French actors who were born in 1913

Here are 5 famous actors from France were born in 1913:

Jean Marais

Jean Marais (December 11, 1913 Cherbourg-Octeville-November 8, 1998 Cannes) also known as Jean-Alfred Villain-Marais, Marais, Maray or Jean Alfred Villain-Marais was a French actor, theatre director, writer, artist, sculptor, stunt performer, painter and visual artist. His child is called Serge Marais.

Jean Marais was best known for his work as an actor and starred in several iconic French films of the 20th century, including Jean Cocteau's "Beauty and the Beast" and "Orpheus." He was also associated with the French New Wave, appearing in films such as "Le fantôme de la liberté" and "La nuit de Varennes."

Aside from his acting career, Marais was also an accomplished artist and sculptor, and his work was featured in galleries and museums around the world. He was a close friend and collaborator of Jean Cocteau, and the two worked together on several artistic projects throughout their careers.

Marais was openly gay and his relationship with Cocteau was rumored to be romantic in nature. He was also known for his daring stunts, performing many of his own stunts in films.

Jean Marais passed away in 1998 at the age of 84. Despite his passing, his legacy as both an actor and artist remains an important part of French cultural history.

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René Clément

René Clément (March 18, 1913 Bordeaux-March 17, 1996 Monte Carlo) a.k.a. Rene Clement or M. Clement was a French film director, screenwriter and actor.

Throughout his career, René Clément directed over 35 films, establishing himself as one of the most important and versatile filmmakers of the French New Wave movement. He began his career working on documentaries before rising to fame for his films such as "Jeux Interdits" (Forbidden Games) which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, "The Battle of the Rails" and "Gervaise".

Clément's films often explored themes such as war, social injustice, and human relationships while incorporating visually arresting cinematography, atmospheric soundtracks, and grounded performances from his actors. He worked with some of the biggest stars of French cinema, including Alain Delon, Jean Gabin, and Simone Signoret, to name a few.

Clément's influence on French cinema continues to be felt today, with his innovative techniques and storytelling style inspiring a new generation of filmmakers. He passed away at the age of 82 in Monte Carlo, leaving behind a rich legacy of cinematic achievement.

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Olivier Hussenot

Olivier Hussenot (September 10, 1913 19th arrondissement-August 25, 1978 Boulogne-Billancourt) also known as Hussenot, Oliver Hussenot, Olivier Marie-Andre Hussenot Desenonges, O. Hussenot or Olivier Marie André Hussenot-Desenonges was a French actor.

He appeared in more than 60 films and television series throughout his career, beginning with his debut in the 1932 film "Vive la Classe" and ending with his final appearance in the 1977 film "Diable de la Mer, Le". Hussenot was known for his dramatic performances, and he worked with some of France's most renowned directors, including Jean Renoir, Marcel Carné, and Jacques Becker. In addition to his work in film, Hussenot also worked extensively in the theater, often performing in classical plays and contemporary works alike. Despite his success as an actor, Hussenot remained humble and dedicated to his craft throughout his career.

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Jean Daurand

Jean Daurand (June 21, 1913 Paris-March 11, 1989 Argenteuil) also known as Jean Charles Barniaud, J. Daurand or Daurand was a French actor.

He appeared in over 100 films throughout his career, starting with silent films in the 1920s and continuing through to the 1980s. Daurand was known for his roles in action and adventure films, often portraying tough and authoritative characters. One of his most famous roles was in the film "The Battle of the Rails" (1946), which portrayed the French Resistance during World War II. In addition to acting, Daurand was also a screenwriter and director. He wrote scripts for several films, including "The Murderer Lives at Number 21" (1942). Daurand's career spanned several decades and he was widely respected in the French film industry for his contributions to cinema. He died in 1989 at the age of 75.

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Peter J. Ortiz

Peter J. Ortiz (July 5, 1913 New York City-May 16, 1988 Prescott) also known as Peter Julien Ortiz, Pierre Julien Ortiz, Colonel Pierre (Peter) Julien Ortiz OBE or Sir Pierre (Peter) Julian Ortiz was a French soldier and actor. He had one child, Peter J. Ortiz, Jr..

Peter J. Ortiz was born to a French mother and Spanish father in New York City. At the age of 19, he left college to enlist in the French Foreign Legion and fought in North Africa during World War II. Ortiz was captured by German forces during his service in Libya but managed to escape twice and ended up in the United States before joining the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) with the rank of captain.

As part of the OSS, Ortiz was sent to France to train and lead resistance fighters against Nazi occupation. He was instrumental in sabotaging enemy communications, destroying equipment, and gathering intelligence about German troop movements. Ortiz's fearless leadership and cunning tactics earned him numerous awards and commendations, including the Distinguished Service Order and the Croix de Guerre.

After the war, Ortiz became an actor in Hollywood, but his military heroics were always a part of his identity. He played himself in a film about his time in the OSS and continued to serve in the United States Marine Corps Reserve until his retirement in 1963. Ortiz died in Prescott, Arizona, in 1988, leaving behind his son, who also served in the military.

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