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Role  Actor

Name  Fernand Contandin
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Died  February 26, 1971, Paris, France
Spouse  Henriette Manse (m. 1925–1971)
Children  Franck Fernandel, Josette Contandin, Janine Contandin
Albums  L'Accent du Soleil, Les Grands du rire
Movies  The Little World of Don Cam, The Cow and I, Don Camillo's Last Round, Don Camillo in Moscow, The Return of Don Camillo
Similar People  Bourvil, Jean Gabin, Gino Cervi, Franck Fernandel, Louis de Funes

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Fernand Joseph Désiré Contandin (8 May 1903 – 26 February 1971) (aged 67), better known as Fernandel, was a French actor and singer. Born in Marseille, France, to Désirée Bedouin and Denis Contandin, originating in Perosa Argentina, an Occitan town located in the province of Turin. He was a comedy star who first gained popularity in French vaudeville, operettas, and music-hall revues. His stage name originated from his marriage to Henriette Manse, the sister of his best friend and frequent cinematic collaborator Jean Manse. So attentive was he to his wife that his mother-in-law amusingly referred to him as Fernand d'elle ("her Fernand").


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In 1930, Fernandel appeared in his first motion picture and for more than forty years he would be France's top comic actor. He was perhaps best loved for his portrayal of the irascible Italian village priest at war with the town's Communist mayor in the Don Camillo series of motion pictures. His horse-like teeth became part of his trademark.

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He also appeared in Italian and American films. His first Hollywood motion picture was 1956's Around the World in 80 Days in which he played David Niven's coachman. His popular performance in that film led to his starring with Bob Hope and Anita Ekberg in the 1958 comedy Paris Holiday.

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In addition to acting, Fernandel also directed or co-produced several of his own films.

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Fernandel died from lung cancer and is buried in the Cimetière de Passy, Paris, France.


He had two daughters, Josette (1926) and Janine (1930), and son Franck (1935). His son, known as Franck Fernandel, became an actor and a singer. Franck acted alongside his father in two films, Gilles Grangier's L'âge ingrat and Georges Bianchi's En avant la musique.


In The Stranger by Albert Camus, Meursault and his female friend Marie Cordona watch a movie starring Fernandel on the day after the funeral of Meursault's mother.

Selected filmography

Main article: Filmography of Fernandel (in French)


Fernandel Wikipedia