Gérard Philipe

Gérard Philipe

Highest Rated: 100% Beauties of the Night (1954)

Lowest Rated: 31% The Best of Times (1986)

Birthday: Dec 4, 1922

Birthplace: Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France

If it is true that Gerard Philipe entertained thoughts of becoming a physician, he'd purged himself of such notions before his teen years were over. After studying acting in his native Cannes with Jean Wall and Jean Huet, Philipe was discovered for the stage by veteran performer Claude Dauphin. Philipe's first theatrical success, at age 20, was the title role in Camus' Caligula. In 1947, after a few negligible movie roles, he exploded upon the European film scene in Autant-Lara's Le Diable a Corps, playing Francois Jaubert, a callow youth in love with much-older and very married Micheline Presle. Superstardom followed almost immediately: female filmgoers doted upon Philipe's sensitive, handsome features and strapping physique, while men identified with his soulfulness and introspection. Far more versatile than your average romantic lead ("Whenever you thought he had reached his limit, there was still more," enthused director Rene Clair), Philipe contributed a wealth of highly varied film characterizations: Faust in Beauty and the Devil (1950), the tongue-in-cheek titular swashbuckler in Fanfan the Tulip (1952), the artist Modigliani in Montparnasse 19 (1957), and so on. And let us not overlook Philipe's inspired performances as the hedonistically ambitious antiheroes in the Stendhal adaptations La Chartreuse de Parme (1947) and The Red and the Black (1954). In 1956, Phillipe both directed and starred in a filmization of the old folk tale Till Eulenspiegel. While working on Bunuel's Le Fievre Monte a El Pao (1959), Philipe either succumbed to cancer or was stricken by a fatal heart attack; he was one week shy of his 37th birthday. Like Rudolph Valentino, Jean Harlow and James Dean before him, Phillipe passed from the scene at the peak of his popularity and with his legend intact. In 1961, his image was used on a French commemorative stamp--an honor hitherto bestowed upon only one other actor, the immortal Raimu. Gerard Philipe's widow Anne has written two memoirs of her husband's life: Souvenirs (1960), No Longer Than a Sigh (1964).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Juliette ou La clef des songes (Juliette, or Key of Dreams) Actor 2014
No Score Yet Le Joueur Actor 2012
No Score Yet Les aventures de Till L'Espiègle (Bold Adventure) Director Actor 2011
No Score Yet Monsieur Ripois (Lovers, Happy Lovers!) Actor 2011
No Score Yet Les Orgueilleux (The Proud Ones) Actor 1993
31% The Best of Times Disgruntled Fan 1986
88% Dangerous Liaisons (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) Valmont de Merteuil 1959
80% La fièvre monte à El Pao (Fever Mounts at El Pao) Ramon Vasquez 1959
83% Hero of Montmartre Amedeo Modigliani 1958
No Score Yet La vie à deux Desire 1958
No Score Yet Modigliani Of Montparnasse Actor 1957
No Score Yet Pot Bouille Octave Mouret 1957
No Score Yet Si Paris nous était conté (If Paris Were Told to Us) La Trouvere 1956
No Score Yet Les Grandes Manoeuvres Le lieutenant Armand de la Verne 1955
No Score Yet The Red and the Black Julien Sorel 1954
100% Beauties of the Night Claude 1954
70% Fanfan la Tulipe Fanfan the Tulip 1953
No Score Yet The Seven Deadly Sins The Barker 1952
No Score Yet La Beauté du Diable (Beauty and the Devil) Young Henri Faust / Young-looking Mephistopheles 1950
100% La Ronde The Count 1950
No Score Yet Une Si Jolie Petite Plage (Such a Pretty Little Beach) (Riptide) Pierre 1949
No Score Yet Bezoek Aan Picasso Actor 1949
No Score Yet Charterhouse of Parme (Charterhouse at Parma) Marquis Fabrice del Dongo 1948
No Score Yet La Chartreuse De Parme Actor 1948
No Score Yet Le Diable au Corps (Devil in the Flesh) Francois Jaubert 1947


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