Victor Lanoux

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Victor Lanoux
Born Victor Robert Nataf
(1936-06-18)18 June 1936
Died 4 May 2017(2017-05-04) (aged 80)
Cause of death Complications from a stroke
Years active 1961–2017

Victor Lanoux (18 June 1936 – 4 May 2017) was a French actor best known to English speaking audiences for his role as Ludovic in Cousin, Cousine.


Victor Lanoux, born Victor Robert Nataf was the son of a Tunisian Jew from Sfax and a Catholic mother from Normandy. He was evacuated from Paris during the Second World War. Lanoux refers to the name used during his stay in La Chapelle-Taillefert during the French occupation where he lived until the age of 11, when he returned to Paris.

He left school at age 14 to become an apprentice varnisher. He worked a variety of jobs, including the Simca automotive assembly line, until he served in the French Army during the Algerian War and was wounded, being awarded the Medal for War Wounded (Médaille des blessés de guerre).

His father got him a job at the Studio de Billancourt. He learned acting by correspondence course, then a real course.[1]


In 1961 he met Pierre Richard who was looking for someone to partner his cabaret act. They worked together for a number of years, including a season at the Bobino and a tour of Le Gorille.

The act was seen by Rene Allio who cast Lanoux in La Vielle Dame Indigne (1965). This led to a starring role in La Vie Normale (1967).

Georges Wilson of the TNP cast Lanoux as Laertes in 'Hamlet'; he followed this with 'La Folle de Chaillot' at the TNP, then a three-year run as star of Illusion Comique.[1]

He made one of his earliest film appearances in The Shameless Old Lady. He received two nominations at the 1st César Awards in 1976, for his roles in Cousin Cousine and Adieu poulet. His best known role outside of Europe is perhaps that of The Thief in the 1985 comedy classic National Lampoon's European Vacation.


