French actor, born in Lille (France) on October 1, 1931 and died on November 23, 2006. His father was a sales manager and his family there was no relationship with the theatre. After having been expelled from several institutes, it tried to finish high school in a school in the Oratonianos of Juilly, without success, although he/she managed to be interested in the classical theater and choral singing.
With twenty years is finally decided by the theater and enrolled in the courses of dramatic art of Roger Blin in Paris. Subsequently, he/she began his theatrical career and then managed to be hired by one of the most prestigious companies of the moment, the Théâtre National Populaire, in 1953, directed by Jean Vilar. In the following years represented more than thirty plays, among them: La nuit des rois, Lorenzaccio, Le Cid, Marie Tudor, Ce fou de Platonov, Richard II, Oedipus of Gide and Drôle de couple.
To change style and have fun a little, in his own words, then rode a cabaret show, along with Jean-Pierre Darras, representing over ten years in several establishments in Paris, notably L' Écluse, Baudets, and L' échelle de Jacob.
After two brief roles in the film, his film acting debut took place in 1954 in La pointe courte, by the hand of Agnés Varda, for which was also his debut. His confirmation as an actor was with Zazie dans le metro (1960), Louis Malle. Since then it has filmed non-stop, directed by filmmakers of great category. It has dealt with all kinds of roles in various films, to be one of the French players of greater international projection.
Numerous films in which has been involved, include: Le rendez-vous (1961) J. Delannoy, Tout l'Or du monde (1961) by R. Clair, Thérçse Dequeyroux (1962) of G. Franju, Mort, ou esst ta victoire? (1963) by H. Bromberger, Monsieur J. p. (1964). Le Chanois, Lady L (1965) P. Ustinov, La vie de ch'nteau (1965) of J. p. Rappenaeu, Tendre (1966) voyoy of J. Becker, The night of the generals (1966) of A. Litvak, Alexandre bienheureux (1967) de and. Robert, Adelphe ou l'nge tendre (1968) of B.T. Michel, A. Hitchcock, La vieille fille (1970) Topaz (1969), of J. L. Blanc, Siamo tutti in Libertà provisional (1972) of M. ScarpelliLa grande bouffe (1973) de M. Ferreri, L'horloger de Saint-Paul (1973) by B. Tavernier, Touche pas a femme blanche M. Ferreri (1974), Le vieux fusil (1975) by R. Enrico, Le juge et l'assassin (1975) by B. Tavernier, Tendre poulet (1977), of Ph. de Broca, Une semaine de vacances (1980) by B. Tavernier, Le grand Carnival (1983), Les Ripoux (1984) of Claude ZidiLa famille (1987), Noyade Interdite (1987), Toscanini (1988) and La femme of the month amours (1989).
In 1972 it received the Orange Prize and, years later, in 1976, the main award of the French cinema, the César for best male performance at the old rifle. Also, for his interpretive work on Les Ripaux he/she was awarded best actor at the International Film Festival of Rio de Janeiro in 1985. The festival of European cinema awarded on November 25, 1989 Philippe Noiret Award for best actor for his work in the films new Cinema Paradiso (1989) of Giuseppe Tornatore, and La vie et rien d'autre (1989), Bertrand Tavernier. By this same film was again awarded the César for best actor, delivered March 4, 1990.esta married the actress Monique Chaunette with whom he/she has a daughter, Frederique.