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Serge Reggiani

Serge Reggiani (2 May 1922 – 23 July 2004) was an Italian-born French singer and actor. He was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy and moved to France with his parents at the age of eight. For many years, he struggled with alcoholism, caused in part by the 1980 suicide of his son Stephan. After acting school (Conservatoire des arts cinématographiques) he was discovered by Jean Cocteau and appeared in a wartime production of Les Parents terribles ("The Terrible Parents"). During World War II, he left Paris to join the French resistance. His first feature film came in 1946 with his role in Les portes de la nuit ("The Doors of the Night"). He later went on to perform in 80 films including Casque d'or, Les Misérables (1958),Tutti a casa, Le Doulos, Il Gattopardo, La terrazza, The Pianist (1998). In spite of never quite reaching the peak with his acting career, he did triumph in the theatre in 1959 with his performance in Jean-Paul Sartre’s play Les Séquestrés d'Altona. In the meantime, though, in 1965 he began a second career, that of a singer (at the age of 43), with the help of Simone Signoret and her husband Yves Montand and later with great assistance of the French diva Barbara. Reggiani became one of the most acclaimed performers of French "Chanson" ("song") and although he was in his 40s, his bad-boy rugged image made him popular with both young and older listeners. His best known songs include Les loups sont entrés dans Paris ("The Wolves Have Entered Paris") and Sarah (La femme qui est dans mon lit) ("The Woman Who Is In My Bed"), the latter written by Georges Moustaki. However, one of his regular songwriters throughout his career was Boris Vian (Le Déserteur, Arthur où t'as mis le corps, La Java des bombes atomiques). His new young fans identified with his left-wing ideals and antimilitarism, most notably during the 1968 student revolts in France. With age he became more and more acclaimed as one of the best interpreters of the French chanson also bringing the poetry of Rimbaud, Apollinaire and Prévert closer to his audience. In 1995, he made a comeback to the singing stage, giving a few concerts despite his deteriorated health and personal distress, the last one being held as late as in the year of his death, in spring of 2004. In later life he became a painter and gave a number of exhibitions of his artwork. Serge Reggiani died in Paris of a heart attack at the age of 82, one day after the death of another well known French singer Sacha Distel. He is interred in Montparnasse Cemetery.

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May 2, 1922 In Reggio Emilia, Italy
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Boys' School 1938-04-05
Latest Project:
Movie They Saw Inferno 2010-04-12
Known For
Poster of Vivement dimanche
Poster of I Hired a Contract Killer
Poster of The Leopard
Poster of Une enquête du commissaire Prévôt
Movie They Saw Inferno 2010-04-12
Movie Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno Marcel (archive footage) 2009-10-01
Movie The Pianist Rossell mayor 1998-09-13
Series Vivement dimanche self 1998-09-20
Movie Heroines monsieur Montgolfier 1997-08-27
Movie The Little Boy Germain 1995-01-11
Movie Les Enfoirés 1995 - Les Enfoirés à l'Opéra-Comique 1995-03-08
Movie De force avec d'autres Sergio 1993-04-24
Movie Rosen-Emil Dr. Levy 1993-08-19
Movie Serge Reggiani - Palais des congrès Unknown 1993-11-17
Movie There Were Days... and Moons le père de Sophie 1990-04-11
Movie I Hired a Contract Killer Vic 1990-10-12
Movie Let Sleeping Cops Lie Le Stéphanois 1988-11-10
Movie The Beekeeper Sick Man 1987-04-29
Movie Mauvais Sang Charlie 1986-11-26
Series Champs-Elysées Unknown 1982-01-16
Movie The Terrace Sergio 1980-02-08
Movie The Imprint of Giants Fouldroule 1980-03-05
Movie Fantastica Euclide Brown 1980-05-07
Movie Une fille cousue de fil blanc 1977-01-26
Movie Violette et François Père de François 1977-03-17
Series 30 millions d'amis self 1976-01-06
Movie The Good and the Bad le chef de la résistance 1976-01-19
Movie Cat and Mouse Lechat 1975-09-03
Movie Don't Touch the White Woman! Unknown 1974-01-23
Movie Vincent, Francois, Paul and the Others Paul 1974-10-23
Movie 3000 Million Without an Elevator Pierrot 1972-08-18
Movie Les caïds Thia 1972-10-31
Movie Countdown to Vengeance François Nolan 1971-01-29
Series Samedi soir self 1971-01-09
Movie Army of Shadows Hairdresser 1969-09-10
Movie The Seven Cervi Brothers Ferrari, antifascista in carcere 1968-02-16
Movie The Day of the Owl Parrinieddu 1968-02-17
Movie The 25th Hour Trajan Koruga 1967-04-26
Movie The Last Adventure the pilot 1967-04-12
Movie The Threatening Sky Narrator 1966-09-05
Movie The Blue Panther Ivanov 1965-08-25
Movie Le bestiaire d'amour Unknown 1965-11-03
Movie The Leopard Don Ciccio Tumeo 1963-03-28
Movie Warriors Five Libero 1962-09-30
Movie Le Doulos Maurice Faugel 1962-12-13
Movie Paris Blues Michel 'Gypsy' Devigne 1961-09-27
Movie Everybody Go Home! Geniere Assunto Ceccarelli 1960-10-27
Movie Les années folles Récitant / Narrator (voice) 1960-12-08
Series Discorama Self 1959-02-04
Movie Marie-Octobre Antoine Rougier 1959-04-24
Movie Échec au porteur Bastien Sassey 1958-01-15
Movie Les Misérables Enjolras 1958-03-11
Movie The Stowaway Alfred Mougins 1958-03-21
Movie The Doll that Took the Town Mario Grimaldi 1957-02-06
Movie The Seine Meets Paris Unknown 1957-11-20
Series Une enquête du commissaire Prévôt le commissaire Prévôt 1956-08-15
Movie Napoleon Lucien Bonaparte 1955-03-25
Movie The Wicked Go to Hell Rudel 1955-12-07
Movie The World Condemns Them 1953-03-07
Movie Bufere Sergio Parnell 1953-05-29
Movie The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird Le ramoneur (voice) 1953-05-29
Movie Act of Love Claude Lacaud 1953-12-17
Movie Casque d'Or Manda 1952-03-13
Movie Secret People Louis Balan 1952-01-01
Movie Anita Garibaldi Unknown 1952-08-14
Movie Les anciens de Saint-Loup abbé Paul Forestier 1950-01-02
Movie La Ronde Franz, le soldat 1950-09-27
Movie Manon Léon Lescaut 1949-03-09
Movie Les amants de Vérone Angelo (Romeo) 1949-03-07
Movie Le Mystère de la chambre jaune Joseph Rouletabille 1949-06-15
Movie The Sinners Pierre 1949-09-30
Movie Le Parfum de la dame en noir Joseph Rouletabille - une jeune journaliste et détective amateur 1949-10-05
Movie Return to Life Louis 1949-11-14
Movie Le dessous des cartes Unknown 1948-09-22
Movie Star Without Light Gaston Lansac 1946-04-03
Movie Gates of the Night Guy Sénéchal 1946-12-03
Movie François Villon 1945-09-02
Movie Children of Chaos Joris 1944-04-26
Movie Le voyageur de la Toussaint Bob Éloi 1943-04-08
Movie Boys' School Un élève 1938-04-05