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Occupation  Actor, Series
Awards  Honorary Moliere Award
Role  Actor
Name  Jean Desailly
Years active  1943-1999

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Born  August 24, 1920 (1920-08-24) Paris, France
Died  June 11, 2008, Paris, France
Spouse  Simone Valere (m. 1998–2008)
Nominations  BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
Movies  The Soft Skin, The Professional, Le Doulos, The Grand Maneuver, Un flic
Similar People  Simone Valere, Jean Delannoy, Georges Lautner, Nicole Desailly, Jean‑Pierre Melville

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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.


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Life and career

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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.

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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).

Selected filmography

  • 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
  • Awards and nominations

  • 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.
  • References

    Jean Desailly Wikipedia

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