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Pierre Richard
Pierre Richard
(born Pierre-Richard Maurice Charles Léopold Defays;[1] 16 August 1934) is a French actor, film director and screenwriter, best known for the roles of a clumsy daydreamer in comedy films. Richard is considered by many, such as Louis de Funès and Gérard Depardieu, to be one of the greatest and most talented French comedians in the last 50 years. He is also a film director and occasional singer.


1 Early life 2 Acting career 3 Recurring names 4 Other activities 5 Personal life 6 Filmography 7 Publications 8 Distinctions 9 Documentaries 10 References 11 External links

Early life[edit] Pierre Richard
Pierre Richard
was born in a Bourgeois family from Valenciennes. He is the grandson of Léopold Defays who was the director of the company Escaut-et-Meuse. His name comes from the stage name of Pierre Richard-Willm who was his mother's favorite actor.[2] Pierre Richard spent his childhood and a part of his teenage years in his native city where he was a student at the Henri-Wallon high school. Skipping classes regularly to go to the cinema, it was Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
in Up in Arms
Up in Arms
that revealed his vocation.[3] This being received with only a moderate enthusiasm by his family, he had to learn a real profession. He then studied kinesiotherapy without renouncing acting. Acting career[edit]

Pierre Richard
Pierre Richard
at the 31e cérémonie des César in 2006

Pierre Richard
Pierre Richard
started his career in the theater with Antoine Bourseiller and producing himself in famous cabarets from Paris, where he played his first sketches written with Victor Lanoux. He then began his film career in 1968 in the film Very Happy Alexander
Very Happy Alexander
directed by Yves Robert. In 1970, he directed his first film Le Distrait, followed by Les Malheurs d'Alfred (1972) and I Don't Know Much, But I'll Say Everything (1973). He worked again with Yves Robert
Yves Robert
for the film The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1973) and its sequel The Return of the Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1974), both written by Francis Veber, who then cast him in the main role in his directorial debut, The Toy (1976). Their partnership achieved further success in three successful comedies of the early 1980s, La Chèvre
La Chèvre
(1981), Les Compères (1983) and Les Fugitifs
Les Fugitifs
(1986), which paired Richard with Gérard Depardieu. Richard returned behind the camera to direct On peut toujours rêver (1991) and Droit dans le mur (1997). Recurring names[edit] Among his most famous film roles, Pierre Richard
Pierre Richard
came to play different characters with the same name but without any link between them. He is named :

François Perrin in the films :

The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe
The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe
and The Return of the Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe, a violinist used as a "fool's trap" and taken as a secret agent, On aura tout vu, a photographer who writes a script and sells it to a producer of pornographic films (Jean-Pierre Marielle), The Toy, an unemployed journalist bought as a toy in a big store by the son of a powerful and wealthy businessman (Michel Bouquet), La Chèvre, an incredibly unlucky accountant sent to Mexico and assistantof a private detective (Gérard Depardieu) ;

Pierre Renaud in the films :

Je suis timide mais je me soigne, a hotel cashier suffering of a sickly shyness and attempting to seduce a rich customer with the help of a marital agent (Aldo Maccione), C'est pas moi, c'est lui, a ghostwriter writing for the same author and getting his chance working for a famous producer (Aldo Maccione) ;

François Pignon in the films :

Les Compères, a depressive unemployed teacher, in charge of an investigation with a macho journalist (Gérard Depardieu), Les Fugitifs, a father of a five year old girl, unemployed for three years, attempts a bank robbery and forces a former burglar (Gérard Depardieu) to accompany him as he leaves the scene.

Other activities[edit] Since 1986, Pierre Richard
Pierre Richard
has also become a businessman and winemaker. He owns the restaurant Au pied de chameau in Paris and a 50-hectare vineyard which produces some 80,000 bottles a year (red and rosé) labelled as Château Bel Évêque in Gruissan
in the department of Aude.[4] Personal life[edit] Married and divorced three times, he has two sons who are both actors and musicians, Olivier is a group member of "Blues trottoir" and plays the saxophone whereas Christophe plays the double bass. His grandson, Arthur Defays, is a model and actor. Filmography[edit] Note : Pierre Richard
Pierre Richard
has played in all the films he has directed.

