Pierre Brasseur

Pierre Brasseur (22 December 1905 16 August 1972), born Pierre-Albert Espinasse, was a French actor.

Pierre Brasseur
Pierre Brasseur in 1961 in the film
Mon frère Jacques
Pierre-Albert Espinasse

22 December 1905
Died16 August 1972 (1972-08-17) (aged 66)
Years active1924–1972
Spouse(s)Odette Joyeux (1935–1945)[2]
Lina Magrini (1947–1961)

The son of actors Georges Espinasse and Germaine Brasseur, while the latter was married to Albert Brasseur, his grandfather, Jules Brasseur, was an actor as well. The family tradition of using the name Brasseur was continued by his son Claude and his grandson Alexandre.[3]

Renowned for playing outsized characters, Brasseur is best remembered for his (semi-fictionalised) portrayal of the actor Frédérick Lemaître in Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise, 1945) and as Docteur Génessier (more subdued) in the horror film Eyes Without a Face (Les Yeux sans visage, 1960) co-starring Alida Valli. On 30 May 1927, he performed the spoken role of the Narrator in the world premiere of Igor Stravinsky's opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex.[4]


Selected filmography


  1. "Pierre Brasseur". Encyclopædia Britannica.
  2. "Pierre Brasseur (with a complete filmography)". Films de France.
  3. Oscherwitz, Dayna; Higgins, MaryEllen (2009). The A to Z of French Cinema. Scarecrow Press. p. 69. ISBN 978-081087038-3.
  4. Pierre Brasseur on IMDb
  5. "Pierre Brasseur | Biographie et Filmographie". Laurentpons.fr. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  • Pierre Brasseur's autobiography: Ma Vie en Vrac, Calmann-Lévy, 1972, ISBN 978-2-7021-0636-5

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