Jean-Pierre Marielle

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Jean-Pierre Marielle
Salon du livre de Paris 2011 - Jean-Pierre Marielle.jpg
Jean-Pierre Marielle in 2011
Born (1932-04-12) 12 April 1932 (age 85)
Paris, France
Occupation Actor
Years active 1957–present
Spouse(s) Agathe Natanson (2003-present)[1]

Jean-Pierre Marielle (born 12 April 1932) is a French actor. He has played in more than a hundred films in which he brought life to a very large diversity of roles, from the banal citizen (Les Galettes de Pont-Aven), to the serial killer (Sans mobile apparent), to the World War II hero (Les Milles), to the compromised spy (La Valise (fr)), to the has-been actor (Les Grands Ducs), acting always with the same excellence whatever the quality of the movie in itself. He is well known for his outspokenness and especially for his warm and cavernous voice which is often imitated by French humorists considering him as the archetype of the French gentleman.

Early life[edit]

Marielle was born in 1932 in Paris to an industrialist father and a dressmaker mother. His first experiences of acting date back to his years of high school during which he staged some Chekhov’s plays with his comrades. He initially wanted to study literature but one of his teachers encouraged him to become an actor instead, so that he joined the Conservatoire National where became close friends with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Rochefort and from where he left with the comedy second prize in 1954.


His early career consisted of stage roles with the Grenier-Hussenot company, notably in Pinter’s plays, and some small appearances on the large screen by the late 1950s, with his particular voice giving him the abilities to play older characters. But disappointed by his first movie roles, he turned a moment to the cabaret.

He obtained a little more consistent roles in the 1960s in movies such as Faites sauter la banque! (1963), starring alongside Louis de Funès, Weekend at Dunkirk (1964) and in particular Un monsieur de compagnie (1965), where French director Philippe de Broca gave him the opportunity to express all his talent. But his popularity really exploded during the 1970s as he appeared in a lot of comedies. In La Valise (fr) (1974) he played an Israeli spy having to hide in a trunk in order to be extracted from a country of the Middle East. Les Galettes de Pont-Aven (1975), Que la fête commence (1974) and Coup de Torchon (1981) confirmed him as a great actor.

One of his best performances, which is also probably his darkest, lies in his wonderful interpretation of a disillusioned and suicidal cop in Les mois d’avril sont meurtriers (fr) (1987). The other major role of his career is Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe in Tous les matins du monde (1994).

He also made at the same time a brilliant stage career and received the highest French award for a theater actor, the Molière, in 1994. He plays Jacques Sauniere in The Da Vinci Code (2006). He was awarded the Légion d’Honneur in 1992.

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to French actress Agathe Natanson since 4 October 2003 and has a son from a previous union. He is a great fan of jazz music and New York City.




