Bernard Giraudeau

Bernard René Giraudeau (18 June 1947 – 17 July 2010) was a French actor, film director, scriptwriter, producer and writer.

Bernard Giraudeau
Bernard Giraudeau in 2007
Born(1947-06-18)18 June 1947
Died17 July 2010(2010-07-17) (aged 63)
Paris, France
OccupationActor, director, producer, scriptwriter
Years active1971–2010
Spouse(s)Anny Duperey (?–2010) (his death)

Early life

He was born on 18 June 1947 in La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime. In 1963 he enlisted in the French navy as a trainee engineer, qualifying as the first in his class a year later. He served on the helicopter carrier Jeanne d'Arc in 1964–1965 and 1965–1966, and subsequently on the frigate Duquesne and the aircraft carrier Clemenceau before leaving the navy to try his luck as an actor.


Giraudeau first appeared on film in Deux hommes dans la ville (1973), and his first film as director was in 1987, though he continued to work as an actor. As a writer, wrote the text of books of photography as well as publishing children's stories (Contes d'Humahuaca, 2002) and several novels. He was also the reader on the French audiobooks of the Harry Potter series.

Personal life

He was married to actress and author Anny Duperey, with whom he had two children; one of them, Sara Giraudeau, has achieved success as an actress.


In 2000 he suffered from cancer which led to the removal of his left kidney, with a subsequent metastasis in 2005 affecting his lungs. He said that the cancer led him to re-evaluate his life and understand himself better. He devoted some of his time to the support of cancer victims through the Institut Curie and the Institut Gustave-Roussy in Paris. He died of his cancer on 17 July 2010 in a Paris hospital.[1][2][3]

Filmography as film actor

Filmography as director

1988 La Face de l'ogre (film TV)

1991 L'Autre (film, 1991), d'après le roman d'Andrée Chédid

1992 Un été glacé (film TV)

1996 Les Caprices d'un fleuve


1992- The travels of Bernard Giraudeau

1992- La Transamazonienne

1999- Un ami chilien

1999- Chili Norte Chili Sure

2003 Esquisses Philippines


  • 1992: Transamazonienne, Editions Odyssée, photos Pierre-Jean Rey ISBN 2-909478-01-7
  • 1996: Les Caprices d'un fleuve, Editions Mille et Une Nuits, ISBN 978-2-84205-055-9
  • 2001: Le Marin à l'ancre, Editions Métailié ISBN 2-86424-389-X
  • 2002: Les Contes d'Humahuaca, Editions Métailié / Seuil jeunesse ISBN 2-02-056736-9
  • 2003: Ailleurs, commentaire sur les peintures d'Olivier Suire Verley, Editions PC ISBN 2-912683-25-4
  • 2004: Les Hommes à terre, Editions Métailié ISBN 2-86424-582-5
  • 2007: Les Dames de nage, Editions Métailié ISBN 2-86424-614-7
  • 2007: "Le Retour du quartier-maître", in Nos mers et nos océans, collective work of Les Écrivains de marine, Éditions des Équateurs, pp. 75106


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