Patrick Jean Marie Henri Bourdeaux
26 January 1947
|Died||16 July 1982 (aged 35)|
|Cause of death||Suicide|
|Other names||Patrick Maurin |
Patrick de Waëre
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
(m. 1968; div. 1979)
Elizabeth Malvina Chalier
|Children||Lola Dewaere |
Patrick Dewaere (26 January 1947 – 16 July 1982) was a French film actor. Born in Saint-Brieuc, Côtes-d'Armor, he was the son of French actress Mado Maurin. Actor from a young age, his career lasted more than 31 years, until his suicide in Paris, in 1982.
Patrick Dewaere was the third child of an actors family. Under the direction of his mother, Mado Maurin, Patrick, his four brothers and his sister played in movies and television series. The family lived in Paris. Dewaere attended the Cours Hattemer, a private school.
One of his first TV appearances was in 1961, when he was 14 years old. He appeared in a video for the song "Nuits d'Espagne" by Dalida. Later, he was a promising and popular French actor in the late 1960s and 1970s.
Debuts as "Patrick Dewaere"
At the age of 17, Dewaere learned that he was not the biological child of his mother’s ex-husband, Pierre-Marie Bourdeaux, but that of conductor and singer Michel Têtard. In 1968, he took the name of "Dewaere" which his maternal great-grandmother inspired him. A year earlier, he had met his first wife, Sotha, an actress who co-founded the Café de la Gare, an experimental theatre. They separated in 1970 but remained married for eleven years.
From 1968, he collaborated with the Café de la Gare, where he met Miou-Miou and Gérard Depardieu, with whom he made a breakthrough after many secondary roles in various films, in the scandalous comedy Going Places. Miou-Miou became Dewaere’s companion and the mother of his daughter Angèle (1974). She left Dewaere for singer Julien Clerc, shortly before the shooting of F...like Fairbanks, in which both play a couple in separation.
Success and depression
Patrick Dewaere became one of the most popular actors in French cinema in the 1970s. Between 1977 and 1982, he was nominated five times to the Césars in the "Best Actor" category, the most important award in France. In his work, Dewaere was restless and very conscientious, which may have caused his depressed mood. He also had serious drug problems, and it is known that he had been sexually abused as a child. He consolidated his status as a savage and ruthless actor in Alain Corneau’s cult film Série noire (1979). In his roles, Dewaere was long attached to the kind of young rebel. Only in his later films did his comic and dramatic diversity manifest itself. He often worked with director Bertrand Blier.
In 1980, Dewaere hit a journalist who had announced against his will his union with Elsa Chalier. Subsequently, the actor was ignored by the French press, his name was even abbreviated with his initials (P.D).
Elsa Chalier left him in 1982 for his best friend Coluche. Shortly afterwards, on July 16, 1982, Dewaere shot himself in his house in Paris. He also had financial and addiction problems. At the time, he was preparing for the film Édith et Marcel by Claude Lelouch, where he should have played the boxer Marcel Cerdan. After Dewaere’s death, his son, Marcel Cerdan Jr, joined Évelyne Bouix, who played Edith Piaf.
He was buried in the cemetery of Saint-Lambert-du-Lattay, in the grave of his in-laws.
For eleven years Dewaere was married to French actress Sotha. In the early 1970s, he became the companion of French actress Miou-Miou, until they separated in 1976. They had one daughter. Shortly before the release of Paradis Pour Tous (1982), a black comedy where his character tries to commit suicide, the actor shot himself in his house in Paris. He was 35 years old.
He is the father of French actress Lola Dewaere.
Between 1976 and 1982, the Académie des arts et techniques du cinéma français named the actor six times, but never gave him a single César:
- 1976: César nomination for Best Supporting Actor, Adieu Poulet.
- 1977: César nomination for Best Actor, The Best Way to Walk.
- 1978: César nomination for Best Actor, Le Juge Fayard dit Le Shériff.
- 1980: César nomination for Best Actor, Série noire.
- 1981: César nomination for Best Actor, Un mauvais fils.
- 1982: César nomination for Best Actor, Stepfather.
- In Michel Gondry’s film La Science des rêves (2006), the hero played by Gael García Bernal metamorphoses into Patrick Dewaere during a scene and replays several major scenes from the film Série noire. The title of the original soundtrack accompanying this sequence is Rêve Patrick Dewaere.
- 1982: Friend of Dewaere, Murray Head signs the song Shades of the Prison House in the album Shade, which will be taken as soundtrack of the film Patrick Dewaere, directed by Marc Esposito in 1992.
- 1983: Louis Chedid evokes the memory of the actor in his song Les absents sont toujours tort.
- 1983: Catherine Lara also paid tribute to him, with the title T'es pas drôle.
- 1994: Christian Décamps on the album Nu with the song Impasse du Moulin Vert.
- 1996: In the song Nirvana of the album Premières Consultations, Doc Gynéco writes: «J'vais me foutre en l'air comme Patrick Dewaere» ("I'm gonna kill myself like Patrick Dewaere").
