100 French actors

by panerai | created - 25 Jun 2012 | updated - 25 Jun 2012 | Public

...STILL IN PROGRESS

1. 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...

2. Alain Delon

Actor | Le samouraï

Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon was born in Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France, to Édith (Arnold) and Fabien Delon. His father was of French and Corsican Italian descent, and his mother was of French and German ancestry. His parents divorced early on, and Delon had a stormy childhood, being ...

3. Jean-Paul Belmondo

Actor | Pierrot le fou

The son of the renowned French sculptor Paul Belmondo, he studied at Conservatoire National Superieur d'Art Dramatique (CNSAD); after the minor stage performances he made his screen debut in À pied, à cheval et en voiture (1957) but the episodes with his participation were cut before ...

4. Christopher Lambert

Actor | Highlander

Though born in Great Neck, Long Island, Christopher Lambert's family left the US when he was only two years old. His father was a United Nations diplomat assigned to Switzerland and, as a result, Chris was educated at private boarding schools in Geneva. Inspired through his having appeared in a ...

5. Jean Reno

Actor | Léon

Jean Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco, to Spanish parents (from Andalucía) who moved to North Africa to seek work. His father was a linotypist. Reno settled in France at 17. He began studying drama and has credits in French television and theater as well as films. ...

6. Gérard Depardieu

Actor | Cyrano de Bergerac

Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along ...

7. Vincent Cassel

Actor | L'ennemi public n°1

Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine (1995), the young actor, ...

8. 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. ...

9. Jean Rochefort

Actor | L'homme du train

French character star Jean Rochefort expressed an interest in acting early in life. Born in 1930, he trained at the Paris Conservatoire but had to halt his studies due to military service. Relocating to Paris, he developed a minor name for himself in cabaret and stage plays. He also worked with the...

10. Yves Montand

Actor | Le salaire de la peur

Yves Montand was born on October 13, 1921 in Monsummano Terme, Tuscany, Italy as Ivo Livi. He was an actor, known for The Wages of Fear (1953), Let's Make Love (1960) and Jean de Florette (1986). He was married to Simone Signoret. He died on November 9, 1991 in Senlis, Oise, France.

11. François Cluzet

Actor | Intouchables

François Cluzet was born on September 21, 1955 in Paris, France. He is an actor, known for The Intouchables (2011), Tell No One (2006) and French Kiss (1995).

12. Daniel Auteuil

Actor | Caché

Daniel Auteuil was born on January 24, 1950 in Algiers, Alger, France. He is an actor and director, known for Caché (2005), Jean de Florette (1986) and Le placard (2001). He has been married to Aude Ambroggi since July 22, 2006. They have one child. He was previously married to Emmanuelle ...

13. Mathieu Amalric

Actor | Le scaphandre et le papillon

Mathieu Amalric was born on October 25, 1965 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He is an actor and director, known for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Munich (2005).

14. Lambert Wilson

Actor | The Matrix Reloaded

Lambert Wilson was born in Paris and studied acting at the Drama Centre in London.

A fluent English speaker, he made his feature film debut at the age of twenty-two in Fred Zinnemann's Five Days One Summer (1981) starring opposite Sean Connery. He went on to work with many of France's most ...

15. Thierry Lhermitte

Actor | Le dîner de cons

One of France's most popular actors, writers, and producers, Thierry Lhermitte has been appearing in films since the 1970s. Perhaps best known for work in farcical comedies, the tall, handsome actor has appeared in some of France's more outrageous films over the course of his prolific career.

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16. Philippe Noiret

Actor | Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

Philippe Noiret was one of French cinema's most familiar faces who appeared in more than 140 films in a career that spanned more than half a century.

He was born on October 1, 1930, in Lille, Nord, France, into a middle class family of shopkeepers. His father was fond of literature. Young Noiret ...

17. Christian Clavier

Actor | Les visiteurs

Christian Clavier was born on May 6, 1952 in Paris, France. He is an actor and writer, known for Les visiteurs (1993), Just Visiting (2001) and Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999). He was previously married to Marie-Anne Chazel.

18. Gérard Jugnot

Actor | Les choristes

Gérard Jugnot was born on May 4, 1951 in Paris, France. He is an actor and writer, known for The Chorus (2004), Une époque formidable... (1991) and Scout toujours... (1985).

