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Today’s Memory – Louis de Funès

Louis de Funès

31 July 1914, Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine – 27 January 1983, Nantes


 

Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza was a popular French actor of Spanish origin and one of the giants of French comedy. His acting style is remembered for its high energy performance, wide range of facial expressions and engaging, snappy impatience.

Louis de Funès: King of Comedy

Louis de Funès began his show business career in the theatre, where he enjoyed moderate success and also played small roles in films. Even after he attained the status of a movie star, he continued to play theatre roles. His stage career culminated in a magnificent performance in the play Oscar, a role which he would reprise a few years later in the film adaptation.

In 1945, thanks to his contact with Daniel Gélin, de Funès made his film debut at the age of 31 with a bit part in Jean Stelli’s La Tentation de Barbizon. He went on to perform in 130 film roles over the next 20 years, playing minor roles in over 80 films before being offered his first leading roles. During this period, de Funès developed a daily routine of professional activities: in the morning he did dubbing for recognized artists such as Totò, an Italian comic of the time; during the afternoon he worked in film; and in the evening, he performed as a theatre actor.

Eventually, he became France’s leading comic actor. Between 1964–1979, he topped France’s box-office of the year’s most successful movies seven times. He co-starred with many of the major French actors of his time, including Jean Marais, Mylène Demongeot, Jean Gabin, Fernandel, Coluche, Annie Girardot, Yves Montand. He also worked with Jean Girault in the famous Gendarmes series.

Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez (1964)

Louis de Funès made his final film, Le Gendarme et les gendarmettes in 1982. He was successful in several countries of Europe (Germany and USSR in particular) for many years…

Hibernatus (1969) Fufu et Préboist

He was successful in several countries of Europe (Germany and USSR in particular) for many years

but remained almost unknown in the English-speaking world. He was seen only once in the United States in 1974 with the release of The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, which was nominated for a Golden Globe.

The Mad Adventures of ‘Rabbi’ Jacob The Dance

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Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob 1973

According to a 1968 poll he was France’s favorite actor. Funès played over 130 roles in film and over 100 roles on stage.

More on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_de_Fun%C3%A8s

În limba română: https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_de_Fun%C3%A8s

 

Jo (1971)

 

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