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Jean Marais

Lowest Rated:   50% Next of Kin (1989)
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Birthplace:   Cherbourg, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France
The extremely good-looking (some have called him beautiful) French actor Jean Marais was hardly a prize-winning performer in his formative years. Turned down by the Paris Conservatory, Marais took odd jobs to sustain his nighttime efforts as a stage bit player (one of the productions in which he appeared, Les Parents Terrible, would be filmed years later with Marais in the lead). On the basis of his looks and wavy blonde hair, he was able to wangle a few minor film roles from 1933 onward, beginning with Jean Tarride's Etienne, but the big breaks were not forthcoming until Marais met and befriended director Jean Cocteau. Marais would later describe his first encounter with Cocteau as his "second birth." The latter's homosexuality has frequently cast aspersions concerning his real stake in Marais' well-being, but the fact remains that Marais truly blossomed as an actor with starring roles in such Cocteau films as L'Eternel Retour (1943), Beauty and the Beast (1946), and Orpheus (1950). Thanks to Cocteau, Marais became one of the most popular French film personalities of the postwar era, with the country's top directors clamoring for his services. The two would remain professionally and personally close until Cocteau's death in 1963. The passing of his long-time companion devastated Marais, who would later write that a large part of himself died that day, leaving Marais but a shadow of his former self. Before becoming an actor, Marais had a hard time deciding what he wanted to do with his life. While still in his native Cherbourg, he worked at various jobs that included photographer, copying postcards, and selling newspapers. He started painting as a young man and it would remain a lifelong passion and eventually gained him access to the film industry after filmmaker Marcel L'Herbier purchased one of his paintings and the offered Marais the chance to play bit parts in two of his films, L'Epervier and L'Aventurier in 1933. His life-story would later inspire Francois Truffaut's plot for Le Dernier Metro/The Last Metro (1980). In the early 1960s, the still strikingly handsome Jean Marais became something of a Gallic Roger Moore, appearing in such adventure-film series as Fantomas and The Saint. After a long retirement, Jean Marais returned to moviemaking in the mid-1980s with choice character roles in such films as Parking (1985). Marais made his final film appearance in Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty (1996). That year, Marais received France's highest tribute, the Legion of Honor for his contribution to French cinema .

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Sept hommes et une garce (Seven Guys and a Gal)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Nez de cuir (Leathernose)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Le secret de Mayerling (The Secret of Mayerling)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Les amants de minuit (The Lovers of Midnight)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Le gentleman de Cocody (Ivory Coast Adventure)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet La voce del silenzio (Voice of Silence)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Le masque de fer (The Iron Mask)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Le bossu (The Hunchback of Paris)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Si Versailles m'était conté (Royal Affairs in Versailles)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Milice, film noir
  • Actor
1997
53% Stealing Beauty
  • M. Guillaume
1996
80% Les Misérables
  • Bishop Myriel
1995
No Score Yet L'Univers de Jacques Demy (The Universe of Jacques Demy)(The World of Jacques Demy)
  • Actor
1993
50% Next of Kin
  • Victor Blaise
1989
No Score Yet Parking
  • Devil
1985
88% Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne)
  • King
1971
No Score Yet Fantomas Contre Scotland Yard
  • Fantômas / Fandor
1966
No Score Yet Patate
  • Noel Carradine
1965
No Score Yet Fantômas se déchaîne
  • Fantômas/Fandor
1965
No Score Yet Fantômas
  • Fantômas/Fandor
1964
100% White Nights (Le Notti Bianche)
  • Tenant
1961
No Score Yet La princesse de Clèves (Princess of Cleves)
  • Prince De Cleves
1961
No Score Yet Romulus and the Sabines
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet Captain Blood (Le Capitan)
  • François de Capestang
1960
No Score Yet The Battle of Austerlitz
  • Carnot
1960
83% Testament of Orpheus
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Le Testament d'Orphée
  • Oedipus
1960
No Score Yet La vie à deux
  • Teddy
1958
77% Elena and Her Men
  • François Rollan
1957
No Score Yet Girl in His Pocket
  • Prof. Jerome
1957
No Score Yet Si Paris nous était conté (If Paris Were Told to Us)
  • Francois I
1956
No Score Yet School for Love (Futures vedettes)
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Napoleon
  • Count de Montholon
1955
No Score Yet Dortoir des Grandes (Inside a Girls' Dormitory)
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Julietta
  • Actor
1953
96% Orphée (Orpheus)
  • Orpheus
1950
No Score Yet Coriolan
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet The Glass Castle (Le château de verre)
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet Les Parents Terribles (The Storm Within)
  • Michel
1948
No Score Yet L' Aigle à Deux Têtes (The Eagle Has Two Heads)
  • Stanislas
1948
No Score Yet Ruy Blas
  • Ruy Blas
1948
95% Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête)
  • The Beast/Avenant
1946
No Score Yet L'Éternel retour (The Eternal Return)
  • Patrice
1943
No Score Yet Love Eternal
  • Actor
1943

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