A stage-experienced French performer who emigrated from Poland at the age of four, Denner worked with many of the major filmmakers of post-war France. After making his film debut in 1955 , he appeared in Louis Malle's "Ascenseur pour l'echafaud/Elevator to the Gallows" (1957). Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Denner worked with Claude Chabrol a total of five times, notably playing a murderous womanizer in "Landru" (1962), and a Jewish taxi driver in "Robert et Robert" (1978). Claude Berri chose Denner to portray a character based on the director's father in "Le Vieil Homme et l'Enfant" (1966), which dealt with a Jewish child hidden during the Nazi occupation of France. He was featured in Costa-Gavras' award-winning "Z" (1969). Denner teamed with Francois Truffaut for three appearances: "The Bride Wore Black" (1968), "Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me" (1972), and most memorably as the unlikely title character in "The Man Who Loved Women" (1977). His last film appearance was in the musical comedy "Golden Eighties" in 1986.
Cast (Feature Film)
Emigrated from Poland to France at age 4
Screen acting debut in "La Meilleure Part"
First starring film role as title character of Claude Chabrol's "Landru"; cast after the director saw him in a stage production of "Arturo Ui"