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|Born||André Gaston Maillol
1926 (age 87–88)
André Maranne is a French-born English actor who appeared chiefly in English-language roles from the mid-1950s.
Born in Toulouse, France, Maranne's most prominent recurring role was Sergeant François Chevalier in six of The Pink Panther films, alongside Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom. Before the Pink Panther, he cameoed in the James Bond movie Thunderball. He also appeared in such diverse television programmes as Jason King ("Wanna buy a television series?", 1971), Fawlty Towers (as André in the 1975 "Gourmet Night" episode), Lord Peter Wimsey ("Clouds of Witness", 1972), Yes Minister, All Creatures Great and Small, and Doctor Who (The Moonbase, 1967).
Maranne was also a co-presenter of four in the French Teaching Programme, "Bonjour Françoise" on the BBC in the 1960s and acted in all 8 episodes of "La Chasse au Trésor" (1967) as well as all 24 episodes of "Ensemble-French for Beginners" in the 1970s, also for the BBC.
According to some reports and the IMDB website, Marrane died in 1992, but this has never been substantiated. In fact Toby Hadoke in the Doctor Who: The Moonbase DVD commentary has said that Maranne is still alive and that he had been invited but was unable to take part in the said commentary.