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Bernard Blier

Bernard Blier
Bernard Blier in Amici miei (1975).
Born (1916-01-11)11 January 1916
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died 29 March 1989(1989-03-29) (aged 73)
Saint-Cloud, France
Nationality French
Occupation Actor
Years active 1937 - 1989

Bernard Blier (11 January 1916 – 29 March 1989) was a French character actor. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where his father, a researcher at the Pasteur Institute, was posted at the time.


  • Life and career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Filmography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Life and career

His rotund features and premature baldness allowed him to often play cuckolded husbands in his early career. He is notable for being one of France's most versatile and sought-after character actors, performing interchangeably in comedies and dramas. His complete filmography includes 138 titles.[1] He often appeared in Italian films too, particularly in the last decade of his life.[2] He was awarded an Honorary César (the French Oscar) in 1989, 24 days before he died.[3]

Personal life

He is the father of director Bertrand Blier, he has appeared in a number of his son's films, most notably Buffet froid (1979).


Year Title Role Director
1937 Gribouille a young man (uncredited) Marc Allégret
1938 Hôtel du Nord Prosper Marcel Carné
Le Jour Se Lève Gaston Marcel Carné
1941 Le Pavillon brûle Bénézy Jacques de Baroncelli
Caprices Marcel (uncredited) Léo Joannon
Who Killed Santa Claus? a policeman (uncredited) Christian-Jaque
1942 La Nuit fantastique Lucien Marcel L'Herbier
La Symphonie fantastique Antoine Charbonnel Christian-Jaque
1945 Alone in the Night Christian Stengel
1947 Dédée d'Anvers Monsieur René, the innkeeper Yves Allégret
Quai des Orfèvres Maurice Martineau Henri-Georges Clouzot
1948 Man to Men Coquillet Christian-Jaque
1848 as himself/narrator Marguerite de la Mure
Victoria Mercanton.
1949 Manèges Robert Yves Allégret
Return to Life (episode Tante Emma) Gaston André Cayatte
1951 Without Leaving an Address Émile Gauthier Jean-Paul Le Chanois
1951 Agence matrimoniale Noël Pailleret Jean-Paul Le Chanois
1952 Je l'ai été trois fois Henri Verdier/Hector Van Broken Sacha Guitry
1953 Before the Deluge Marcel Noblet André Cayatte
1954 Scènes de ménage Aglaé's husband André Berthomieu
1955 Black Dossier Inspector Noblet André Cayatte
Frou-Frou cameo appearance Augusto Genina
Les Hussards Brigadier Le Gouce Alex Joffé
Prigionieri del male Padre Lorenzo Mario Costa
1956 Crime et Châtiment Antoine Monestier Georges Lampin
The Man in the Raincoat Monsieur Raphaël Julien Duvivier
1957 Retour de manivelle Inspector Plantavin Denys de La Patellière
Quand la femme s'en mêle Félix Seguin Yves Allégret
1958 La Bonne Tisane René Lecomte Hervé Bromberger
Les Misérables Inspector Javert Jean-Paul Le Chanois
La Chatte Capitaine Debrun Henri Decoin
L'École des cocottes Monsieur Labaume Jacqueline Audry
En légitime défense Inspector Gustave Martinet André Berthomieu
Sans famille Renato Garofoli André Michel
Le Joueur General Zagoriansky Claude Autant-Lara
Les Grandes Familles Simon Lachaume Denys de La Patellière
1959 Archimède le clochard Monsieur Pichon Gilles Grangier
Marie-Octobre Julien Simoneau Julien Duvivier
The Great War Captain Castelli Mario Monicelli
Le Secret du chevalier d'Éon Baron d'Exter Jacqueline Audry