Year Title Role Director Notes
1957 Le grand bluff Philippe Norbert Patrice Dally
Tous peuvent me tuer Lucien Henri Decoin
Charmants garçons The Deauville's receptionist Henri Decoin (2)
1958 La fille de la pluie Xavier de la Mauge Jean Prat TV Movie
1960 Les joueurs Outiechitelny Marcel Bluwal TV Movie
Les trois soeurs Toujenbach Jean Prat (2) TV Movie
La papesse René Lucot TV Movie
La brune que voilà Cauteret Robert Lamoureux
Le mouton The chief of the police headquarters Pierre Chevalier
Pierrot la tendresse Emile François Villiers
1961 La caméra explore le temps Philip IV of France Stellio Lorenzi TV Series (1 Episode : "Les Templiers")
1962 Climats Philippe Marcenat Stellio Lorenzi (2)
Il est minuit docteur Schweitzer Doctor Albert Schweitzer Gilbert Pineau TV Movie
La caméra explore le temps Louis XIII of France Guy Lessertisseur TV Series (1 Episode : "La conjuration de Cinq-Mars")
La nuit des rois Malvolio Claude Barma TV Movie
1963 L'inspecteur Leclerc enquête Michel Duquesnoy Maurice Cazeneuve TV Series (1 Episode : "Le passé d'une femme")
Sweet and Sour Rakanowsky Jacques Baratier
Peau de banane Paul Reynaldo Marcel Ophüls
1964 Faites sauter la banque! André Durand-Mareuil Jean Girault
Dernière enquête de Wens Jo Adams Ivan Govar
Relaxe-toi chérie David Kouglov Jean Boyer
Échappement libre Van Houde Jean Becker
Les cabinets particuliers Jacquart Alain Boudet TV Movie
Male Companion Balthazar Philippe de Broca
Weekend at Dunkirk Pierson Henri Verneuil
1965 La bonne occase Landrut Michel Drach
Cent briques et des tuiles Justin Pierre Grimblat
1966 Monnaie de singe Raymond Vernet Yves Robert
Roger la Honte Lucien de Noirville Riccardo Freda
Tendre Voyou Bob Jean Becker (2)
1967 Toutes folles de lui Reverend Father Fouquet Norbert Carbonnaux
1968 L'homme à la Buick The Marquis Gilles Grangier
1969 Le diable par la queue Jean-Jacques Leroy-Martin Philippe de Broca (2)
Quarante-huit heures d'amour Mazoillac Jacques Laurent
Les Femmes The editor Jean Aurel
1970 La perfection des jeunes filles Narrator Ulysse Laugier Short
Les caprices de Marie Léopold Panneton Philippe de Broca (3)
Le pistonné The Lieutenant Claude Berri
1971 L'amour c'est gai, l'amour c'est triste Maxime Jean-Daniel Pollet
The Married Couple of the Year Two Narrator Jean-Paul Rappeneau
On est toujours trop bon avec les femmes Mac Cormack Michel Boisrond
Without Apparent Motive Perry Rupert-Foote Philippe Labro
Four Flies on Grey Velvet Gianni Arrosio Dario Argento
1972 Sex-shop Lucien Claude Berri (2)
Le Petit Poucet (fr) The Ogre Michel Boisrond (2)
P'pa je serai serrurier The voice Ulysse Laugier (2) Short
1973 L'affaire Crazy Capo Commissioner Martin Patrick Jamain
La Valise (fr) Major Bloch Georges Lautner
Charlie et ses deux nénettes Tony Joël Séria
1974 Comment réussir quand on est con et pleurnichard Gérard Malempin Michel Audiard
Un linceul n'a pas de poches Doctor Carlille Jean-Pierre Mocky
Dis-moi que tu m'aimes Richard Le Royer Michel Boisrond (3)
1975 The Common Man Léo Tartaffione Yves Boisset
Let Joy Reign Supreme The marquis de Pontcallec Bertrand Tavernier
Les Galettes de Pont-Aven Henri Serin Joël Séria (2) Nominated - César Award for Best Actor
La traque Albert Danville Serge Leroy
1976 Calmos Paul Dufour Bertrand Blier
On aura tout vu Morlock Georges Lautner (2)
Cours après moi que je t'attrape (fr) Paul Robert Pouret (fr)
Sturmtruppen Salvatore Samperi Salvatore Samperi
1977 The More It Goes, the Less It Goes Inspector Pignon Michel Vianey
Comme la lune Pouplard Joël Séria (3)
The Accuser Roustev Jean-Louis Bertuccelli
Un moment d'égarement Pierre Claude Berri (3)
1979 Cause toujours... tu m'intéresses! François Perrin Édouard Molinaro
1980 L'entourloupe Castelard Gérard Pirès
Voulez-vous un bébé Nobel? Victor Delacroix Robert Pouret (2)
1981 Asphalte Albert Pourrat Denis Amar
Pétrole! Pétrole! Jean-Marie Tardel Christian Gion
Coup de Torchon Georges Le Peron Bertrand Tavernier (2) Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actor
1982 Emmenez-moi au théâtre: L'étrangleur s'excite Gene Cornflakes Alexandre Tarta TV Movie
