Philippe Léotard

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Philippe Léotard
Philippe Léotard.jpg
Philippe Léotard, 1980s.
Born 28 August 1940
Nice, France
Died 25 August 2001(2001-08-25) (aged 60)
Paris, France
Spouse(s) Liliane Caulier (divorce 1972)
Nathalie Baye (1972—1982)

Philippe Léotard (Ange Philippe Paul André Léotard-Tomasi; 28 August 1940 – 25 August 2001) was a French actor, poet, and singer.

He was born in Nice, one of seven children - four girls, then three boys, of which he was the oldest - and was the brother of politician François Léotard. His childhood was normal except for an illness (rheumatic fever) which struck him and forced him to spend days in bed during which time he read a great many books. He was particularly fond of the poets - Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Lautréamont, Blaise Cendrars. He met Ariane Mnouchkine at the Sorbonne and in 1964 they formed the théâtre du soleil.

He played Philippe, the tormented son of a woman with terminal illness, in the 1974 drama film La Gueule ouverte, by the controversial director Maurice Pialat.[1] He won a César Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1982 movie La Balance.

One of his few English-language roles was a cameo in the 1973 thriller The Day of the Jackal and he co-starred as "Jacques" in the 1975 John Frankenheimer movie French Connection II which starred Gene Hackman and Fernando Rey, (sequel to The French Connection).

Léotard died in 2001 of respiratory failure in Paris at the age of 60. He was interred at the Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1970 Bed and Board the drunkard François Truffaut Uncredited
1971 Max et les Ferrailleurs Losfeld Claude Sautet
Two English Girls Diurka François Truffaut
Le mot frère et le mot camarade
1972 Rak Lucien Charles Belmont
To Be Twenty in the Aures Lt. Perrin René Vautier
Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me Clovis Bliss François Truffaut
Le franc-tireur Michel Perrat Jean-Max Causse
1973 Kamouraska Antoine Tassy Claude Jutra
The Day of the Jackal Gendarme Fred Zinnemann
1974 Juliette et Juliette Le dragueur de Juliette Vidal Rémo Forlani
The Mouth Agape Philippe Maurice Pialat
The Middle of the World Paul Alain Tanner
1975 Pas si méchant que ça Julien Claude Goretta
The Track Paul Danville Serge Leroy
French Connection II Jacques John Frankenheimer
La guerre du pétrole n'aura pas lieu Padovani Souheil Ben-Barka
Le Chat et la souris Pierre Chemin Claude Lelouch
1976 The Good and the Bad Le vendeur de Citroën Claude Lelouch
Les conquistadores Marco Pauly
1977 Le Juge Fayard dit Le Shériff Inspecteur Marec Yves Boisset
Solemn Communion Jacques Gravet René Féret
Shadow of the Castles Luigi Daniel Duval
La comédie du train des pignes François de Chavanes
1978 Va voir maman, papa travaille (fr) Vincent François Leterrier
Judith Therpauve Jean-Pierre Maurier Patrice Chéreau
1979 La Mémoire courte Frank Barila Eduardo de Gregorio
1980 L'Empreinte des géants Lucien Chabaud Robert Enrico
A Week's Vacation Doctor Sabouret Bertrand Tavernier
La Petite Sirène Georges Maréchal Roger Andrieux
1981 Les Babas Cool Blaise François Leterrier
1982 Le choc Félix Robin Davis
Paradis pour tous Marc Lebel Alain Jessua
La Balance Dede Laffont Bob Swaim
Mora Mora Léon Desclozeaux
1983 Winter 1960 André Thierry Michel
So Long, Stooge Bauer Claude Berri
1984 Femmes de personne Antoine Christopher Frank
Les Fauves (fr) Léandro Santini Jean-Louis Daniel
The Pirate Number 5 Jacques Doillon
Une rébellion à Romans Jean Serve, dit 'Paulmier' Philippe Venault
1985 Tangos, l'exil de Gardel Pierre Fernando E. Solanas
Rouge-gorge Louis Ducasse Pierre Zucca
Farewell Blaireau Fred Bob Decout
Tangos, the Exile of Gardel Pierre Fernando E. Solanas
1986 Dawn Gad Miklós Jancsó
Exit-exil Duke Luc Monheim
Le Paltoquet (fr) The Honourable Tradesman Michel Deville
State of Grace Pierre-Julien Jacques Rouffio
Ça n'arrive jamais
1987 Si le soleil ne revenait pas Anzerul Claude Goretta
1988 Le testament d'un poète juif assassiné Bernard Hauptmann Frank Cassenti
Jane B. par Agnès V. Le peintre / Murderer Agnès Varda
South Roberto Fernando Ezequiel Solanas
The Abyss Henri-Maximilien André Delvaux
Snack Bar Budapest Sapo Tinto Brass
Ada dans la jungle Rudi Gérard Zingg
La Couleur du vent Pierre Pierre Granier-Deferre
1990 Le grand ruban (Truck) Jeff Philippe Roussel
Il y a des jours... et des lunes Le chanteur abandonné / The abandonned singer Claude Lelouch
Le dénommé (Oublie que tu es un homme) Auclair Jean-Claude Dague
In the Eye of the Snake Phil Anzer - Marc's Father Max Reid
Gavre Princip - Himmel unter Steinen[2] Dr. Levin Peter Patzak
1991 The Flesh Nicola Marco Ferreri
1992 Ville à vendre Jean Boulard - un kinésithérapeute Jean-Pierre Mocky
1994 Élisa Jeff Jean Becker cameo appearance
1995 Pandora Raúl António da Cunha Telles
Élisa Gitane Smoker Jean Becker
Les Misérables Thénardier Claude Lelouch
Philippe Léotard chante et parle Himself Nils Tavernier
1997 Black Dju Inspecteur Plettschette Pol Cruchten
Gueules d'amour Philippe Dajoux

References[edit]

  1. ^ Megahey, Noel (April 28, 2009). "La Gueule ouverte (1974)". The Digital Fix. Retrieved August 24, 2010.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Gavre Princip - Himmel unter Steinen". Retrieved 2012-10-20. 

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