Pierre Brasseur Movies and Career Information

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Dec 22, 1905
Pierre Brasseur, born Pierre-Albert Espinasse, was a French actor. He was the son of actor Georges Espinasse and actress Germaine Brasseur while the latter was married to Albert Brasseur. His grandfather, Jules Brasseur, was an actor as well. The family tradition of using the name Brasseur was continued by his son Claude and his grandson Alexandre. Renowned for playing outsized characters, Brasseur is probably best known in the anglophone world for his portrayal of the actor Frédérick Lemaître in Les Enfants du Paradis and as Docteur Génessier in the horror film Eyes Without a Face co-starring with Alida Valli. On May 30, 1927, Brasseur performed the spoken role of the Narrator in the world premiere of Igor Stravinsky's opera-oratorio Oedipus rex.


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