One of the last monstres sacrés of French cinema comes off. Claude Rich, old Uncle Gunslingers, died at 88 years old died of cancer.
“I spent hours looking out of the window and I saw people who paressaient in the sun. This is what gave me the desire to do theatre. I wanted to be a guy who could be smoking cigarettes at 3 o’clock in the afternoon on a bench ! “. This is not the desire to be a star, or make a fortune or kissing beautiful actresses who have pushed Claude Rich to become an actor. But just a desire for freedom cas it was given in words taken over in The Point. As he works in a bank in order to bring money home to help his mother who raises alone her four children, he enrolled in evening classes.
Then, he decides toenter the Conservatory in order to get a scholarship and attend classes free of charge. He succeeds and meets with a group of friends that he would keep all his life and that will change his life :Annie Girardot, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bruno Crémer, Jean Rochefort, Jean-Pierre Marielle. “All we were allowed, we had all of the right, the right to watch the girls, we have fun playing characters who were not us, to laugh with our buddies, ” he recalls.
His career began on stage, in rooms of Boulevard. René Clair makes her play for the first time at the cinema in The Big moves. It will then with the greatest French directors : Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Alain Resnais, Yves Robert, Georges Lautner, Edouard Molinaro… His talent is spent by its peers in 1993, the year in which it receives the Cesar for the best actor for The dinner, in which he played Talleyrand.
Side private life, Claude Rich, married Catherine, also an actress. Together, they had two daughters, Natalie and Delphine, the latter following the path of his parents playing it as comedy. In 1993, all three play together in the tv movie The truth in the face.
Bertrand Tavernier has said of Claude Rich : “It is as a jazz player makes each time different variations, just for fun, to impress “.
Photo credits : Pool BENAINOUS/STEVENS
Claude RichJean-Paul Belmondo
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