Michel Serrault

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Michel Serrault
Michel Serrault Cannes.jpg
Michel Serrault at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival
Born Michel Lucien Serrault
(1928-01-24)24 January 1928
Brunoy, France
Died 29 July 2007(2007-07-29) (aged 79)
Équemauville, Calvados, France
Spouse(s) Juanita Saint-Peyron

Michel Serrault (24 January 1928, Brunoy, Essonne – 29 July 2007, Équemauville, Normandy) was a multi-award-winning French stage actor and film star who appeared from 1954 until (including) 2007 in more than 150 films.

Biography[edit]

Although he wanted to be a circus clown, Serrault's parents sent him to a seminary to study for the priesthood. He spent only a few months there before taking-up acting. His first professional job was in a touring production in Germany of Molière's Les Fourberies de Scapin. After military service in Dijon, he returned to Paris and joined Robert Dhery's burlesque troupe and appeared in their second hit show, Dugudu.[1]

In 1948, he began his career in the theatre with Robert Dhéry in Les Branquignols. His first film was Ah! Les belles bacchantes, starring Robert Dhéry, Colette Brosset (Dhéry's then-wife), and Louis de Funès; directed by Jean Loubignac in 1954. Serrault played in the 1955 suspense thriller Les Diaboliques, starring Simone Signoret and directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot.

He met and worked with Jean Poiret in the early 1950s, which led to a song and comedy cabaret act and their playing together in 18 films from 1956 to 1984, and in a number of plays written by Poiret. The films they worked together in included Cette Sacrée Gamine (1956), with Brigitte Bardot, and Sacha Guitry's last film, Assassins et Voleurs (1957).

From February 1973 through 1978, he portrayed the role of Albin/Zaza opposite Jean Poiret in the play La Cage aux Folles, written by Poiret.[1] He recreated the role for the film version of the play, which was released in 1978.

Serrault died from relapsing polychondritis at his home in Équemauville on 29 July 2007 at age 79. He was buried in Sainte-Catherine's cemetery in Honfleur and was transferred in 2009 to the cemetery of Neuilly-sur-Seine to be near his wife, Juanita Saint-Peyron, and daughter, Caroline, who died in 1977. He was survived by his daughter, actress Nathalie Serrault.[2]

Michel Serrault in 2003

Theater (partial)[edit]

