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Serge Reggiani (2 May 1922 – 23 July 2004) was an Italian-born French singer and actor. He was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy and moved to France with his parents at the age of eight. For many years, he struggled with alcoholism, caused in part by the 1980 suicide of his son Stephan.

After acting school (Conservatoire des arts cinématographiques) he was discovered by Jean Cocteau and appeared in a wartime production of Les Parents terribles ("The Terrible Parents"). During World War II, he left Paris to join the French resistance.

His first feature film came in 1946 with his role in Les portes de la nuit ("The Doors of the Night"). He later went on to perform in 80 films including Casque d'or, Les Misérables (1958),Tutti a casa, Le Doulos, Il Gattopardo, La terrazza, The Pianist (1998).

In spite of never quite reaching the peak with his acting career, he did triumph in the theatre in 1959 with his performance in Jean-Paul Sartre’s play Les Séquestrés d'Altona. In the meantime, though, in 1965 he began a second career, that of a singer (at the age of 43), with the help of Simone Signoret and her husband Yves Montand and later with great assistance of the French diva Barbara. Reggiani became one of the most acclaimed performers of French "Chanson" ("song") and although he was in his 40s, his bad-boy rugged image made him popular with both young and older listeners.

His best known songs include Les loups sont entrés dans Paris ("The Wolves Have Entered Paris") and Sarah (La femme qui est dans mon lit) ("The Woman Who Is In My Bed"), the latter written by Georges Moustaki. However, one of his regular songwriters throughout his career was Boris Vian (Le Déserteur, Arthur où t'as mis le corps, La Java des bombes atomiques). His new young fans identified with his left-wing ideals and antimilitarism, most notably during the 1968 student revolts in France. With age he became more and more acclaimed as one of the best interpreters of the French chanson also bringing the poetry of Rimbaud, Apollinaire and Prévert closer to his audience. In 1995, he made a comeback to the singing stage, giving a few concerts despite his deteriorated health and personal distress, the last one being held as late as in the year of his death, in spring of 2004.

In later life he became a painter and gave a number of exhibitions of his artwork.

Serge Reggiani died in Paris of a heart attack at the age of 82, one day after the death of another well known French singer Sacha Distel. He is interred in Montparnasse Cemetery.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Serge Reggiani, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Serge Reggiani (2 May 1922 – 23 July 2004) was an Italian-born French singer and actor. He was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy and moved to France with his parents at the age of eight. For many years, he struggled with alcoholism, caused in part by the 1980 suicide of his son Stephan.

After acting school (Conservatoire des arts cinématographiques) he was discovered by Jean Cocteau and appeared in a wartime production of Les Parents terribles ("The Terrible Parents"). During World War II, he left Paris to join the French resistance.

His first feature film came in 1946 with his role in Les portes de la nuit ("The Doors of the Night"). He later went on to perform in 80 films including Casque d'or, Les Misérables (1958),Tutti a casa, Le Doulos, Il Gattopardo, La terrazza, The Pianist (1998).

In spite of never quite reaching the peak with his acting career, he did triumph in the theatre in 1959 with his performance in Jean-Paul Sartre’s play Les Séquestrés d'Altona. In the meantime, though, in 1965 he began a second career, that of a singer (at the age of 43), with the help of Simone Signoret and her husband Yves Montand and later with great assistance of the French diva Barbara. Reggiani became one of the most acclaimed performers of French "Chanson" ("song") and although he was in his 40s, his bad-boy rugged image made him popular with both young and older listeners.

His best known songs include Les loups sont entrés dans Paris ("The Wolves Have Entered Paris") and Sarah (La femme qui est dans mon lit) ("The Woman Who Is In My Bed"), the latter written by Georges Moustaki. However, one of his regular songwriters throughout his career was Boris Vian (Le Déserteur, Arthur où t'as mis le corps, La Java des bombes atomiques). His new young fans identified with his left-wing ideals and antimilitarism, most notably during the 1968 student revolts in France. With age he became more and more acclaimed as one of the best interpreters of the French chanson also bringing the poetry of Rimbaud, Apollinaire and Prévert closer to his audience. In 1995, he made a comeback to the singing stage, giving a few concerts despite his deteriorated health and personal distress, the last one being held as late as in the year of his death, in spring of 2004.

