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Also Known As: Jean-Pierre Crochon Died: April 22, 2007
Born: October 27, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: actor

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A tall, attractive leading man who worked as an extra and nightclub dancer before being "discovered" by Gene Kelly and cast in "The Happy Road" (1956), Jean-Pierre Cassel went on to establish himself in a series of Phillipe de Broca comedies, developing the persona and facile smile for the farcical romantic roles that became his metier. The whimsical Frenchman began appearing in English-language films of the 60s like "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" (1965) and "Oh! What a Lovely War" (1969), both featuring star-studded international casts. He was the dinner host in Luis Bunuel's award-winning "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" (1972) and also acted in Sydney Lumet's "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974) about the time he was embarking on the Richard Lester "Musketeer" franchise, which saw him play King Louis XIII in "The Three Musketeers" (also 1974) and "The Four Musketeers" (1975), then Cyrano de Bergerac for "The Return of the Musketeers" (1989). The older Cassel has portrayed such character parts as Dr. Paul Gachet in Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo" and Police Inspector Ledoux for the NBC-miniseries "The Phantom of the Opera" (both 1990), directed by Tony Richardson. More...

A tall, attractive leading man who worked as an extra and nightclub dancer before being "discovered" by Gene Kelly and cast in "The Happy Road" (1956), Jean-Pierre Cassel went on to establish himself in a series of Phillipe de Broca comedies, developing the persona and facile smile for the farcical romantic roles that became his metier. The whimsical Frenchman began appearing in English-language films of the 60s like "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" (1965) and "Oh! What a Lovely War" (1969), both featuring star-studded international casts. He was the dinner host in Luis Bunuel's award-winning "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" (1972) and also acted in Sydney Lumet's "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974) about the time he was embarking on the Richard Lester "Musketeer" franchise, which saw him play King Louis XIII in "The Three Musketeers" (also 1974) and "The Four Musketeers" (1975), then Cyrano de Bergerac for "The Return of the Musketeers" (1989). The older Cassel has portrayed such character parts as Dr. Paul Gachet in Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo" and Police Inspector Ledoux for the NBC-miniseries "The Phantom of the Opera" (both 1990), directed by Tony Richardson. More recently, he co-starred with Marisa Berenson in the Lifetime remake of "Notorious" (1992) and portrayed Jacqueline Bisset's wealthy husband in Claude Chabrol's "La Ceremonie" (1994).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Gone for a Dance (2007)
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 Contre-Enquete (2007)
7.
 Mauvaise Foi (2006)
8.
 Congorama (2006)
9.
 Fair Play (2006)
10.
 Army of Shadows (2006) Jean-Francois Jardie
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1956:
Discovered as a dancer in a Paris nightclub by Gene Kelly who cast him in first film, "The Happy Road"
1960:
First of five films with writer-director Philippe de Broca, "The Love Game"
1960:
Broadway debut, "L'Idiote"
1961:
Reteamed with de Broca for "The Five-Day Lover"
1965:
Played French aviator in "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines"
1966:
Appeared in Rene Clement's "Is Paris Burning?"
1969:
Played French colonel in Richard Attenborough's directing debut, "Oh! What a Lovely War"
1972:
Acted in Luis Bunel's deliciously comic "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise", which won the Oscar as Best Foreign Film
1974:
Portrayed Louis XIII in Richard Lester's "The Three Musketeers"
1974:
Part of the all-star international cast of Sidney Lumet's "Murder on the Orient Express"
1975:
Reprised Louis XIII for Lester's "The Four Musketeeers"
1978:
Acted the part of an endangered chef in "Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?"
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Appeared on stage in London production of "A Chorus Line"
1988:
Fifth and last feature (to date) with de Broca, "Chouans!"
1989:
Played Cyrano de Bergerac in Lester's "Return of the Musketeers"
1990:
Portrayed Dr Paul Gauchet in Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo"; feature version paired down from four-hour European miniseries
1990:
Appeared as Police Inspector Ledoux in two-part miniseries version of "The Phantom of the Opera" (NBC), directed by Tony Richardson
1992:
Acted in Lifetime's remake of "Notorious"
1994:
Reteamed with Altman, playing the Head of the Fashion Council in "Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter)"
1994:
Co-starred in "La Ceremonie" (released in the USA in 1995)
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Notes

On his part in the Lifetime remake of "Notorious": "Alex is a marvelous character because he is a man in love. It's a great quality for a man to be able to be in love. After that, he may be a villain or a nice guy but the principle is that he's in love and that, to me, is always interesting." --Jean-Pierre Cassel

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son:
Vincent Cassel. Actor. Born in November 1966.
son:
Vincent Cassel. Has four older siblings.
daughter:
Cecile Cassel. Actor. Born c. 1982.
daughter:
Cecile Cassel. Writer and peace activist.
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