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Michel Simon

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Swiss-born actor Michel Simon was one of the most popular and beloved actors of the French cinema. The son of a sausage maker, Simon drifted through his early years as a boxer, commercial photographer and acrobat. He turned "straight" actor in 1918, making his Geneva stage debut two years later. Essentially a theatre performer throughout the 1920s, Simon occasionally appeared in small film roles, notably as Jean LeMaitre in Dreyer's Passion of Joan of Arc (1928). Full film stardom came his way when, in 1931, Simon starred in the movie version of his great stage success Jean De La Lune. His screen performances of the 1930s remain fresh and alive even after six decades, largely due to Simon's sudden spurts of improvisation; Jean Renoir, who directed Simon in La Chienne (1931) and Boudu Saved From Drowning (1932), has credited the actor with introducing the "improv" technique to French filmmaking. Capable of harnessing his rocky-road face, bulky body and shambling manner for the purposes of menace as well as mirth, Simon proved a fearsome creature in Jean Vigo's last film, L'Atlante (1934). He also worked with such A-list directors as Marcel Carne, Julien Duvivier, and Rene Clair, appearing in the latter's Beauty and the Devil (1950) as both Faust and Mephistopheles! In 1957, Simon's film career nearly came to an abrupt end when he suffered facial and body paralysis as a by-product of an impure makeup dye. Despite his reduced physical mobility, he painstakingly made a comeback, winning several awards for his penetrating portrayal of an anti-Semitic French peasant in Claude Berri's The Two of Us (1967). All reports indicate that Michel Simon conducted his private life in the manner of one of his gross, eccentric film characters: he lived alone on a huge country estate, sharing space with a pet parrot and four apes.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Blanche
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Les Nouveaux Riches
  • Actor
2014
96% Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes)
  • Zabel
$27.3k 2012
No Score Yet Non Coupable
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Le rideau rouge (Crimson Curtain)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Le Dernier Tournant
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Au bonheur des dames (Shop Girls of Paris)
  • Actor
2011
88% Scent of a Woman
  • Oak Room Waiter
1992
No Score Yet L'Ibis rouge (The Red Ibis)
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet La Più bella serata della mia vita (The Most Wonderful Evening of My Life)
  • Prosecuting Attorney
1972
100% The Two of Us (Le vieil homme et l'enfant)
  • Gramps
1967
100% The Train
  • Papa Boule
1965
No Score Yet Le bateau d'Émile (Emile's Boat)
  • Actor
1962
No Score Yet The Devil and the Ten Commandments
  • Jerome Chambard
1962
No Score Yet Candide ou l'optimisme au XXe siècle
  • Nanar
1960
No Score Yet The Battle of Austerlitz
  • Grognard
1960
No Score Yet The Head
  • Prof. Abel
1959
No Score Yet Es geschah am hellichten Tag (It Happened in Broad Daylight)
  • Jacquier
1958
No Score Yet L'Impossible Monsieur Pipelet (The Impossible Mr. Pipelet)
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet LÉtrange désir de Monsieur Bard (Strange Desire of Mr. Bard)
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Hôtel des Invalides
  • Actor
1952
No Score Yet La Vie d'un Honnete Homme
  • Albert
1952
No Score Yet Monsieur Taxi
  • Pierre
1952
No Score Yet Fabiola
  • Fabian
1951
No Score Yet La Poison
  • Paul Louis Victor Braconnier
1951
No Score Yet La Beauté du Diable (Beauty and the Devil)
  • Faust as an old man; Mephistopheses
1950
No Score Yet Panique (Panic)
  • M. Hire
$34.0k 1947
No Score Yet La Fin du Jour (The End of a Day)
  • Cabrissard
1939
78% Drole de Drame (Bizarre Bizarre) (Drôle de drame ou L'étrange aventure du Docteur Molyneux)
  • Irwin Molyneux/Felix Chapel
1939
No Score Yet Fric-frac
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Les disparus de St. Agil (Boys' School)
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Faisons Un Rêve
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Les jumeaux de Brighton
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Le bonheur
  • Noel Malpas
1934
100% L'Atalante
  • Pere Jules
1934
100% Boudu Saved From Drowning (Bondé sauvé des eaux)
  • Priape Boudu
1932
No Score Yet Baby's Laxative (On Purge Bebe)
  • Actor
1931
100% La Chienne
  • Maurice Legrand
1931
No Score Yet The Sad Sack (Tire Au Flanc)
  • Actor
1928
97% The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc)
  • Jean Lemaitre
1928
No Score Yet The Living Dead Man (Feu Mathias Pascal)
  • Actor
1926

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