Charles Prince (actor)

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Charles Prince
Les terreurs de Rigadin.jpg
Les Terreurs de Rigadin (1911)
Born Charles Prince Seigneur
(1872-04-27)27 April 1872
Maisons-Laffitte, Seine, Île-de-France, France
Died 18 July 1933(1933-07-18) (aged 61)
Paris, France
Occupation Actor, comedian, screenwriter, Film Director
Years active 1906-1933

Charles Prince Seigneur (27 April 1872 – 18 July 1933) was a French-born film actor and comedian, best known for his screen persona "Rigadin" in numerous short slapstick comedies.[1] He was also known as "Moritz" in Germany, "Whiffles" in England and the US, and "Tartufini" in Italy. He was the second biggest film star in the world in the years leading up to World War I, just behind his rival Max Linder. Prince's "Rigadin" character was similar to Linder's "Max" in that they were both upper-class dandys that were constantly getting into trouble with authority figures and love interests. Prince began his acting career on the stage and was hired by Pathé Frères in 1908.[2] He made over 200 films as "Rigadin" from 1909 until 1920. By 1920 his popularity had faded and he played supporting roles in a handful of films in the 1920s and 1930s.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Prince's great-Grandson is French film director Cris Ubermann.

Selected Filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Abel, Richard. Encyclopedia of Early Cinema. Taylor & Francis. 2005. p. 203.
  2. ^ Wakeman, John. World Film Directors, Volume 1. The H. W. Wilson Company. 1987. p. 676.
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