In later life he became a painter and gave a number of exhibitions of his artwork.

Serge Reggiani died in Paris of a heart attack at the age of 82, one day after the death of another well known French singer Sacha Distel. He is interred in Montparnasse Cemetery.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Serge Reggiani, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 66

Birthday 1922-05-02

Day of Death 2004-07-22

Place of Birth Reggio Emilia, Italy

Official Site http://serge-reggiani.com/

Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2009 Henri Georges Clouzot's Inferno as Marcel (archive footage)
1998 The Pianist
1997 Heroines as monsieur Montgolfier
1993 Serge Reggiani - Palais des congrès
1993 Rosen-Emil as Dr. Levy
1993 De force avec d'autres as Sergio
1990 I Hired a Contract Killer as Vic
1990 There Were Days... and Moons as le père de Sophie
1988 Let Sleeping Cops Lie as Le Stéphanois
1986 Mauvais Sang as Charlie
1986 The Beekeeper as Sick Man
1980 Fantastica
1980 The Imprint of Giants as Fouldroule
1980 The Terrace as Sergio
1977 Violette et François as Père de François
1977 Une fille cousue de fil blanc
1976 The Good and the Bad as le chef de la résistance
1975 Cat and Mouse as Lechat
1974 Vincent, Francois, Paul and the Others as Paul
1974 Don't Touch the White Woman!
1972 Les caïds as Thia
1972 3000 Million Without an Elevator as Pierrot
1971 Comptes à rebours as François Nolan
1969 Army of Shadows as le coiffeur
1968 The Day of the Owl as Parrinieddu
1968 The Seven Cervi Brothers as Ferrari, antifascista in carcere
1967 The 25th Hour as Trajan Koruga
1967 The Last Adventure as der Pilot
1965 The Blue Panther as Ivanov
1965 The Doll that Took the Town as Mario Grimaldi
1963 Inferno as Marcel
1963 The Leopard as Don Ciccio Tumeo
1963 Le Doulos as Maurice Faugel
1962 Warriors Five as Libero
1961 Paris Blues as Michel 'Gypsy' Devigne
1960 Les années folles as Récitant / Narrator (voice)
1960 Everybody Go Home as Geniere Assunto Ceccarelli
1959 Marie-Octobre as Antoine Rougier
1958 The Stowaway as Alfred Mougins
1958 Les Misérables as Enjolras
1958 Échec au porteur as Bastien Sassey
1957 The Seine Meets Paris
1955 The Wicked Go to Hell as Rudel
1955 Napoleon as Lucien Bonaparte
1953 Act of Love as Claude Lacaud
1953 Bufere as Sergio Parnell
1953 The World Condemns Them
1952 Anita Garibaldi
1952 The Curious Adventures of Mr Wonderbird as Le ramoneur (voice)
1952 Casque d'Or as Manda
1952 Secret People as Louis Balan
1950 La Ronde as Franz, le soldat
1950 Les anciens de Saint-Loup as abbé Paul Forestier
1949 Return to Life as Louis
1949 Le Parfum de la dame en noir as Joseph Rouletabille - une jeune journaliste et détective amateur
1949 The Sinners as Pierre
1949 Le Mystère de la chambre jaune as Joseph Rouletabille
1949 Manon as Léon Lescaut
1949 Les amants de Vérone as Angelo (Romeo)
1948 Le dessous des cartes
1946 Gates of the Night as Guy Sénéchal
1946 Star Without Light as Gaston Lansac
1945 François Villon
1944 Children of Chaos as Joris
1943 Le voyageur de la Toussaint as Bob Éloi
1938 Boys' School as Un élève

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