Georges Marchal

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Georges Marchal (10 January 1920 – 28 November 1997) was a French actor.

Born Georges Louis Lucot in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France, the strikingly handsome Marchal was discovered in the early-1940s by director Jean Grémillon. By the early 1950s, he had become one of the top male stars of French cinema, second only, perhaps, to actor Jean Marais. He was also a favorite leading man of filmmaker Luis Buñuel, appearing in the director's films La voie lactée, Belle de jour, Cela s'appelle l'aurore, and La mort en ce jardin.

In 1951, Marchal married French actress Dany Robin and together they were a popular couple, playing in the movies La Passagère (1949), La Voyageuse inattendue, Le plus joli péché du monde, Jupiter directed by Gilles Grangier (1952), and Quand sonnera midi directed by Edmond T. Gréville (1958).

On television, Marchal played Claude Jade's father in the TV-series The Island of Thirty Coffins, and appeared as Richelieu, and Philippe IV, and in adaptations of Balzac, Hugo, George Sand and Colette.

Divorced from Dany Robin since 1969, Marchal married Michele Heyberger in 1983. He had two children, Robin and Frédérique. Marchal retired in 1989 and died, age 77, on 28 November 1997 in Maurens, Dordogne, France.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Cast Notes
1941 Premier rendez-vous uncredited Henri Decoin Danielle Darrieux, Louis Jourdan
1942 Le Lit à colonnes Olivier de Verrières Roland Tual Fernand Ledoux
1942 L'homme qui joue avec le feu Bernard Jean de Limur writer: Pierre Bost
1942 Lumière d'été Julien Jean Grémillon Madeleine Renaud, Pierre Brasseur, Madeleine Robinson writer: Jacques Prévert
1943 Vautrin (fr) Lucien de Rubempré Pierre Billon Michel Simon, Madeleine Sologne novel: Honoré de Balzac,
screenplay: Pierre Benoît, Pierre Billon
1943 Pamela René Bergerin Pierre de Hérain Fernand Gravey, Renée Saint-Cyr novel: Victorien Sardou
1945 Fausse alerte Bernard Dalban Jacques de Baroncelli Josephine Baker, Micheline Presle
1946 Les démons de l'aube Lieutenant Claude Legrand Yves Allégret Simone Signoret
1947 Bethsabée (fr) Capitaine Georges Dubreuil Léonide Moguy Danielle Darrieux, Jean Murat, Paul Meurisse novel: Pierre Benoît
1949 Dernier amour Alain Fontenay Jean Stelli Annabella, Jean Debucourt writer: Françoise Giroud
1949 The Passenger Pierre Kerjean Jacques Daroy Dany Robin
1949 Au grand balcon Jean Fabien Henri Decoin Pierre Fresnay writer: Joseph Kessel
1950 Thirst of Men Sergent Léon Bouvard Serge de Poligny Dany Robin
1950 The Last Days of Pompeii Lysias Marcel L'Herbier Micheline Presle
1951 Gibier de potence (fr) Marceau Le Guern Roger Richebé Arletty, Nicole Courcel writers: Jean Aurenche, Maurice Blondeau
1951 The Seven Dwarfs to the Rescue The Black Prince Paolo William Tamburella Rossana Podestà
1951 Messalina Gaius Silius Carmine Gallone María Félix
1952 Le Naufragé du Pacifique (fr) Robinson Crusoe Jeff Musso
1953 Les Trois Mousquetaires D'Artagnan André Hunebelle Yvonne Sanson, Gino Cervi, Bourvil, Claude Dauphin novel: Alexandre Dumas,
screenplay and dialogue: Michel Audiard
1954 Royal Affairs in Versailles Louis XIV Sacha Guitry Sacha Guitry, Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles, Édith Piaf, Jean Marais, Gérard Philipe, Micheline Presle Marchal plays the young Louis XIV - and Guitry the older king
1954 Theodora, Slave Empress Justinian I Riccardo Freda Gianna Maria Canale, Irene Papas
1954 The Contessa's Secret Lucio Falengo Georges Combret Yvonne De Carlo, Paul Meurisse, Rossano Brazzi
1954 Le Vicomte de Bragelonne Raoul de Bragelonne Fernando Cerchio Dawn Addams, Jacques Dumesnil novel: Alexandre Dumas,
adaptation: Alexandre Astruc
1954 La soupe à la grimace Frank Keany Jean Sacha Maria Mauban, Dominique Wilms
1956 Les Aventures de Gil Blas de Santillane Gil Blas René Jolivet Barbara Laage, Jacques Castelot novel: Alain-René Lesage
1956 Cela s'appelle l'aurore Doctor Valerio Luis Buñuel Lucia Bosé novel: Emmanuel Roblès
1956 Death in the Garden Shark Luis Buñuel Simone Signoret, Charles Vanel, Michel Piccoli
1958 Girls of the Night Charly Maurice Cloche Nicole Berger
1958 The Warrior and the Slave Girl Asclepius Vittorio Cottafavi Gianna Maria Canale, Ettore Manni
1959 Sheba and the Gladiator Consul Marcus Valerius Guido Brignone Anita Ekberg, Chelo Alonso, Gino Cervi, Jacques Sernas writer : Sergio Leone
1959 Winter Holidays Georges Tardier Camillo Mastrocinque Alberto Sordi, Michèle Morgan, Vittorio De Sica
1959 Wild Cats on the Beach Maurice Mont-Bret Vittorio Sala Alberto Sordi, Giovanna Ralli, Elsa Martinelli
1959 Legions of the Nile Mark Antony Vittorio Cottafavi Linda Cristal, Ettore Manni
1960 Prisonniers de la brousse (fr) Fred Willy Rozier
1960 The Dam on the Yellow River John Bell Renzo Merusi (it) Anita Ekberg
1960 Austerlitz Maréchal Jean Lannes Abel Gance Pierre Mondy, Orson Welles, Jack Palance, Jean Marais, Claudia Cardinale, Vittorio De Sica, Leslie Caron
1961 The Colossus of Rhodes Peliocles Sergio Leone Rory Calhoun, Lea Massari
1961 Napoléon II l'Aiglon General Gustav von Neipperg Claude Boissol Bernard Verley, Jean Marais novel: André Castelot
1962 Ulysses Against the Son of Hercules Ulysses Mario Caiano Mike Lane
1962 The Secret Mark of D'Artagnan Duke of Montserrat Siro Marcellini George Nader, Magali Noël, Massimo Serato
1965 The Dirty Game Serge Terence Young, Christian-Jaque, Carlo Lizzani Henry Fonda, Robert Ryan, Bourvil, Annie Girardot, Robert Hossein, Vittorio Gassman, Peter van Eyck
1966 Dacii Cornelius Fuscus Sergiu Nicolaescu Pierre Brice, Marie-José Nat
1967 Belle de Jour Duke Luis Buñuel Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli
1969 The Milky Way The Jesuit Luis Buñuel Paul Frankeur, Laurent Terzieff
1972 Faustine et le Bel Été Julien Nina Companeez Muriel Catala
1977 Closet Children Father Benoît Jacquot Brigitte Fossey, Lou Castel, Jean Sorel
1982 A Captain's Honor General Keller Pierre Schoendoerffer Nicole Garcia, Jacques Perrin, Georges Wilson, Charles Denner

