Pierre Richard-Willm

Pierre Richard-Willm (3 November 1895 12 April 1983) was a French actor during the 1930s and 1940s.[1]

Pierre Richard-Willm
Pierre-Alexandre Richard

(1895-11-03)3 November 1895
Died12 April 1983(1983-04-12) (aged 87)


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.

In 1924 he took part of in the sculpturing art competition of the Games of the VIII Olympiad, making a group of sculptures on rugby and skating.[2]

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.

After retiring from acting, in the 1950s, he directed Bussang's Théâtre du Peuple. In 1975 he published his autobiography named Loin des Étoiles.

Richard-Willm died in Paris, and is buried at the cemetery in Bussang, Vosges.


Year Film Director Role
1930Toute sa vieAlberto CavalcantiStanley Vanning
1931The Devil's HolidayAlberto CavalcantiDr. Reynolds
Un soir, au frontAlexandre RyderLieutenant Siredon
About an InquestRobert Siodmak & Henri ChomettePaul Bernt
1932Le Petit écartReinhold Schünzel & Henri ChometteBernard Heller, lawyer
KikiPierre Billon & Karel Lamač
BabyPierre Billon & Karel LamačLord Cecil
Les Amours de PergolèseGuideau BrignonnePergolèse
Under the Leather HelmetAlbert de Courville
1933Pour être aiméJacques TourneurGérard d'Ormoise
La Fille du régimentPierre Billon & Karel Lamač
L'ÉpervierMarcel L'HerbierRené de Tierrache
1934Prince JeanJean de MarguenatPrince Jean d'Axel
The House on the DunePierre BillonSylvain
Le Grand JeuJacques FeyderPierre Martel
FanatismeGaston Ravel & Tony LekainMarcel Besnard
Les Nuits moscovitesAlexis GranowskyCaptain Ignatoff
1935StradivariusGéza von Bolváry & Albert ValentinSándor Teleky
BarcarolleGerhard Lamprecht & Roger Le Bon
La Route impérialeMarcel L'HerbierLieut. Brent
1936Anne-MarieRaymond BernardL'inventeur
L'ArgentPierre Billon
1937Southern MailPierre BillonJacques Bernis
Life Dances OnJulien DuvivierEric Irvin
Woman of MalaccaMarc AllégretPrince Selim
YoshiwaraMax OphülsLieutenant Serge Polenoff
Au service du tsarPierre BillonCount Tomsky
1938The Novel of WertherMax OphülsWerther
RasputinMarcel L'HerbierCount Igor Kourloff
Princess TarakanovaFedor OzepCount Orloff
1939La Loi du nordJacques FeyderRobert Shaw
Entente cordialeMarcel L'HerbierCaptain Charles Roussel
1941Happy DaysJean de MarguenatMichel
1942La Duchesse de LangeaisJacques de BaroncelliArmand de Montriveau
La Croisée des cheminsPascal Rouvray
1943The Count of Monte CristoRobert VernayEdmond Dantès
1945La Fiancée des ténèbresSerge de PolignyRoland Samblaca
1947Dreams of LoveChristian StengelFranz Liszt
Le beau voyageLouis CunyRichard


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