Jean-Pierre Cassel Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Paris, France
Died in Paris, France  (cancer)
Birth NameJean-Pierre Crochon
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

He made his movie debut at the invitation of Gene Kelly, who cast Cassel in the 1956 Paris-filmed seriocomedy The Happy Road (1957). At least, that's what the press releases claimed; actually, the tall, elastic-faced Cassel had been plugging away in films on a minor basis since 1950. Shortly after, Cassel was perfectly cast in the naif title role in the 1958 film version of Voltaire's Candide. He has since been a stalwart in the comedies of director Philippe de Broca, nearly always playing latter-day variations of the ingenuous Candide. Since this time, he is the screen-lover of some of the best actresses like Jean Seberg, Brigitte Bardot, Claude Jade, Catherine Deneuve, Stéphane Audran or Marie Dubois. He played in Gérard Brach's The Boat on the Grass (1971) (1970) with Claude Jade and John McEnery. In 1974, Jean-Pierre Cassel added thousands of American filmgoers to his fan following with his appearances as the bumbling King Louis XIII in Richard Lester's The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974).

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Spouse (2)

Anne Cassel (30 December 1981 - 19 April 2007) ( his death) ( 1 child)
Sabine Cassel (1966 - 1980) ( divorced) ( 3 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Often appeared in swashbuckler movies
Often worked with Claude Chabrol
Often the screen husband or lover of Stéphane Audran

Trivia (11)

Father of Vincent Cassel, Olivia Cassel (deceased) and Rockin' Squat from his first marriage to Sabine Cassel and Cécile Cassel from his second marriage to Anne Cassel. Grandfather of Deva and Léonie (Vincent daughters).
Former father-in-law of Monica Bellucci. Father-in-law of Tina Kunakey.
Was originally scheduled to appear with his son, Vincent Cassel, in Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008), before his deadly cancer disease in 2007. They previously appeared together in The Crimson Rivers (2000), Valse nocturne (1995) and Café au lait (1993).
Being good friends with Serge Gainsbourg for decades, he climbed back on stage at the age of 74 for a retrospective called "Jean-Pierre Cassel chante et danse Gainsbourg Suite", which featured three unpublished songs from the 1960s (2006).
Head of the French Actors Union from 1966 to 1974.
Born to Georges Crochon, a doctor, and his wife Louise-Marguerite Fabrègue, an opera singer, he grew up in Paris.
Studied acting at the Cours Simon.
Engaged to Françoise Dorléac in the early 1960s.
Has played both "d'Artagnan the Musketeer" and "Cyrano de Bergerac". In neither role, however, was he appearing in an adaptation of a literary work in which that character appears. In Cyrano et d'Artagnan (1964), he played "d'Artagnan". That film was not based on any of Alexandre Dumas's novels, or on the play "Cyrano de Bergerac", which featured a cameo by "d'Artagnan". In The Return of the Musketeers (1989), he played "Cyrano", but Cyrano does not appear in any of Dumas's novels.
Appeared in Cyrano et d'Artagnan (1964), opposite José Ferrer. Ferrer's wife, Rosemary Clooney, was also aunt to actor George Clooney, who appeared in Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007), opposite Jean's son, Vincent Cassel. Clooney's role has also been parodied by his cousin, Miguel Ferrer.
Although he spoke fluent English and appeared in several British and American films using his own voice, he was dubbed by Richard Briers in both of Richard Lester's first two "Musketeers" films, where he played King Louis XIII of France. As all the other prominent French characters were being played by British and American actors, it was felt that Cassell's natural French accent would be too much of a contrast.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on working with Luis Buñuel on the set of The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)] He was talking to the cameraman, and I heard them. I think he wanted me to. He was asked, "What kind of lens do I use? A 50?" "A 50. If the actor's good, put on a 75." Of course I was very good and got a close-up.

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