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Jean Pierre Marielle

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Occupation  Actor
Spouse  Agathe Natanson (m. 2003)
Role  Actor
Name  Jean-Pierre Marielle
Years active  1957–present

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Born  12 April 1932 (age 83) (1932-04-12) Dijon, France
Awards  Moliere Award for Best Actor
Nominations  Cesar Award for Best Actor, Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actor
Movies  Cookies, In a Wild Moment, Calmos, Tous les matins du monde, Micmacs
Similar People  Agathe Natanson, Jean Rochefort, Philippe Noiret, Joel Seria, Jean‑Pierre Mocky

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Jean-Pierre Marielle (born 12 April 1932) is a French actor. He has played in more than a hundred films in which he brought life to a very large diversity of roles, from the banal citizen (Les Galettes de Pont-Aven), to the serial killer (Sans mobile apparent), to the World War II hero (Les Milles), to the compromised spy (La Valise), to the has-been actor (Les Grands Ducs), to his portrayal of Jacques Saunière in (The Da Vinci Code (film) , acting always with the same excellence whatever the quality of the movie in itself. He is well known for his outspokenness and especially for his warm and cavernous voice which is often imitated by French humorists considering him as the archetype of the French gentleman.


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Early life

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Marielle was born in 1932 in Paris to an industrialist father and a dressmaker mother. His first experiences of acting date back to his years of high school during which he staged some Chekhov’s plays with his comrades. He initially wanted to study literature but one of his teachers encouraged him to become an actor instead, so that he joined the Conservatoire National where became close friends with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Rochefort and from where he left with the comedy second prize in 1954.


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His early career consisted of stage roles with the Grenier-Hussenot company, notably in Pinter’s plays, and some small appearances on the large screen by the late 1950s, with his particular voice giving him the abilities to play older characters. But disappointed by his first movie roles, he turned a moment to the cabaret.

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He obtained a little more consistent roles in the 1960s in movies such as Faites sauter la banque! (1963), starring alongside Louis de Funès, Weekend at Dunkirk (1964) and in particular Un monsieur de compagnie (1965), where French director Philippe de Broca gave him the opportunity to express all his talent. But his popularity really exploded during the 1970s as he appeared in a lot of comedies. In La Valise (1974) he played an Israeli spy having to hide in a trunk in order to be extracted from a country of the Middle East. Les Galettes de Pont-Aven (1975), Que la fête commence (1974) and Coup de Torchon (1981) confirmed him as a great actor.

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One of his best performances, which is also probably his darkest, lies in his wonderful interpretation of a disillusioned and suicidal cop in Les mois d’avril sont meurtriers (1987). The other major role of his career is Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe in Tous les matins du monde (1994).

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He also made at the same time a brilliant stage career and received the highest French award for a theater actor, the Molière, in 1994. He plays Jacques Sauniere in The Da Vinci Code (2006). He was awarded the Légion d’Honneur in 1992.

Personal life

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He has been married to French actress Agathe Natanson since 4 October 2003 and has a son from a previous union. He is a great fan of jazz music and New York City.


  • 1995 : Golden Goblet Award for Best Actor (2nd Shanghai International Film Festival) for the film Les Milles.
  • 1992 : 7 d'Or Award for Best Actor for the TV film La controverse de valladolid.
  • 1987 : Mystfest Award for Best Actor for the film Les mois d'avril sont meurtriers.
  • 2008 : Honorary Lumières Award (13th Lumières Awards)
  • Nominations

  • 2004 – César Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the film La Petite Lili.
  • 1993 – César Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the film Max et Jérémie.
  • 1992 – César Award for Best Actor for the film Tous les matins du monde.
  • 1989 – César Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the film Quelques jours avec moi.
  • 1982 – César Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the film Coup de Torchon.
  • 1976 – César Award for Best Actor for the film Les Galettes de Pont-Aven.
  • References

    Jean-Pierre Marielle Wikipedia