Bernard Blier

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Bernard Blier
Bernard Blier in Amici miei.jpg
Bernard Blier in Amici miei (1975).
Born (1916-01-11)11 January 1916
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died 29 March 1989(1989-03-29) (aged 73)
Saint-Cloud, France
Nationality French
Occupation Actor
Years active 1937 - 1989

Bernard Blier (11 January 1916 – 29 March 1989) was a French character actor. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where his father, a researcher at the Pasteur Institute, was posted at the time.


His rotund features and premature baldness allowed him to often play cuckolded husbands in his early career. He is notable for being one of France's most versatile and sought-after character actors, performing interchangeably in comedies and dramas. His complete filmography includes 138 titles.[1] He often appeared in Italian films too, particularly in the last decade of his life.[2] He was awarded an Honorary César (the French Oscar) in 1989, a month before he died.[3]

Private life[edit]

He is the father of director Bertrand Blier, he has appeared in a number of his son's films, most notably Buffet froid (1979).


Year Title Role Director
1937 Gribouille a young man (uncredited) Marc Allégret
1938 Hôtel du Nord Prosper Marcel Carné
Le Jour Se Lève Gaston Marcel Carné
1941 Le Pavillon brûle Bénézy Jacques de Baroncelli
Caprices Marcel (uncredited) Léo Joannon
Who Killed Santa Claus? a policeman (uncredited) Christian-Jaque
1942 La Nuit fantastique Lucien Marcel L'Herbier
La Symphonie fantastique Antoine Charbonnel Christian-Jaque
1947 Dédée d'Anvers Monsieur René, the innkeeper Yves Allégret
Quai des Orfèvres Maurice Martineau Henri-Georges Clouzot
1948 Man to Men Coquillet Christian-Jaque
1848 as himself/narrator Marguerite de la Mure
Victoria Mercanton.
1949 Manèges Robert Yves Allégret
Return to Life (episode Tante Emma) Gaston André Cayatte
1950 ...Sans laisser d'adresse Émile Gauthier Jean-Paul Le Chanois
1951 Agence matrimoniale Noël Pailleret Jean-Paul Le Chanois
1952 Je l'ai été trois fois Henri Verdier/Hector Van Broken Sacha Guitry
1953 Before the Deluge Marcel Noblet André Cayatte
1954 Scènes de ménage Aglaé's husband André Berthomieu
1955 Black Dossier Inspector Noblet André Cayatte
Frou-Frou cameo appearance Augusto Genina
Les Hussards Brigadier Le Gouce Alex Joffé
1956 The Man in the Raincoat Monsieur Raphaël Julien Duvivier
1957 Retour de manivelle Inspector Plantavin Denys de La Patellière
Quand la femme s'en mêle Félix Seguin Yves Allégret
1958 Les Misérables Inspector Javert Jean-Paul Le Chanois
Archimède le clochard Monsieur Pichon Gilles Grangier
L'École des cocottes Monsieur Labaume Jacqueline Audry
1959 The Great War Captain Castelli Mario Monicelli
Marie-Octobre Julien Simoneau Julien Duvivier
1960 The Hunchback of Rome Maresciallo Carlo Lizzani
Crimen the police inspector Mario Camerini
1961 I briganti italiani Colonel Breviglieri Mario Camerini
1963 Greed in the Sun Mitch-Mitch Henri Verneuil
The Organizer Martinetti Mario Monicelli
Les Tontons flingueurs Raoul Volfoni Georges Lautner
High Infidelity (episode Gente moderna) Sergio Mario Monicelli
1964 The Magnificent Cuckold Mariotti Antonio Pietrangeli
1965 A Question of Honour Don Léandro Sanna Luigi Zampa
Les Bons Vivants Monsieur Charles Gilles Grangier
Georges Lautner
Casanova 70 the detective Mario Monicelli
1966 The Big Restaurant the chief superintendent Jacques Besnard
1967 Coplan Saves His Skin Mascar Yves Boisset
L'Étranger the criminal defense lawyer Luchino Visconti
1968 Riusciranno i nostri eroi a ritrovare l'amico misteriosamente scomparso in Africa? Ubaldo Palmerini Ettore Scola
1969 Mon oncle Benjamin the Marcquis of Cambise Édouard Molinaro
1970 Le Distrait Alexandre Guiton Pierre Richard
1971 To Catch a Spy Webb Dick Clement
Jo Inspector Ducros Jean Girault
1972 The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe Bernard Milan Yves Robert
1974 The Return of the Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe Bernard Milan Yves Robert
Ante Up the priest Paolo Nuzzi
1975 Cher Victor Anselme Robin Davis
My Friends Righi Niccolò Mario Monicelli
1976 Le Corps de mon ennemi Jean-Baptiste Liégard Henri Verneuil
Calmos Émile Bertrand Blier
Golden Night Commissaire Pidoux Serge Moati
1978 Série noire Staplin Alain Corneau
1979 Buffet froid Inspector Morvandieu Bertrand Blier
1980 Voltati Eugenio Grandpa Eugenio Luigi Comencini
Il malato immaginario Purgone, the doctor Tonino Cervi
1981 Passion of Love Major Tarrasso Ettore Scola
1984 The Two Lives of Mattia Pascal Anselmo Paléari Mario Monicelli
1985 Madman at War Major Belluci Dino Risi
Amici miei – Atto III Stefano Lenzi Nanni Loy
1986 Speriamo che sia femmina Uncle Gugo Mario Monicelli
1987 I picari the pimp Mario Monicelli
Paganini Father Caffarelli Klaus Kinski
Migrations Opat Zorzel Aleksandar Petrovic
1988 The Possessed the governor Andrzej Wajda


  1. ^ "Bernard Blier". Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  2. ^ "In the later stages of his career, Blier divided his time between France and Italy.". Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  3. ^ "He was awarded an honorary Cesar (the French Oscar) in 1989 for lifetime achievement.". Retrieved 2013-06-24. 

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