19. Jacques Gamblin

Actor | Les enfants du marais

Jacques Gamblin was born on November 16, 1957 in Granville, Manche, France. He is an actor, known for Les enfants du marais (1999), The Names of Love (2010) and Safe Conduct (2002).

20. Gérard Lanvin

Actor | L'ennemi public n°1

Gérard Lanvin was born on June 21, 1950 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Gérard Raymond Lanvain. He is an actor and writer, known for Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008), The Taste of Others (2000) and Le fils préféré (1994). He has been married to Jennifer...

21. Jean Dujardin

Actor | The Artist

In 1995 he began his first one man show, the same year he met Bruno Salomone, Eric Collado, Emmanuel Joucla and Eric Massot with whom he created the "Nous C nous". In 1999, he became "Loulou" in Un gars, une fille (1999). This part permitted him to show his talent to a larger public. Since the end ...

22. 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 ...

23. Jean-Pierre Cassel

Actor | Murder on the Orient Express

He made his movie debut at the invitation of Gene Kelly, who cast Cassel in the 1956 Paris-filmed seriocomedy The Happy Road (1957). At least, that's what the press releases claimed; actually, the tall, elastic-faced Cassel had been plugging away in films on a minor basis since 1950. Shortly after, ...

24. Jean-Louis Trintignant

Actor | Amour

Born 1930 in Piolenc in south France as son of a wealthy industrialist. Studied law in Aix-en-Provence. Started theatrical acting in 1950, but was regarded untalented at first, until Roger Vadim discovered him for the movies. When the press stalked him 1956 because of rumors of an affair with ...

25. Michel Piccoli

Actor | Le mépris

Born in a musician's family, he spent the first fifteen years of his career appearing both on stage and on screen, mostly in supporting roles. His breakthrough came after Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt (1963) and about 100 films, ranging from art-house movies to commercial mainstream, followed. He won ...

26. Romain Duris

Actor | De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté

Appealing actor Romain Duris is the exact example of those who arrived in the movie industry by chance, and to stardom without really desiring it. Discovered by a casting director while he was waiting in front of a high school in Paris, he was offered a role. Between popular successes such as Le p&...

27. Pierre Richard

Actor | Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti

Certainly one of France's supreme farceurs in the classic tradition, comedian Pierre Richard was born to an upper crust family with an embarrassing riches of middle names as he was christened Pierre Richard Maurice Charles Leopold Defays. Working and building up his trade at the Paris Music Hall in...

28. André Dussollier

Actor | Ne le dis à personne

André Dussollier was born on February 17, 1946 in Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France. He is an actor, known for Tell No One (2006), Amélie (2001) and La belle et la bête (2014).

29. Vincent Lindon

Actor | La loi du marché

Vincent Lindon was born on July 15, 1959 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Vincent Alfred Fernand Lindon. He is an actor and writer, known for La loi du marché (2015), La Haine (1995) and Pour elle (2008). He was previously married to Sandrine Kiberlain.

30. Jean-Pierre Bacri

Actor | Comme une image

Jean-Pierre Bacri was born on May 24, 1951 in Castiglione, Alger, France. He is an actor and writer, known for Look at Me (2004), Family Resemblances (1996) and The Taste of Others (2000).

31. Richard Anconina

Actor | Tchao pantin

Richard Anconina was born on January 28, 1953 in Paris, France. He is an actor, known for Tchao pantin (1983), La vérité si je mens! (1997) and Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté (1988).

32. Richard Bohringer

Actor | Diva

Richard Bohringer was born on January 16, 1942 in Moulins, Allier, France. He is an actor and writer, known for Diva (1981), Un homme en colère (1997) and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989).

33. Jean-Hugues Anglade

Actor | 37°2 le matin

Sensual, ambiguous, ultra sensitive French performer Jean-Hugues Anglade always had a reputation of intense and passionate actor. Any role, any language, Anglade seems to be able to do anything. From appearing integrally naked alongside Beatrice Dalle in "37.2 degrees in the morning", to playing an...

34. Michael Lonsdale

Actor | The Day of the Jackal

Michael Lonsdale was born on May 24, 1931 in Paris, France as Michael Edward Lonsdale-Crouch. He is an actor, known for The Day of the Jackal (1973), Moonraker (1979) and Ronin (1998).

