Darry Cowl was a French actor and musician. He won a César Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 2004 for his role as a concierge in Pas sur la bouche, which proved to be his last appearance.
He was born in Vittel and came to prominence when he was cast by Sacha Guitry in Assassins et voleurs. Following this he turned to acting in cinema roles and soon gained celebrity status with his role as Antoine Péralou in Le Triporteur.
A game addict, he often acted only for money in films that did not stretch his acting ability. He explained this by noting he did not read the script of the work in which he was to act.
He played Major Archibald in the 1974 film Don't Touch the White Woman!.
He had hoped to return to theatre acting in Hold Up in September 2005 but ill-health prevented this. He died in Neuilly-sur-Seine from complications of lung cancer, aged 80.