Highest Rated: 100% The Well-Digger's Daughter (La fille du puisatier) (1946)

Lowest Rated: 70% Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

Birthday: May 8, 1903

Birthplace: Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France

Born Fernand Joseph Desire Contandin, Fernandel was a great French comedy star with a long, toothy face and a shy manner. The son of a music-hall entertainer, he began performing while still a child; in his teens he supported himself in a variety of jobs while gaining experience as an amateur comedian and singer. In 1922 he turned professional, soon becoming popular in vaudeville, operettas, and music-hall revues. He debuted onscreen in 1930, going on to perform in many minor films before becoming very popular with his serious role in the screen adaptation of Maupassant's Le Rosier de Madame Husson (1932). For the next four decades he was France's top comedic actor, giving more than 100 comic performances onscreen; occasionally he also had dramatic roles. He was perhaps best-loved for his portrayal of the humorously indomitable, eccentric priest at war with the town's communist mayor in the "Don Camillo" series. Also popular outside of France, he occasionally appeared in Italian and American productions; his first Hollywood film was Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) in which he played David Niven's coachman. Fernandel also directed or co-produced a few of his own films.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Tu m'as sauvé la vie Actor 2014
No Score Yet François Premier (Francis the First) Actor 2013
No Score Yet La Table-aux-Crevés (The Hunting Ground) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Les gaîtés de l'escadron (Fun in Barracks) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Crésus (Croesus) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Le couturier de ces dames (Fernandel the Dressmaker) Actor 2011
No Score Yet L'Auberge rouge Actor 2011
No Score Yet Le chat Producer 1971
No Score Yet Happy He Who Like Ulysses (Heureux qui comme Ulysse...) Actor 1970
No Score Yet My Wife's Husband Fernand Jouvin 1963
No Score Yet The Devil and the Ten Commandments God [Episode 5] 1962
No Score Yet The Last Judgement (Il giudizio universale) Actor 1961
No Score Yet The Cow and I Charles Bailly 1959
No Score Yet Paris Holiday Fernydel 1958
No Score Yet The Law Is the Law (La legge è legge) Actor 1958
No Score Yet La vie à deux Marcel 1958
No Score Yet Pantaloons Actor 1957
No Score Yet Man in the Raincoat Actor 1957
70% Around the World in 80 Days Coachman 1956
No Score Yet Don Camillo e l'on. Peppone (Don Camillo's Last Round) Don Camillo 1955
No Score Yet Ali Baba et les Quarante Voleurs (Ali Baba and Forty Thieves) Ali Baba 1954
No Score Yet The Sheep Has Five Legs Édouard Saint-Forget 1954
No Score Yet Le Petit Monde de Don Camillo (The Little World of Don Camillo) Don Camillo 1953
No Score Yet The Return of Don Camillo Actor 1953
No Score Yet Forbidden Fruit Dr. Charles Pellegrin 1952
No Score Yet L'Auberge rouge The Monk 1951
No Score Yet Topaze Actor 1951
No Score Yet Boniface somnambule (The Sleepwalker) Actor 1951
No Score Yet Adhémar ou le jouet de la fatalité Director 1951
No Score Yet Casimir (Three Feet in a Bed) Casimir 1950
No Score Yet Three Sinners (Meurtres) Noel Annequin 1950
No Score Yet L'armoire volante (The Cupboard Was Bare) Alfred Puc 1948
100% The Well-Digger's Daughter (La fille du puisatier) Felipe Rambert 1946
No Score Yet Nais Toine 1945
No Score Yet Hercule Actor 1940
No Score Yet Fric-frac Actor 1939
No Score Yet Dance Program (Un Carnet de Bal) Fabien Coutissol 1938
No Score Yet Le schpountz (Heartbeat) Irénée Fabre, 'le Schpountz' 1938
No Score Yet Regain (Harvest) Gedemus 1937
No Score Yet Ignace Ignace Boitaclou 1937
No Score Yet Une Nuit De Folies Actor 1934
No Score Yet Angele Saturnin 1934
No Score Yet Un chapeau de paille d'Italie (The Italian Straw Hat) Actor


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