François Périer

François Périer (born François Pillu; 10 November 1919 – 29 June 2002), was a French actor renowned for his expressiveness and diversity of roles.

François Périer
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François Pillu

(1919-11-10)10 November 1919
Paris, France
Died29 June 2002(2002-06-29) (aged 82)
Paris, France
Years active1938–2000
Spouse(s)Jacqueline Porel (1941–1947)
Marie Daëms (1949–1959)
Colette Boutouland (1961–2002)
AwardsBest Foreign Actor
1956 Gervaise

He made over 110 film and TV appearances between 1938 and 1996, with notable excursion into the French avant-garde. He was also prominent in the theatre. Among his best-known parts was that of Hugo in the first production of Jean-Paul Sartre's Les Mains Sales in 1948. He was the narrator of the French-language version of Fantasia, and made several commercial audio recordings (with commentary) popularizing classical music in France. In 1957 he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film Gervaise.


Périer was born in Paris, France, on 10 November 1919. He died on 29 June 2002 in Paris of a heart attack during his sleep.[1][2] His remains were interred at Passy Cemetery in Paris next to those of the stage and silent film actress Réjane (1856–1920), who was the grandmother of Périer's first of three wives.



  1. ^ Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2002: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. 2008-10-24. ISBN 9780786452071.
  2. ^ Bergan, Ronald (July 2002). "Obituary: Francois Perier". The Guardian.

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