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Charles Vanel Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Aug 21, 1892
  • Died: Apr 15, 1989

An actor from the age of 16, when he appeared in a Parisian production of Hamlet, Charles Vanel made his screen bow in the 1912 film [[Feature~V131155~Jim Crow~thecrow]]. He would eventually enjoy the longest movie career of any French actor, toting up well over 200 starring appearances. He was frequently seen in the films of screenwriter Jacques de Baroncelli; he also turned director on two occasions, helming 1929's [[Feature~V164587~Dans la Nuit~danslanuit]] and 1935's Le Coup de Minuit. His popularity diminished during the war years, but he was able to stage a comeback as a member of director Henri-Georges Clouzot's stock company. He made only one appearance in a Hollywood production, playing a key role in Hitchcock's [[Feature~V50148~To Catch a Thief~tocatchathief]]. The recipient of a lifetime achievement award at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival, Charles Vanel retired in 1982, only to make another wholly unexpected comeback at the age of 85. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi