3 November 1895
|Died||12 April 1983 87) (aged|
Richard-Willm was born in south-western France in the city of Bayonne. His mother, Elisabeth-Fanny Willm, died at the age of thirty-one, and he was raised by his maternal grandmother. He attended the Beaux-Arts School, in Nantes between 1913 and 1914, then in 1916 he joined the army, and fought during World War I. After the war he became a sculptor, and in 1921 he started playing bit roles on stage.
His film debut came in the 1930s Toute sa vie, under the direction of Alberto Cavalcanti, followed by Les Vacances du diable, Daughter of the Regiment, Le Grand Jeu, and his most famous role as Edmond Dantès in The Count of Monte Cristo.