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Jean-Pierre Cassel at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
27 October 1932
|Died||19 April 2007
Jean-Pierre Cassel (27 October 1932 – 19 April 2007) was a French actor.
Life and career
Cassel was born Jean-Pierre Crochon in Paris, the son of Louise-Marguerite (née Fabrègue), an opera singer, and Georges Crochon, a doctor. Cassel was discovered by Gene Kelly as he tap danced on stage, and later cast in the 1957 film The Happy Road. Then Cassel gained prominence in the late 1950s as a hero in comedies by Philippe de Broca such as Male Companion and through his role as 'Jean François Jardie' in the famous French resistance piece L' Armée des ombres .
During the 1960s and 1970s he worked with Claude Chabrol (The Breach), Luis Buñuel (as Stéphane Audran's husband in The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 1972), Ken Annakin (as Frenchman in Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines 1965), Gérard Brach (as Claude Jade's lover in The Boat on the Grass), Richard Lester (as Louis XIII of France in The Three Musketeers) and its sequel The Four Musketeers, Sidney Lumet (as Pierre in Murder on the Orient Express), Joseph Losey (with Isabelle Huppert in The Trout). He also made a memorable appearance in Oh! What a Lovely War as a French military officer singing 'Belgium put the Kibosh on the Kaiser'. In later years he appeared in Robert Altman's Prêt-à-Porter (1994) and also as Dr. Paul Gachet for Vincent & Theo (1990).
In 2006, at the age of 74, he climbed back on stage for a retrospective of Serge Gainsbourg Jean-Pierre Cassel chante et danse Gainsbourg Suite. This homage to an old friend (he knew Gainsbourg in the 1950s) featured various songs of the famous French composer among which three unpublished songs named "Top à Cassel" – "Cliquediclac", "Ouh ! Là là là là", and "Viva la pizza" – all of which were intended for a television show aired in 1964.
- La Famille Anodin (1956)
- Candide ou l'optimisme au XXe siècle (1960)
- Goodbye Again (1961)
- Napoléon II l'Aiglon (1961)
- The Elusive Corporal (1962)
- High Infidelity (1964)
- Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (1965)
- Is Paris Burning? (1966)
- The Killing Game (1967)
- Army of Shadows (1969)
- The Breach (1970)
- Baxter! (1973)
- Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
- Scrambled Eggs (1976)
- The Twist (1976)
- Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)
- Ehrengard (1982)
- Mister Frost (1990)
- The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish (1991)
- La Cérémonie (1995)
- Sade (2000)
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
- Jean-Pierre Cassel at the Internet Movie Database
- Jean-Pierre Cassel at the TCM Movie Database
- Le coin du cinéphage