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Full Name  Jean Poire
Role  Actor
Name  Jean Poiret
Known for  La Cage Aux Folles
Cause of death  Heart attack

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Born  August 17, 1926 (1926-08-17) Paris, France
Died  March 14, 1992, Suresnes, France
Plays  La Cage aux Folles, Joyeuses Paques
Movies  La Cage aux Folles, Inspecteur Lavardin, The Last Metro, Chicken with Vinegar, The Birdcage

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Jean Poiret, born Jean Poiré, (17 August 1926 in Paris – 14 March 1992) was a French actor, director, and screenwriter. He is primarily known as the author of the original play La Cage Aux Folles.


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Early career

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Poiret first rose to prominence in 1951 playing the role of Fred Transport, one of the heroes of Pierre Dac and Francis Blanche's radio series Malheur aux Barbus. In 1952, he met his future co-star of La Cage Michel Serrault at the Sarah Bernhardt Theatre. Together, they starred in the sketch Jerry Scott, Vedette Internationale

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In 1961, Poiret, as a member of the French cinematic society Pathé, wrote and recorded La Vache à Mille Francs, a parody of La Valse à Mille Temps by Jacques Brel.

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In 1973, he married actress Caroline Cellier, with whom he had one child.

La Cage aux Folles

In 1973, Poiret wrote and starred in the stage play La Cage aux Folles. Its film adaptation in 1978 eventually brought Poiret immense success. Although Poiret was replaced by Italian actor Ugo Tognazzi in the role of Renato Baldi, Serrault reprised his stage-role of Zaza Napoli and won a César Award for his work.

Later career

In 1992, Poiret directed his first and only film, Le Zèbre (The Zebra). This adaptation of Alexandre Jardin's novel starred Thierry Lhermitte and Mme. Poiret, Caroline Cellier.

Unfortunately, Poiret died of a heart attack in Paris on 14 March 1992, three months before the film's premiere. He is buried at the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris.


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