Jacques Perrin, actor of “Cinema Paradiso”, died at 80
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Paris (AFP)- French actor and filmmaker Jacques Perrin, who starred in dozens of films including ‘Cinema Paradiso’ and ‘Les Jeunes Filles de Rochefort’ and co-directed ‘Winged Migration’, has died aged 80, has announced his family to AFP.
“The family has the immense sadness to inform you of the death of filmmaker Jacques Perrin, who died Thursday, April 21 in Paris. He died peacefully,” they announced in a press release sent to AFP by his son, Mathieu Simonet. .
Born in Paris on July 13, 1941, Perrin has acted in more than 70 films during a long career spanning from the 1950s to the present day.
Equally at home in French and Italian cinema, Perrin obtained his first leading role alongside Claudia Cardinale in “Girl with a Suitcase” in 1961.
Familiar to moviegoers for his gray-to-white hair and soft voice, Perrin was often cast as a military officer and was known for “The 317th Platoon” in 1965, “Drummer-Crab” in 1977 and “A Captain’s Honor” in 1982. , all three directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer.
He also played alongside Catherine Deneuve in Jacques Demy’s musicals “Les Demoiselles de Rochefort” and “Peau d’Âne”.
Among his best-known later roles, Perrin played adult filmmaker Salvatore reminiscing about his childhood in the Oscar-winning “Cinema Paradiso.”
Perrin was also co-producer of fifteen films, including “Z” (1969), Oscar winner for best foreign film and best editing, and “Le Chœur” (2004), directed by his nephew Christophe Barratier.
The latter was a great success in France, selling 8.6 million tickets at the box office.
Perrin’s last film role – in the environmental thriller “Goliath,” released in March – reflected his deep interest in the natural world.
A committed ecologist, he has co-produced several documentaries, including “The Monkey Folk”, “Microcosmos” and “Himalaya”.
He later co-directed others as well, including Oscar-nominated “Winged Migration” (2001) and “Oceans,” which won the César for best documentary film in 2011.
“Jacques was pure charm. He succeeded in everything he touched,” tweeted former Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob.
“He is one of the most subtle, most interesting French producers”, declared the director of “Z” Costa-Gavras on franceinfo, saluting the memory “of a man of great curiosity and also of extreme kindness.”
“I admired Jacques Perrin, and then I had the chance to shoot him. His talent, his availability, his kindness meant that after shooting I admired him even more”, declared Xavier Beauvois, who directed in “The Little Lieutenant”. Twitter.
His roles as a soldier in Schoendoerffer’s films also drew tributes from the military.
“The 317th section has lost its leader. The armies salute the memory of Jacques Perrin, an emblematic figure of French cinema to which we were intimately linked”, tweeted the chief of staff of the French armies, General Thierry Burkhard.
The Foreign Legion also hailed him as “a great name in cinema, a personality of great humility”.
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