Jean-Claude Brialy

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Jean-Claude Brialy
Born (1933-03-30)30 March 1933
Aumale, French Algeria (now Sour El-Ghozlane, Algeria)
Died 30 May 2007(2007-05-30) (aged 74)
Monthyon, Seine-et-Marne, France[1]

Jean-Claude Brialy (30 March 1933 – 30 May 2007) was a French actor, director, and socialite.


Brialy was born in Aumale, French Algeria, where his father was stationed with the French Army. Brialy moved to mainland France with his family in 1942, moved to Paris in 1954, and appeared in his first film in 1955.

He became a star in the late 1950s when he was one of the most prolific actors of the French "nouvelle vague". He made films with such important nouvelle vague filmmakers as Claude Chabrol, Éric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, François Truffaut, Agnès Varda, and Jacques Rozier; and with other filmmakers such as Roger Vadim, Claude Lelouch and Luis Buñuel.

He was also, himself, a director of a number of films, including Églantine (1971). In his autobiographies, Le Ruisseau des singes (River of Monkeys) (2000) and J'ai oublié de vous dire... (I Forgot to Tell You ...) (2004) he revealed that he was bisexual.[2]


He was an alumnus of the Prytanée National Militaire. He owned a restaurant, L'Orangerie, on the Île Saint-Louis, worked as a TV presenter, a singer and a radio host.[2]


Selected filmography[edit]

As actor[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1956 Fool's Mate Claude Jacques Rivette
All the Boys Are Called Patrick Patrick Jean-Luc Godard
1957 A Story of Water young man in a car Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut
Amour de poche Jean-Loup Pierre Kast
Elevator to the Gallows a chess player Louis Malle
1958 School for Coquettes Robert Jacqueline Audry
Christine Théo Kaiser Pierre Gaspard-Huit
Paris Belongs to Us Jean-Marc Jacques Rivette
The Lovers the house husband Louis Malle
Le Beau Serge François Claude Chabrol
1959 Bad Girls Don't Cry Scintillone Mauro Bolognini
Les Cousins Paul Claude Chabrol
The 400 Blows cameo appearance François Truffaut
1961 Wise Guys Ronald Claude Chabrol
Les Lions sont lâchés Didier Marèze Henri Verneuil
The Burning Court Marc Desgrez Julien Duvivier
A Woman Is a Woman Émile Récamier Jean-Luc Godard
Three Faces of Sin Laurent Renaud François Villiers
1962 The Seven Deadly Sins (episode L'Avarice) Arthur Claude Chabrol
Les Veinards (episode "Un gros lot") a young man in a car Jack Pinoteau
Le Diable et les Dix Commandements (6th episode) Didier Martin Julien Duvivier
Cléo from 5 to 7 the male nurse Agnès Varda
A Very Private Affair narrator Louis Malle
1963 Le glaive et la balance Jean-Philippe Prévost André Cayatte
Carom Shots Paul Martin Marcel Bluwal
1964 Circle of Love Alfred Roger Vadim
Male Companion Antoine Philippe de Broca
Tonio Kruger Tonio Kruger Rolf Thiele
1965 Love at Sea cameo appearance Guy Gilles
Cent briques et des tuiles Marcel Pierre Grimblat
The Mandrake Ligurio Alberto Lattuada
Io la conoscevo bene Dario Antonio Pietrangeli
1966 King of Hearts the Duke of Trèfle Philippe de Broca
I nostri mariti (episode Il marito di Olga) Ottavio Luigi Zampa
1967 The Oldest Profession (episode Mademoiselle Mimi) Philibert Philippe de Broca
Lamiel the Count of Aubigné Jean Aurel
The Bride Wore Black Corey François Truffaut
Operazione San Pietro Cajella Lucio Fulci
Anna Serge Pierre Koralnik
1968 Manon 70 Jean-Paul Jean Aurel
1969 The Ball of Count Orgel Count of Orgel Marc Allégret
Claire's Knee Jérôme Éric Rohmer
1971 A Season in Hell Paul Verlaine Nelo Risi
1974 Comme un pot de fraises Norbert Jean Aurel
The Phantom of Liberty Monsieur Foucault Luis Buñuel
1976 The Judge and the Assassin Villedieu Bertrand Tavernier
Scrambled Eggs Brumaire Joël Santoni
Barocco Walt, the editor André Téchiné
1977 The Accuser Le Rantec Jean-Louis Bertucelli
Double Murder Van Nijlen Steno
1978 Robert et Robert Jacques Millet Claude Lelouch
The Song of Roland Le Seigneur Frank Cassenti
1980 The Lady Banker Paul Cisterne Francis Girod
1981 Les Uns et les Autres the Lido's director Claude Lelouch
1982 That Night in Varennes Monsieur Jacob Ettore Scola
The Girl from Trieste Professor Martin Pasquale Festa Campanile
Édith et Marcel Loulou Barrier Claude Lelouch
Deadly Circuit Monsieur Voragine Claude Miller
1983 Cap Canaille Samuel Kedabjan Juliet Berto and Jean-Henri Roger
Papy fait de la résistance tennis player sycophant Jean-Marie Poiré
1984 Le téléphone sonne toujours deux fois!! the inspector Jean-Pierre Vergne
1985 An Impudent Girl Sam Claude Miller
Inspecteur Lavardin Claude Alvarez Claude Chabrol
1987 A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later a spectator Claude Lelouch
Les Innocents Klotz André Téchiné
1988 There Was a Castle with Forty Dogs the judge Duccio Tessari
1990 No Fear, No Die Pierre Ardennes Claire Denis
1993 La Reine Margot Coligny Patrice Chéreau
1994 Le Monstre Mr. Roccarotta Roberto Benigni
1995 One Hundred and One Nights the guide for Japanese tourists Agnès Varda
Beaumarchais Abbot Édouard Molinaro
A French Woman
1996 Le Fils de Gascogne as himself Pascal Aubier
1998 Kennedy et moi Benny Grimaldi Sam Karmann
2000 In extremis the lawyer Étienne Faure
2001 Concorrenza sleale Nonno Mattia Ettore Scola
South Kensington Fernandino Carlo Vanzina

As director[edit]



  1. ^ Tim Weiner, "French actor Jean-Claude Brialy dies at 74", New York Times (June 1, 2007) accessed 23 October 2009
  2. ^ a b Têtu, July–August 2007 issue, page 22
  3. ^ Sovereign Ordonnance n° 15.565 of 18 Nov. 2002 : promotions or nominations

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