Jean Baptiste Prosper Bressant

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Jean Baptiste Prosper Bressant
Born 1815
Chalon-sur-Saône, Saône-et-Loire
Died 1886

Jean Baptiste Prosper Bressant (1815–1886) was a French actor born in Chalon-sur-Saône, Saône-et-Loire, in 1815. In 1838 he went to the French theatre at St. Petersburg, where for eight years he played important parts with ever-increasing reputation. His success was confirmed at the Gymnase when he returned to Paris in 1846, and he made his debut at the Comédie Française as a full-fledged sociétaire in 1854.[1]

From playing the ardent young lover, he turned to leading rôles both in modern plays and in the classical repertoire. His Richelieu in Mlle de Belle-Isle, his Octave in Alfred de Musset's Les Caprices de Marianne, and his appearance in de Musset's Il faut qu'une porte soit ouverte ou fermée and Un caprice were followed by Tartuffe, Le Misanthrope and Don Juan. Bressant retired in 1875, and died on 23 January 1886. During his professorship at the Conservatoire, Jean Mounet-Sully was one of his pupils.[1]

He introduced a new hairstyle; a magazine of the period described it as follows: "The Bressant hairstyle is this: the hair is left long on both sides and raised, a little bouffant, above the ears; on the top of the head it is cut short, no part, neither to right, nor to the left." [2]


  1. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bressant, Jean Baptiste Prosper". Encyclopædia Britannica. 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 499.
  2. ^ La Semaine des familles: revue universelle hebdomadaire, Volume 22, number 37, Saturday December 11, p. 592. 1880.