May 8, 1903, Marseille – February 26, 1971
Fernand Joseph Désiré Contandin was a French actor and singer.
He was a comedy star who first gained popularity in French vaudeville, operettas, and music-hall revues. In 1930, Fernandel appeared in his first motion picture and for more than forty years he would be France’s top comic actor. He was perhaps best-loved for his portrayal of the irascible Italian village priest at war with the town’s Communist mayor in the Don Camillo series of motion pictures.
Don Camillo and the Return of Don Camillo
His horse-like teeth became part of his trademark. He also appeared in Italian and American films. In addition to acting, Fernandel also directed or co-produced several of his own films.