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27 July 1917 - 23 September 1970

Actor, Producer


    A passionate music lover, Bourvil launches himself first into a career as a singer in Parisian cabarets. His song Les Crayons is a hit and floods the airwaves in 1944. Henceforth known to the general public he lands a leading part in the cinema in Hanged Man's Farm. After the war he is present everywhere, on the radio, film sets and music hall stages. In the cinema, his comical performances are based mainly on roles as nice but naive men, like those he held opposite the energetic Louis de Funès. In 1956, he wins the Best Actor Prize at the Venice International Film Festival for his performance in The Trip Across Paris. He then shoots with the great directors of the day, with one popular success after another, such as Don't Look Now - We're Being Shot At in 1966. Bourvil passes away in 1970 after finishing the shoot of the film Le Cercle Rouge, co-starring Alain Delon and Yves Montand.

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