Life and career
Born at 16 rue de la Grange Batelière, he was the fourth child of Gustave and Clémence Monteux who had moved to Paris from Marseille in 1864. It was a modest household, his father being a shoe-maker and his mother a piano teacher. His younger brother Pierre later recalled as children spending afternoons observing the passers-by in the local square laid the foundations of the future actor's characterisations.
Monteux made his debut at the Théâtre National de l'Odéon on 30 September 1895 as Georges Bréval in La Vie by Adolphe Thalasso, having won the prize for tragedy at the Paris Conservatoire (pupil of Gustave Worms) with his performance as Othello the previous July. He played the same part to considerable praise in a production of de Vigny's More de Venise at the same theatre in December that year. He followed these with leading roles such as Molière in Le Prêcheur converti, the title rôle in Britannicus, Oreste in Andromaque, and Robert Morel in the premiere of Les Irréguliers, He later became famous at the Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt and was considered a specialist in the plays of Rostand and went on to make several films and records.
- Un roman parisien (1913) - directed by Adrien Caillard
- Je t'aime (1914)
- La maison du baigneur (1914) - Adrien Caillard and Georges Monca
- L'équipage (1928) - Maurice Tourneur
- Mon curé chez les riches (1938) - Jean Boyer
- Cavalcade d'amour (1938) - Raymond Bernard
- La Brigade sauvage (1939) - Jean Dréville
- 1896 : Les Perses by Aeschylus at the Théâtre national de l'Odéon
- 1902 : Nos deux consciences by Paul Anthelme
- 1905 : Les Oberlé by Edmond Haraucourt
- 1907 : L'Affaire des poisons by Victorien Sardou at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin
- 1907 : Le Manteau du Roi by Jean Aicard at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin
- 1908 : La Femme X... by Alexandre Bisson
- 1909 : Nick Carter by Alexandre Bisson
- 1909 : La Pierre de Lune by Louis Pericaud and Henri Desfontaines at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin
- 1911 : Les Deux Orphelines by d'Ennery and Cormon at the Théâtre de l'Ambigu-Comique
- 1921 : Monsieur de Pourceaugnac by Molière
- 1925 : Mon curé chez les riches
- 1925 : L'Archange by Maurice Rostand
- 1926 : Deburau by Sacha Guitry
- 1927 : Les Amants de Paris by Pierre Frondaie
- 1929 : Tristan et Iseut
- 1931 : La Dame aux camélias by Alexandre Dumas
- 1931 : L'Aiglon by Edmond Rostand at the Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt
- 1932 : Une jeune fille espagnole by Maurice Rostand
- 1938 : Là-bas by Titaÿna
Notes and references
- John Canarina in his book Pierre Monteux, Maître (2003) gives the year and place of death as 1944.
- List of deaths following deportation (Arrêté du 31 janvier 1997 portant apposition de la mention << Mort en déportation >> sur les actes de décès), retrieved 24 June 2013.
- Monteux, Doris. It's All in the Music: The Life and Work of Pierre Monteux. William Kimber & Co Ltd, London, 1965, chapter 1.
- Noel E & Stoullig E. Les Annales du Théâtre et de la Musique, 21eme édition, 1895. G Charpentier et E Fasquelle, Paris, 1896, p121-51.
- Mousnier, Jean-Philippe. Pierre Monteux. L'Harmattan, Paris, 1999 (in French), p163.
- Les Archives des Spectacles, retrieved 24 June 2013.