Gerard Blain

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
A boyish-looking lead of two early Claude Chabrol classics, "Le Beau Serge" (1958) and "Les Cousins" (1959), Gerard Blain made a credible transition to writing and directing in the early 1970s. As a youth, he first ... Read more »
Born: 10/23/1930 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Actor (24)

Bandits d'amour (hold-up pour le bonheur) 2001 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Jusqu'au bout de la nuit 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jour apres jour 1989 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

Winter's Child 1989 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Natalia 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Poussiere d'ange 1987 (Movie)

Broz (Actor)

La Presqu'ile 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Derelitta 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Utopia 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Machine 1976 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

The American Friend 1976 (Movie)

Raoul Minot (Actor)

Le Pelican 1972 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Cain de nulle part 1969 (Movie)

Cain (Actor)

Shock Troops 1968 (Movie)

Thomas (Actor)

Careless Love 1964 (Movie)

Painter (Actor)

Hatari! 1961 (Movie)

Chip Maurey (Actor)

The Dauphins 1959 (Movie)

Anselmo (Actor)

Handsome Serge 1958 (Movie)

Serge (Actor)

Les Cousins 1958 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

Young Husbands 1958 (Movie)

Marcello (Actor)

Charlotte et son Jules 1957 (Movie)

Charlotte's Friend (Actor)

The Mischief-Makers 1957 (Movie)

Gerard (Actor)

Crime and Punishment 1956 (Movie)

Jean Fargeot (Actor)

Deadlier Than the Male 1956 (Movie)

Gerard (Actor)
Director (8)

Ainsi soit-il 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Jusqu'au bout de la nuit 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Pierre et Djemila 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Rebelle 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Un Second Souffle 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Un Enfant dans la foule 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Pelican 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Amis 1970 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (6)

Ainsi soit-il 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jusqu'au bout de la nuit 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pierre et Djemila 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Un Second Souffle 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Pelican 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Amis 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A boyish-looking lead of two early Claude Chabrol classics, "Le Beau Serge" (1958) and "Les Cousins" (1959), Gerard Blain made a credible transition to writing and directing in the early 1970s. As a youth, he first appeared in films as an extra in Marcel Carne's classic "Les enfants du paradis/The Children of the Paradise" (1943) as well as in stage productions. After serving in a parachute regiment in the French army, Blain started his acting career in earnest in the mid-50s. The two Chabrol films established him: "Le Beau Serge/Handsome Serge" found him cast as Jean-Claude Brialy's drastically-changed school chum while in "Les Cousins/Cousins" he was Brialy's country relation. The actor went on to appear in several Italian-French co-productions, including "Il Gobbo," "I Delfini" and "Via Margutta" (all 1960), before extending his international presence as John Wayne's sidekick in the English-language "Hatari!" (1962). Blain settled back into French filmmaking in 1964 with "La Bonne Soupe/Careless Love."

Relationships

Estrella

Wife
first wife

Father
abandoned family when Blain was 12

Paul Blain

Son

Bernadette Lafont

Wife
married in 1956 divorced in 1958

EDUCATION

dropped out at age 14

Milestones

2000

Made final film, "Ainsi Soit-il"

1994

Directed, wrote and starred in "Jusqu'an bout de la nuit/Until the End of the Night"

1987

Directed and co-wrote "Pierre et Djemila"

1977

Starred in Wim Wenders' "The American Friend"

1970

Feature screenwriting and directing debut, "Les amis/The Friends"

1962

Co-starred in the English-language "Hatari!"

1958

Starred in "Le Beau Serge/Handsome Serge" and "Les Cousins/The Cousins"

1955

Had first major role, "Voici le Temps des Assassins/Murder a la Carte"

1954

Film acting debut, "Avant le deluge"

1943

Made stage debut in Marcel Pagnol's "Topaze"

1942

Began professional career as extra in Marcel Carne's "The Children of Paradise/Les Enfants du paradis"

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