...

1954 Le Mouton à cinq pattes de Henri Verneuil

30. Pierre Fresnay

Actor | La grande illusion

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 Amazing Monsieur Fabre (1951). He was married to Berthe Bovy and Rachel Bérendt. He died on January 9, 1975 in ...

1954 Le Défroqué de Léo Joannon

31. Jean Gabin

Actor | La grande illusion

Jean-Alexis Moncorge started his career with 15 years at the theatre and debuted at the "Moulin Rouge" in Paris in 1929. Despite of his rude aspect he knew to be the gentleman of the French cinema in the time between the two World Wars. One of his most popular personalities was inspector Maigret. ...

1954 Touchez pas au grisbi de Jacques Becker

32. Daniel Gélin

Actor | The Man Who Knew Too Much

Gallic lead and character actor Daniel Gelin did not have an easy life but was warmly embraced as a talented star who appeared to fine advantage for such legendary directors as Max Ophüls, Louis Malle, Jean Cocteau, Alfred Hitchcock, and Claude Lelouch. He left home at age 16 to take dramatic arts ...

1954 La Neige était sale de Luis Saslavsky

33. Robert Lamoureux

Actor | Mais où est donc passée la 7ème compagnie

Robert Lamoureux was born on January 4, 1920 in Paris, France. He was an actor and writer, known for Mais où est donc passée la 7ème compagnie (1973), The Adventures of Arsène Lupin (1957) and On a retrouvé la 7ème compagnie ! (1975). He was married to ...

1954 Papa, Maman, la bonne et moi de Jean-Paul Le Chanois

34. Gérard Philipe

Actor | Le rouge et le noir

In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Mark Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's ...

1954 Monsieur Ripois de René Clément Best French Actor 1954

35. Michel Simon

Actor | Le quai des brumes

The son of a sausage-maker, Michel Simon was conscripted into the Swiss Army at the start of World War I, but was thrown out through a combination of tuberculosis and general insubordination. He was variously a boxer, photographer, general handyman and right-wing anarchist, finally becoming a stage...

1954 L'étrange désir de Monsieur Bard de Géza von Radvanyi

36. Jean Gabin

Actor | La grande illusion

Jean-Alexis Moncorge started his career with 15 years at the theatre and debuted at the "Moulin Rouge" in Paris in 1929. Despite of his rude aspect he knew to be the gentleman of the French cinema in the time between the two World Wars. One of his most popular personalities was inspector Maigret. ...

1955 French Cancan de Jean Renoir

37. Daniel Gélin

Actor | The Man Who Knew Too Much

Gallic lead and character actor Daniel Gelin did not have an easy life but was warmly embraced as a talented star who appeared to fine advantage for such legendary directors as Max Ophüls, Louis Malle, Jean Cocteau, Alfred Hitchcock, and Claude Lelouch. He left home at age 16 to take dramatic arts ...

1955 Les Amants du Tage de Henri Verneuil

38. Jean Marais

Actor | La belle et la bête

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 ...

1955 Le Comte de Monte-Cristo de Robert Vernay

39. Jean-Claude Pascal

Actor | Pêcheur d'Islande

Jean-Claude Pascal was born on October 24, 1927 in Paris, France as Jean-Claude Villeminot. He is known for his work on Pêcheur d'Islande (1959), Royal Affairs in Versailles (1954) and Die schöne Lügnerin (1959). He died on May 5, 1992 in Clichy-la-Garenne, Hauts-de-Seine, France.

1955 Les Mauvaises rencontres d'Alexandre Astruc

40. Raymond Pellegrin

Actor | Le deuxième souffle

Raymond Pellegrin was born on January 1, 1925 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France as Raymond Pellegrini. He was an actor, known for Le Deuxième Souffle (1966), Imperial Venus (1962) and Le triplé gagnant (1989). He was married to Gisèle Pascal and Dora Doll. He died on October 14, 2007 ...

1955 Napoléon de Sacha Guitry

41. Gérard Philipe

Actor | Le rouge et le noir

In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Mark Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's ...

1955 Les Grandes manœuvres de René Clair

42. Jean Servais

Actor | Le plaisir

Jean Servais was born on September 24, 1910 in Antwerp, Belgium. He was an actor and writer, known for Le Plaisir (1952), Rififi (1955) and The Longest Day (1962). He was married to Gilberte Graillot and Dominique Blanchar. He died on February 17, 1976 in Paris, France.

1955 Du rififi chez les hommes de Jules Dassin Best French Actor 1955

43. Bourvil

Actor | The Longest Day

At the age of three, André Zacharie Raimbourg and his family moved to a town in the region of Normandy called Bourville. He finished school at the age of 15 and began to work as a baker. He was already playing harmonica, mandoline and cornet when he engaged himself in a village band. In the ...

