Jean Marais

Jean Marais

  • Highest Rated: 100% White Nights (Le Notti Bianche) (1961)
  • Lowest Rated: 52% Stealing Beauty (1996)
  • Birthday: Dec 11, 1913
  • 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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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
52% 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
56% 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
86% 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
97% Orphée (Orpheus) Orpheus 1950
No Score Yet Coriolan Actor 1950
No Score Yet The Glass Castle (Le château de verre) Actor 1950
100% 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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