Les Yeux de l'amour Doctor Andrieux Denys de La Patellière
1960 Marche ou crève Lenzi Georges Lautner
The Hunchback of Rome Maresciallo Carlo Lizzani
Crimen the police inspector Mario Camerini
1961 Arrêtez les tambours Doctor Leproux Georges Lautner
The President Philippe Chalamont Henri Verneuil
Vive Henri IV, vive l'amour Sully Claude Autant-Lara
Le cave se rebiffe Charles Lepicard Gilles Grangier
Le Monocle noir Commissaire Tournemire Georges Lautner
I briganti italiani Colonel Breviglieri Mario Camerini
1962 Les Petits Matins Monsieur Rameau Jacqueline Audry
Le Septième Juré Grégoire Duval Georges Lautner
1963 Mathias Sandorf Toronthal Georges Lampin
Il magnifico avventuriero Pope Clement VII Riccardo Freda
Germinal Hennebeau Yves Allégret
Les Tontons flingueurs Raoul Volfoni Georges Lautner
The Organizer Martinetti Mario Monicelli
1964 High Infidelity (episode Gente moderna) Sergio Mario Monicelli
Greed in the Sun Mitch-Mitch Henri Verneuil
The Magnificent Cuckold Mariotti Antonio Pietrangeli
The Great Spy Chase Eusebio Cafarelli Georges Lautner
1965 A Question of Honour Don Léandro Sanna Luigi Zampa
Casanova 70 the detective Mario Monicelli
Les Bons Vivants Monsieur Charles Gilles Grangier
Georges Lautner
1966 The Big Restaurant the chief superintendent Jacques Besnard
1967 Si j'étais un espion Doctor Lefèvre Bertrand Blier
To Commit a Murder Commandant Rhome Édouard Molinaro
L'Étranger the criminal defense lawyer Luchino Visconti
1968 Caroline chérie Georges Berthier Denys de La Patellière
Coplan Saves His Skin Mascar Yves Boisset
Riusciranno i nostri eroi a ritrovare l'amico misteriosamente scomparso in Africa? Ubaldo Palmerini Ettore Scola
1969 Mon oncle Benjamin the Marcquis of Cambise Édouard Molinaro
1970 Le Distrait Alexandre Guiton Pierre Richard
1971 To Catch a Spy Webb Dick Clement
Jo Inspector Ducros Jean Girault
1972 Le Tueur François Tellier Denys de La Patellière
The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe Bernard Milan Yves Robert
1974 La Main à couper Commissaire Moureu Étienne Périer
Par le sang des autres the mayor Marc Simenon
Ante Up the priest Paolo Nuzzi
Processo per direttissima the judge Lucio De Caro
1975 Cher Victor Anselme Robin Davis
My Friends Righi Niccolò Mario Monicelli
1976 Calmos Émile Bertrand Blier
Golden Night Commissaire Pidoux Serge Moati
Le Corps de mon ennemi Jean-Baptiste Liégard Henri Verneuil
1978 Série noire Staplin Alain Corneau
1979 Buffet froid Inspector Morvandieu Bertrand Blier
Il malato immaginario Purgone, the doctor Tonino Cervi
1980 Voltati Eugenio Grandpa Eugenio Luigi Comencini
1981 Passion of Love Major Tarrasso Ettore Scola
1984 The Two Lives of Mattia Pascal Anselmo Paléari Mario Monicelli
1985 Madman at War Major Belluci Dino Risi
Amici miei – Atto III Stefano Lenzi Nanni Loy
1986 Speriamo che sia femmina Uncle Gugo Mario Monicelli
1987 I picari the pimp Mario Monicelli
Paganini Father Caffarelli Klaus Kinski
Migrations Opat Zorzel Aleksandar Petrovic
1988 The Possessed the governor Andrzej Wajda


  1. ^ "Bernard Blier". Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  2. ^ "In the later stages of his career, Blier divided his time between France and Italy.". Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  3. ^ "He was awarded an honorary Cesar (the French Oscar) in 1989 for lifetime achievement.". Retrieved 2013-06-24. 

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