Charles Chevillet, sieur de Champmeslé, (20 October 1642 – 22 August 1701) was a 17th-century French actor and playwright (see Troupe of the Comédie-Française in 1680).

Charles Chevillet de Champmêlé
engraving after Netscher (1789).
Charles Chevillet

20 October 1642
Died22 August 1701(1701-08-22) (aged 58)
Spouse(s)Marie Desmares

Champmeslé made his theatre debut in 1665 in a troupe of the province and married Marie Desmares in Rouen on 9 January 1666. He then played at the Théâtre du Marais then at the Hôtel de Bourgogne and became one of the first sociétaires of the Comédie-Française.

When he died, coming out of a tavern, the priest of Saint-Sulpice refused the funeral service and Champmeslé was buried in the garden of his house in Asnières.

Champmeslé also wrote less than a dozen theatre plays, including some in collaboration with Jean de La Fontaine.

He wrote several comedies such as:

  • Les Grisettes, 3 acts ;
  • Les Grissettes ou Crispin chevalier, 1 act ;
  • Le Florentin ;
  • La Coupe enchantée ; these two last plays he composed in association with Jean de La Fontaine.

His Œuvres were collected in 1696.


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