Blaise in Lacombe, Lucien
11 June 1955
|Died||31 August 1975
Pierre-Marc Blaise (11 June 1955 – 31 August 1975) was a French film actor. He is best known for the role of Lucien Lacombe in Louis Malle's 1974 film Lacombe, Lucien. Following his appearance in Malle's film, Blaise appeared in three further films, The Big Delirium, The Porcelain Anniversary and Per le antiche scale. His career was cut short when he was killed in a car accident in 1975.
Life and career
Blaise was born in Moissac, France.
Blaise made his acting debut in Louis Malle's 1974 film Lacombe, Lucien. Malle had been looking for a non-actor to play the titular character in Lacombe, Lucien and was convinced that Blaise, then working as a woodcutter, would bring great authenticity to the role. (Writing of the film in 1977, Current Biography referred to Blaise as a "real-life Provençal farm boy.") In winning the role, Blaise was chosen over 1,000 other actors. Following his appearance in Malle's film, Blaise appeared in three further films, The Big Delirium, The Porcelain Anniversary and Per le antiche scale.
Only a year after Lacombe, Lucien was released, Blaise was killed in a car accident. Following a party, he was driving a car, a Renault 17 Gordini, which he had purchased with funds from his acting work. Accompanied by two friends whom he had brought along for company, Blaise lost control and crashed against a plane tree on the route de Laujol between Moissac and Durfort-Lacapelette, where he lived with his parents. There were no survivors. According to Newsweek, the accident took place after the vehicle "skidded around a curve in pouring rain". He is buried in the cemetery of Durfort-Lacapelette in Tarn-et-Garonne.
- 1974, Lacombe, Lucien. Directed by Louis Malle.
- 1975, The Big Delirium. Directed by Dennis Berry.
- 1975, The Porcelain Anniversary. Directed by Roger Coggio.
- 1975, Per le antiche scale. Directed by Mauro Bolognini.
- Malle, Louis. Malle on Malle. London: Faber, 1993.
- Ina.fr, "Louis Malle à propos de l'antisémitisme et de la vie dans le Lot (Lacombe Lucien)"
- Time, "Milestones," September 15, 1975
- Reuter, "Star Killed Montauban, France," September 3, 1975
- Newsweek, "Pierre Blaise," September 15, 1975