Pierre Brasseur

Actor, Poet, Writer
A prolific French actor, Pierre Brasseur appeared in more than 150 screen roles over the course of his decades-spanning career. Turning up in a few supporting parts during the 1920s, Brasseur hit his stride in the '30s ... Read more »
Born: 12/22/1903 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Actor (24)

La Piu Bella Serata Della Mia Vita 1971 (Movie)

Defense Attorney (Actor)

Les Maries de l'an Deux 1970 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Macedoine 1969 (Movie)

Boss (Actor)

Birds in Peru 1968 (Movie)

Husband (Actor)

King of Hearts 1967 (Movie)

General Geranium (Actor)

Liola 1966 (Movie)

Simone Palumbo (Actor)

A Young World 1965 (Movie)

Boss (Actor)

La Metamorphose des cloportes 1965 (Movie)

Tonton (Actor)

La Vie de Chateau 1965 (Movie)

Dimanche (Actor)

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

Pangloss (Actor)

Il Bell'Antonio 1962 (Movie)

Alfio Magnano (Actor)

Carthage in Flames 1961 (Movie)

Sidone (Actor)

Eyes Without a Face 1961 (Movie)

Professor Genessier (Actor)

Spotlight On Murder 1961 (Movie)

Herve (Actor)

Where the Hot Winds Blows! 1960 (Movie)

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The Carmelites 1959 (Movie)

Commissaire (Actor)

The Keepers 1958 (Movie)

Marbeau (Actor)

Gates of Paris 1957 (Movie)

Juju (Actor)

Napoleon 1955 (Movie)

Barras (Actor)

Le Plaisir 1954 (Movie)

Traveling Salesman (Actor)

Children of Paradise 1945 (Movie)

Frederic Lemaitre (Actor)

Cafe De Paris (Movie)

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Catherine (Movie)

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Incognito (Movie)

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Biography

A prolific French actor, Pierre Brasseur appeared in more than 150 screen roles over the course of his decades-spanning career. Turning up in a few supporting parts during the 1920s, Brasseur hit his stride in the '30s, with roles in dozens of films, most notably Marcel Carné's moody drama "Port of Shadows", starring Jean Gabin. In 1945, Brasseur reunited with Carné for "Children of Paradise", a sweeping drama that also featured Jean-Louis Barrault and the famed actress Arletty. In the film, Brasseur portrays Frédérick Lemaître, a theater actor who vies for the love of a gorgeous and elusive woman (Arletty), placing him in a rivalry with Barrault's sensitive mime and others. Continuing their partnership, Brasseur and Carné also collaborated on the post-war mystery "Gates of the Night", with the actor eventually working with another prominent Gallic director, René Clair, on the Oscar-nominated drama "The Gates of Paris". In 1960, Brasseur appeared in one of his most famous roles, playing a demented surgeon and chillingly devoted father in the unsettling horror film "Eyes Without a Face". Although few of Brasseur's subsequent parts were as remarkable, his place in French cinema history was secured, with the actor going on to a handful of memorable supporting roles, particularly as the unhinged General Geranium in the '66 cult classic "King of Hearts". Brasseur's legacy is carried on in the acting careers of his son, Claude, and his grandson Alexandre.

Relationships

Claude Brasseur

Son

Odette Joyeux

Ex-Wife

EDUCATION

Studied acting with Harry Baur

Milestones

1924

Film acting debut

1919

Stage acting debut

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