L'indiscrétion Daniel Pierre Lary
Jamais avant le mariage Patrick Le Kermadec Daniel Ceccaldi
1983 Signes extérieurs de richesse Jérôme Bouvier Jacques Monnet
1984 ...e la vita continua Arnoldo Betocchi Dino Risi TV Movie
Les capricieux Simon Michel Deville TV Movie
Partenaires Gabriel Gallien Claude d'Anna
1985 L'amour en douce Antoine Garnier Édouard Molinaro (2)
Hold-Up Simon Labrosse Alexandre Arcady
1986 Tenue de soirée The Rich and Depressed Man Bertrand Blier (2)
1987 Les mois d'avril sont meurtriers Fred Laurent Heynemann Mystfest - Best Actor
Les idiots Kubac Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe TV Movie
Les 2 crocodiles René Boutancard Joël Séria (4)
1988 Un château au soleil Artus de Montdeny Robert Mazoyer TV Mini-Series
A Few Days with Me Monsieur Fonfrin Claude Sautet Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actor
1989 Bouvard et Pecuchet François Bouvard Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe (2) TV Movie
1990 Six crimes sans assassins Commissioner Bastien Darnancourt Bernard Stora TV Movie
Clérambard The Count Hector de Clérambard Marcel Bluwal (2) TV Movie
Uranus Archambaud Claude Berri (4)
1991 Tous les Matins du Monde Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe Alain Corneau Nominated - César Award for Best Actor
1992 La controverse de Valladolid Bartolomé de las Casas Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe (3) TV Movie
7 d'Or - Best Actor
Max & Jeremie Almeida Claire Devers Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actor
1993 1, 2, 3, Sun The lonely man Bertrand Blier (3)
1994 Le parfum d'Yvonne Dr. Rene Meinthe Patrice Leconte
Le Sourire Pierre-François Le Clainche Claude Miller
1995 Les Milles Commander Perrochon Sébastien Grall Golden Goblet Award for Best Actor
1996 Les Grands Ducs Georges Cox Patrice Leconte (2)
L'élève Armand Olivier Schatzky
1999 One 4 All Commissioner Bayard Claude Lelouch
2000 Les Acteurs Himself Bertrand Blier (4)
2001 Madame De... The general Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe (4) TV Movie
2003 Le nouveau testament Jean Marcelin Yves Di Tullio
Bernard Murat
TV Movie
Little Lili Simon Marceaux Claude Miller (2) Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actor
2004 Tomorrow We Move Popernick Chantal Akerman
Pride James's voice John Downer TV Movie
Atomik Circus - Le retour de James Bataille Bosco Didier & Thierry Poiraud
2005 Galilée ou L'amour de Dieu Pope Barberini Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe (5)
Les Âmes grises Pierre-Ange Destinat Yves Angelo
2006 The Da Vinci Code Jacques Saunière Ron Howard
Le Grand Meaulnes M. de Galais Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe (6)
2007 Let's Dance Salomon Bellinsky Noémie Lvovsky Nominated - César Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
Ce que mes yeux ont vu Jean Dussart Laurent de Bartillat
2008 Livrez-nous Grynszpan Narrator Joël Calmettes TV Movie
Elles et Moi Emile de Montellier Bernard Stora (2) TV Mini-Series (1 Episode)
2009 Micmacs Placard Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Darwin (r)évolution Charles Darwin Philippe Tourancheau TV Movie
2010 Pièce montée Victor Denys Granier-Deferre
La peau de chagrin Oswald Alain Berliner TV Movie
Santa's Apprentice Voice Luc Vinciguerra
Le mystère Octave Jean-Teddy Filippe
2011 Bouquet final Jean-Pierre Josée Dayan TV Movie
Chez Maupassant Sosthène Gérard Jourd'hui TV Series (1 Episode : "Mon oncle Sosthène")
2012 Nos retrouvailles The psychoanalyst Josée Dayan (2) TV Movie
Rondo Abraham Olivier van Malderghem
Les seigneurs Titouan Leguennec Olivier Dahan
Max Nick Stéphanie Murat
La fleur de l'âge Hubert Dassonville Nick Quinn
2013 Indiscrétions Bernard Lefort Josée Dayan (3) TV Movie
2014 The Missionaries Himself Tonie Marshall
Des roses en hiver Jean Lorenzo Gabriele TV Movie
Do Not Disturb Michel's father Patrice Leconte
2016 Capitaine Marleau Frantz Meyer Josée Dayan (4) TV Series (1 Episode)


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