  • Le Tombeur
  • Gugusse
  • Pour avoir Adrienne
  • Quand épousez-vous ma femme

Selected Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1954 Les Diaboliques ("Diabolique") Monsieur Raymond (the teacher) Henri-Georges Clouzot
1955 Cette sacrée gamine ("Mademoiselle Pigalle") the second inspector Michel Boisrond
1956 Assassins et Voleurs[3] ("Murderers and Thieves") Albert Le Cagneux, the burglar Sacha Guitry
1957 Le Naïf aux quarante enfants[4] ("The Innocent with Forty Children") Jean-François Robignac, the new French teacher Philippe Agostini
1959 Nina[5] Nina's husband Jean Boyer
Oh! Qué mambo[6] Inspecteur Sapin John Berry
1960 Candide ou l'optimisme au XXe siècle
("Candide, or the Optimist of the Twentieth Century")
the second policeman Norbert Carbonnaux
1961 La Belle Américaine ("The American Beauty") Chauveau Robert Dhéry
La Gamberge[7] ("The Dance") Pétrarque Norbert Carbonnaux
1962 Le Repos du guerrier[8] ("Warrior's Rest") Varange Roger Vadim
Nous irons à Deauville ("We Will Go to Deauville") Lucien Moreau Francis Rigaud
Les Quatre Vérités
("Three Fables of Love", episode "The Raven and the Fox")
the Raven Hervé Bromberger
Un clair de lune à Maubeuge ("Moonlight in Maubeuge") Monsieur Charpentier (the lecturer) Jean Chérasse
1963 Carambolages ("Carom Shots") Baudu (the investigating police inspector) Marcel Bluwal
Des pissenlits par la racine ("Salad by the Roots") Jérôme Georges Lautner
Les Durs à cuire[9] Rossignol, private detective Jack Pinoteau
1964 Cent briques et des tuiles ("How Not to Rob a Department Store")[10] Méloune Pierre Grimblat
La Chasse à l'homme [11] Gaston Lartois Édouard Molinaro
1965 La Tête du client[12] Gaston Bérrien, alias "Monsieur Max" Jacques Poitrenaud
Le Lit à deux places
("The Double Bed", episode "Un monsieur de passage")
Albert François Dupont-Midy
Le Caïd de Champignol[13] Hector Jean Bastia
1966 Le Roi de cœur ("King of Hearts") Marcel (the hairdresser) Philippe de Broca
1967 À tout casser[14] Aldo Morelli John Berry
Ces messieurs de la famille[15] Gabriel Pelletier Raoul André
1969 Qu'est-ce qui fait courir les crocodiles ?[16] Achille Jacques Poitrenaud
1970 La Liberté en croupe[17] Paul Cérès Édouard Molinaro
Le Cri du cormoran le soir au-dessus des jonques[18] Alfred Mullanet Michel Audiard
1971 Le Viager[19] Louis Martinet Pierre Tchernia
1972 La Belle affaire[20] Paul Jacques Besnard
1973 Les Gaspards[21] Jean-Paul Rondin Pierre Tchernia
Les Chinois à Paris Frégoire Montclair Jean Yanne
1974 Un linceul n'a pas de poches ("No Pockets in a Shroud") Justin Blesch Jean-Pierre Mocky
1975 L’Ibis rouge ("The Red Ibis International"[22]) Jérémie Jean-Pierre Mocky
Opération Lady Marlène Paulo Robert Lamoureux
1978 Préparez vos mouchoirs ("Get Out Your Handkerchiefs") the neighbour Bertrand Blier
L'argent des autres Monsieur Miremont Christian de Chalonge
La Cage aux folles Albin Mougeotte, alias "Zaza Napoli" Édouard Molinaro
L’Esprit de famille[23] Le docteur Charles Moreau Jean-Pierre Blanc
1979 L’Associé ("The Associate") Julien Pardot René Gainville
La Gueule de l’autre Martial Perrin / Gilbert Brossard Pierre Tchernia
Buffet froid cameo appearance as an accountant Bertrand Blier
1980 Il lupo e l’agnello[24] ("Le coucou") Léon Francesco Massaro
Pile ou face [25] Édouard Morlaix Robert Enrico
La Cage aux Folles II Albin Mougeotte, alias "Zaza Napoli" Edouard Molinaro
1981 Garde à Vue Maître Jérôme Martineau Claude Miller
Malevil Count Charles-Emile Emmanuel Christian de Chalonge
Les Quarantièmes rugissants ("The Roaring Forties") Sébastien Barral Christian de Chalonge
Nestor Burma, détective de choc Nestor Burma Jean-Luc Miesch
1982 Les Fantômes du chapelier Léon Labbé, the "chapelier" (the hatter) Claude Chabrol
Deux heures moins le quart avant Jésus-Christ ("Quarter to Two Before Jesus Christ"[26]) Julius Caesar Jean Yanne
Mortelle Randonnée ("Deadly Circuit") privat detective "the eye" Beauvoir Claude Miller
1983 À mort l’arbitre ("Kill the Referee") Rico Jean-Pierre Mocky
1984 Le Bon Roi Dagobert ("Good King Dagobert") Otarius Dino Risi
1985 La Cage aux folles 3: Elles se marient Albin Mougeotte, alias "Zaza Napoli" Georges Lautner
Mon beau-frère a tué ma sœur ("My Brother-in-Law Killed My Sister") Octave Clapoteau Jacques Rouffio
On ne meurt que deux fois[27] Robert Staniland Jacques Deray
1987 Le Miraculé ("The Miracle") Ronald Fox Terrier Jean-Pierre Mocky
1988 (Let Sleeping Cops Lie[28]) (Ne réveillez pas un flic qui dort) Roger Scatti José Pinheiro
1989 Buon natale, buonanno Luigi ("Merry Christmas... Happy New Year") Gino Luigi Comencini
1990 Docteur Petiot[29] Doctor Marcel Petiot Christian de Chalonge
1994 Bonsoir Alex Ponttin Jean-Pierre Mocky
1995 Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud ("Nelly and Mr. Arnaud") Monsieur Pierre Arnaud Claude Sautet
Le bonheur est dans le pré ("Happiness Is in the Field") Francis Bergeade Étienne Chatiliez
1996 Beaumarchais, l’insolent ("Beaumarchais") Louis XV of France Edouard Molinaro
1997 Assassin(s) Mr Wagner Mathieu Kassovitz
Artemisia Orazio Gentileschi Agnès Merlet
Rien ne va plus ("The Swindle") Victor Claude Chabrol
1998 Les Enfants du marais ("The Children of the Marshland") Pépé Jean Becker
2000 Le Libertin the Cardinal Gabriel Aghion
Belphégor, le fantôme du Louvre ("Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre") Verlac Jean-Paul Salomé
2001 Une hirondelle a fait le printemps ("The Girl From Paris") Adrien Christian Carion
2002 Le Papillon ("The Butterfly") Julien Philippe Muyl
24 heures de la vie d’une femme ("24 Hours in the Life of a Woman") Louis Laurent Bouhnik
2004 Albert est méchant[30] Albert Moulineau Hervé Palud
2005 Grabuge![31] Inspector Lancret Jean-Pierre Mocky
Les Enfants du pays[32] Gustave Pierre Javaux[33]
Joyeux Noël the Lord of the castle Christian Carion
2006 Monsieur Léon[34] ("Grandpa's Secret", TV) Monsieur Léon Pierre Boutron
2007 Le Bénévole[35] Max Birgos Jean-Pierre Mocky[36]
Pars vite et reviens tard ("Have Mercy on Us All") Hervé Decambrais / Hervé Ducouëdic Régis Wargnier
Antonio Vivaldi the Doge of Venice Jean-Louis Guillermou

