Claude Brasseur dies at 84

Cesar winner was known for character roles

by Amber Wilkinson

Claude Brasseur, left, in Orchestra Seats
Claude Brasseur, left, in Orchestra Seats Photo: Unifrance
French character actor Claude Brasseur has died, aged 84.

The star, who was famed for his tough guy roles and comic turns, featured regularly in films from the Fifties onwards, working with directors including Georges Franju (Eyes Without A Face), Jean-Luc Goddard Bande à Part) and Francois Truffaut (Such A Gorgeous Kid Like Me). More recent films included Camping and Orchestra Seats.

He starred in more than 100 films and won two Cesar awards - France's equivalent of the Oscars -  a best supporting Cesar for the 1976 comedy Un éléphant ça Trompe Enormément and then best actor for The Police War (La Guerre Des Polices). He also starred in the popular French TV series Vidocq.

Head of the Time Art agency Elisabeth Tanner said he was not a victim of Covid and died "in peace and serenity surrounded by his family".

Brasseur, whose mother was Odette Joyeux, will be buried alongside his actor father Pierre Brasseur in Paris. He is survived by his second wife Michèle Cambon and their son Alexandre Brasseur, also an actor.

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