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André Bourvil in 1967
27 July 1917|
|Died||23 September 1970
|Spouse(s)||Jeanne Lefrique (1943–1970)|
André Bourvil, born André Robert Raimbourg (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃dʁe buʁˈvil]; 27 July 1917, Prétot-Vicquemare, France – 23 September 1970, Paris), often known mononymously as Bourvil, was a French actor and singer best known for his roles in comedy films, most notably in his collaboration with Louis de Funès in the films Le Corniaud (1965) and La Grande Vadrouille (1966). For his performance in Le Corniaud, he won a Special Diploma at the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.
His father was killed in the First World War before Bourvil was born. As a result, he spent his entire childhood in the village of Bourville, the name of which inspired his stage name. He married Jeanne Lefrique on 23 January 1943. After a battle with Kahler's syndrome, which attacks the bone marrow, he died at the age of 53. He is buried in Montainville, Yvelines.
In his comic performances Bourvil principally played roles of gentle and well-meaning characters who were often a bit obtuse or naive, such as his roles opposite the hyperactive, dishonest and bossy ones played by Louis de Funès. Bourvil's characters not only managed to make viewers laugh, but also to save themselves from the Machiavellian designs of adversaries.
Bourvil was, however, also capable of more dramatic roles such as the handyman in L'Arbre de Noël (1969). In this role he observes the relationship between a man he works for and the young son who has fallen ill. The audience can identify with the character played by Bourvil, just as they can in his comic roles, so often as a simple man. One can also note his role of Thénardier in the film adaptation of Les Misérables (1958), and his last role as the policeman Mattei in Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Cercle rouge (1970).
- 1942 : Croisières sidérales as Extra (uncredited)
- 1945 : La Ferme du pendu as Le bourrelier
- 1946 : Pas si bête as Lèon Ménard
- 1947 : Le Studio en folie as Lui-même
- 1947 : Par la fenêtre as Pilou
- 1947 : Blanc comme neige as L Ménard
- 1948 : Le Cœur sur la main as Léon Menard
- 1949 : Le Roi Pandore as Léon Ménard
- 1950 : Miquette as Urbain de la Tour-Mirande
- 1950 : Le Rosier de Madame Husson as Isidore Pastouret
- 1950 : Le Passe-muraille as Léon Dutielleul
- 1951 : Seul dans Paris as Henri Milliard
- 1952 : Le Trou normand as Hyppolite Lemoine
- 1952 : Cent francs par seconde
- 1953 : Les Trois Mousquetaires as Planchet
- 1954 : Si Versailles m'était conté ... directed by Sacha Guitry as Un guide de musée de Versailles
- 1954 : Poisson d'avril as Émile Dupuy
- 1954 : Cadet-Rousselle as Jérôme Baguindet
- 1954 : Le Fil à la patte as Bouzin
- 1955 : Les Hussards as Flicot - le trompette
- 1956 : La Traversée de Paris as Marcel Martin
- 1956 : The Singer from Mexico as Bilou
- 1958 : Les Misérables directed by Jean-Paul Le Chanois
- 1958 : Le Miroir à deux faces
- 1958 : Sérénade au Texas
- 1958 : Un drôle de dimanche
- 1959 : Le chemin des écoliers as Charles Michaud
- 1959 : The Green Mare (La Jument verte) as Honoré Haudouin
- 1959 : Le Bossu as Passepoli
- 1960 : Le Capitan as Cogolin
- 1960 : Fortunat as Noël Fourtunat
- 1961 : Tout l'or du monde as Dumont and his sons: Mathieu, 'Toine, Martial
- 1961 : Le Tracassin ou les plaisirs de la ville ("The Busybody", Alex Joffé) as André Loriot
- 1962 : The Longest Day as Alphonse Lenaux, Mayor of Colleville
- 1962 : Tartarin de Tarascon as Le curé qui regonfle le pneu de son vélomoteur
- 1962 : Un clair de lune à Maubeuge as Le chaunteur à la télévision
- 1962 : Les Culottes rouges as Fendard
- 1963 : Les Bonnes Causes as Albert Gaudet
- 1963 : Un drôle de paroissien as Georges Lachuaunaye
- 1963 : Le Magot de Josepha as Pierre Corneille
- 1963 : La Cuisine au beurre as André Colombey - un restaurateur normand
- 1964 : La Grande Frousse as Inspecteur Simon Triquet
- 1964 : Le Corniaud (The Sucker) directed by Gérard Oury
- 1965 : Guerre secrète
- 1965 : La Grosse Caisse
- 1965 : Les Grandes Gueules
- 1966 : La Grande Vadrouille directed by Gérard Oury
- 1966 : Trois enfants dans le désordre
- 1967 : Les Arnaud
- 1967 : Les Cracks
- 1968 : La Grande Lessive
- 1968 : Le Cerveau directed by Gérard Oury
- 1969 : Monte Carlo or Bust (Gonflés à bloc) directed by Ken Annakin
- 1969 : The Christmas Tree (L'Arbre de Noël), directed by Terence Young
- 1969 : L'Étalon directed by Jean-Pierre Mocky
- 1970 : Le Mur de l'Atlantique (Atlantic Wall) directed by Marcel Camus
- 1970 : Le Cercle rouge directed by Jean-Pierre Melville as Le Commisissaire Mattei
Nearly 300, among which the best known are:
- "La tendresse"
- "Salade de fruits"
- "Les crayons"
- "La Tactique du gendarme" (from the film Le roi Pandore)
- "Ballade irlandaise"
- "Un clair de lune à Maubeuge"
- "Petit bal perdu" (C'était bien)
- ″Ma p′tite chanson″
- "4th Moscow International Film Festival (1965)". MIFF. Retrieved 2012-12-06.