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Paul Bonifas

Paul Bonifas (3 June 1902 – 9 November 1975) was a French actor, born in Paris. In the 1920s, while working for the French customs service, Bonifas took classes in acting at the Conservatoire de Paris in his spare time. He left with the first prize for comedy, which allowed him to join the Odéon Theatre in 1933, then the Comédie-Française in 1938. He made his first film appearance in 1935 in a version of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, directed by Pierre Chenal. During World War II he served as a lieutenant in the artillery, was badly wounded, and evacuated from Dunkirk with his unit. In London he joined the Free French, and worked for Radio Londres broadcasting to occupied France. In 1942 he appeared in the film The Foreman Went to France. In 1943 he formed "The Molière Players", who staged a repertoire of mainly Molière works in London theatres, as well as in regional towns and at French army barracks. In 1944 "The Molière Players" appeared in the short film Aventure malgache directed by Alfred Hitchcock. This was written by, and based on the experiences of, Jules Francois Clermont, an actor in Bonifas' troupe working under the name of Paul Clarus, who had operated an illegal radio station Madagascar Libre in Madagascar while the island was under Vichy control. Bonifas then appeared in a number of other British films, including Two Fathers with Bernard Miles, directed by Anthony Asquith, and had minor roles in the musicals Heaven Is Round the Corner and Champagne Charlie, the action adventure film The Man from Morocco, the comedy-drama Johnny Frenchman and the horror film Dead of Night. Bonifas returned to France in 1946 and resumed his career in theatre, specializing in comedy, but also taking dramatic roles. His later film career included appearances in Trapeze (1956), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956), Fanny (1961), Charade (1963), Greed in the Sun (1964), The Train (1964), Is Paris Burning? (1966), Triple Cross (1966), and The Return of the Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1974). Bonifas died on 9 November 1975 at Vernouillet, Yvelines, France. Source: Article "Paul Bonifas" from Wikipedia in english, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.  

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Jun 3, 1902 In Paris, France
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Five Cents of Lavarede 1939-03-07
Latest Project:
Movie Antigone 1974-12-21
Known For
Poster of An Artistic Couple
Poster of Love in the Afternoon
Poster of Sherlock Holmes
Poster of Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
Movie Antigone le choeur 1974-12-21
Movie The Return of the Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe le père de François Perrin 1974-11-12
Series La Duchesse d'Avila L'aubergiste 1973-07-04
Movie An Artistic Couple Unknown 1970-01-01
Movie The Horse Un témoin lors de l'accident dela voiture 1970-02-22
Movie Cold Sweat The doctor 1970-12-18
Movie Secret World Gustave 1969-07-09
Movie The Christmas Tree (uncredited) 1969-09-25
Series Les Dossiers de l'Agence O Le vieux Vick 1968-03-11
Movie Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? Unknown 1966-10-21
Series Illusions perdues Camusot 1966-03-05
Movie Triple Cross Charlie 1966-12-09
Movie Jeff Gordon, Secret Agent Le notaire 1964-03-11
Movie Greed in the Sun Doctor Magnart, former professor in Lyon 1964-04-17
Movie The Train Spinet 1964-09-24
Movie Les abysses Mons. Lapeyre 1963-06-05
Movie Charade Mr. Felix 1963-12-05
Movie Sundays and Cybele Grocer 1962-11-12
Movie Blood on His Sword Unknown 1961-09-06
Movie Goodbye Again Cellarman 1961-05-23
Movie Fanny The Postman 1961-06-28
Movie The Enemy General Mayor 1960-10-18
Movie La Vérité Un greffier 1960-11-02
Movie Les Misérables Unknown 1958-03-11
Movie A Legitimate Defense le président de la cour 1958-06-11
Movie The Case of Dr. Laurent Guillaumin 1957-04-03
Movie Love in the Afternoon Police Chief (uncredited) 1957-05-29
Movie Mademoiselle et son gang Unknown 1957-07-11
Movie The Terror with Women Unknown 1956-11-23
Movie Frou-Frou Le réceptionniste de l'hôtel (uncredited) 1955-06-19
Series Sherlock Holmes Unknown 1954-10-18
Movie Their Last Night le commissaire principal 1953-10-23
Movie The Green Glove Inspector 1952-02-28
Movie Pardon My French Monsieur Bleubois 1952-08-01
Movie Pardon My French Monsieur Bleubois 1951-08-10
Movie Juliette, or Key of Dreams La capitaine du cargo 1951-05-18
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie Lisbon Story Stephan Corelle 1946-05-20
Movie Bedelia Insurance Manager (as Paul Boniface) 1946-07-08
Movie Dead of Night Unknown 1945-09-09
Movie The Man from Morocco French Mayor 1945-04-17
Movie Johnny Frenchman Jerome 1945-10-29
Movie Madagascar Landing Michel 1944-01-01
Movie Candlelight in Algeria French Proprietor 1944-03-19
Movie English Without Tears Monsieur Rolland 1944-07-28
Movie Champagne Charlie Targetino 1944-08-25
Movie The Foreman Went to France Prefect of Rouville 1942-06-22
Movie The Five Cents of Lavarede Unknown 1939-03-07