Year Title Role Director

1958 Les Amants de Montparnasse uncredited Jacques Becker

1967 Alexandre le bienheureux Colibert Yves Robert

Un idiot à Paris (fr) a policeman Serge Korber

1968 La prisonnière uncredited Henri-Georges Clouzot

1970 Le Distrait (Absent-minded aka. The Daydreamer) Pierre Malaquet Pierre Richard

Trois hommes sur un cheval (fr) the painter Marcel Moussy

1971 La Coqueluche (fr) Pierre Christian-Paul Arrighi

1972 Les malheurs d'Alfred Alfred Dhumonttyé Pierre Richard

Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire François Perrin Yves Robert

1973 La Raison du plus fou (fr) the learner Raymond Devos
Raymond Devos
and François Reichenbach

Je sais rien, mais je dirai tout Pierre Gastié-Leroy Pierre Richard

1974 Juliette et Juliette (fr) Bob Rozenec Remo Forlani

Un nuage entre les dents (fr) Prévot Marco Pico (fr)

La moutarde me monte au nez (Lucky Pierre) Pierre Durois Claude Zidi

Le retour du grand blond François Perrin Yves Robert

1975 Trop c'est trop cameo appearance Didier Kaminka (fr)

La Course à l'échalote Pierre Vidal Claude Zidi

1976 On aura tout vu ! François Perrin Georges Lautner

Les Naufragés de l'île de la Tortue (fr) Jean-Arthur Bonaventure Jacques Rozier

Le Jouet (The Toy) François Perrin Francis Veber

1978 Je suis timide mais je me soigne Pierre Renaud Pierre Richard

La Carapate Jean-Philippe Duroc Gérard Oury

1980 C'est pas moi, c'est lui Pierre Renaud Pierre Richard

Le Coup du parapluie (The Umbrella Coup) Grégoire Lecomte Gérard Oury

1981 La Chèvre
La Chèvre
(Knock on Wood) François Perrin Francis Veber

1983 Un chien dans un jeu de quilles (fr) Pierre Cohen Bernard Guillou

Les Compères
Les Compères
(ComDads) François Pignon Francis Veber

1984 Le Jumeau (The Twin) Matthias et Mathieu Duval Yves Robert

1985 Tranches de vie Dubois François Leterrier

1986 Les Fugitifs François Pignon Francis Veber

1988 Mangeclous (fr) Mangeclous Moshé Mizrahi

À gauche en sortant de l'ascenseur (Door on the Left as You Leave the Elevator) Yann Ducoudray Édouard Molinaro

1990 Promotion canapé cameo appearance Didier Kaminka

Bienvenue à bord ! the hitchhiker Jean-Louis Leconte (fr)

1991 On peut toujours rêver (fr) Charles de Boisleve Pierre Richard

1992 Vieille canaille (fr) Charlie Gérard Jourd'hui (fr)

1993 La Cavale des fous (fr) Bertrand Daumale Marco Pico (fr)

1994 La Partie d'échecs (fr) Ambroise Yves Hanchar (fr)

1995 L'Amour conjugal (fr) Squirrat Benoît Barbier

1997 A Chef in Love
A Chef in Love
(Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti) Pascal Ichak Nana Dzhordzhadze

Droit dans le mur (fr) Romain Pierre Richard

2000 27 Missing Kisses Captain Nana Dzhordzhadze

2003 Mariées mais pas trop Maurice Donnay Catherine Corsini

Les Clefs de bagnole (The Car Keys) as himself Laurent Baffie

2004 En attendant le déluge (fr) Jean-René Damien Odoul (fr)

2005 Le Cactus (fr) Christian Gérard Bitton (fr) and Michel Munz (fr)

2006 Essaye-moi (fr) Yves-Marie's father Pierre-François Martin-Laval

Le Serpent (The Serpent) Cendras Eric Barbier (fr)

2008 Faubourg 36 Max Christophe Barratier

King Guillaume (fr) William-Fernand Pierre-François Martin-Laval

2009 Victor Victor Thomas Gilou (fr)

Cinéman (fr) cameo appearance Yann Moix

Le Bonheur de Pierre Pierre Martin Robert Menard

2011 All Together Albert Stéphane Robelin

2012 Mes héros Jean Éric Besnard

2016 Lost in Paris Norman Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon

2017 Mr. Stein Goes Online Monsieur Pierre Stéphane Robelin


Pierre Richard
Pierre Richard
(1989). Olivier Orban, ed. Le petit blond dans un grand parc.  Pierre Richard
Pierre Richard
(2003). Cherche-Midi, ed. Comme un poisson sans eau, détournement de mémoire.  Pierre Richard; Gwendal Le Bec (2010). Gallimard Jeunesse Giboulées, ed. Le petit blond avec un mouton blanc. Paris. p. 75. ISBN 978-2-07-062104-0.  Pierre Richard
Pierre Richard
and Jérémie Imbert, Je sais rien mais je dirai tout (autobiography). Preface by Gérard Depardieu. Éditions Flammarion, 2015.


Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
1996 : Best Actor for A Chef in Love Just for Laughs
Just for Laughs
Festival of Montréal
2004 : Honorary Prize 31st César Awards
31st César Awards
2006 : Honorary Cesar Magritte Awards 2015 (Belgium) : Honorary Prize Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honour


Un jour, un destin : Pierre Richard, l'incompris (A film by Laurent Allen-Caron). Broadcast on France
2 on 6 September 2015[2] and again on 31 December 2015.


^ "Pierre Richard : tendre inadapté". Les Échos (in French). 7 May 2015.  ^ a b "Pierre Richard, l'incompris" (in French). France
2. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "L'école buissonnière a réussi à Pierre Richard". La Voix du Nord (in French). 25 April 2010. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013.  ^ "Château Bel Évêque" (in French). Gault Millau. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 

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Honorary César


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(1976) Diana Ross
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(1976) Henri Langlois
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(1977) Jacques Tati
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(1977) Robert Dorfmann (1978) René Goscinny
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(1978) Marcel Carné
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(1979) Charles Vanel
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(1979) Walt Disney
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(1979) Pierre Braunberger (1980) Louis de Funès
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(1980) Kirk Douglas
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(1980) Marcel Pagnol
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(1981) Alain Resnais (1981) Georges Dancigers (1982) Alexandre Mnouchkine (1982) Jean Nény (1982) Andrzej Wajda
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(1982) Raimu
(1983) René Clément
René Clément
(1984) Georges de Beauregard (1984) Edwige Feuillère
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(1984) Christian-Jaque (1985) Danielle Darrieux
Danielle Darrieux
(1985) Christine Gouze-Rénal (1985) Alain Poiré (1985) Maurice Jarre
Maurice Jarre
(1986) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1986) Jean Delannoy
Jean Delannoy
(1986) René Ferracci (1986) Claude Lanzmann
Claude Lanzmann
(1986) Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(1987) Serge Silberman (1988) Bernard Blier
Bernard Blier
(1989) Paul Grimault
Paul Grimault
(1989) Gérard Philipe
Gérard Philipe
(1990) Jean-Pierre Aumont
Jean-Pierre Aumont
(1991) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
(1991) Michèle Morgan
Michèle Morgan
(1992) Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(1992) Jean Marais
Jean Marais
(1993) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1993) Gérard Oury
Gérard Oury
(1993) Jean Carmet
Jean Carmet
(1994) Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1995) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1995) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1995) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
(1996) Henri Verneuil
Henri Verneuil
(1996) Charles Aznavour
Charles Aznavour
(1997) Andie MacDowell
Andie MacDowell
(1997) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1998) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1998) Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(1998) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(1999) Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
(1999) Jean Rochefort
Jean Rochefort
(1999) Josiane Balasko
Josiane Balasko
(2000) Georges Cravenne
Georges Cravenne
(2000) Jean-Pierre Léaud
Jean-Pierre Léaud
(2000) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese


Darry Cowl (2001) Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling
(2001) Agnès Varda
Agnès Varda
(2001) Anouk Aimée
Anouk Aimée
(2002) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(2002) Claude Rich
Claude Rich
(2002) Bernadette Lafont
Bernadette Lafont
(2003) Spike Lee
Spike Lee
(2003) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2003) Micheline Presle
Micheline Presle
(2004) Jacques Dutronc
Jacques Dutronc
(2005) Will Smith
Will Smith
(2005) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(2006) Pierre Richard
Pierre Richard
(2006) Marlène Jobert
Marlène Jobert
(2007) Jude Law
Jude Law
(2007) Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(2008) Roberto Benigni
Roberto Benigni
(2008) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(2009) Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
(2010) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2011) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2012) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(2013) Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
(2014) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2015) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2016) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2017) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 90718289 LCCN: n86872328 ISNI: 0000 0001 2103 0194 GND: 118990551 SUDOC: 059613947 BNF: cb12120799v (data) NKC: pna2007424624 BNE: XX1175