Jean Marais (I) (1913–1998)

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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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Known For

Beauty and the Beast La Bête (The Beast) / The Prince / Avenant
Stealing Beauty M. Guillaume
Orpheus Orphée
The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantès / Comte de Monte-Cristo (1) - (2)


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 1996 Stealing Beauty
M. Guillaume
 1995 Les Misérables
Mgr Myriel
 1992 Les enfants du naufrageur
 1986 Lien de parenté
Victor Blaise
 1985 Parking
Hadès / The Devil
 1982-1983 Emmenez-moi au théâtre (TV Series)
John-Emery Rockefeller / George Bernard Shaw
- Du vent dans les branches de sassafras (1983) ... John-Emery Rockefeller
- Cher menteur (1982) ... George Bernard Shaw
 1980 Les parents terribles (TV Movie)
 1977 Vaincre à Olympie (TV Movie)
 1973 Karatekas and co (TV Mini Series)
- Quelque part en Méditerranée (1973) ... L'Empereur
- Deux millions de fusils (1973) ... L'Empereur
- La rue des parfaits (1973) ... L'Empereur
- Mozart passe la mesure (1973) ... L'Empereur
- Le club de l'eau plate (1973) ... L'Empereur
 1973 Joseph Balsamo (TV Mini Series)
Joseph Balsamo / Baron Joseph Balsamo / Graf Alessandro di Cagliostro / ...
- Episode #1.7 (1973) ... Joseph Balsamo
- Episode #1.6 (1973) ... Joseph Balsamo
- Episode #1.5 (1973) ... Joseph Balsamo
- Audienz in Versailles (1973) ... Baron Joseph Balsamo / Graf Alessandro di Cagliostro / Lieutenant de Barreau / ...
- Episode #1.4 (1973) ... Joseph Balsamo
 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 Renaud et Armide (TV Movie)
 1969 Diamond Rush
Manuel Thomas, dit Manu
 1967 Fantomas vs. Scotland Yard
Fantômas / Fandor / Walter Brown / ...
 1967 Seven Guys and a Gal
 1966 The Saint Lies in Wait
Simon Templar
 1965 Fantomas Unleashed
Fantômas / Fandor / Professeur Lefèvre
 1965 Train d'enfer
Antoine Donadieu
 1965 Killer Spy
Stanislas Dubois
 1965 Thomas the Impostor
Le narrateur (voice)
 1965 Ivory Coast Adventure
Jean-Luc Hervé de la Tommeraye
 1964 Fantomas
Fantômas / Fandor
 1964 Friend of the Family
Noël Carradine
 1964 Cherchez l'idole
Un invité au spectacle de Sylvie Vartan (uncredited)
 1963 The Reluctant Spy
 1962 Le masque de fer
Charles d'Artagnan
 1962 Les mystères de Paris
Rodolphe de Sombreuil
 1962 Pontius Pilate
Ponzio Pilato
 1961 Napoléon II, l'aiglon
General de Montholon
 1961 The Miracle of the Wolves
Robert de Neuville
 1961 Captain Fracasse
Baron Philippe de Sigognac / Capitaine Fracasse
 1961 Princess of Cleves
Le Prince de Clèves
 1960 Captain Blood
François de Capestan
 1960 The Battle of Austerlitz
 1960 Testament of Orpheus
Oedipe (uncredited)
 1959 Le Bossu
Henri de Lagardère
 1958 Soleil éteint (Short)
 1958 Life as a Couple
Teddy Brooks
 1958 Every Day Has Its Secret
Xavier Lezcano
 1958 King on Horseback
Henri La Tour
 1957 Girl in His Pocket
Prof. Jerome
 1957 Le Notti Bianche
 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
 1956 If Paris Were Told to Us
François Ier
 1955 School for Love
Eric Walter
 1955 Napoleon
Le comte de Montholon
 1955 Le comte de Monte-Cristo: 1ère époque 'La trahison'
Edmond Dantès / Comte de Monte-Cristo
 1955 Le comte de Monte-Cristo: 2ème époque 'La vengeance'
Edmond Dantès / Comte de Monte-Cristo
 1954 Royal Affairs in Versailles
Louis XV
 1954 The Count of Monte Cristo (TV Series)
Edmond Dantès / Comte de Monte-Cristo (1) - (2)
 1953 Le guérisseur
Pierre Lachaux-Laurent
 1953 Julietta
André Landrecourt
 1953 Girls' Dormitory
Inspecteur Désiré Marco
 1953 Voice of Silence
Andrea Sanna
 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
 1949 The Secret of Mayerling
L'archiduc Rodolphe d'Autriche-Hongrie
 1948 Les Parents Terribles
 1948 Aux yeux du souvenir
Jacques Forestier
 1948 The Eagle with Two Heads
 1948 Ruy Blas
Ruy Blas / Don César de Bazan
 1947 The Royalists
Le marquis de Montauran
 1946 Beauty and the Beast
La Bête (The Beast) / The Prince / Avenant
 1944 Carmen
Don José
 1943 Voyage Without Hope
Alain Ginestier
 1943 Love Eternal
 1942 Le lit à colonnes
Rémi Bonvent
 1941 Le pavillon brûle
 1938 Let's Go Up the Champs-Élysées
 1938 Le patriote (uncredited)
 1937 Abused Confidence (as Marais)
 1937 Bizarre, Bizarre
Le fêtard assommé par un Chinois
 1936 Les hommes nouveaux
Le secrétaire (uncredited)
 1934 L'aventurier
Le jeune ouvrier (as Maray)
 1934 Le bonheur
Journalist - Un journaliste (uncredited)
 1934 Le scandale
Le liftier
 1933 Étienne
 1933 Les Amoureux
 1933 Song of the Streets (uncredited)
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Personal Details

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 | 44 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Marais | Maray


5' 10¾" (1.8 m)


Mila Parély  (divorced)

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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.


As a child, he dreamed of becoming an actor but he was twice rejected when he applied to drama schools. During World War II, he worked in film and on the stage during the German occupation of France (1940-1944). After the Allies liberated Paris in August 1944, he joined France's Second Armored Division and served as a truck driver carrying fuel and ammunition to the front. See more »


Almost always cast by Jean Cocteau

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