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result
1979 César Award Best Supporting Actor L'argent des autres Nominated
César Award Best Actor La Cage aux folles Received
David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Actor
(Migliore attore straniero)[37]
La Cage aux folles Received
1981 César Award Best Actor La Cage aux Folles II Nominated
1982 César Award Best Actor Garde à Vue Received
1984 César Award Best Actor Mortelle Randonnée Nominated
1986 César Award Best Actor On ne meurt que deux fois Nominated
1987 Molière Award Best Actor L'Avare Nominated
1991 César Award Best Actor Docteur Petiot Nominated
1993 Molière Award Best Actor Knock Nominated
1996 Prix Lumières Best Actor Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud Received
César Award Best Actor Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud Received
1998 Prix Lumières Best Actor Rien ne va plus Received
2006 Prix du public des palmarès du Festival de la fiction TV de Saint-Tropez Best actor Monsieur Léon Received
2008 Prix du public des palmarès du Festival de la fiction TV de La Rochelle 2008 Best actor Monsieur Léon Received

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bergan, Ronald (3 August 2007). "Obituary: Michel Serrault". The Guardian (guardian.co.uk). p. 38. 
  2. ^ "Michel Serrault (1928-2007)". cinema2000.pt. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  3. ^ "Assassins et voleurs". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  4. ^ "Le naïf aux 40 enfants". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  5. ^ "Nina (1959)". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  6. ^ "Oh! Qué mambo". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  7. ^ "La gamberge". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  8. ^ "Le repos du guerrier". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  9. ^ "Les durs à cuire". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  10. ^ "Cent briques et des tuiles". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  11. ^ "La chasse à l'homme". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  12. ^ "La tête du client". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  13. ^ "Le caïd de Champignol". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  14. ^ "À tout casser". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  15. ^ "Ces messieurs de la famille". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  16. ^ "Qu'est-ce qui fait courir les crocodiles?". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  17. ^ "La liberté en croupe". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  18. ^ "Le cri du cormoran, le soir au-dessus des jonques". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  19. ^ "Le viager". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  20. ^ "La belle affaire". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  21. ^ "Les gaspards". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  22. ^ "L'Ibis rouge". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  23. ^ "L'esprit de famille". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  24. ^ "Le coucou". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  25. ^ "Pile ou Face". Allmovie.com. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  26. ^ "Deux heures moins le quart avant Jésus-Christ". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  27. ^ "On ne meurt que deux fois". Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  28. ^ "Ne réveillez pas un flic qui dort". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  29. ^ "Docteur Petiot". Allmovie.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  30. ^ "Albert est méchant". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  31. ^ "Grabuge!". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  32. ^ "Les enfants du pays". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  33. ^ "Les enfants du pays". Allmovie.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  34. ^ "Monsieur Léon". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  35. ^ "Le Bénévole". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  36. ^ "Le Bénévole". Allmovie.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  37. ^ "Migliore attore straniero". daviddedonatello.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2012-09-21. 

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