Michel Louis Edmond Galabru (October 27, 1922 - January 4, 2016) was a veteran French stage and screen actor and theatre director.
He is one of the most prolific French actors of all time, competing for the record of most credits in his career as he appeared in about 300 works on film and television, from 1948 to 2015, most of it in supporting or bit roles. He's always admitted that the majority were "bread and butter jobs", but that didn't prevent him from being a nationally beloved performer.
He's most fondly remembered by the general French public for his comedic roles, most famously alongside his friend Louis de Funès, although he had much more range than the latter and was equally at ease in dramatic roles.
He owned a theatre building, the Théâtre Montmartre-Galabru, in Paris.
Some notable works he appeared in:
- The Three Musketeers (TV film, 1959) as Monsieur Bonacieux
- Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez (1964) as Chief Adjudant Gerber
- The Little Bather (1968) as Scipion
- Jo (1971) as Tonelotti
- The Judge and the Assassin (1976) as Joseph Bouvier
- La Cage aux folles (1978) as deputy Simon Charrier
- La Cage aux folles 2 (1980)
- La Cage aux folles 3 (1985)
- Cop or Hood (1979) as Commissioner Grimaud
- The Miser (1980) as Maître Jacques
- The French Revolution (1989) as Jean-Sifrein Maury
- Asterix & Obelix Take on Caesar (1999) as Vitalstatistix
- Le Silence de la mer (TV film, 2004) as André Larosière
Tropes applying to his roles:
- Bit Character: More than half of his total of movie appearances were short, if not veering on Spear Carrier.
- Da Chief: As Chief Adjudant Gerber in the Gendarme de Saint-Tropez films, who has little patience for Cruchot's antics.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: Inevitably happened whenever he was paired with Louis de Funès, and he was more than up to the task.
- Those Two Actors: He appeared in a number of films alongside his friend Louis de Funès. Sometimes at De Funès' own request.