Pierre Brasseur

For the Luxembourgian industrialist, see Pierre Brasseur (Luxembourg).
Pierre Brasseur

Pierre Brasseur in 1961 in the film
Mon frère Jacques
Born Pierre-Albert Espinasse
22 December 1905
Died 16 August 1972 (1972-08-17) (aged 66)
Bruneck, South Tyrol, Italy
Occupation Actor
Years active 1924–1972
Spouse(s) Odette Joyeux (1935–1945)
Lina Magrini (1947–1961)

Pierre Brasseur (22 December 1905 16 August 1972), born Pierre-Albert Espinasse, was a French actor.

He was the son of actors Georges Espinasse and Germaine Brasseur, while the latter was married to Albert Brasseur. His grandfather, Jules Brasseur, was an actor as well. The family tradition of using the name Brasseur was continued by his son Claude and his grandson Alexandre.

Renowned for playing outsized characters, Brasseur is probably best known in the anglophone world for his (semi-fictionalised) portrayal of the actor Frédérick Lemaître in Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise, 1945) and as Docteur Génessier (more subdued) in the horror film Eyes Without a Face (Les Yeux sans visage, 1960) co-starring Alida Valli. On 30 May 1927, he performed the spoken role of the Narrator in the world premiere of Igor Stravinsky's opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex.[1]


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