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Jean-Louis Barrault

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jean-Louis Barrault (8 September 1910, Le Vésinet, Yvelines – 22 January 1994) was a French actor, director and mime artist, training that served him well when he portrayed the 19th-century mime Jean-Gaspard Deburau (Baptiste Debureau) in Marcel Carné's 1945 film Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise). Jean-Louis Barrault studied with Charles Dullin in whose troupe he acted from 1933 to 1935. At 25 years of age, he met and studied with the mime Étienne Decroux. From 1940 to 1946 he was a member of the Comédie-Française, where he directed productions of Paul Claudel's Le Soulier de satin and Jean Racine's Phèdre, two plays that made his reputation. Over his career, he acted in nearly 50 movies including Les beaux jours, Jenny, L'Or dans la Montagne and Sous les Yeux d'occident. In 1940, he married the actress Madeleine Renaud. They founded a number of theatres together and toured extensively, including in South America. He was the uncle of actress Marie-Christine Barrault and sometime sponsor of Peter Brook. He died from a heart attack in Paris at the age of 83. Jean-Louis Barrault is buried with his wife Madeleine Renaud in the Passy Cemetery in Paris. Jean-Louis Barrault, Reflections on the Theatre:     "In fact it is the simplest things that are the most tricky to do well. To read, for example. To be able to read exactly what is written without omitting anything that is written and at the same time without adding anything of one's own. To be able to capture the exact context of the words one is reading. To be able to read!" Barrault from Melinda Camber Porter's Through Parisian Eyes: Reflections on Contemporary French Arts and Culture:     "When I wake up in the morning I want to feel hungry for life. Desire is what drives me. When I go to sleep, I feel I have experienced a small death, so that I can wake up in the morning renewed and reborn." Description above from the Wikipedia article Jean-Louis Barrault, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​

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Sep 8, 1910 In Le Vésinet, Yvelines, Île-de-France, France
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Happy Days 1935-11-08
Latest Project:
Movie The Night of Varennes 1982-05-15
Known For
Poster of Discorama
Poster of Royal Affairs in Versailles
Poster of Children of Paradise
Poster of Orage
Movie The Night of Varennes Nicolas Edmé Restif de la Bretonne 1982-05-15
Series 30 millions d'amis self 1976-01-06
Series Samedi soir self 1971-01-09
Movie The Birth of Children of Paradise Interviewee 1967-01-01
Movie Chappaqua Dr. Benoit 1966-08-30
Movie The Big Scare Douve 1964-10-28
Movie The Longest Day Father Louis Roulland 1962-09-25
Movie Blood on His Sword Louis XI 1961-09-06
Series Discorama self 1959-02-04
Movie The Doctor's Horrible Experiment Dr. Cordelier / Opale 1959-01-01
Movie Musée Grévin Unknown 1958-01-01
Movie Royal Affairs in Versailles Fénelon 1954-02-10
Movie Venom and Eternity Unknown 1951-04-20
Movie La Ronde The Poet 1950-09-27
Movie Man to Men Henri Dunant 1948-10-01
Movie Children of Paradise Baptiste Debureau 1945-03-15
Movie L'ange de la nuit Jacques Martin, le jeune sculpteur 1944-01-19
Movie La symphonie fantastique Hector Berlioz 1942-04-01
Movie Mlle. Desiree Napoléon Bonaparte 1941-07-03
Movie Montmartre sur Seine Michel Courtin 1941-11-19
Movie Mirages Pierre Bonvais 1938-01-28
Movie Youth in Revolt Unknown 1938-07-21
Movie The Puritan Francis Ferriter 1938-01-13
Movie La piste du sud Olcott 1938-09-07
Movie Orage L'Africain 1938-12-11
Movie Beethoven's Great Love Karl van Beethoven 1937-01-15
Movie Street of Shadows le client fou 1937-04-13
Movie The Pearls of the Crown Bonaparte jeune 1937-05-12
Movie Drôle de Drame William Kramps, le tueur de bouchers 1937-10-20
Movie Under Western Eyes Haldin 1936-03-20
Movie Hélène Unknown 1936-10-17
Movie Jenny le Dromadaire 1936-09-18
Movie Happy Days 1935-11-08