Jacques B. Brunius, French actor, director and writer, was born Jacques Henri Cottance in Paris on September 16, 1906, and died in Exeter, Devon (UK), on April 24, 1967. He was cremated in Sidmouth, with a tribute by Mesens.
Assistant director to Luis Buñuel on L'Âge d'or, he appeared in more than 30 movies, using several alternate names: Jacques Borel, J.B. Brunius, Jacques-Bernard Brunius, Jacques Brunius, Brunius, J.B.Brunius. He acted in many of the early, more political, movies of his friend Jean Renoir. During World War II he broadcast from England to France over Radio Londres. He married French-English actress Cecile Chevreau in 1951. Their son Richard was born in 1956.
Member of the surrealist group in France and then in England, with his friend E.L.T. Mesens, Conroy Maddox, Ithell Colquhoun, Simon Watson Taylor and Roland Penrose. Brunius attacked Toni del Renzio, who was married to Colquhoun and who was attempting to reanimate an inactive English group in 1942–3. Brunius' countersigned the tract Idolatry and Confusion, which condemned and mocked del Renzio unjustifiably. In reality, Mesens feared a takeover of the group leadership by del Renzio.
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- 1930: L'Âge d'or (a.k.a. The Golden Age), dir. Luis Buñuel.... Passer-by in the street (uncredited)
- 1932: L'affaire est dans le sac (a.k.a. It's in the Bag), dir. Pierre Prévert .... Adrien, le client au béret (as J.B.Brunius)
- 1934: L'Hôtel du libre échange .... Le monsieur du train
- 1936: Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (a.k.a. The Crime of Monsieur Lange), dir. Jean Renoir (as J.B. Brunius) .... Mr. Baigneur
- 1936: Moutonnet
- 1936: Partie de campagne (a.k.a. A Day in the Country), dir. Jean Renoir (as Jacques Borel) .... Rodolphe
- 1936: La Vie est à nous (a.k.a. Life Belongs to Us) .... Le président du conseil d'administration
- 1937: Le Temps des cerises (a.k.a. The Time of the Cherries) (as Jacques-Bernard Brunius) .... Le petit-fils du directeur
- 1938: Le Schpountz (a.k.a. Heartbeat), dir. Marcel Pagnol .... L'Accessoiriste
- 1938: La Bête humaine (a.k.a. Judas Was a Woman, The Human Beast), dir. Jean Renoir (uncredited) .... Un garçon de ferme
- 1940: The Mondesir Heir .... Le médecin
- 1950: The Wooden Horse .... André (as Jacques Brunius)
- 1951: The Dream of Andalusia (uncredited)
- 1951: Andalousie(uncredited)
- 1951: The Changing face of Europe .... Narrator, as himself
- 1951: Une fille à croquer (a.k.a. Good Enough to Eat, Le Petit Chaperon Rouge) (as Jacques Borel)
- 1951: The Lavender Hill Mob, dir Charles Crichton (as Jacques Brunius) .... Customs Official
- 1952: 24 Hours of a Woman's Life (a.k.a. Affair in Monte Carlo).... Concierge, Pension Lisa (as Jacques Brunius)
- 1953: South of Algiers (a.k.a. The Golden Mask) .... Kress (as Jacques Brunius)
- 1953: Sea Devils .... Fouche
- 1953: Always a Bride .... Inspector (as Jacques Brunius)
- 1953: Laughing Anne (a.k.a. Between the Tides) .... Frenchie
- 1954: Forbidden Cargo .... Det. Pierre Valance - French police
- 1955: To Paris with Love .... Monsieur Marconne
- 1955: Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion (a.k.a. Foreign Legionnaire) (TV, 1 episode) .... Pakka
- 1955: The Cockleshell Heroes .... French Fisherman (as Jacques Brunius)
- 1955: Barbie (TV, 1 episode) .... Mr. Morrisot
- 1956: Wicked as They Come (a.k.a. Portrait in Smoke) .... Inspector Caron
- 1956: House of Secrets (a.k.a. Triple Deception) .... Lessage
- 1957: True as a Turtle (a.k.a. Plain Sailing) .... Monsieur Charbonnier
- 1957: Dangerous Exile .... De Chassagne (uncredited)
- 1958: Orders to Kill .... Cmndt. Morand
- 1960: The Miracle of St. Phillipe (TV episode) .... The Mayor
- 1960: The Four Just Men (TV, 1 episode) .... The Mayor
- 1961: Mon frère Jacques (TV), dir. Pierre Prévert .... himself
- 1961: The Greengage Summer (a.k.a. Loss of Innocence) .... M. Joubert
- 1964: The Yellow Rolls-Royce .... Duc d'Angoulême (England) (uncredited)
- 1965: Le Chant du monde (a.k.a. Song of the World) (as Jacques Borel)
- 1965: Return from the Ashes .... 1st Detective (uncredited)
- 1953: The Blakes Slept Here
- 1952: Brief City
- 1952: To The Rescue
- 1951: The Changing Face of Europe (3rd segment: "Somewhere to Live")
- 1939: Violons d'Ingres (also as writer and editor)
- 1936: La Vie est à nous (a.k.a. The People of France) (also as writer and editor)
- 1930: L'Âge d'or (a.k.a. The Golden Age), dir. Luis Buñuel.
- 1929: Le Requin
- 1954 February 7 : Le docteur Miracle, two operas by Bizet and Lecocq, BBC Third Programme
- 1966 Christmas Day : Special Day on Lewis Carroll, France Culture
- "Jacques Brunius". BFI.
- Levy, Silvano; Maddox, Conroy (13 March 2019). "The Scandalous Eye: The Surrealism of Conroy Maddox". Liverpool University Press – via Google Books.
- "L' Âge d'or (1930)". BFI.
- Stourton, Edward (2017). Auntie's War: the BBC during the Second World War. London: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-857-52332-7.
- "Jacques B. Brunius papers, 1929-1967 2617". www.libraries.psu.edu.
- "The Critics". 9 October 1959. p. 22 – via BBC Genome.
- "In Defence of Surrealism". 26 August 1960. p. 31 – via BBC Genome.