35. Louis Garrel

Actor | The Dreamers

Louis Garrel was born on June 14, 1983 in Paris, France. He is an actor and director, known for The Dreamers (2003), Love Songs (2007) and Godard Mon Amour (2017). He has been married to Laetitia Casta since June 2017. He was previously married to Golshifteh Farahani.

36. 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 ...

37. Niels Arestrup

Actor | Un prophète

Niels Arestrup was born on February 8, 1949 in Montreuil, Seine [now Seine-Saint-Denis], France. He is an actor and writer, known for A Prophet (2009), Diplomatie (2014) and War Horse (2011).

38. 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...

39. Fabrice Luchini

Actor | Dans la maison

Fabrice Luchini was born on November 1, 1951 in Paris, France as Robert Luchini. He is an actor and writer, known for Dans la maison (2012), Molière (2007) and Beaumarchais the Scoundrel (1996).

40. Erich von Stroheim

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatter from Gleiwitz, Germany (now Gliwice, Poland). His family was Jewish.

After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America ...

41. Pierre Arditi

Actor | Mélo

Pierre Arditi was born on December 1, 1944 in Paris, France. He is an actor, known for Mélo (1986), Smoking/No Smoking (1993) and Sauveur Giordano (2001). He has been married to Evelyne Bouix since May 31, 2010.

42. Hippolyte Girardot

Actor | Yuki & Nina

Hippolyte Girardot was born on October 10, 1955 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Frédéric Girardot. He is an actor and director, known for Yuki & Nina (2009), Paris, je t'aime (2006) and Dolmen (2005).

43. Jean Carmet

Actor | Les misérables

Jean Carmet was born on April 25, 1920 in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France as Jean Gabriel Edmond Carmet. He was an actor and writer, known for Les misérables (1982), Bouvard et Pecuchet (1989) and The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972). He died on April 20, 1994 in Sèvres, ...

44. Jean-Louis Barrault

Actor | Les enfants du paradis

Celebrated French stage actor/director/producer Jean-Louis Barrault was born on September 8, 1910. A superlative tragedian and mime, his dedication to both avant-garde and classical plays helped revive the French theatre after World War II, while presenting world premières of works by such ...

45. 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 ...

46. Maurice Chevalier

Soundtrack | The Love Parade

Maurice Chevalier's first working job was as an acrobat, until a serious accident ended that career. He turned his talents to singing and acting, and made several short films in France. During World War I he enlisted in the French army. He was wounded in battle, captured and placed in a POW camp by...

47. Louis Jourdan

Actor | Octopussy

Louis Jourdan was born Louis Robert Gendre in Marseille, France, to Yvonne (née Jourdan) and Henry Gendre, a hotel owner. He was educated in France, Britain, and Turkey. He trained as an actor with René Simon at the École Dramatique. He debuted on screen in 1939, going on to play cultivated, ...

48. 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 ...

49. Jacques Tati

Writer | Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot

The comic genius Jacques Tati was born Taticheff, descended from a noble Russian family. His grandfather, Count Dimitri, had been a general in the Imperial Army and had served as military attaché to the Russian Embassy in Paris. His father, Emmanuel Taticheff, was a well-to-do picture framer who ...

50. Pierre Étaix

Actor | Yoyo

Pierre Étaix was born on November 23, 1928 in Roanne, Loire, France as Pierre Léon Étaix. He was an actor and writer, known for Yoyo (1965), Tant qu'on a la santé (1966) and The Suitor (1962). He was married to Odile Crepin and Annie Fratellini. He died on October 14, 2016 in Paris, France.

51. Jean-Claude Brialy

Director | Églantine

One of the most popular and respected actors to come from the French "New Wave" film movement, Jean-Claude Brialy was born to a military family, which included one brother, in French colonial Algeria on March 30, 1933. Residing in various places while his father, a colonel with the French Army, ...

52. Jean-Pierre Léaud

Actor | Les quatre cents coups

Jean-Pierre Léaud is not everybody's cup of tea for sure, but will remain an important name in film history. As an actor he can be adored or hated for exactly the same reasons: he is one of those rare players that directors let improvise his dialogue, which gets on certain viewers' nerves while it ...

53. 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...

54. 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 ...

