Patrick Dewaere

Patrick Dewaere (26 January 1947 – 16 July 1982) was a French film actor. He was born in Saint-Brieuc, Côtes-d'Armor, son of French actress Mado Maurin. His five siblings, Jean-Pierre Maurin (1941–1996), Yves-Marie Maurin (1944–2009), Dominique Maurin (b. 1949), Jean-Francois Maurin (b. 1957) and Marie-Veronique Maurin (b. 1960), all became actors, with varying degrees of success.

Patrick Dewaere
Patrick Jean Marie Henri Bourdeaux[1]

(1947-01-26)26 January 1947
Died16 July 1982(1982-07-16) (aged 35)
Paris, France
Cause of deathSuicide
Other namesPatrick Maurin
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)


Dewaere attended the Cours Hattemer, a private school.[2]

One of his first TV appearances was in 1961, when he was 14 years old. He appeared in a video for the song "Nuits d'Espagne" by Dalida. Later, he was a promising and popular French actor in the late 1960s and 1970s. In 1968, he joined Café de la Gare, the troupe of performers which also included such future stars as Gérard Depardieu and Miou-Miou. After initially appearing under the pseudonym Patrick Maurin, he finally opted for Dewaere, which was his grandmother's maiden name. Onscreen from 1971 in various bit parts, Dewaere made the breakthrough with his first major role in Bertrand Blier's anarchic comedy Les Valseuses (1974) where he and Depardieu starred as two young delinquents. He teamed up again with Depardieu in Blier's Oscar-winning comedy Préparez vos mouchoirs (1978). In 1981, he played in controversial film Beau-père, in which his character engaged in an incestuous relationship with his seductive underage adolescent step-daughter.

Despite Dewaere's obvious talent for comedy, he was often successfully cast as a fragile, neurotic individual.

The actor was the subject of the French documentary Patrick Dewaere, which was shown at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

Personal life

For eleven years Dewaere was married to French actress Sotha. In the early 1970s, he became the companion of French actress Miou-Miou, until they separated in 1976.[4] They had one daughter. Shortly after the release of Paradis Pour Tous (1982), a black comedy where his character committed suicide, the actor shot himself in his house in Paris; he was 35 years old.[5]


  • The Patrick Dewaere Award was established in France in 1983.
  • Raphaël, a French singer, wrote a song in his honour, Chanson pour Patrick Dewaere, which appeared on Raphaël's 2005 album Caravane.


Year Title Role Director Notes
1955 Monsieur Fabre Henri Diamant-Berger
La Madelon Un enfant du village Jean Boyer Uncredited
1956 Plucking the Daisy Toto's brother Marc Allégret Uncredited
I'll Get Back to Kandara[6] the little boy Victor Vicas credited as Patrick Maurin
1957 The Happy Road Child Gene Kelly
Les Espions Le petit Moynet Henri-Georges Clouzot
1958 Mimi Pinson Le jeune frère de Mimi Robert Darène
1966 Paris brûle-t-il? young resistance fighter who gets executed René Clément Uncredited
1971 Les Mariés de l'an II a volunteer Jean-Paul Rappeneau the film was entered into the 1971 Cannes Film Festival
The Deadly Trap L'homme à l'écharpe jaune René Clément Uncredited
1973 Themroc Le maçon Claude Faraldo the film received a prize at the 1973 International Film Festival of Avoriaz
1974 Les Valseuses Pierrot Bertrand Blier the 3rd highest-grossing film of the year 1974 in France
1975 Au long de rivière Fango Sébastien Sotha
Lily aime-moi Gaston Maurice Dugowson nominated for best film at the 25th Berlin International Film Festival
Pas de problème! Le barman Georges Lautner
Catherine et Compagnie François Michel Boisrond English title: "Catherine & Co."[7]
Adieu poulet Lefevre Pierre Granier-Deferre the film was nominated for two Césars (editing and best supporting actor)
1976 La Meilleure façon de marcher Marc Claude Miller winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography in 1975
Marcia trionfale Lt. Baio Marco Bellocchio English title: "Victory March"
F... comme Fairbanks André Maurice Dugowson also credited as co-composer of the music
1977 Le Juge Fayard dit Le Shériff Jean-Marie Fayard Yves Boisset
La stanza del vescovo Marco Maffei Dino Risi adapted from the novel of the same name by Piero Chiara
1978 Préparez vos mouchoirs Stéphane Bertrand Blier Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 51st Academy Awards
La Clé sur la porte Philippe Yves Boisset based on the novel of the same name
1979 Traffic Jam the young man Luigi Comencini entered into the 1979 Cannes Film Festival
Coup de tête François Perrin Jean-Jacques Annaud César Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Jean Bouise
Série noire Franck Poupart Alain Corneau entered into the 1979 Cannes Film Festival
Paco l'infaillible Pocapena Didier Haudepin
1980 Un mauvais fils Bruno Calgagni Claude Sautet César Award for Best Supporting Actor for Jacques Dufilho
1981 Psy Marc Philippe de Broca film score by Mort Shuman
Plein sud Serge Laine Luc Béraud released as "Heart Of Desire" in the USA[8]
Beau-Père Rémi Bachelier Bertrand Blier entered into the 1981 Cannes Film Festival
Les matous sont romantiques Le voisin Sotha
Hotel America Gilles Tisserand André Téchiné playing Catherine Deneuve's lover
1982 Mille milliards de dollars Paul Kerjean Henri Verneuil International title: A Thousand Billion Dollars[9]
Paradis pour tous Alain Durieux Alain Jessua Dewaere's last film, (final film role)


  1. Official "Acte de décès" N°2081 (death) recorded the 16th of july 1982 from "État civil de la mairie de Paris, 14e arrondissement" official copy established 18 January 2010
  2. "Quelques Anciens Celebres". Hattemer. Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  3. "Festival de Cannes: Patrick Dewaere". Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  5. German, Yuri. "Patrick Dewaere". All Movie Guide. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
  6. "Je reviendrai à Kandara". Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  7. "Catherine & Co". Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  8. "Heat of Desire". Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  9. "Mille milliards de dollars". Retrieved 30 September 2012.
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