Jacques Villeret Movies and Career Information

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Feb 06, 1951
Loches
Actor

Jacques Villeret (6 February 1951 – 28 January 2005) was a French actor. Born Jacky Boufroura in Loches, Indre-et-Loire, France, of Algerian origin, he is most famous internationally for his role as François Pignon in Le Dîner de cons, both on the stage and in the later film. Other celebrated roles include the extra terrestrial in La soupe aux choux, the autistic Mo in L'été en pente douce, and marshal Ludwig von Apfelstrudel in Papy fait de la résistance. He married Irina Tarassov, an actress and writer, on 26 December 1979. They separated in 1998. (Irina has written about their life together in her book, Un jour, tout ira bien.) Having met Seny, an African widow, Jacques and she were about to start life together in Paris when he died, in Evreux, following a liver hemorrhage. The son of a college bursar and a hairdresser, he studied at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSAD) in the class of Louis Seigner, the grandfather of Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathilde Seigner. At the time of making the film Un aller simple directed by Laurent Heynemann – a film about integration and racism and the clash of generations – he said that watching the young actors in the film, Barbara Schulz and Lorant

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