Creator / Louis de Funès

Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza (31 July 1914 – 27 January 1983) was a hugely popular French comedian and actor who played in more than 150 movies. He is still very beloved and famous in the francophone world and Continental Europe in general.

Once he started getting successful past the age of fifty — after a lengthy career of minor and mostly ungrateful roles —, De Funès always played the same character: a hyperactive, self-important, stubborn and unsympathetic little man who often threw himself into temper tantrums and made amusing facial expressions and nervous tics (he said he modeled his screen persona after Donald Duck, so go figure). Sure, it was typecasting, but audiences never failed to show up and ask for more.

He is probably best known for his role as Gendarmerie officer Ludovic Cruchot in Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez (1964) about a local military police force in the South of France, which spawned six films in total between 1964 and 1982. English-speaking audiences might recognise him as the star opposite Bourvil in the film La Grande Vadrouille (1966, released as: Don't Look Now! We're Being Shot At). Among his most loved films are Le Corniaud (The Sucker, 1965), Le Grand Restaurant (1967), Oscar (1967), Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob (The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, 1973) and L'Aile ou la cuisse (The Wing or the Thigh, 1976) with Coluche. Among his lesser-known films is Jo.

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