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Francis Blanche

François Jean Blanche, known as "Francis Blanche" (20 July 1921 – 6 July 1974) was a French actor, singer, humorist and author. He was a very popular figure on stage, radio and in films, during the 1950s and 1960s. His two daughters, Barbara & Dominique, are artists with their studios in Eze. Blanche was born in an artistic family, mainly of stage actors—including his father Louis Blanche and his uncle, Emmanuel Blanche, who was a painter—. He completed his secondary schooling at fourteen, the youngest in France to do so at the time. In the 1940s and 1950s, Blanche was part of Robert Dhéry's theatrical company Les Branquignols, with whom he played in the film Ah! Les belles bacchantes, starring Robert Dhéry, Colette Brosset (Dhéry's then-wife), and Louis de Funès; directed by Jean Loubignac in 1954. Blanche teamed up with Pierre Dac to form a comic duo best remembered for Le Sâr Rabindranath Duval, a sketch about a phony and nonsensical Indian clairvoyant and guru (1957). They also created a popular and equally nonsensical radiophonic series, loosely based on a highly improbable espionage and conspiration plot, Malheur aux barbus, which was broadcast on Paris Inter in 213 episodes from 1951 to 1952. The same plot and characters were revived on Europe 1 in a series called Signé Furax, enjoying no less than 1,034 daily episodes between 1956 and 1960. Both broadcasts were phenomenal audience successes in the pre-television era. Blanche was also renowned for broadcasting phone pranks, in which he entertained listeners by making the most improbable situations sound plausible. He wrote poems, and the lyrics of 673 songs. On stage, he acted in Tartuffe and Néron and, in 1955, Chevalier du Ciel, an operetta by Luis Mariano at the Gaîté-Lyrique theatre. Blanche also enjoyed a successful cinematographic career, both as an actor and scriptwriter. He appeared as a hard-headed German colonel ("Obersturmführer Schulz") opposite Brigitte Bardot in Babette s'en va-t-en guerre (1959). He was one of the favourite actors of French filmmaker Georges Lautner, and played Maître Folace (a shady solicitor counselling a colourful gangster mob) in Les Tontons flingueurs (1963). Blanche also appeared in Boris Vassilief's Les Barbouzes (1964). He delighted in parodying classical music, adapting famous works such as Schubert's "Die Forelle" (The Trout) into a crazy and slightly risqué piece about a 16-year-old romantic girl obsessed with Schubert's song to the point of giving birth to a live trout while performing it on her piano. Similarly, he turned Beethoven's 5th Symphony into a lengthy and quite repetitive musical glorification of the clothes peg and its fictitious inventor, Jérémie-Victor Opdebec. Blanche died at the age of 52, from a heart attack with a background of untreated Type 1 diabetes. He is buried in Èze cemetery. Source: Article "Francis Blanche" from Wikipedia in english, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

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Jul 20, 1921 In Paris, France
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Frédérica 1942-11-18
Latest Project:
Movie Comiques de toujours, coffret Vol. 1 à 4 2009-10-13
Known For
Poster of The Black Tulip
Poster of Les gros bras
Poster of Crooks in Clover
Poster of Discorama
Movie Comiques de toujours, coffret Vol. 1 à 4 himself 2009-10-13
Movie A Whale That Had a Toothache Francis 1975-04-15
Movie O.K. patron Victor Hutin, le père de Sophie 1974-06-01
Movie Par le sang des autres Le médecin 1974-03-07
Movie I. You. They. Darbon, le galeriste 1974-06-28
Movie I've Had It M. De Chatiez 1973-02-23
Movie Racconti romani di una ex-novizia 1973-09-21
Movie Le solitaire Norbert 1973-10-24
Movie The Edifying and Joyous Story of Colinot Le vagabond 1973-10-24
Movie The Eroticist padre Scirer 1972-03-16
Movie Quand C'est Parti ... C'est Parti! acteur 1972-06-22
Movie The Terror with Cross-Eyes Commissioner Pigna 1972-09-02
Movie Les jambes en l'air Hugon 1971-05-13
Movie Qu'est-ce qui fait courir les crocodiles ? Hector Grogenol 1971-05-21
