Fernandel

Actor, Vaudevillian, Comedian
Popular, prolific long-faced French comedian with an enormous, horsey grin who, through the expressive use of his hands, homely face and voice, became one of the most beloved film stars in France and appeared, often as ... Read more »
Born: 05/08/1903 in France

Filmography

Actor (20)

Heureux qui comme Ulysse 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Cuisine au Beurre 1962 (Movie)

(Actor)

Le Diable et les Dix Commandements 1962 (Movie)

Patient (Actor)

Don Camillo Monseigneur 1960 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last Judgement 1960 (Movie)

(Actor)

Paris Holiday 1958 (Movie)

Fernydel (Actor)

The Law Is the Law 1958 (Movie)

Ferdinand Pastorelli (Actor)

The Man in the Raincoat 1957 (Movie)

Albert Constantin (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (02/07/56) 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wild Oat 1955 (Movie)

Felicien (Actor)

Mam'zelle Nitouche 1954 (Movie)

Celestin (Actor)

Retour de Don Camillo 1954 (Movie)

Don Camillo (Actor)

The Sheep Has Five Legs 1954 (Movie)

Papa St Forget and His Quintuplet Sons (Actor)

Ali-Baba 1953 (Movie)

Ali Baba (Actor)

Le Fruit defendu 1951 (Movie)

Dr Charles Pellegrin (Actor)

L' Auberge Rouge 1950 (Movie)

Monk (Actor)

La Fille du Puisatier 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

Carnaval (Movie)

Dardamelle (Actor)

Carnival (Movie)

Dardamelle (Actor)

Josette (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Popular, prolific long-faced French comedian with an enormous, horsey grin who, through the expressive use of his hands, homely face and voice, became one of the most beloved film stars in France and appeared, often as innocent peasant characters, in almost 150 films. Although he first gained screen popularity with a serious role in Bernard Deschamps's "Le Rosier de Madame Husson" (1932), Fernandel was best known for his numerous comic portrayals, especially as the title character, an irascible Italian village priest, in the "Don Camillo" series.

Relationships

Father
semi-professional music-hall entertainer and cafe singer

Daughter
had two daughters mother, Henriette Manse

Franck Fernandel

Son
mother, Henriette Manse

Henriette Manse

Wife
married April 1925 until his death in 1971 had three children together

Milestones

1968

Made a successful North American tour as a singer, culminating with a recital at Carnegie Hall

1932

Breakthrough role in "Le Rosier de Madame Husson/Mrs. Husson's Rosebush"

1930

Film acting debut, "Le Blanc et le Noir"

1928

Paris revue debut as comedy singer at Concert Mayol

1922

Professional debut

Formed Gafer, production company, with Jean Gabin

Worked as a bank teller, dock worker and clerk at father's wholesale grocery business while performing as an amateur comedian and cafe singer from the age of 10

Bonus Trivia

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Member of the Legion of Honor, described in the citation as a "merchant of happiness".

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