Robert Le Vigan
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Robert Le Vigan (7 January 1900 – 12 October 1972) was a French actor.
Born Robert-Charles-Alexandre Coquillaud in Paris, he appeared in more than 60 films between 1931 and 1943 almost exclusively in small or supporting roles. He was, according to film academic Ginette Vincendeau, a "brilliant, extravagant actor" who "specialised in louche, menacing or diabolical characters". A collaborator with the Nazis during the occupation, who openly expressed fascist attitudes, he vanished while playing Jéricho in Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis), a film deliberately released in May 1945 shortly after the liberation of Europe; Le Vigan was replaced by Pierre Renoir. Sentenced to forced labour for ten years in 1946, he absconded to Spain, and then Argentina, dying there in 1972 in the city of Tandil.
- The Tunnel (1933)
- Madame Bovary (1934)
- Golgotha (1935) playing Christ; known as Behold the Man in English
- The Lower Depths (1936)
- Harvest (Regain) (1937)
- Le Quai des brumes (1938)
- Tempête sur l'Asie (1938)
- Le Dernier Tournant (1939)
- Louise (1939)
- Who Killed Santa Claus? (1941)
- Ginette Vincendeau (ed) Encyclopedia of European Cinema, London: Casell/BFI, 1995, p.262
- Rémi Fournier Lanzoni French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present, New York and London: Continuum, 2002, p.139. According to Fournier Lanzoni, Le Vigan found exile in Argentina.
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