Michel Simon

Birthday: Apr 9, 1895
Birthplace: Not Available
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

CREDIT
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
100% 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
100% Panique (Panic) M. Hire $42.1K 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 Producer 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
98% 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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