1917 - 1970
The actor Bourvil was born as André Raimbourg. After different jobs he discovered his special liking for singing.
He made his first entrance as an amateur enterainer with songs of his shining example Fernandel.
When he found work on the radio during the time of occupation by the National Socialists the French people discovered his vois. With his own songs he became a French radio star overnight so to speak. First he called himself Andrel - an interpretion analogous to Fernandel - later he changed his stage name into Bourvil (corresponding to his home village Bourville).
Bourvil appeared in 1941 in his first movie called „Croisières sidérales“, dbut his real film career began after World War II. With movies like „Blanc comme neige“ (47), „Le roi Pandore“ (49) and „Seul dans Paris“ (51) he conquered the hearts of the Frenchmen and became one of the most popular comedian and character players.
In the 50's he appeared more often on stage than in front of the camera because the film industry offered him normally inadequate roles. But there were also exceptions like „Miquette et sa mère“ (50), „Si Versaille était conté - Versailles - Könige und Frauen“ (54) and „Tout l'or du monde - Alles Gold dieser Welt“ (61).
With his part as the vicious Thenadier in „Les Misérables“ (57) he had an unexpecte success und let his critis become silent who dismissed him as a miscast in the run-up to.
Bourvil's most famous role was the one as the taxi driver Martin in the movie „La traversée de Paris - Zwei Mann, ein Schwein und die Nacht von Paris“ (56), but also his movies at Louis de Funès' side like „Le corniaud - Scharfe Sachen für Monsieur“ (64) or „La grande vadrouille - Die grosse Sause“ (66) made him immortal for the public.
With „Le cercle rouge - Vier im roten Kreis“ (70) he played a serious
police inspector and strenghtened his reputation to be able to impersonate
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