Gérard Philipe (born Gérard Albert Philip, 4 December 1922 – 25 November 1959) was a prominent French actor who appeared in 32 films between 1944 and 1959. Active in both theatre and cinema, he was, until his early death, one of the main stars of the post-war period. His image has remained youthful and romantic, which has made him one of the icons of French cinema.
Gérard Albert Philip
4 December 1922
|Died||25 November 1959 (aged 36)|
Life and careerEdit
Born Gérard Albert Philip in Cannes in a well-off family, he was of one-quarter Czech ancestry from his maternal grandmother. His father, Marcel Philip (1893–1973), was a barrister and businessman in Cannes; his mother was Maria Elisa "Minou" Philip, née Vilette (1894–1970). On his mother's advice, in 1944 Gérard changed his surname from "Philip" to "Philipe".
As a teenager, Philipe took acting lessons before going to Paris to study at the Conservatoire of Dramatic Art.
Philipe had a lead role in The Idiot (1946), an adaptation of the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, co-starring Edwige Feuillère for director Georges Lampin. This was seen in other countries and established Philipe as a leading man. He was in Ouvert pour cause d'inventaire (1946), a short film that was an early work for Alain Resnais.
He went on to star in La Chartreuse de Parme (1948) for director Christian-Jacque, which was even more popular than Devil in the Flesh. He followed it with Such a Pretty Little Beach (1949) for Yves Allégret; All Roads Lead to Rome (1949), a reunion with Presle, for Jean Boyer; and Beauty and the Devil (1950) for René Clair.
In 1951, Philipe married Nicole Fourcade (1917–1990), an actress/writer, with whom he had two children. She adopted the pseudonym, Anne Philipe, and wrote about her husband in two books, the first called Souvenirs (1960) and a second biography titled Le Temps d'un soupir (No Longer Than a Sigh, 1963).
Philipe was in Juliette, or Key of Dreams (1951) with Suzanne Cloutier for Marcel Carné; The Seven Deadly Sins (1952), an all-star anthology film; and Fan Fan the Tulip (1953), a swashbuckling adventure with Gina Lollobrigida for Christian-Jacque which was very popular.
He was in Beauties of the Night (1952), again with Lollobrigida, and Martine Carol, directed by Clair; The Proud and the Beautiful (1953) with Michèle Morgan; two more all-star anthologies: It Happened in the Park (1953) and Royal Affairs in Versailles (1954).
He died from liver cancer while working on a film project in Paris, a few days short of his 37th birthday. (His doctors concealed from him the nature of his disease.) In accordance with his last wishes, he is buried, dressed in the costume of Don Rodrigue (The Cid), in the village cemetery in Ramatuelle, Var, near the Mediterranean coast.
To commemorate the centenary of the cinema in 1995, the French government issued a series of limited edition coins that included a 100 franc coin bearing the image of Philipe. Among the most popular French actors of modern times, he has been elevated to mythic status in his homeland, not least because of his early death at the peak of his popularity.
"Rue Gérard Philipe" is a street in the 16th arrondissement of Paris named in his honour.
In 1961, his portrait appeared on a French commemorative postage stamp.
The "Gérard Philipe Theatre" (TGP) in Paris was named after him.  From 1962 to 2000, the "Grand Prix Gérard Philipe de la Ville de Paris" was awarded almost annually by the city of Paris for the best actress or best actor at a Parisian theatre. Prize winners included Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Maria de Medeiros and Isabelle Carré.
There is also a film festival named in his honour as well as a number of theatres and schools (such as the College Gérard Philipe – Cogolin) in various parts of France. A cultural centre is named after him in Berlin. 
|1944||Les Petites du quai aux fleurs||Jérôme Hardy||Marc Allégret|
|1945||Box of Dreams||Un homme||Yves Allégret and Jean Choux||Uncredited|
|1946||Land Without Stars||Simon Legouge / Frédéric Talacayud||Georges Lacombe|
|The Idiot||Le prince Muichkine||Georges Lampin|
|Ouvert pour cause d'inventaire||Alain Resnais|
|1947||Devil in the Flesh||François Jaubert||Claude Autant-Lara|
|1948||The Charterhouse of Parma||Fabrice del Dongo||Christian Jaque|
|1949||Such a Pretty Little Beach||Pierre Monet||Yves Allégret|
|All Roads Lead to Rome||Gabriel Pégase||Jean Boyer|
|1950||Beauty and the Devil||Young Henri Faust||René Clair|
|La Ronde||the Count||Max Ophüls|
|Lost Souvenirs||Gérard de Narçay||Christian-Jacque||(segment "Une cravate de fourrure")|
|1951||Juliette, or Key of Dreams||Michel Grandier||Marcel Carné|
|Saint-Louis, ange de la paix||Narrator||Robert Darène||Voice|
|1952||The Seven Deadly Sins||the carnival banker / the painter||Georges Lacombe||(segment "Huitième péché, Le / Eighth Sin, The")|
|Fanfan la Tulipe||Fanfan La Tulipe||Christian-Jaque|
|Beauties of the Night||Claude||René Clair|
|1953||The Proud and the Beautiful||Georges||Yves Allégret|
|It Happened in the Park||Carlo||Gianni Franciolini||(segment: Gli amanti)|
|1954||Royal Affairs in Versailles||D'Artagnan||Sacha Guitry|
|Knave of Hearts||Andre Ripois||René Clément|
|Le Rouge et le Noir||Julien Sorel||Claude Autant-Lara|
|1955||The Grand Maneuver||Le lieutenant Armand de la Verne||René Clair|
|The Best Part||Philippe Perrin – l'ingénieur en chef||Yves Allégret|
|1956||If Paris Were Told to Us||Le Trouvère||Sacha Guitry|
|Les Aventures de Till L'Espiègle||Till Eulenspiegel||Gérard Philipe and Joris Ivens|
|Sur les rivages de l'ambre||Narrator (French version) / Récitant||Jerzy Kalina||Voice|
|1957||The House of Lovers||Octave Mouret||Julien Duvivier|
|1958||The Lovers of Montparnasse||Amedeo Modigliani||Jacques Becker|
|Life Together||Désiré||Clément Duhour|
|Le Joueur||Alexei Ivanovich||Claude Autant-Lara|
|1959||Les Liaisons dangereuses||Vicomte de Valmont||Roger Vadim|
|La Fièvre Monte à El Pao||Ramon Vasquez||Luis Buñuel|
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