Year Title Role Director Notes
1961 Les mystères de Paris Martial Marcel Cravenne TV Movie
1962 Le théâtre de la jeunesse Various Alain Boudet TV Series (2 Episodes)
1963 La chasse ou L'amour ravi Oration Alain Boudet (2) TV Movie
Le théâtre de la jeunesse Enjolras Alain Boudet (3) TV Series (1 Episode)
1964 La vie normale Jean-Pierre André Charpak
Bayard Bellabre Claude Pierson TV Series (1 Episode)
Le théâtre de la jeunesse Brigadier Yves-André Hubert TV Series (1 Episode)
1965 The Shameless Old Lady Pierre René Allio
1966 L'affaire du camion The man François Villiers Short
1967 Par quatre chemins TV Movie
1968 Tu seras terriblement gentille René Dirk Sanders
Le crime de Lord Arthur Saville Lord Arthur André Michel TV Movie
The Aeronauts Lantier François Villiers (2) TV Series (1 Episode)
Affaire Vilain contre ministère public Georges Robert Guez TV Series (1 Episode)
1969 Le soleil des eaux Francis Abondance Jean-Paul Roux TV Movie
1970 À corps perdu Christian Gauetti Abder Isker TV Movie
A contre soleil Michel Dirk Sanders (2) TV Movie
Mont-Cinère Frank Stevens Jean-Paul Roux (2) TV Movie
1971 L'objet perdu Jacques Joubes André Michel (2) TV Movie
1972 Sette cervelli per un colpo perfetto Gino Roger Pigaut
Portrait : Pouchkine Sobolevsky (ru) Jean-Paul Roux (3) TV Movie
1973 Two Men in Town Marcel José Giovanni
I Don't Know Much, But I'll Say Everything The worker Pierre Richard
Elle court, elle court la banlieue Georges Gérard Pirès
L'affaire Dominici Gustave Dominici Claude Bernard-Aubert
Histoire d'une fille de ferme Jacques Claude Santelli TV Movie
La ligne de démarcation Ernest Jacques Ertaud TV Series (1 Episode)
1974 Vani la merveille Vani Jean-Pierre Marchand TV Movie
Jean Pinot, médecin d'aujourd'hui Michel Fermaud TV Series (1 Episode)
1975 Cousin Cousine Ludovic Jean-Charles Tacchella Nominated - César Award for Best Actor
The French Detective Pierre Lardatte Pierre Granier-Deferre Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Common Man Strong man Yves Boisset
Folle à tuer Georges Yves Boisset (2)
La mort d'un guide Maurice Merinchal Jacques Ertaud (2) TV Movie
Le bel indifférent Emile Jacques Duhen TV Movie
1976 Pardon Mon Affaire Bouly Yves Robert
A Woman at Her Window Michel Boutros Pierre Granier-Deferre (2)
Ingeblikt Writer Anton Stevens TV Movie
1977 Pardon Mon Affaire, Too! Bouly Yves Robert (2)
Servante et maîtresse Jérôme Bruno Gantillon
Le passé simple François Michel Drach
Un moment d'égarement Jacques Claude Berri
1978 La Carapate Martial Gaulard Gérard Oury
1979 Un si joli village Stéphane Bertin Étienne Périer
The Dogs Doctor Henri Ferret Alain Jessua
Au bout du bout du banc Ben Oppenheim Peter Kassovitz Also producer
1980 Retour en force Adrien Blaussac Jean-Marie Poiré
1981 Une sale affaire Novak Alain Bonnot
La revanche Alfred Jouvert Pierre Lary
1982 Y a-t-il un Français dans la salle ? Horace Tumelat Jean-Pierre Mocky
Boulevard des assassins Charles Vallorba Boramy Tioulong
1983 Un dimanche de flic Franck Michel Vianey
Stella The Swiss Laurent Heynemann
1984 Thieves After Dark Inspector Farbet Samuel Fuller
La smala Robert Jean-Loup Hubert
Dog Day Horace Yves Boisset (3)
La triche Commissioner Michel Verta Yannick Bellon
Louisiana Charles de Vigors Philippe de Broca TV Movie
Les fils des alligators Michel Corleone André Farwagi TV Movie
1985 European Vacation The Thief Amy Heckerling
1986 Scene of the Crime Maurice André Téchiné
Série noire Kant Pierre Grimblat TV Series (1 Episode)
1987 Sale destin François Marboni Sylvain Madigan
1988 Le clan César Manotte Claude Barma TV Mini-Series
1989 L'invité surprise Charles Georges Lautner
Rouge Venise The Witchfinder Étienne Périer (2)
1989-95 Renseignements généraux Roger Goupil Philippe Lefebvre, Alain-Michel Blanc, ... TV Series (14 Episodes)
1992 Le bal des casse-pieds Frank Yves Robert (3)
1993 Maria des Eaux-Vives Alexandre Robert Mazoyer TV Mini-Series
1994 Le cascadeur Richard Delaistre Josée Dayan TV Series (1 Episode)
1996 Lifeline Lucien Basso Fred Gerber TV Movie
Je m'appelle Régine Joseph Pierre Aknine TV Movie
L'histoire du samedi Thève Maravilliers Alain Nahum TV Series (1 Episode)
1997 Les démons de Jésus Jo Bernie Bonvoisin
1998-2013 Louis la brocante Louis Roman Michel Favart, Pierre Sisser, ... TV Series (44 Episodes)
1998 L'alambic Amédée Jean Marboeuf TV Movie
Belle grand-mère Pacha Marion Sarraut TV Movie
Le cascadeur Richard Delaistre Alain-Michel Blanc (2) TV Series (1 Episode)
1999 La position de l'escargot Dédé Mishka Saal
Les grandes bouches Armand Bernie Bonvoisin (2)
Le frère Irlandais Jean Langlois Robin Davis TV Movie
2001 A Hell of a Day Maurice Degombert Marion Vernoux
2002 Belle grand-mère 2 Pacha Marion Sarraut (2) TV Movie
2003 Pierre et Farid Pierre Marcellin Michel Favart (2) TV Movie
2006-16 Commissaire Laviolette Commissioner Laviolette Bruno Gantillon (2), Philomène Esposito, ... TV Series (8 Episodes)
2012 La femme cachée Marc Delvaux Michel Favart (3) TV Movie
2014 Dommages collatéraux Régis Morel Michel Favart (4) TV Movie
2015 Le port de l'oubli Vincent Lagarde Bruno Gantillon (3) TV Movie


Year Title Author Director Notes
1962 Le Bourgeois gentilhomme Molière Jean-Pierre Darras
Tartuffe Molière Roger Planchon
1964 The Revenger's Tragedy Cyril Tourneur Francis Morane & Jean Serge
1965 Hamlet William Shakespeare Georges Wilson
L'Illusion Comique Pierre Corneille Georges Wilson (2)
The Madwoman of Chaillot Jean Giraudoux Georges Wilson (3)
1966-68 Le Cheval évanoui Françoise Sagan Jacques Charon
1969 The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Bertolt Brecht Georges Wilson (4)
1973 Le Tourniquet Victor Lanoux Yves Bureau
1974 Le Péril bleu ou méfiez-vous des autobus Victor Lanoux Victor Lanoux
1976 Qui est qui ? Keith Waterhouse & Willis Hall Victor Lanoux (2)
1981 Au Bonheur des Dames Émile Zola Jacques Échantillon
1985 Voisin Voisine Jerome Chodorov Pierre Mondy
1987 Le Tourniquet Victor Lanoux Victor Lanoux (3)
1989 La Ritournelle Victor Lanoux Victor Lanoux (4) Nominated - Molière Award for Best Playwright
1991 Same Time, Next Year Bernard Slade Roger Vadim
1994 Drame au concert Victor Lanoux Victor Lanoux (5)
2000 Master Class David Pownall Régis Santon


  1. ^ a b Shipman, David (1980). The Great Movie Stars The International Years. pp. 312–314. 

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