|Died||30 May 2007 (aged 74)|
|Awards||César Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
1987 The Innocents
Brialy was born in Aumale (now Sour El-Ghozlane), French Algeria, where his father was stationed with the French Army. Brialy moved to mainland France with his family in 1942. He was an alumnus of the Prytanée National Militaire. When he was 21 years old, he went to Paris to work as an actor.
By the late 1950s, he'd become one of the most prolific actors in the French nouvelle vague and a star. He appeared in films of nouvelle vague directors such as Claude Chabrol (Le Beau Serge, 1958; Les Cousins, 1959), Louis Malle (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud, 1958; Les Amants, 1958), François Truffaut (Les 400 Coups, 1959), Éric Rohmer (Claire's Knee, 1970), Jean-Luc Godard, (Une femme est une femme, 1970), as well as in films of other filmmakers such as Jean Renoir (Elena et les hommes 1958), Roger Vadim (La ronde, 1964), Philippe de Broca (Le Roi de cœur, 1966), Luis Buñuel (Le Fantôme de la liberté, 1974), and Claude Lelouch (Robert et Robert, 1978).
In 2006, he appeared in his last role, as the eponymous character of the TV film Monsieur Max, directed by Gabriel Aghion. Godard described him as "the French Cary Grant," while Brialy's self-described "life models" had reportedly been actor Sacha Guitry and director Jean Cocteau.
Brialy directed a number of films, including Églantine in 1971, which was loosely inspired by his own memories of a happy childhood spent in Chambellay with his grandparents, and Les volets clos (Closed shutters) in 1972.
He owned the restaurant L'Orangerie, on the Île Saint-Louis; he'd also worked as a TV presenter, a singer, and a radio host. During the presentation of one of his books, Brialy described himself this way: "I'm a boy who got lucky enough to do what I love in life".
Personal life and deathEdit
Brialy, in 1959, acquired a château in the commune of Monthyon, near Paris. There, he accommodated and entertained many friends from the cinema and the theatre, such as Jean Marais, Pierre Arditi, and Romy Schneider whom he'd met during the 1958 production of the film Christine. Schneider, after the 1981 fatal accident of her son David, found a "refuge from the paparazzi" in Brialy's home. French singer Barbara would often sing at the piano. Director Jean-Pierre Melville shot in the château the last scenes of his 1970 crime film Le Cercle Rouge, where Alain Delon and Yves Montand are killed by the police.
In his books, the autobiographical Le Ruisseau des singes (The river of monkeys) (2000) and the memoir J'ai oublié de vous dire (I Forgot to Tell You) (2004),[note 1] Brialy revealed that he was gay.
Brialy died on 30 May 2007, in his Monthyon home, after a long battle with cancer. He bequeathed his Monthyon estate to the commune of Meaux, near Monthyon, with the following codicil: that the Meaux authorities would finance the estate's maintenance as long as his partner, Bruno Finck, would reside there. In the summer of 2020, Finck left the estate and, for "health reasons," moved to the south of France, upon which time the commune of Meaux assumed full ownership of the estate. At the end of January 2021, the mayor invited the association of the Friends of Jean-Claude Brialy to "work in close collaboration [with Meaux]" in the context of "enhancing" the star's "heritage."
- During a presentation of the book, Brialy insisted that "The lives of other people are often more interesting than one’s own." See Sturmey (2005)
- "Jean-Claude Brialy est mort à 74 ans" [Jean-Claude Brialy is dead at 74 years]. Le Monde (in French). Reuters. 31 May 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
- "Jean Claude Brialy". The Times. 2 June 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
- Sturmey, Christine (18 March 2005). "'I am a boy who got lucky in life'". Kathimerini. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
- Têtu magazine, July–August 2007 issue, p.22
- Wilmington, Michael (18 August 1994). "'Claire's Knee' is a summer treat on film". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
- Arlot, Alexandre (23 October 2020). "Seine-et-Marne : refuge des stars, le château de Jean-Claude Brialy s'ouvrira au public" [Seine-et-Marne: refuge of stars, the castle of Jean-Claude Brialy will be open to the public]. Le Parisien (in French). Retrieved 23 October 2021.
- "Polémique sur le coût du château de Jean-Claude Brialy, légué à la ville de Meaux" [Controversy over the cost of Jean-Claude Brialy's castle, bequeathed to the city of Meaux]. Le Figaro (in French). 17 March 2021. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
- "Vive émotion après la mort" [Strong emotion after the death]. Le Monde (in French). Reuters. 1 June 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
- Gruaz, Audrey (13 February 2021). "Seine-et-Marne : la maison de Jean-Claude Brialy va s'ouvrir aux visiteurs" [Seine-et-Marne : the home of Jean-Claude Brialy will open to visitors]. Actu France (in French). Retrieved 24 October 2021.
- "Ordonnance Souveraine n° 15.565 du 18 novembre 2002 portant promotions ou nominations dans l'Ordre du Mérite Culturel". Journal de Monaco (in French). Principauté de Monaco. 22 November 2002. Retrieved 23 October 2021.