Jess Hahn

Jess Hahn (born October 29, 1921, Terre Haute, Indiana – d. June 29, 1998, Saint-Malo, France) was an American actor who mostly starred in French films.

Jess Hahn
Jesse Beryle Hahn

October 29, 1921
DiedJune 29, 1998(1998-06-29) (aged 76)
Years active1953-1989

After serving with the Marines in the Second World War, he moved to France in 1949 and took French citizenship.

Firstly a musician, he became an actor and starred in film noirs and westerns. A large man, Hahn often appeared in "strong man" roles, such as in Cartouche and Topkapi. Seen mostly as a character actor in French films, he played a rare leading role in Éric Rohmer's The Sign of Leo. Hahn was employed by French movie-maker Jean-Marie Pallardy, becoming one of his recurrent actors, until his retirement. Hahn died at age 76 in Saint-Malo, France.

Selected filmography


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