French actors who deceased in 1963

Here are 4 famous actors from France died in 1963:

Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau (July 5, 1889 Maisons-Laffitte-October 11, 1963 Milly-la-Forêt) also known as Jean Maurice Eugene Clement Cocteau, The Frivolous Prince, Jean Cocteau de l'Académie Française, Monsieur Jean Cocteau de l'Académie Mallarmé, Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau or Jean Maurice Eugène Cocteau was a French novelist, screenwriter, artist, poet, actor, film director, designer, playwright, filmmaker, voice actor and visual artist. He had one child, Edouard Dermithe.

Cocteau was heavily involved in the artistic movements of the early 20th century, particularly the Surrealist movement. He was friends with many of the leading artists and intellectuals of his time, including Pablo Picasso, Erik Satie, Marcel Proust, and Jean Marais. Cocteau's works often explored themes of sexuality, death, and the supernatural, and his influence on the worlds of literature and art can still be felt today. In addition to his creative pursuits, he was active in politics, and was a supporter of the French Resistance during World War II. After his death, he was honored with a state funeral and was interred in the Chapelle Saint-Blaise-des-Simples in Milly-la-Forêt, France.

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Louis J. Gasnier

Louis J. Gasnier (September 15, 1875 Paris-February 15, 1963 Hollywood) a.k.a. Louis Gasnier, Gasnier, L.J. Gasnier or Louis Joseph Gasnier was a French film director, actor, film producer and screenwriter.

He started his film career in France, where he directed and acted in silent films, including the 1911 French adaptation of the popular novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". In 1913, he followed fellow French director Alice Guy-Blaché to the United States where he continued to direct films, mostly inexpensive melodramas and comedies. In 1915, he directed the first film serial, "The Perils of Pauline", starring Pearl White. Gasnier was known for his ability to shoot films quickly and on a low budget. He continued to direct films through the 1920s and 1930s, including "Flesh and the Spur" and "The Phantom Creeps", and also produced and wrote screenplays for other films. Gasnier retired from the film industry in the 1940s and died in Hollywood in 1963.

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Pierre Blanchar

Pierre Blanchar (June 30, 1892 Skikda-November 21, 1963 Suresnes) also known as Pierre Blanchard or Gustave Pierre Blanchard was a French actor and film director. His child is called Dominique Blanchar.

Blanchar began his acting career in the theater and made his film debut in 1915. He quickly became a popular leading man in French cinema, often playing romantic and heroic roles. In the 1930s, he also started directing films, with his directorial debut being La Bandera (The Flag) in 1935.

Blanchar's career continued to flourish through the 1940s, despite the occupation of France during World War II. However, after the war, he faced accusations of collaborating with the Nazi regime and was banned from acting for a brief period. He later returned to the screen, but his career never fully recovered.

In addition to his work in film and theater, Blanchar was involved in politics and was a member of the French Resistance during the war. He was also a vocal opponent of the Algerian War of Independence in the 1950s and 1960s.

Blanchar was married twice, first to actress Andrée Brabant and later to actress and screenwriter Michèle Verly. His daughter, Dominique Blanchar, followed in his footsteps and became a successful actress.

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Antoine Balpêtré

Antoine Balpêtré (May 3, 1898 Lyon-March 28, 1963 Paris) also known as Balpêtré, Antoine Balpétré, Balpétré, Balpetré, Balpetre or Théophile Louis Antoine Balpêtré was a French actor.

Antoine Balpêtré was best known for his roles in French cinema during the 1930s and 1940s. He acted in over 70 films, often playing the role of a villain. His notable films include "The Rules of the Game" (1939), "La Grande Illusion" (1937), and "Wages of Fear" (1953). Balpêtré also had a successful career in theater and appeared in several stage productions.

Before becoming an actor, Balpêtré worked as a wood worker and balloon seller in Lyon. He began his acting career in the early 1920s and quickly made a name for himself in the French entertainment industry. Despite being typecast as a villain in many of his films, Balpêtré was known for his versatility and ability to play a wide range of characters.

In addition to his acting career, Balpêtré was also a musician and composer. He wrote several popular songs in the 1930s and 1940s, including "La Petite Boutique" and "La Balançoire aux étoiles". Despite his success as a musician, Balpêtré is best remembered for his contributions to French cinema and theater.

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