Jean-Claude Deret

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Jean-Claude Deret
Jean-Claude Deret.jpg
Jean-Claude Deret in 2013
Born Claude Breitman
July 11, 1921
Paris, France
Died 12 December 2016(2016-12-12) (aged 95)
Paris, France
Resting place Père Lachaise Cemetery
Occupation Television writer, songwriter, actor, playwright, detective novelist, children's author
Spouse(s) Céline Léger
Children 3

Jean-Claude Deret, born Claude Breitman, (July 11, 1921 – December 12, 2016) was a French television writer, songwriter, actor, playwright, and author of children's books and detective novels.

Early life[edit]

Jean-Claude Deret was born as Claude Breitman on July 11, 1921.[1][2][3] His family were secular Jews from Russia.[1] One of his great-grandfathers was a psychiatrist.[1] He lost a relative in The Holocaust.[1]


Deret started his career as a songwriter and singer in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the late 1940s.[1] By 1950, he emigrated to Quebec, where he became a theatre and television actor.[1] Nine years later, in 1959, he returned to France and within a few years he created Thierry la Fronde, a television series.[2][2] Between 1963 and 1966, he wrote 52 episodes.[1]

Deret founded Le Théâtre du cercle, a theatre company in Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt.[1] Additionally, he authored children's books and detective novels.[1] He also wrote plays, including Samuel dans l'île, which was nominated for a Molière Award in 2006.[1][3] Meanwhile, he continued to act, for example starring in Beautiful Memories in 2001.[3] He also continued to write songs, and he performed at the Théâtre de Poche Montparnasse in April 2014.[1] He wrote 50 songs over the course of his career.[3] In 2016, he directed Salauds de pauvres, a short film about poor people in France.[3]

Personal life and death[edit]

Deret had three children, including actress Zabou Breitman with Céline Léger.[1][3]

Deret died in Paris on December 12, 2016, aged 95.[1][2] He was cremated at the Père Lachaise Cemetery on December 17.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Heliot, Armelle (December 13, 2016). "Décès de Jean-Claude Deret, scénariste de Thierry La Fronde". Le Figaro. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Jean-Claude Deret, créateur de "Thierry la fronde", est mort". Le Parisien. December 13, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Cabot, Emile (December 13, 2016). "Jean-Claude Deret, créateur "Thierry la fronde" et père de Zabou Breitman, est mort". Paris Match. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 

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