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Director Cast Notes
1969 Tout pour le mieux Salvo Manfroni Jeannette Hubert Jean Desailly, Giani Esposito, Denise Grey, Eléonore Hirt play: Luigi Pirandello
1970 Le lys dans la vallée M. de Mortsauf Marcel Cravenne Delphine Seyrig, Richard Leduc, Alexandra Stewart novel: Honoré de Balzac
1971 Quentin Durward Crèvecoeur Gilles Grangier Amadeus August, Marie-France Boyer novel: Sir Walter Scott
1971 L'homme qui rit Lord David Jean Kerchbron novel: Victor Hugo
1972 Les six hommes en question Major Lytton Abder Isker play: Frédéric Dard and Robert Hossein
1972 Les Rois maudits
(The Accursed Kings)
Philippe le Bel Claude Barma
1974 Paul et Virginie The governor Pierre Gaspard-Huit Véronique Jannot novel: Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre
1976 The Gallant Lords of Bois-Doré Sylvain de Bois Doré Bernard Borderie Yolande Folliot, Michel Albertini, Philippe Lemaire, François Maistre, Jean-François Poron novel: George Sand
1977 Vaincre à Olympie Milo of Croton Michel Subiela Jean Marais
1978 Claudine Renaud Edouard Molinaro Marie-Hélène Breillat, Jean Desailly novel: Colette and Willy,
adaptation : Danièle Thompson
1978 Gaston Phébus Corbeyran Bernard Borderie Jean-Claude Drouot, France Dougnac, Nicole Garcia novel: Gaston et Myriam de Béarn
1979 The Island of Thirty Coffins Antoine d'Hergemont Marcel Cravenne Claude Jade
1981 Cinq-Mars Richelieu Jean-Claude Brialy Pierre Vaneck, Paul Blain, Madeleine Robinson, Jacques Duby writers: Jean-Claude Brialy and Didier Decoin
1981 Maigret se trompe Professor Gouin Stéphane Bertin Jean Richard, Macha Méril novel: Georges Simenon
1985 Meurtres pour mémoire Pasquier Laurent Heynemann Christine Boisson, Christophe Malavoy novel: Didier Daeninckx
1985 Châteauvallon Gilbert Bossis Chantal Nobel, Luc Merenda, Raymond Pellegrin
1986 Le coeur cambriolé Professor Thurel Michel Subiela short story: Gaston Leroux
1989 Les grandes familles Urbain de la Monnerie Edouard Molinaro Michel Piccoli, Pierre Arditi, Roger Hanin, Evelyne Bouix, Jean Desailly, Bulle Ogier novel and screenplay: Maurice Druon

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