- 2002: Renaud evokes Dewaere in his song Mon bistrot préféré on the album Boucan d'enfer.
- 2005: Raphael pays tribute to him with his Chanson pour Patrick Dewaere on the album Caravane.
- The Schneider-Dewaere Double Prize rewards the male and female hopes of French cinema.
- In 1995, a care unit for suicidal young adults took his name at Lierneux (Belgium).
- In 2008, the Patrick-Dewaere Prize, intended to reward the promising actors of French cinema, was created to replace the Jean-Gabin Prize that had existed since 1980.
- On December 22, 2009, the Théâtre de Verdure esplanade located in the Parc des promenades of Saint-Brieuc, his hometown, was named Patrick-Dewaere esplanade, in the presence of Mado Maurin, Jean-François Vlérick, Luc Béraud and Gilles Durieux.
|1955||Monsieur Fabre||Henri Diamant-Berger|
|La Madelon||Un enfant du village||Jean Boyer||Uncredited|
|1956||Plucking the Daisy||Toto's brother||Marc Allégret||Uncredited|
|I'll Get Back to Kandara||the little boy||Victor Vicas||credited as Patrick Maurin|
|1957||The Happy Road||Child||Gene Kelly|
|Les Espions||Le petit Moynet||Henri-Georges Clouzot|
|1958||Mimi Pinson||Le jeune frère de Mimi||Robert Darène|
|1966||Paris brûle-t-il?||young resistance fighter who gets executed||René Clément||Uncredited|
|1971||Les Mariés de l'an II||a volunteer||Jean-Paul Rappeneau||the film was entered into the 1971 Cannes Film Festival|
|The Deadly Trap||L'homme à l'écharpe jaune||René Clément||Uncredited|
|1973||Themroc||Le maçon||Claude Faraldo||the film received a prize at the 1973 International Film Festival of Avoriaz|
|1974||Les Valseuses||Pierrot||Bertrand Blier||the 3rd highest-grossing film of the year 1974 in France|
|1975||Au long de rivière Fango||Sébastien||Sotha|
|Lily aime-moi||Gaston||Maurice Dugowson||nominated for best film at the 25th Berlin International Film Festival|
|Pas de problème!||Le barman||Georges Lautner|
|Catherine et Compagnie||François||Michel Boisrond||English title: "Catherine & Co."|
|Adieu poulet||Lefevre||Pierre Granier-Deferre||the film was nominated for two Césars (editing and best supporting actor)|
|1976||La Meilleure façon de marcher||Marc||Claude Miller||winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography in 1975|
|Marcia trionfale||Lt. Baio||Marco Bellocchio||English title: "Victory March"|
|F... comme Fairbanks||André||Maurice Dugowson||also credited as co-composer of the music|
|1977||Le Juge Fayard dit Le Shériff||Jean-Marie Fayard||Yves Boisset|
|La stanza del vescovo||Marco Maffei||Dino Risi||adapted from the novel of the same name by Piero Chiara|
|1978||Préparez vos mouchoirs||Stéphane||Bertrand Blier||Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 51st Academy Awards|
|La Clé sur la porte||Philippe||Yves Boisset||based on the novel of the same name|
|1979||Traffic Jam||the young man||Luigi Comencini||entered into the 1979 Cannes Film Festival|
|Coup de tête||François Perrin||Jean-Jacques Annaud||César Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Jean Bouise|
|Série noire||Franck Poupart||Alain Corneau||entered into the 1979 Cannes Film Festival|
|Paco l'infaillible||Pocapena||Didier Haudepin|
|1980||Un mauvais fils||Bruno Calgagni||Claude Sautet||César Award for Best Supporting Actor for Jacques Dufilho|
|1981||Psy||Marc||Philippe de Broca||film score by Mort Shuman|
|Plein sud||Serge Laine||Luc Béraud||released as "Heart Of Desire" in the USA|
|Beau-Père||Rémi Bachelier||Bertrand Blier||entered into the 1981 Cannes Film Festival|
|Les matous sont romantiques||Le voisin||Sotha|
|Hotel America||Gilles Tisserand||André Téchiné||playing Catherine Deneuve's lover|
|1982||Mille milliards de dollars||Paul Kerjean||Henri Verneuil||International title: A Thousand Billion Dollars|
|Paradis pour tous||Alain Durieux||Alain Jessua||Dewaere's last film, (final film role)|
- Official "Acte de décès" N°2081 (death) recorded the 16th of july 1982 from "État civil de la mairie de Paris, 14e arrondissement" official copy established 18 January 2010
- "Quelques Anciens Celebres". Hattemer. Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
- "Festival de Cannes: Patrick Dewaere". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
- German, Yuri (2012). "Patrick Dewaere". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
- "Je reviendrai à Kandara". Retrieved 30 September 2012.
- "Catherine & Co". Retrieved 30 September 2012.
- "Heat of Desire". Retrieved 30 September 2012.
- "Mille milliards de dollars". Retrieved 30 September 2012.
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