| Actor, Series|
Honorary Moliere Award
| Jean Desailly|
| August 24, 1920 (1920-08-24) Paris, France|
June 11, 2008, Paris, France
Simone Valere (m. 1998–2008)
BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
The Soft Skin, The Professional, Le Doulos, The Grand Maneuver, Un flic
Simone Valere, Jean Delannoy, Georges Lautner, Nicole Desailly, Jean‑Pierre Melville
Jean Desailly Wikipedia
Jean Desailly (24 August 1920 – 11 June 2008) was a French actor. He was a member of the Comédie-Française from 1942 to 1946, and later participated in about 90 movies.
Desailly studied at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts and the Conservatoire de Paris winning first prize, joining the Comédie-Française in 1942. In 1946 he became a leading member of the Jean-Louis Barrault-Madeleine Renaud company at the Théâtre Marigny, playing in a wide repertoire from Les Fausses Confidences, Bérénice and Le Songe d'une nuit d'été.
With the Renaud-Barrault at the Odéon-Théâtre de France he played both leading roles in le Mariage de Figaro: Figaro on tour in the provinces and Count Almaviva in Paris.
Desailly's second wife was the French actress Simone Valère, with whom he formed a theatre company which they directed successively at the Théâtre Hébertot and the Théâtre de la Madeleine. A wide repertoire was played at the two theatres from 1972 to 2002.
In music he was the narrator on the 1965 recording of Stravinsky's Oedipus rex conducted by Karel Ančerl for Supraphon and on the 1971 recording of Honegger's Le roi David under Charles Dutoit for Erato (with Valère as the prophetess).1943: Le voyageur de la Toussaint - Gilles Mauvoisin
1946: Sylvie et le fantôme - Frédéric
1946: Patrie, directed by Louis Daquin - Karloo
1949: Keep an Eye on Amelia (Occupe-toi d'Amélie) - Marcel
1955: Les Grandes manoeuvres, directed by René Clair - Victor Duverger
1958: Les Grandes Familles, directed by Denys de La Patellière - François Schoudler
1958: Maigret tend un piège - Marcel Maurin
1959: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Sen noci svatojánské) animation directed by Jiří Trnka - narrator (French version)
1961: La Mort de Belle directed by Édouard Molinaro - Stéphane Blanchon
1962: Le Doulos, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville - Le commissaire Clain
1964: The Soft Skin (La Peau douce), directed by François Truffaut (nominated for the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 1964; received the Bodil Award for Best European Film in 1965) - Pierre Lachenay
1967: La Vie parisienne, directed by Yves-André Hubert (television version of 1958 stage production by Jean-Louis Barrault) - Raoul de Gardefeu
1972: Un flic - L'homme distingué
1972: Les Rois maudits (miniseries) - Narrator
1981: Le Professionnel (won the Golden Screen Award, 1983) - Le ministre
1994: Le Radeau de la Méduse - Tullaye
1960: Nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1960, for his role in Maigret tend un piège.
2002: Awarded the Molière acting prize.