1956 La Traversée de Paris de Claude Autant-Lara Best French Actor 1956

44. Roger Duchesne

Actor | Bob le flambeur

Roger Duchesne was born on July 27, 1906 in Luxeuil-les-Bains, Haute-Saône, France as Roger Jordaens. He was an actor, known for Bob le Flambeur (1956), Tempête sur l'Asie (1938) and Messieurs les ronds de cuir (1936). He was married to Yvette Lebon. He died on December 25, 1996 in Les ...

1956 Bob le flambeur de Jean-Pierre Melville

45. Jean Gabin

Actor | La grande illusion

Jean-Alexis Moncorge started his career with 15 years at the theatre and debuted at the "Moulin Rouge" in Paris in 1929. Despite of his rude aspect he knew to be the gentleman of the French cinema in the time between the two World Wars. One of his most popular personalities was inspector Maigret. ...

1956 Voici le temps des assassins de Julien Duvivier

46. Georges Marchal

Actor | Belle de jour

Georges Marchal was one of the most important lead actors in French cinema in the '50s, together with Jean Marais. He was the lead in various costume dramas and swashbuckling films before taking part in some of the films of Luis Buñuel, a close friend of his. He retired in 1989.

1956 Cela s'appelle l'aurore de Luis Bunuel

47. François Périer

Actor | Le samouraï

Francois Perier was one of France's most prolific character leads. Born in Paris, his father managed a wine shop. At age 14, he wrote to legendary actor Louis Jouvet who subsequently helped him enter the Cours Simon and Le Conservatoire dramatic institutions. A stage star by 1938, he then ...

1956 Gervaise de René Clément

48. Anthony Quinn

Actor | Alexis Zorbas

Anthony Quinn was born Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn on April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Manuela (Oaxaca) and Francisco Quinn, who became an assistant cameraman at a Los Angeles (CA) film studio. His paternal grandfather was Irish, and the rest of his family was Mexican. After starting life ...

1956 Notre Dame de Paris de Jean Delannoy

49. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr....

1956 Dossier secret (Monsieur Arkadin) d'Orson Welles

50. Pierre Brasseur

Actor | Les enfants du paradis

Pierre Brasseur was born on December 22, 1905 in Paris, France as Pierre Espinasse. He was an actor and writer, known for Children of Paradise (1945), Les yeux sans visage (1960) and Port of Shadows (1938). He was married to Lina Magrini and Odette Joyeux. He died on August 14, 1972 in Bruneck, ...

1957 Porte des Lilas de René Clair Best French Actor 1957

51. Curd Jürgens

Actor | The Spy Who Loved Me

Curd Jürgens (commonly billed as "Curt Jurgens" in anglophone countries) was one of the most successful European film actors of the 20th Century. He was born Curd Gustav Andreas Gottlieb Franz Jürgens on December 13, 1915, in Solln, Bavaria, in Hohenzollern Imperial Germany, a subject of Kaiser ...

1957 Amère victoire de Nicholas Ray

52. Robert Lamoureux

Actor | Mais où est donc passée la 7ème compagnie

Robert Lamoureux was born on January 4, 1920 in Paris, France. He was an actor and writer, known for Mais où est donc passée la 7ème compagnie (1973), The Adventures of Arsène Lupin (1957) and On a retrouvé la 7ème compagnie ! (1975). He was married to ...

1957 Les Aventures d'Arsène Lupin de Jacques Becker

53. Folco Lulli

Actor | I compagni

Folco Lulli was born on July 3, 1912 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. He was an actor and writer, known for The Organizer (1963), The Wages of Fear (1953) and I tartari (1961). He died on May 23, 1970 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

1957 Œil pour œil d'André Cayatte

54. Gérard Philipe

Actor | Le rouge et le noir

In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Mark Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's ...

1957 Pot-Bouille de Julien Duvivier

55. Jean Servais

Actor | Le plaisir

Jean Servais was born on September 24, 1910 in Antwerp, Belgium. He was an actor and writer, known for Le Plaisir (1952), Rififi (1955) and The Longest Day (1962). He was married to Gilberte Graillot and Dominique Blanchar. He died on February 17, 1976 in Paris, France.

1957 Celui qui doit mourir de Jules Dassin

56. Pierre Vaneck

Actor | La science des rêves

Pierre Vaneck was born on April 15, 1931 in Langson, Tonkin, Vietnam as Pierre Van Hecke. He is known for his work on The Science of Sleep (2006), Othello (1995) and Love Me No More (2008). He was married to Sophie Becker. He died on January 31, 2010 in Paris, France.

