Pierre Brasseur

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Pierre Brasseur, 1961

Pierre Brasseur (born December 22, 1905 in Paris , † August 14, 1972 in Bruneck , Italy ; actually Pierre-Albert Espinasse ) was a French actor .

Brasseur came from a large French family of actors. According to an anecdote, he is said to have been conceived in a theater box. Both his father Albert Brasseur and his grandfather Jules Brasseur were actors. According to his family tradition, Espinasse also called himself Brasseur. This naming is continued by his son Claude and his grandson Alexandre .

At the request of his parents, the young Pierre Brasseur was to become a draftsman. Although he hardly attended the drawing courses he was registered for, he came into contact with the Surrealism trend and with the artist scene in Montparnasse . Ultimately, Brasseur continued the family tradition as an actor. Pierre Brasseur had his first appearance in 1924 in the film Madame Sans-Gêne . In the following four decades Brasseur took part in more than 140 films and around 30 plays. He also wrote chansons for Édith Piaf and tried his hand at scriptwriting, but his seven tabloids were unsuccessful. His greatest acting success was his role in Children of Olympus as Frédérick Lemaitre .

From 1935 to 1945 Brasseur was married to the actress Odette Joyeux . The marriage comes from Claude Brasseur , born in 1936 , who was best known in Germany for the film La Boum .

Pierre Brasseur is buried in the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

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