Charles Vanel

Actor, Director
Craggy-featured French character player and an occasional lead, in more than 200 films in a career spanning over 75 years. A slightly stocky man of medium height, with a rumbling voice and a strong, focused gaze, Vanel ... Read more »
Born: 08/21/1892 in France

Filmography

Actor (27)

Death In This Garden 2000 (Movie)

Castin (Actor)

Les Saisons du plaisir 1988 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

Si le soleil ne revenait pas 1987 (Movie)

Anzevui (Actor)

Le Chemin Perdu 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Three Brothers 1979 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Alice ou la derniere Fugue 1977 (Movie)

Vergennes (Actor)

Ne Pleure Pas 1977 (Movie)

Grandpa (Actor)

Cadaveri Eccellenti 1976 (Movie)

Prosecutor Varga (Actor)

Comme Un Boomerang 1975 (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

Es Herrscht Ruhe Im Land 1975 (Movie)

Grandfather Parra (Actor)

Nuit d'or 1975 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

Seven Deaths By Prescription 1974 (Movie)

Breze (Actor)

Par le sang des autres 1972 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

La Piu Bella Serata Della Mia Vita 1971 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

Camorra 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Comptes A Rebours 1970 (Movie)

Juliani (Actor)

Shock Troops 1968 (Movie)

Passevin (Actor)

Woman in Chains 1968 (Movie)

(Actor)

Magnet of Doom 1962 (Movie)

Dieudonne Ferchaux (Actor)

The Truth 1960 (Movie)

Maitre Guerin--Defense Attorney (Actor)

Le Feux aux Poudres 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Wages of Fear 1955 (Movie)

Jo (Actor)

To Catch a Thief 1955 (Movie)

Bertani (Actor)

Les Croix de Bois 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Loi Du Nord (Movie)

(Actor)

La Proie du Vent (Movie)

Pierre Vignal (Actor)

On Trial (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Craggy-featured French character player and an occasional lead, in more than 200 films in a career spanning over 75 years. A slightly stocky man of medium height, with a rumbling voice and a strong, focused gaze, Vanel began in films in 1912 and would eventually be directed by the likes of Jacques Feyder, Luis Bunuel, Maurice Tourneur, Pierre Chenal, Claude Chabrol and Jean-Pierre Mocky. Early on in his screen career he played the leading role in a film he also wrote and directed, "In the Night" (1930), and he also did well as the nasty, relentless Inspector Javert opposite Harry Bauer in Raymond Bernard's screen version of "Les Miserables" (1934). As late as 1976 Vanel played the leading role of the grandfather in Peter Lilienthal's docudrama, "Es Herrscht Ruhe im Land."

Relationships

Arlette Vanel

Wife

Milestones

1988

Last film, "The Seasons of Pleasure", directed by Jean-Pierre Mocky

1952

Played most famous role in Henri-George Clouzot's "The Wages of Fear"

1930

Wrote and directed one film, "Dans la nuit/In the night", in which he also played the leading role

1912

Began film career

Lived in the south of France for the last 20 years of his life

Wanted to follow in his family's seafaring footsteps; aspired to be a naval officer, but problems with his eyes necessitated giving that up

Increasingly active on TV in the 1960s and 70s

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