Michel Simon (I) (1895–1975)


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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 actor in Geneva in 1920. His reputation soon grew... See full bio »

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(1938)
Beauty and the Devil Mephistopheles / Old Prof. Henri Faust
(1950)
The Train Papa Boule
(1964)
La Chienne Maurice Legrand
(1931)

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 1975 The Red Ibis
Zizi
 1971 Blanche
Le châtelain
 1970 The House
Louis Compiegne
 1970 Let's Have a Riot
Cavazza
 1968 The Marriage Came Tumbling Down
Le vieux Jéricho
 1967 The Two of Us
Pépé Dupont
 1966 Two Hours to Kill
L'employé de la consigne
 1965 Du vent dans les branches de Sassafras (TV Movie)
John-Emery Rokefeller
 1964 Steinlein (Short)
Récitant / Narrator (voice)
 1964 Cyrano et d'Artagnan
Duc de Mauvières
 1964 The Train
Papa Boule
 1962/II Marco Polo
 1962 The Devil and the Ten Commandments
Jérôme Chambard (segments "Dieu en vain ne jureras" / "Les Dimanches tu garderas")
 1962 Emile's Boat
Charles-Edmond Larmentiel
 1960 My Friend Lazlo (Short)
 1960 Candide
Colonel Nanar, du cadre de réserve
 1960 Pete the Tender
Pierrot
 1960 The Battle of Austerlitz
Alboise
 1959 The Head
Prof. Dr. Abel
 1958 Un certain Monsieur Jo
Joseph 'Jo' Guardini
 1957 Les 3 font la paire
Commissaire Bernard
 1956 La joyeuse prison
Benoit - le surveillant-chef
 1956 Memories of a Cop
Le commissaire principal Henri Dominique
 1955 The Impossible Mr. Pipelet
Maurice Martin
 1954 At the Order of the Czar
Prince de Sayn-Wittgenstein
 1954 Hungarian Rhapsody
General von Sayn-Wittgenstein
 1954 The Anatomy of Love
Padre Silvio (segment "Casa d'altri")
 1954 Strange Desire of Mr. Bard
Auguste Bard
 1953 Saadia
Bou Rezza
 1953 Women of Paris
Professeur Charles Buisson
 1953 The Virtuous Scoundrel
Albert Ménard-Lacoste / Alain Ménard-Lacoste
 1953 Le marchand de Venise
Shylock
 1952 Le chemin de Damas
Caïphe
 1952 Crimson Curtain
Bertal / Banquo
 1952 The Temptress
Cidoni
 1952 Das Geheimnis vom Bergsee
Bürgermeister (french version)
 1952 Girl with the Whip
Le tuteur d'Angelina
 1952 Full House
Le commissaire Jules Maigret (segment (segment "Le témoignage d'un enfant de choeur")
 1952 Mister Taxi
Pierre Verger (Monsieur Taxi)
 1951 La Poison
Paul Louis Victor Braconnier
 1950 Beauty and the Devil
Mephistopheles / Old Prof. Henri Faust
 1949 Fabiola
Senator Fabius Severus
 1948 La carcasse et le tord-cou
Joseph Ferdinand Anselme Midot, dit 'Le tord-cou'
 1947 Les amants du pont Saint-Jean
Alcide Garonne
 1947 Non coupable
Le docteur Michel Ancelin
 1947 La taverne du poisson couronné
Capitaine Palmer
 1946 Panique
Monsieur Hire
 1946 A Friend Will Come Tonight
Michel Lemaret
 1943 Vautrin the Thief
Jacques Collin dit Vautrin
 1943 Shop Girls of Paris
Baudu
 1942 Girl of the Golden West
Butler / Carras
 1941 The King's Jester
Rigoletto
 1941 The Story of Tosca
Il barone Scarpia
 1940 Comedy of Happiness
M. Jourdain
 1940 Ecco la felicità
Giambattista Giordano
 1940 Paris New-York
L'inspecteur Boucheron
 1940 Les musiciens du ciel
Le capitaine Simon
 1939 Cavalcade of Love
Diogène, Monseigneur de Beaupré & Lacouret
 1939 Circonstances atténuantes
M. Gaetan Le Sentencier, 'La Sentence'
 1939 Fric-Frac
Jo 'Les bras coupés'
 1939 Le dernier tournant
Nick Marino
 1939 La fin du jour
Cabrissade
 1939 Derrière la façade
Picking
 1939 Eusèbe député
Eusèbe Bonbonneau
 1939 Cocoanut
Josserand
 1938 Mother Love
Michel Quercy
 1938 The Stream
Le comte Edouard de Bourgogne dit 'L'Escargot'
 1938 Belle étoile
Léon
 1938 Les nouveaux riches
Martinet
 1938 Port of Shadows
Zabel
 1938 Boys' School
Lemel, prof. de dessin
 1938 Mirages
Michel
 1937 The Kiss of Fire
Michel
 1937 Bizarre, Bizarre
Irwin Molyneux
 1937 La bataille silencieuse
Sauvin
 1937 Boulot aviateur
Baron Gobèche
 1937 Le choc en retour
Laverdac
 1936 Let's Make a Dream
Un invité (prologue)
 1936 Le mort en fuite
Achille Baluchet
 1936 Jeunes filles de Paris
Baron de Beaupoil and his brother
 1936 Les jumeaux de Brighton
Labrosse
 1936 Moutonnet
Frècheville
 1936 Under Western Eyes
Lespara
 1935 Le bébé de l'escadron
Perrot-Joly
 1935 Amants et voleurs
Doizeau
 1935 Adémaï au moyen âge
Lord Pickwickdam
 1934 Le bonheur
Noël Malpiaz
 1934 L'Atalante
Le père Jules (old Jules)
 1934 Ladies Lake
Oscar Lyssenhop
 1934 Miquette et sa mère
Monchablon
 1934 Léopold le bien-aimé
M. Ponce
 1933 High and Low
Maximilian Podeletz
 1932 Boudu Saved from Drowning
Priape Boudu
 1932 Baleydier
Baleydier
 1931 La Chienne
Maurice Legrand
 1931 Baby's Laxative
Chouilloux
 1931 Jean de la Lune
Clothaire dit Clo-Clo
 1930 Illegitimate Child
Lorédan
 1929 Pivoine
 1928 The Sad Sack
Joseph Turlot
 1928 The Passion of Joan of Arc
Jean Lemaître
 1926 L'inconnue des six jours
Le valet de chambre
 1926 The Living Dead Man
Jérôme Pomino
 1925 The Vocation of André Carel
Gaston Lebeau
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Father of actor François Simon. See more »

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