Movie The Great Java Auguste Kougloff / Augustin Colombani 1971-01-13
Movie La Grande Maffia Modeste Miette 1971-09-17
Movie Êtes-vous fiancée à un marin grec ou à un pilote de ligne ? Maurice Gombaud 1971-11-11
Movie The Stud le percepteur Dupuis 1970-02-13
Movie Adieu Berthe Léo Bertold 1970-03-21
Movie Ces messieurs de la gâchette Marco Lombardi 1970-04-08
Movie Le bourgeois gentil mec spinosa 1969-01-01
Movie Faites donc plaisir aux amis Maximiliano 1969-02-05
Movie Les gros malins Francis Bertolde dit 'Le book' 1969-05-13
Movie Un merveilleux parfum d'oseille Loïc de Kerfuntel 1969-08-14
Movie Erotissimo Le polyvalent 1969-06-07
Movie Poussez pas grand-père dans les cactus Alphonse Ramier / Al Gregor 1969-11-05
Movie The Big Wash Le docteur Loupioc 1968-11-12
Movie Deux Romains en Gaule Le druide inventeur de la potion d'invisibilité 1967-02-25
Movie Les compagnons de la marguerite L'inspecteur Maurice Leloup 1967-01-20
Movie Ces messieurs de la famille Strumberger 1967-01-01
Movie Le Canard en fer blanc Le docteur Grego 1967-04-22
Movie The Big Grasshopper Gédéon 1967-01-11
Movie Belle de Jour Monsieur Adolphe 1967-05-24
Movie Rita the Field Marshal Captain Hans Vogel 1967-12-21
Movie Du mou dans la gâchette La Prudence 1967-08-30
Movie The Great Gadget Copec 1967-06-21
Movie La Sentinelle endormie Constant 1966-01-21
Movie Les malabars sont au parfum Ivanov 1966-02-02
Movie Les enquiquineurs Monsieur Achille Eloy 1966-11-09
Movie Les baratineurs Louis Dujardin 1965-02-01
Movie La Tête du client Mario l'enchanteur 1965-09-03
Movie Clémentine chérie l'importun à la cérémonie des Miss (non crédité) 1964-08-03
Movie The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers L'Allemand 1964-08-14
Movie Jaloux comme un tigre le chauffeur 1964-06-16
Movie Dandelions by the Roots Absalon 1964-05-06
Movie Actualités télérévisées Le présentateur 1964-04-01
Movie The Black Tulip Plantin 1964-02-28
Movie Le Repas des fauves Francis 1964-08-26
Movie Male Hunt Nino Papatakis 1964-09-18
Movie Chance at Love L'adjudant 1964-12-30
Movie Les Gorilles acteur 1964-12-23
Movie The Great Spy Chase Boris Vassiliev 1964-12-10
Movie The Big Scare Franqui 1964-10-28
Movie L'abominable Homme des douanes acteur 1963-03-01
Movie Who Stole the Body? acteur 1963-02-01
Movie The Virgins M. de Brétevielle 1963-05-22
Movie People in Luck M. Bricheton (« Le Repas gastronomique ») 1963-04-26
Movie Thank Heaven for Small Favors Chief Insp. Cucherat 1963-08-28
Movie Sweet and Sour Franz 1963-09-04
Movie Crooks in Clover Maître Folace 1963-11-27
Movie Les gros bras Mr Pédro Andromèze 1963-12-31
Movie Hitch-Hike le douanier belge 1962-03-16
Movie Operation Gold Ingot Fellous 1962-03-13
Movie The Seventh Juror Attorney General 1962-04-16
Movie Snobs Morloch 1962-09-05
Movie The Vendetta Bartoli 1962-04-17
Movie Tartarin de Tarascon Antoine Tartarin 1962-11-22
Movie House of Sin Blanchin 1961-10-25
Movie Vive Henri IV... vive l'amour! 1961-04-04
Movie Les livreurs 1961-07-24
Movie La ragazza di mille mesi Commendator Borgioli 1961-11-05
Movie The Rape of the Sabine Women Mezio 1961-11-15
Movie Easy Come Easy Go 1960-05-26
Movie Little Girls and High Finance 1960-01-01
Movie Some Like It... Cold William, Foster Valmorin, l'américain 1960-02-17
Movie Le pillole di Ercole 1960-09-10
Movie We Like It Cold von Krussendorf 1960-09-20
Movie The Bear Chappuis 1960-12-14
Movie Love and the Frenchwoman Marceroux ('Le divorce') 1960-09-23
Movie Les Motards 1959-03-18
Series Discorama Self 1959-02-04
Movie Pourquoi viens-tu si tard... Camille, le patron du bistrot 1959-05-05
Movie The Green Mare Ferdinand Haudouin 1959-10-29
Movie Babette Goes to War Schulz 1959-09-18
Movie Toto in Paris Il maggiordomo 1958-10-23
Movie La Polka des Menottes un voisin 1957-09-04
Movie Anyone Can Kill Me 1957-12-06
Movie Honoré de Marseille Pasquale Marchetti 1956-12-12
Movie Faites-moi confiance Nicolas 1954-05-17
Movie Peek-a-boo Garibaldo Trouchet, le ténor, un musicien 1954-10-15
Movie Minuit... Quai De Bercy M. Boulay, l'épicier libidineux 1953-05-21
Movie The Sad Sack Jean du Bois d'Ombelles 1950-11-10
Movie L'assassin est à l'écoute lui-même 1948-01-01
Movie Frédérica Ami de Gilbert 1942-11-18