Michel Simon

Actor, Boxer, Still photographer
Former boxer and acrobatic clown who metamorphosed into one of the greatest French character players of all time. Simon first earned acclaim in the stage and film versions of "Jean de la Lune" (1931) and gained wide ... Read more »
Born: 04/09/1895 in Switzerland

Filmography

Actor (18)

The Two of Us 2005 (Movie)

Pepe (Actor)

Scent of A Woman 1992 (Movie)

Oak Room Waiter (Actor)

L' Atalante 1990 (Movie)

Pere Jules (Actor)

L' Ibis Rouge 1974 (Movie)

Zizi (Actor)

La Piu Bella Serata Della Mia Vita 1971 (Movie)

Prosecuting Attorney (Actor)

Blanche 1970 (Movie)

Chatelain (Actor)

The Train 1965 (Movie)

Papa Boule (Actor)

Candide, ou l'optimisme au XX siecle 1962 (Movie)

Nanar (Actor)

Cyrano et d'Artagnan 1962 (Movie)

Duc DeMauvieres (Actor)

Le Diable et les Dix Commandements 1962 (Movie)

Plumber (Actor)

Austerlitz 1960 (Movie)

Grognard (Actor)

Three Make A Pair 1957 (Movie)

Inspector (Actor)

Boudu Saved From Drowning 1931 (Movie)

Boudu (Actor)

La Chienne 1930 (Movie)

Maurice Legrand (Actor)

The Passion of Joan of Arc 1926 (Movie)

Jean Lemaitre (Actor)

Jean de la Lune (Movie)

Clo-Clo (Actor)

La Poison (Movie)

Paul Louis Victor Braconnier (Actor)

Panique (Movie)

M. Hire (Actor)
Producer (1)

Boudu Saved From Drowning 1931 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Former boxer and acrobatic clown who metamorphosed into one of the greatest French character players of all time. Simon first earned acclaim in the stage and film versions of "Jean de la Lune" (1931) and gained wide popularity for his commanding, soulful performances--usually as coarse commoners or unscrupulous rustics--in the films of Jean Renoir ("Boudu Saved From Drowning" 1932), Jean Vigo ("L'Atalante" 1934), Marcel Carne ("Quai des Brumes" 1938), Julien Duvivier ("End of a Day" 1939) and Rene Clair ("Beauty and the Devil" 1950). Although Simon's career tailed off in the 1950s after an accident which affected his central nervous system, he resurfaced with a triumphant performance in Claude Berri's poignant "The Two of Us" (1967). Father of actor Francois Simon.

Relationships

Francois Simon

Son

Milestones

1925

Screen debut, "The Late Matthew Pascal"

1918

Stage debut

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