1957 Celui qui doit mourir de Jules Dassin

57. Bourvil

Actor | The Longest Day

At the age of three, André Zacharie Raimbourg and his family moved to a town in the region of Normandy called Bourville. He finished school at the age of 15 and began to work as a baker. He was already playing harmonica, mandoline and cornet when he engaged himself in a village band. In the ...

1958 Le Miroir à deux faces d'André Cayatte

58. Jean Desailly

Actor | La peau douce

Jean Desailly was born on August 24, 1920 in Paris, France. He was an actor and director, known for The Soft Skin (1964), On ne badine pas avec l'amour (1955) and La mort de Belle (1961). He was married to Simone Valère and Nicole Desailly. He died on June 10, 2008 in Dourdan, Essonne, France.

1958 Maigret tend un piège de Jean Delannoy Best French Actor 1958

59. Louis de Funès

Actor | Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob

Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza was born on July 31, 1914, in Courbevoie, France. His father, named Carlos Luis de Funes de Galarza, was a former lawyer of Seville, Spain, who became a diamond cutter. His mother, named Leonor Soto Reguera, was of Spanish and Portugese extraction.

Young Louis...

1958 Ni vu, ni connu d'Yves Robert

60. Jean Gabin

Actor | La grande illusion

Jean-Alexis Moncorge started his career with 15 years at the theatre and debuted at the "Moulin Rouge" in Paris in 1929. Despite of his rude aspect he knew to be the gentleman of the French cinema in the time between the two World Wars. One of his most popular personalities was inspector Maigret. ...

1958 Les Grandes familles de Denys de La Patellière

61. Christian Marquand

Actor | Apocalypse Now

Christian Marquand was born on March 15, 1927 in Marseille, France. He was an actor and director, known for Apocalypse Now (1979), The Longest Day (1962) and The Flight of the Phoenix (1965). He was married to Tina Aumont. He died on November 22, 2000 in Ivry-sur-Seine, Val-de-Marne, France.

1958 Une vie d'Alexandre Astruc

62. Gérard Philipe

Actor | Le rouge et le noir

In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Mark Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's ...

1958 Montparnasse 19 de Jacques Becker

63. Maurice Ronet

Actor | Le feu follet

Maurice Ronet was born on April 13, 1927 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France as Maurice Julien Marie Robinet. He was an actor and director, known for The Fire Within (1963), Elevator to the Gallows (1958) and Purple Noon (1960). He was married to Maria Pacôme. He died on March 14, 1983 in Paris, ...

1958 Ascenseur pour l'échafaud de Louis Malle

64. Fernandel

Actor | Don Camillo

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 ...

1959 La vache et le prisonnier de Henri Verneuil Best French Actor 1959

65. Christian Marquand

Actor | Apocalypse Now

Christian Marquand was born on March 15, 1927 in Marseille, France. He was an actor and director, known for Apocalypse Now (1979), The Longest Day (1962) and The Flight of the Phoenix (1965). He was married to Tina Aumont. He died on November 22, 2000 in Ivry-sur-Seine, Val-de-Marne, France.

1959 J'irai cracher sur vos tombes de Michel Gast

66. Paul Meurisse

Actor | Les diaboliques

Paul Meurisse was the son of a bank manager and it first looked as if he would follow in his father's footsteps when he became a solicitor's clerk in Aix-en-Provence. But his passion was elsewhere and he soon did the splits appearing as a chorus boy in music-hall revues. Leaving Aix for Paris, with...

1959 Le déjeuner sur l'herbe de Jean Renoir

67. Jean-Pierre Mocky

Director | Litan

As an actor he became popular as Albert de Morcerf in a version of The Count of Monte Cristo (1954), fame and adulation followed with his Francois in Head Against the Wall (1959). As a director he became famous with anarcho-pictures, brilliant cynic comedies. His preferred actors in all decades were...

1959 La Tête contre les murs de Georges Franju

68. Gérard Philipe

Actor | Le rouge et le noir

In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Mark Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's ...

1959 Les Liaisons dangereuses 1960 de Roger Vadim

69. Lino Ventura

Actor | L'armée des ombres

One of France's most beloved character stars from the 1950s through and including the 1980s was the Italian-born Lino Ventura. Born Angiolino Joseph Pascal Ventura to Giovanni Ventura and Luisa Borrini, on July 14, 1919, in Parma (northern) Italy, young Lino moved with his family at a young age to ...

1959 Un témoin dans la ville d'Edouard Molinaro

70. Henri Vidal

Actor | Pensione Edelweiss

Henri Vidal was born on November 26, 1919 in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, France as Henri Lucien Raymond Vidal. He was an actor, known for Pensione Edelweiss (1959), Action immédiate (1957) and Scampolo 53 (1953). He was married to Michèle Morgan and Michèle Cordoue. He died on December 10...

1959 La Bête à l'affût de Pierre Chenal



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