Jean Del Val

Jean Del Val (17 November 1891 13 March 1975), born Jean Jacques Gauthier, was a French-born actor, also credited as Jean Gauthier and Jean Gautier.

Jean Del Val
Del Val in The Flying Deuces (1939)
Born(1891-11-17)17 November 1891
Died13 March 1975(1975-03-13) (aged 83)
Other namesJean Gauthier
Jean Gautier
Years active1917—1973

He played roles during the Hollywood silent era, beginning with The Fortunes of Fifi in 1917. During the early days of talkies he served as a translator and vocal coach for French language versions of American-made films. The classic 1942 film Casablanca featured Jean in the limited role as an announcer for a French radio station. In 1966 he played a non-speaking role as the comatose scientist Dr. Jan Benes in the science fiction film Fantastic Voyage.

He also appeared on 5 episodes of the television series Combat!, first, uncredited in "A Day in June" followed by "No Trumpets, No Drums " as Marceau, then as a French Farmer in "Birthday Cake" and later on as Father Bomar in the episode "The Steeple". Lastly he played Brother Edmundo in the episode "The Mockingbird".

Del Val died at age 83 from a heart attack in Pacific Palisades, California. He is interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City.

Selected filmography

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