Jean-Louis Barrault (1910–1994)

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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 playwrights as Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco and Jean ... See full bio »


(age 83) in Paris, France

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Known For

Children of Paradise Baptiste Debureau
The Longest Day Father Louis Roulland
That Night in Varennes Nicolas Edmé Restif de la Bretonne


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 1990 Oh! Les beaux jours (TV Movie)
 1988 La lumière du lac
Le vieux
 1985 Emmenez-moi au théâtre (TV Series)
- Angelo, tyran de Padoue (1985) ... Orfeo
 1982 That Night in Varennes
Nicolas Edmé Restif de la Bretonne
 1982 Le soulier de satin (TV Movie)
 1981 Zadig ou La destinée (TV Movie)
 1980 The Lovers' Exile
Introducer (for television)
 1976 Christophe Colomb (TV Movie)
Christophe Colaomb, la légende
 1970 Oh! Les beaux jours (TV Movie)
 1967 La route d'un homme (TV Short)
Récitant / Narrator (voice)
 1966 Chappaqua
Dr. Benoit
 1964 The Big Scare
 1964 La confidence fausse (TV Movie)
 1962 The Longest Day
Father Louis Roulland
 1961 The Miracle of the Wolves
Louis XI.
 1960 The Carmelites
Le mime
 1959 Experiment in Evil (TV Movie)
Le docteur Cordelier / Opale
 1958 La répétition ou L'amour puni (TV Movie)
Le comte
 1955 The False Confessions (TV Movie)
 1954 Royal Affairs in Versailles
 1950 La Ronde
Robert Kuhlenkampf
 1950 Vagabonds imaginaires
Le récitant (segment 'Le bateau ivre') (voice)
 1948 Man to Men
Henri Dunant
 1947 La rose et le réséda (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1947 Le cocu magnifique
 1945 La part de l'ombre
Michel Kremer (as Jean-Louis Barrault de la Comédie Française)
 1945 Children of Paradise
Baptiste Debureau
 1944 L'ange de la nuit
Jacques Martin
 1942 Mlle. Desiree
Napoléon Bonaparte
 1942 La symphonie fantastique
Hector Berlioz (as Jean Louis Barrault)
 1941 Montmartre sur Seine
Michel Courtin (as Jean Louis Barrault)
 1941 Parade en 7 nuits
Lucien Ardouin
 1939 Farinet ou l'or dans la montagne
Maurice Farinet
 1938 La piste du sud
 1938 Youth in Revolt
 1938 Mirages
Pierre Bonvais
 1938 I Accuse
 1938 The Puritan
Francis Ferriter
 1938 Storm
L'Africain / The African
 1937 Bizarre, Bizarre
William Kramps dit Le tueur de bouchers
 1937 The Pearls of the Crown
Bonaparte jeune (as J.L. Barrault)
 1937 Police mondaine
 1937 Street of Shadows
Le client fou (as J.L. Barrault)
 1937 À nous deux, madame la vie
Paul Briançon
 1936 The Life and Loves of Beethoven
Karl van Beethoven
 1936 Hélène
Pierre Régnier
 1936 Jenny
Le Dromadaire (as J. L. Barrault)
 1936 Under Western Eyes
 1936 Mayerling
Un étudiant (uncredited)
 1935 Happy Days
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Other Works:

stage play "Des journées entières dans les arbres" (by Marguerite Duras) stage director, with Madeleine Renaud, Bulle Ogier, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Yves Gasc, Françoise Dorner & Jean Martin, Paris, France & United States of America See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 3 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

J. L. Barrault | J.L. Barrault | Jean Louis Barrault | Jean-Louis Barrault de la Comédie Française


Madeleine Renaud  (his death)


Marie-Christine Barrault (niece or nephew)

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Personal Quote:

In fact it is the simplest things that are the most tricky to do well. To read, for example. To be able to read exactly what is written without omitting anything that is written and at the same time without adding anything of one's own. To be able to capture the exact context of the words one is reading. To be able to read! See more »


In 1957, received a Special Tony Award for the French Repertory. See more »

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