Pierre Richard

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Pierre Richard
Pierre Richard 2010 Moscow 02.jpg
Pierre Richard, 20 September 2010
Born Pierre Richard Maurice Charles Léopold Defays
(1934-08-16) 16 August 1934 (age 79)
Valenciennes, France
Occupation Actor
Years active 1967–present
Website
http://www.pierre-richard.fr/

Pierre Richard (born Pierre Richard Maurice Charles Léopold Defays (born 16 August 1934) is a popular French actor best known for the roles of a clumsy daydreamer in comedy films. Richard is considered by many, such as Louis de Funès and Gérard Depardieu, to be one of the greatest and most talented French comedians in the last 50 years. He is also a film director and occasional singer.

Biography[edit]

Richard was born in Valenciennes, Nord). He started his acting career at the theatre. He worked with Yves Robert on Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire and its sequel Le retour du grand blond; both these films were written by Francis Veber. Veber cast Richard while directing his own first feature film: Le Jouet. Veber and Richard had a long and successful partnership during the 1980s, highlighted by three comedies — La Chèvre, Les Compères and Les Fugitifs — which paired Richard with Gérard Depardieu. Richard again moved behind the camera to direct On peut toujours rêver (1991) and Droit dans le mur (1997).

In 2006 the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema awarded him a lifetime achievement César.

Pierre Richard at the 31e cérémonie des César in 2006

In addition to being an actor and film director Pierre Richard is also a businessman. He owns the restaurant Au pied de chameau in Paris and a 20-hectare vineyard in Southern France which produces some 80,000 bottles a year, including some 12,000 bottles of rosé labelled as le Bel Évêque.

If he is not overseeing his wine business on location, he lives in Paris. He used to live for many years on a barge on the Seine in the center of Paris. His two sons are musicians: Olivier is a group member of "Blues trottoir" and plays the saxophone whereas Christophe plays the double bass. His grandson, Arthur Defays, is a model and a young actor.

Filmography[edit]

Cinema[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1958 Les Amants de Montparnasse uncredited Jacques Becker
1967 Alexandre le bienheureux Colibert Yves Robert
Un idiot à Paris a policeman Serge Korber
1968 La Prisonnière uncredited Henri-Georges Clouzot
1970 Le Distrait (Absent-minded aka. The Daydreamer) Pierre Malaquet Pierre Richard
Trois hommes sur un cheval the painter Marcel Moussy
1971 La Coqueluche Pierre Christian-Paul Arrighi
1972 Les malheurs d'Alfred Alfred Dhumonttiey Pierre Richard
Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire François Perrin Yves Robert
1973 La raison du plus fou the learner Raymond Devos and François Reichenbach
Je sais rien, mais je dirai tout Pierre Gastié-Leroy Pierre Richard
1974 Juliette and Juliette Bob Rozenec Remo Forlani
Un nuage entre les dents Prévot Marco Pico
La moutarde me monte au nez Pierre Durois Claude Zidi
Le retour du grand blond François Perrin Yves Robert
1975 Trop c'est trop cameo appearance Didier Kaminka
La Course à l'échalote Pierre Vidal Claude Zidi
1976 On aura tout vu ! François Perrin Georges Lautner
Les Naufragés de l'île de la Tortue Jean-Arthur Bonaventure Jacques Rozier
Le jouet François Perrin Francis Veber
1978 Je suis timide... mais je me soigne Pierre Renaud Pierre Richard
La Carapate Jean-Philippe Duroc Gérard Oury
1980 C'est pas moi, c'est lui Pierre Renaud Pierre Richard
Le Coup du parapluie (The Umbrella Coup) Grégoire Lecomte Gérard Oury
1981 La Chèvre (Knock on Wood) François Perrin Francis Veber
1983 Un chien dans un jeu de quilles Pierre Cohen Bernard Guillou
Les Compères (ComDads) François Pignon Francis Veber
1984 Le Jumeau (The Twin) Matthias et Mathieu Duval Yves Robert
1985 Tranches de vie uncredited François Leterrier
1986 Les Fugitifs François Pignon Francis Veber
1988 Mangeclous Mangeclous Moshé Mizrahi
À gauche en sortant de l'ascenseur (Door on the Left as You Leave the Elevator) Yann Ducoudray Édouard Molinaro
1990 Promotion canapé cameo appearance Didier Kaminka
Bienvenue à bord ! the hitchhiker Jean-Louis Leconte
1991 On peut toujours rêver Charles de Boisleve Pierre Richard
1992 Vieille canaille Charlie Gérard Jourd'hui
1993 La Cavale des fous Bertrand Daumale Marco Pico
1994 La Partie d'échecs Ambroise Yves Hanchar
1995 L'Amour conjugal Squirrat Benoît Barbier
1997 A Chef in Love (Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti) Pascal Ichak Nana Dzhordzhadze
Droit dans le mur Romain Pierre Richard
2000 27 Missing Kisses Captain Nana Dzhordzhadze
2003 Mariées mais pas trop Maurice Donnay Catherine Corsini
Les Clefs de bagnole as himself Laurent Baffie
2004 En attendant le déluge Jean-René Damien Odoul
2005 Le Cactus Christian Gérard Bitton and Michel Munz
2006 Essaye-moi Yves-Marie's father Pierre-François Martin-Laval
Le Serpent (The Serpent) Cendras Eric Barbier
2008 Faubourg 36 Max Christophe Barratier
King Guillaume William-Fernand Pierre-François Martin-Laval
2009 Victor Victor Thomas Gilou
Cinéman cameo appearance Yann Moix
Le Bonheur de Pierre Pierre Martin Robert Menard
2011 Et Si On Vivait Tous Ensemble Albert Stéphane Robelin

Television[edit]

Direction[edit]

  • 1970: Le Distrait
  • 1972: Les Malheurs d'Alfred
  • 1973: Je sais rien, mais je dirai tout
  • 1978: Je suis timide... mais je me soigne
  • 1980: C'est pas moi, c'est lui
  • 1991: On peut toujours rêver
  • 1997: Droit dans le mur

Selected discography[edit]

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