Jean Marais

Jean Marais

Highest Rated: 100% The Storm Within (1949)

Lowest Rated: 40% Battle of Austerlitz (1960)

Birthday: Dec 11, 1913

Birthplace: Cherbourg, France

Although he harbored a desire to act, Jean Marais was rejected by the top drama schools in France. The son of a doctor from whom his mother separated in 1917, he came to the attention of film director Maurice L'Herbier who cast him in small roles in "L'Epervier" and "L'Aventurier" (both 1933). Marais worked at the theater run by Charles Dullin in return for acting classes and a chance to play minor stage roles. In 1937, the actor met the man who would change his life--poet, playwright and designer Jean Cocteau. They became lovers and Cocteau began to utilize the handsome Marais in various stage productions like "Oedipe Roi" and as Sir Galahad in "Les Chevaliers de la table rond." The writer created the role of the smothered son in "Les Parents terribles" especially for the actor, which proved an artistic high point for both. With his striking looks, ethereal charm and vulnerability, Marais proved a perfect choice to embody Cocteau's tragic heroes. He first made his mark in the author's retelling of the Tristan and Isolde myth in "L'Eternal retourne/The Eternal Return" (1943), directed by Jean Delannoy. But perhaps their best-known collaboration remains the poetic masterpiece "La Belle et la bete/Beauty and the Beast" (1945). Of their remaining films together, the 1948 version of "Les parents terribles" ranks as the best. By the time of "Orphee" (1949), their personal relationship was ending, although they remained close friends. The 1950s saw Marais undertake swashbuckling roles and become France's version of Errol Flynn in a number of popular but critically-derided vehicles like "The Count of Monte Cristo" (1954) and "Le Bossu" (1959). On the advice of Cocteau, he accepted the role of "Fantomas" in the 1964 remake and went on to essay the athletic master criminal in several sequels. In 1970, Jacques Demy tapped him to appear as the widowed king seeking a new queen in the fairy tale "Peau d'ane/Donkey Skin," which was an homage to Cocteau. By then, though, his film career was all but over and Marais returned to the stage, reviving Cocteau plays and appearing as "King Lear." He reteamed with Demy to play the Devil in "Parking" (1985), an ill-advised musical version of "Orphee." His last screen appearances were in Claude Lelouch's "Les Miserables" (1994) and Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty" (1995).

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51% 75% Stealing Beauty M. Guillaume (Character) $4.6M 1996
80% 82% Les misérables Mgr Myriel (Character) $365.2K 1995
No Score Yet 0% Parking Hades (Character) - 1985
89% 77% Peau D'ane Le premier roi (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 65% Fantomas vs Scotland Yard Fantômas/Fandor (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Napoleon II -- L'Aiglon General de Montholon (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Double Cross Antoine Donadieu (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Killer Spy Stanislas Dubois (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pontius Pilate Ponzio Pilato (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 65% Fantomas Strikes Back Fantômas/Fandor/Professeur Lefèvre (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man From Cocody Jean-Luc Hervé de la Tommeraye (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Friend of the Family Noël Carradine (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 71% Fantomas Fantômas/Fandor (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Reluctant Spy Stanislas (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Invincible Swordsman François de Capestan (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man in the Iron Mask Charles d'Artagnan (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Devil of Paris Rodolphe de Sombreuil (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mysteries of Paris Rodolphe de Sombreuil (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Iron Mask Charles d'Artagnan (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blood on His Sword Robert de Neuville (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Le capitaine Fracasse Baron Philippe de Sigognac (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Romulus and the Sabines Marte (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Blood Le Capitan (Character) - 1960
86% 83% Testament of Orpheus Oedipe (Character) - 1960
40% No Score Yet Battle of Austerlitz Carnot (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hunchback Henri de Lagardère (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet King on Horseback Henri La Tour (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girl in His Pocket Prof. Jerome (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Typhoon on Nagasaki Pierre Marsac (Character) - 1957
88% 89% White Nights L'inquilino (Character) - 1957
77% 36% Elena and Her Men Général François Rollan (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Count of Monte-Cristo Edmond Dantès/Comte de Monte-Cristo (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Royal Affairs in Versailles Louis XV (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet School for Love Eric Walter (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Julietta André Landrecourt (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside a Girls' Dormitory Inspecteur Désiré Marco (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Voice of Silence L'ancien maquisard (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Leathernose Roger de Tainchebraye (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Glass Castle Rémy Marsay (Character) - 1950
97% 89% Orpheus Orphée (Character) - 1950
100% 75% The Storm Within Michel (Character) $11.8K 1949
No Score Yet 82% The Eagle Has Two Heads Stanislas (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ruy Blas Ruy Blas (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Carmen Don José (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Royalists Le marquis de Montauran (Character) - 1946
95% 90% Beauty and the Beast Avenant/The Beast/The Prince (Character) $138.2K 1946
No Score Yet 83% The Eternal Return Patrice (Character) - 1943

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