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Pierre Fresnay Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Apr 4, 1897
  • Died: Jan 9, 1975
  • Birth Name: Pierre-Jules-Louis Laudenbach

Over and above his near-lifetime association with Paris' Comedie Francaise, French leading man Pierre Fresnay managed to squeeze in quite a few memorable film appearances between 1915 and 1960. He became a film star on both sides of the Atlantic when he appeared as Marius in all three of [[Performer~P105380~Marcel Pagnol~marcelpagnol]]'s "Marseilles Trilogy" ([[Feature~V31479~Marius~marius]] [1931], [[Feature~V16745~Fanny~fanny]] [1932] and [[Feature~V8774~Cesar~césar]] [1936]). In 1934, he played Armand in [[Feature~V140536~La Dame aux Camelias~ladameauxcamelias]]; Camille was portrayed by Fresnay's wife, [[Performer~P261960~Yvonne Printemps~yvonneprintemps]]. Three years later, he appeared as Captain de Boeldieu in [[Performer~P107981~Jean Renoir~jeanrenoir]]'s antiwar masterpiece [[Feature~V20464~La Grande Illusion~grandillusion]] (1937). One of Pierre Fresnay's few English-speaking roles was as the first-reel murder victim in Hitchcock's [[Feature~V31107~The Man Who Knew Too Much~themanwhoknewtoomuch]] (1956). In 1940, Pierre Fresnay turned film director for the first and last time with Le Duel. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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