55. Michel Serrault

Actor | Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud

As accomplished and versatile the well-loved French actor Michel Serrault proved to be over the course of five decades, American audiences still remember this actor for one role only - that of the neurotic, outrageously flamboyant drag performer Albin (aka Zaza) in the side-splitting French gay ...

56. Robert Le Vigan

Actor | Le quai des brumes

Robert Le Vigan appeared in many classic French films of the late 1930s and early 1940s like Port of Shadows (1938) and It Happened at the Inn (1943) but his career was curtailed at the Liberation because of his overt fascism. Up to the mid-1930s his career was quite undistinguished until Behold ...

57. Patrick Dewaere

Actor | Un mauvais fils

Popular but troubled renegade French actor Patrick Dewaere was christened Jean-Marie Patrick Bourdeaux on January 26, 1947, at Saint-Brieuc in Britanny in the north-west region of France. The third of six children born to actress Mado Maurin (1915-2011), his mothere made acting a family affair. All...

58. Claude Rich

Actor | Je t'aime, je t'aime

Claude Rich was born on February 8, 1929 in Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France. He was an actor and writer, known for Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968), Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002) and Le souper (1992). He was married to Catherine Rich. He died on July 20, 2017 in Orgeval, Yvelines, France.

59. Julien Carette

Actor | La grande illusion

Julien Carette was born on December 23, 1897 in Paris, France as Julien Victor. He was an actor, known for La Grande Illusion (1937), The Rules of the Game (1939) and L'heureuse aventure (1935). He died on July 20, 1966 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines, France.

60. 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. "...

61. Pierre Blanchar

Actor | Crime et châtiment

Pierre Blanchar was born on June 30, 1892 in Philippeville, Constantine, France as Gustave Pierre Blanchard. He was an actor and director, known for Crime and Punishment (1935), Feu Mathias Pascal (1937) and L'Atlantide (1932). He was married to Marte d'Lagrange. He died on November 21, 1963 in ...

62. Noël-Noël

Writer | Les choristes

Warmly popular French character player and screenwriter in his heyday, Noel-Noel was born Lucien Noel and developed his celebrity in music halls and the cabaret venue, where he created his Ademai comic character, a blundering French soldier. He eventually took this character successfully to film in...

63. 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...

64. Jean-Pierre Marielle

Actor | The Da Vinci Code

Jean-Pierre Marielle was born on April 12, 1932 in Paris, France. He is an actor, known for The Da Vinci Code (2006), Coup de Torchon (1981) and Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009). He has been married to Agathe Natanson since 2003.

65. Darry Cowl

Actor | Pas sur la bouche

Darry Cowl was born on August 27, 1925 in Vittel, Vosges, Lorraine, France as André Darricau. He was an actor and composer, known for Not on the Lips (2003), Le triporteur (1957) and Les pique-assiette (1960). He was married to Rolande Kalis and Nelly Marco. He died on February 14, 2006 in ...

66. 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 ...

67. 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 ...

68. Francis Blanche

Actor | Tartarin de Tarascon

Francis Blanche was born on July 20, 1921 in Paris, France as Francis Jean Blanche. He was an actor, known for Tartarin de Tarascon (1962), Belle de Jour (1967) and La Grande Bouffe (1973). He was married to Edith Fontaine. He died on July 6, 1974 in Paris.

69. Michel Blanc

Actor | Grosse fatigue

Michel Blanc was born on April 16, 1952 in Courbevoie, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France. He is an actor and writer, known for Dead Tired (1994), Monsieur Hire (1989) and Embrassez qui vous voudrez (2002).

70. Bernard Giraudeau

Director | L'autre

Bernard Giraudeau was born on June 18, 1947 in La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, France. He was an actor and director, known for L'autre (1991), Ridicule (1996) and Ce jour-là (2003). He was married to Anny Duperey. He died on July 17, 2010 in Paris, France.

71. Michel Bouquet

Actor | Renoir

Michel Bouquet is an actor born in the 14th arrondissement of Paris on the 6 November 1925. His father, Georges Bouquet, was a World War One veteran and a wine-maker. His mother Marie was a milliner. He had three older brothers: Georges, Bernard and Serge. Michel's father was always a shadowy ...

