Charles Denner

Actor
A stage-experienced French performer who emigrated from Poland at the age of four, Denner worked with many of the major filmmakers of post-war France. After making his film debut in 1955 , he appeared in Louis Malle's ... Read more »
Born: 05/28/1926 in Poland

Filmography

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Elevator to the Gallows 2005 (Movie)

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The Two of Us 2005 (Movie)

Claude's Father (Actor)

Golden Eighties 1992 (Movie)

M Schwartz (Actor)

L' Unique 1984 (Movie)

Vox (Actor)

Le Prefere 1982 (Movie)

Joseph (Actor)

Stella 1982 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

Le Coeur a l'Envers 1979 (Movie)

Guillaume (Actor)

La Premiere Fois 1978 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

La Premiere Fois 1978 (Movie)

Pere Claude (Actor)

La Verdad Sobre el Caso Savolta 1978 (Movie)

Leprince (Actor)

Robert et Robert 1977 (Movie)

Robert Goldman (Actor)

The Man Who Loved Women 1976 (Movie)

Bertrand Morane (Actor)

Mado 1975 (Movie)

Raynaud (Actor)

Si c'etait a refaire 1975 (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

Peur sur la Ville 1974 (Movie)

Moissac (Actor)

Defense de savoir 1973 (Movie)

Ravier (Actor)

Toute une vie 1973 (Movie)

Sarah's Father (Actor)

Toute une vie 1973 (Movie)

Sarah's Grandfather (Actor)

Toute une vie 1973 (Movie)

Operator (Actor)

The Holes 1972 (Movie)

Minister (Actor)

Un Officier de Police sans Importance 1972 (Movie)

Monier (Actor)

L' Aventure c'est l'aventure 1971 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

L' Heritier 1971 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me 1971 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

Les Assasins de L'Ordre 1970 (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

Les Assasins de L'Ordre 1970 (Movie)

Inspector (Actor)

Le Voyou 1969 (Movie)

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The Truce 1969 (Movie)

Julien (Actor)

Z 1969 (Movie)

Manuel (Actor)

The Bride Wore Black 1968 (Movie)

Fergus (Actor)

The Worlds's Most Beautiful Swindles 1967 (Movie)

The Swindler (Actor)

The Sleeping Car Murders 1966 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

The Thief of Paris 1966 (Movie)

Cannonier (Actor)

Marie-Chantal Contre le Docteur Kha 1965 (Movie)

Johnson (Actor)

Life Upside Down 1963 (Movie)

Jacques (Actor)

Mata Hari, Agent H-21 1963 (Movie)

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Bluebeard 1961 (Movie)

Henri-Desire Landru (Actor)

La Meilleure part 1955 (Movie)

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Biography

A stage-experienced French performer who emigrated from Poland at the age of four, Denner worked with many of the major filmmakers of post-war France. After making his film debut in 1955 , he appeared in Louis Malle's "Ascenseur pour l'echafaud/Elevator to the Gallows" (1957). Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Denner worked with Claude Chabrol a total of five times, notably playing a murderous womanizer in "Landru" (1962), and a Jewish taxi driver in "Robert et Robert" (1978). Claude Berri chose Denner to portray a character based on the director's father in "Le Vieil Homme et l'Enfant" (1966), which dealt with a Jewish child hidden during the Nazi occupation of France. He was featured in Costa-Gavras' award-winning "Z" (1969). Denner teamed with Francois Truffaut for three appearances: "The Bride Wore Black" (1968); "Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me" (1972); and most memorably as the unlikely title character in "The Man Who Loved Women" (1977). His last film appearance was in the musical comedy "Golden Eighties" in 1986.

Milestones

1962

First starring film role as title character of Claude Chabrol's "Landru"; cast after the director saw him in a stage production of "Arturo Ui"

1955

Screen acting debut in "La Meilleure Part"

1946

Stage debut

1930

Emigrated from Poland to France at age 4

Appeared at Theatre National with Gerard Philipe in "Le Cid" and "Mother Courage," and with Jeanne Moreau in "La machine infernale"; led to his first film roles

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