Charlie Rivel (1943)
|Born||Josep Andreu i Lasserre
April 23, 1896
|Died||July 26, 1983
Sant Pere de Ribes
Josep Andreu i Lasserre (April 23, 1896 – July 26, 1983), best known as Charlie Rivel, was an internationally known Spanish circus clown. He was born in Cubelles (Barcelona, Spain). His parents Pere Andreu Pausas (Spanish) and Marie-Louise Lasarre (French) were circus artists as well.
He debuted at the age of three and formed the group Los Rivels with his brothers Polo Rivel and René Rivel. He took his artistic first name from Charlie Chaplin whom he encountered first in 1910. Each respected the other. Legend has it that Chaplin later asked him: "Is it you who imitate me or I who imitate you?"
He later discovered his definitive routine, featuring a chair, a guitar and a long jersey.
In 1971, he appeared in Federico Fellini's film Clowns.
The Charlie Rivel Hall in Cubelles is a museum dedicated to him,
There is also a park dedicated to him in Vigo in the province of Pontevedra, Spain.
Representation in popular culture
- 2007: Premis nacionals de cultura 2007 is a Spanish TV Special starring Spanish actor Ferran Rañé as Charlie Rivel.
- 2007: El pallasso i el Führer is a Spanish TV Movie starring Spanish actor Ferran Rañé as Charlie Rivel.
- 2005: La mandrágora is an episode of a popular Spanish TV series starring Spanish actor Ferran Rañé as Charlie Rivel.
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