Jean Richard

Jean Richard (18 April 1921 in Bessines, Deux-Sevres – 12 December 2001 in Senlis, Oise) was a French actor, comedian, and circus entrepreneur. He is most remembered for his role as Georges Simenon's Maigret on the eponymous French television series, which he played for more than twenty years, and for his circus activities. In the 1970s–1980s, he owned and managed three major circuses, two theme parks near Paris, La Mer de Sable and La Vallée des Peaux-Rouges, and a private zoo in his property of Ermenonville, Oise.

Jean Richard
Born18 April 1921
Died12 December 2001(2001-12-12) (aged 80)
OccupationActor, comedian, entrepreneur



  • Jean Richard, due to his involvement with a zoo and a circus, is caricatured as a trainer of lions on page 40 of the comic Asterix and the Laurel Wreath.
  • In the 1970s Richard featured as a comic caricature in many of the comics of the popular character Pif. Most of his stories revolved around being a detective investigating a mystery, which the reader also had to solve.
  • Although Richard appeared as Maigret for many decades, Maigret creator Georges Simenon disliked him since he failed to take his hat off when entering a room.


  • The complete guide to Asterix by Peter Kessler ISBN 0-340-65346-9
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