72. Harry Baur

Actor | Golgotha

Harry Baur was born on April 12, 1880 in Montrouge, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], Île-de-France, France as Henri-Marie Baur. He was an actor, known for Behold the Man (1935), Un carnet de bal (1937) and Les Misérables (1934). He was married to Rika Radifé and Rose Grane. He died on April 8, ...

73. Jacques Dutronc

Actor | Van Gogh

Regardless of being called 'a dilettante of music', Jacques Dutronc became a very popular French singer and composer since the mid-60s. In the early 70s he began his screen career collaborating with such directors as Jean-Luc Godard, Andrzej Zulawski, Claude Lelouch and Maurice Pialat. For his ...

74. Richard Berry

Actor | L'immortel

Richard Berry was born on July 31, 1950 in Paris, France as Richard Élie Benguigui. He is an actor and writer, known for L'immortel (2010), Nos femmes (2015) and Le petit prince a dit (1992). He has been married to Pascale Louange since September 17, 2016. They have one child. He was previously ...

75. Jean Yanne

Actor | Tout le monde il est beau, tout le monde il est gentil

Jean Yanne was born on July 18, 1933 in Les Lilas, Seine [now Seine-Saint-Denis], France as Jean Roger Gouyé. He was an actor and writer, known for Tout le monde il est beau, tout le monde il est gentil (1972), Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) and Weekend (1967). He was married to Jacqueline Renée ...

76. Georges Wilson

Actor | The Three Musketeers

Georges Wilson was born on October 16, 1921 in Champigny-sur-Marne, Seine [now Val-de-Marne], France as Georges Willson. He is known for his work on The Three Musketeers (1973), Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008) and La vouivre (1989). He was married to Nicole. He died on February 3, 2010 in ...

77. Jean-Pierre Darroussin

Actor | Un air de famille

Jean-Pierre Darroussin was born on December 4, 1953 in Courbevoie, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France as Jean-Pierre Daroussin. He is an actor and director, known for Family Resemblances (1996), Le pressentiment (2006) and Le Havre (2011).

78. Jacques Villeret

Actor | Le dîner de cons

Jacques Villeret was born on February 6, 1951 in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France as Jacky Boufroura. He was an actor, known for Le Dîner de Cons (1998), Robert et Robert (1978) and Les enfants du marais (1999). He was married to Irina Tarassov. He died on January 28, 2005 in Evreux, Eure, ...

79. Jacques Dufilho

Actor | Le Crabe-Tambour

Jacques Dufilho was born on February 19, 1914 in Bègles, Gironde, France. He was an actor and director, known for Le Crabe-Tambour (1977), Un mauvais fils (1980) and C'est quoi la vie? (1999). He died on August 28, 2005 in Lectoure, Gers, France.

80. Claude Brasseur

Actor | Un éléphant ça trompe énormément

Claude Brasseur was born on June 15, 1936 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Claude Espinasse. He is an actor, known for Pardon Mon Affaire (1976), O Fio do Horizonte (1993) and Le souper (1992). He has been married to 'Michèle Cambon since 1970. They have one child. He was previously ...

81. Jules Berry

Actor | Aventure à Paris

Jules Berry was born on February 9, 1883 in Poitiers, Vienne, France as Jules Peaufichet. He was an actor, known for Aventure à Paris (1936), L'homme de Londres (1943) and Balthazar (1937). He was married to Josseline Gaël. He died on April 23, 1951 in Paris, France.

82. Marcel Dalio

Actor | Sabrina

Sunday, November the 20th is the anniversary of Marcel Dalio's death in 1983. It was the end of a serendipitous life. You know him. He was a citizen of the world. Born Israel Moshe Blauschild, in Paris, in 1900, he became a much sought-after character actor. His lovely animated face with its great ...

83. Michel Galabru

Actor | Subway

Michel Galabru was born on October 27, 1922 in Safi, French Protectorate of Morocco as Michel Louis Edmond Galabru. He was an actor and writer, known for Subway (1985), Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999) and La Cage aux Folles (1978). He was married to Claude and Anne Jacquot. He died on January ...

84. 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), Amazing Monsieur Fabre (1951) and Monsieur Vincent (1947). He was married to Berthe Bovy and Rachel Bérendt. He died on January 9, 1975 in ...

85. 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, ...

