1897 - 1975
The actor Pierre Fresnay was born as Pierre Jules Louis Laudenbach in Paris. Because of his intensive play he soon attained the reputation as one of the most important French stage and film actors.
He came to the acting thank to his uncle Claude Garry who was a well-known
stage actor himself. Pierre Fresnay already made his stage debut at the
age of 14, than under the pseudonym Pierre Vernet.
Pierre Fresnay rose to one of the most demanded stage actors in the 20's, in movies he still appeared only seldom, so in "Le diamant noir" (22), "La mendiante de Saint-Sulpice" (23) and "La vierge folle" (29).
Only from the 30's, when the talkies replaced the silent movie, he paid
more attention to this medium. From now on he normally impersonated leading
roles in movies like "Marius" (31), "Fanny" (32), "La dame aux camélias"
(34), "César" (36), "Mademoiselle Docteur" (37), "Le puritain" (38)
and "Le duel" (39).
When the war spread over France and the Germans seized power he continued to play in movies for Continental which was under German leadership. He took part in movies like "Le dernier des six" (41), "Le journal tombe à cinq heures" (42), "La main du diable" (43), "Le corbeau" (43) and "Le voyageur sans bagages" (44).
When World War II was over they hold this activity in front of him and he was even sent top prison for six weeks. Pierre Fresnay fell out of favour with the public.
He wasn't able to go on from his earlier successes. Yet he was able
to act in several movies but leading roles were exceptional
Finally Pierre Fresnay retired disappointed from the film business and appeared exclusively on stage. It lastet ten years before he played in front of the camera again - "Les écrivains" (73) and "Le jardinier" (73).
To Pierre Fresnay's admirers also belongs Alec Guiness who mentioned him in his biography as his favoured actor.
Pierre Fresnay was married three times, among others with the actresses
Berthe Bovy and Yvonne Printemps.
Other movies with Pierre Fresnay: