Patrick Dewaere

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Patrick Dewaere
Patrick Dewaere in 1975.
Patrick Jean Marie Henri Bourdeaux[1]

(1947-01-26)26 January 1947
Saint-Brieuc, France
Died16 July 1982(1982-07-16) (aged 35)
Paris, France
Other namesPatrick Maurin
Patrick de Waëre
  • Actor
  • Singer-songwriter
Years active1951–1982
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
(m. 1968; div. 1979)

Elizabeth Malvina Chalier
(m. 1980)
Children2, including Lola Dewaere
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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 21 years, until his suicide in Paris, in 1982.


Early life[edit]

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.[2]

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"[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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 Fairbanks, in which both play a couple in separation.[citation needed]

Success and depression[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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).[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4]

He is the father of French actress Lola Dewaere.


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.[citation needed]

He was buried in the cemetery of Saint-Lambert-du-Lattay, in the grave of his in-laws.[citation needed]


Italian actors Michele Placido, Franco Nero, with Patrick Dewaere (far right) and Miou-Miou, during the filming of the Italian film Marcia trionfale (1975).

In 1975, Dewaere received the Crystal Star of the Best Actor for The Best Way to Walk, shared with Patrick Bouchitey. This "half trophy" was the only award the profession gave him.

Between 1976 and 1982, the Académie des arts et techniques du cinéma français nominated the actor six times for the César, but never gave him the award:

The 1978 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film was awarded to Bertrand Blier's Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, due in part to the performance of its stars, Dewaere and Depardieu.


In cinema[edit]

Still of actor Patrick Dewaere.

In music[edit]

  • 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.



Year Title Role Director Notes
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[6] 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, and uncredited role as policeman 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."[7]
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[8]
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[9]
Paradis pour tous Alain Durieux Alain Jessua Dewaere's last film, (final film role)


  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ "Quelques Anciens Celebres". Hattemer. Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Miou-Miou : Coluche, Patrick Dewaere, Julien Clerc... les hommes de sa vie".
  4. ^ German, Yuri (2012). "Patrick Dewaere". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Patrick Dewaere". Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  6. ^ "Je reviendrai à Kandara". Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Catherine & Co". Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Heat of Desire". Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Mille milliards de dollars". Retrieved 30 September 2012.

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