86. Pierre Larquey

Actor | Les diaboliques

Pierre Larquey was born on July 10, 1884 in Cénac, Gironde, France. He was an actor, known for Diabolique (1955), Sylvie et le fantôme (1946) and Le père Goriot (1945). He died on April 17, 1962 in Maisons-Laffitte, Yvelines, France.

87. Sacha Guitry

Writer | Les perles de la couronne

French actor, dramatist and director, Sacha Guitry was born in 1885 in Saint-Petersburg where his father, actor Lucien Guitry, was under contract with the city's French theater. Early on, Sacha knew he was going to be an artist. Therefore, his studies were mediocre.

His acting debuts were not too ...

88. Philippe Léotard

Actor | La balance

Philippe Léotard was born on August 28, 1940 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France as Ange-Philippe Leotard. He was an actor and composer, known for La balance (1982), The Day of the Jackal (1973) and Le juge Fayard dit Le Shériff (1977). He died on August 25, 2001 in Paris, France.

89. Noël Roquevert

Actor | Les diaboliques

Noël Roquevert, later to develop into the archetypal bossy retired military officer, was born into a family of actors in Brittany. Before embodying all those old grumpy characters which made him famous he first appeared on stage as a ... baby ! Incredible but true. He performed in 150 plays and was...

90. Saturnin Fabre

Actor | La nuit fantastique

Saturnin Fabre was born on April 4, 1884 in Sens, Yonne, France as Charles Saturnin Joseph Fabre. He was an actor, known for La nuit fantastique (1942), Désiré (1937) and La dame de chez Maxim (1950). He died on October 24, 1961 in Montgeron, Essonne, France.

91. Guy Marchand

Actor | Garde à vue

Guy Marchand was born on May 22, 1937 in Paris, France. He is an actor, known for Garde à vue (1981), Coup de Torchon (1981) and Nestor Burma (1991).

92. Jean Tissier

Actor | Gigi

Jean Tissier was born on April 1, 1896 in Paris, France. He was an actor, known for Gigi (1949), The Affairs of Messalina (1951) and Count of Bragelonne (1954). He was married to Georgette Tissier. He died on March 31, 1973 in Granville, Manche, France.

93. Coluche

Actor | Tchao pantin

Coluche was born on October 28, 1944 in Paris, France as Michel Colucci. He is known for his work on Tchao pantin (1983), Vous n'aurez pas l'Alsace et la Lorraine (1977) and Le bon roi Dagobert (1984). He was married to Véronique K. Colucci. He died on June 19, 1986 in Opio, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

94. Philippe Torreton

Actor | Banlieue 13: Ultimatum

Philippe Torreton was born on October 13, 1965 in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. He is an actor, known for District 13: Ultimatum (2009), Captain Conan (1996) and Ça commence aujourd'hui (1999). He has been married to Elsa Boublil since June 2008. They have one child. He was previously ...

95. Max Linder

Actor | Seven Years Bad Luck

Although all too frequently neglected by fans of silent comedy, Max Linder is in many ways as important a figure as Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd, not least because he predated (and influenced) them all by several years and was largely responsible for the creation of the classic ...

96. 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, ...

97. Albert Préjean

Actor | Sous les toits de Paris

Albert Préjean was born on October 27, 1893 in Paris, France. He was an actor, known for Sous les toits de Paris (1930), L'opéra de quat'sous (1931) and L'assassin n'est pas coupable (1946). He was married to Jeanne Poché and Lysiane Rey. He died on November 1, 1979 in Paris.

98. Raimu

Actor | La femme du boulanger

Orson Welles once called beloved, down-to-earth French character star Raimu (born Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire) "the greatest actor who ever lived." It is hard to argue the compliment of one genius to another. Raimu was born in Toulon, France on December 17, 1883 of very humble means. He began his ...

99. Patrick Chesnais

Actor | Le scaphandre et le papillon

Patrick Chesnais was born on March 18, 1947 in La Garenne-Colombes, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Patrick Chénais. He is an actor and director, known for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), Les beaux jours (2013) and La lectrice (1988). He is married to Josiane Stoléru. They have one child.

100. Jean-Pierre Aumont

Actor | Lili

Another in the long line of dramatically handsome foreign imports who made an immediate impact on WWII Hollywood was debonair French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont. The epitome of grace and sophistication, the stylish leading man went on to have a long and respectful career on stage, film and TV, both ...



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