Michel Serrault is recognized as one of France's greatest living actors, equally at ease in dramatic roles and madcap comedy. Serrault entered show business in 1953, after a brief stint as a seminarian. He started out in cabaret alongside Jean Poiret, who was to become his long-time cohort. Serrault's stage work helped him perfect his comic timing, and a year later he made his first movie. He played run-of-the-mill Frenchmen in a long list of comedies until 1972, when he began to be cast in richer, more complex leading roles. His 80 film credits to date range from his flamboyant star turn as Albin in the Cage aux Folles trilogy, to his César-winning performance in the title role of Claude Sautet's drama, Nelly and Mr. Arnaud. The Swindle marks the second time that Serrault worked with Claude Chabrol, following a starring role in the director's 1982 feature, Les Fantômes du Chapelier.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.
Michel Serrault Facts
|Birthday||January 24, 1928|
|Date of death||July 29, 2007 (age 79)|