Pierre Fresnay (1897–1975)

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Pierre Fresnay was born on April 4, 1897 in Paris, France as Pierre Jules Louis Laudenbach. He was an actor and writer, known for La Grande Illusion (1937), The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (1942) and Amazing Monsieur Fabre (1951). He was married to Berthe Bovy and Rachel Bérendt. He died on January 9, 1975 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, ... See full bio »

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Known For

La Grande Illusion Le captaine de Boeldieu
The Murderer Lives at Number 21 L'inspecteur Wenceslas Wens
Amazing Monsieur Fabre Jean-Henri Fabre
Le Corbeau Le docteur Rémy Germain


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 1973 Le jardinier (TV Movie)
 1973 Les écrivains (TV Movie)
Alexandre Damville
 1971 Spectacle d'un soir (TV Series)
Tête d'horloge
- Pierre Fresnay dans 'Tête d'Horloge' (1971) ... Tête d'horloge
 1971 Père (TV Movie)
 1970 Mon Faust (TV Movie)
 1970 Tête d'horloge (TV Movie)
Tête d'horloge
 1969 God Chose Paris
Récitant (voice)
 1968 L'idée fixe (TV Movie)
 1968 Le neveu de Rameau (TV Movie)
 1960 The Old Guard
Baptiste Talon
 1960 The Thousandth Window
Armand Vallin
 1959 Les affreux
César Dandieu
 1958 Tant d'amour perdu
Joseph Andrieu
 1958 La caméra explore le temps (TV Series)
- Il y a quarante ans... (1958) ... Narrator (voice)
 1958 Et ta soeur
Bastien du Boccage
 1957 A Bomb for a Dictator
Luis Vargas
 1957 The Ostrich Has Two Eggs
Hippolyte Barjus
 1956 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Récitant / Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1956 L'homme aux clefs d'or
Antoine Fournier
 1956 If All the Guys in the World...
Narrateur (voice, uncredited)
 1955 The Aristocrats
Marquis de Maubrun
 1955 The Fugitives
Lt Pierre Keller
 1954 The Unfrocked One
Maurice Morand
 1953 Napoleon Road
Édouard Martel
 1952 Dr. Schweitzer
Le docteur Albert Schweitzer
 1951 Perfectionist
Le professeur Louis Delage
 1951 Trip to America
Gaston Fournier
 1951 Amazing Monsieur Fabre
Jean-Henri Fabre
 1950 Dieu a besoin des hommes
Thomas Gourvennec
 1950 Justice Is Done
Récitant / Narrator (uncredited)
 1950 Paris Waltz
Jacques Offenbach
 1949 Just Out
 1949 Au grand balcon
 1949 Barry
Le père Théotime
 1948 Chateaubriand: Combourg, Features of Stone
François-René de Chateaubriand (voice)
 1948 Les condamnés
Jean Séverac
 1947 Monsieur Vincent
Vincent de Paul
 1946 Tainted
 1946 Devil's Daughter
Ludovic Mercier / Saget
 1944 Le voyageur sans bagages
 1943 I Am with You
 1943 Le Corbeau
Le docteur Rémy Germain
 1943 L'escalier sans fin
 1943 Carnival of Sinners
Roland Brissot
 1942 The Murderer Lives at Number 21
L'inspecteur Wenceslas Wens
 1942 Le journal tombe à cinq heures
Le reporter Pierre Rabaud
 1942 Strangers in the House
Le narrateur (uncredited)
 1941 Le briseur de chaînes
 1941 The Last One of the Six
Le commissaire Wensceslas Voroboevitch dit Monsieur Wens
 1941 Le duel
Abbé Daniel Maurey
 1939 The Phantom Wagon
David Holm
 1938 Three Waltzes
Octave, Philippe et Gérard de Chalencey
 1938 Adrienne Lecouvreur
Maurice de Saxe
 1938 S.O.S. Mediterranean
Le commandant Lestailleur
 1938 Chéri-Bibi
Francis dit Chéri-Bibi
 1938 The Puritan
Le commissaire Lavan
 1937 La bataille silencieuse
 1937 La Grande Illusion
Le captaine de Boeldieu
 1937 Street of Shadows
Le capitaine Georges Carrère
 1936 César
Marius Ollivier
 1936 Under Western Eyes
 1936 Le roman d'un jeune homme pauvre
Maxime Hauterive de Champcey
 1935 Crimson Dynasty
Raoul Vignerte
 1934 The Man Who Knew Too Much
Louis Bernard
 1934 La dame aux camélias
Armand Duval
 1933 Âme de clown
 1932 Fanny
 1931 Marius
 1929 A Foolish Maiden
Gaston de Charance
 1924 Les amours de Rocambole
Jean Robert
 1924 Le petit Jacques
Paul Laverdac
 1922 Mysteries of Paris
François Germain
 1922 Le diamant noir
 1922 La bâillonnée - Épisode 7: Le droit de la mer (Short)
Raymond Mégret
 1922 La bâillonnée - Épisode 6: Un drame en mer (Short)
Raymond Mégret
 1922 La bâillonnée - Épisode 5: L'impossible amour (Short)
Raymond Mégret
 1922 La bâillonnée - Épisode 4: Le guet-apens (Short)
Raymond Mégret
 1922 La bâillonnée - Épisode 3: Les sans pitié (Short)
Raymond Mégret
 1922 La bâillonnée - Épisode 2: La nuit douloureuse (Short)
Raymond Mégret
 1922 La bâillonnée - Épisode 1: Entre deux haines (Short)
Raymond Mégret
 1921 L'essor
 1916 Quand même
 1915 France d'abord (Short)
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Stage: Appeared on Broadway in "Noah", 1935. See more »

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Distinguished French leading actor, in films from 1915. Gained a solid reputation on stage as a member of the Comedie Francaise for eleven years. Trained at the Conservatoire National d'Art Dramatique in Paris. Co-founded (with his wife, the actress Yvonne Printemps) the Theatre de la Michodiere in Paris in 1937, and starred in most of its plays. On screen, first came to the fore in Marcel Pagnol... See more »

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