FRENCH ACTOR MICHEL DUCHAUSSOY DIES AT 73
- Famous French actor Michel Duchaussoy died from a heart attack at the age of 73 on March 12.
Duchaussoy first made his name as a theatre actor and worked for many years in the Comédie Française, where he began his career in 1964.
He acted in many great French classic plays including Molière, Marivaux, Corneille and Ionesco; in 2003 he received the prestigious Molière award as best supporting actor, rfi.fr reports.
His deep voice was a good match for Marlon Brando's in the dubbed version of Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather".
More recently, in 2010 he starred alongside Sophie Marceau in Yann Samuell's "L'age de raison" ("The age of reason")
"He had a great sense of humour and was always laughing. And that's a lesson for many of us, that he did not take himself too seriously", said the director Patrice Leconte on March 13. "This form, not of modesty but this form of calm talented discretion, it utterly charmed me," he added.
Director Patrice Chéreau spoke of a "magnificent" actor, who was "someone of great strength, of great inner truth"…"secretive, solitary, whom I loved a lot"
And a communiqué from the French president's office said that France had lost "an immense actor, one of the most popular, an actor who, over the years stamped himself on the public imagination."
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