Jean Topart

Jean Topart (13 April 1922 – 29 December 2012) was a French actor and voice actor. He was considered one of the best known voices on French television for decades. In addition to providing the voices and narration for television series and animated films, Topart often dubbed American and other foreign films into French.[1][2]

Jean Topart.

Topart was born in Paris, on 13 April 1922.[1] His sister, actress Lise Topart, died in a plane crash in Nice, France, on 3 March 1952.[1]

In 1973, Topart starred in the French science fiction animated film, Fantastic Planet, which was directed by René Laloux.[1] Best known for his voice work, Topart co-starred in the 1981 Franco-Japanese animated television series, Ulysses 31, and The Mysterious Cities of Gold in 1982.[1] He narrated the 2000 French animated series, Argai: The Prophecy.[1]

Topart was cast in the French version of numerous foreign language films, including DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp for Disney in 1990.[1] He was cast as narrator for the French-language release of the 2002 Walt Disney Animation Studios film, Treasure Planet, known as La Planète au trésor, un nouvel univers in French.[1] Topart also dubbed the French-language voices for many foreign live-action films, including The Elephant Man in 1980, Birdy in 1984, and Amadeus in 1984.[2]

Outside of animation, Topart was a member of the Théâtre national populaire (TNP), a French theater troupe, from 1950 to 1960 before entering film and television.[2] His live-action film credits included Angélique, Marquise des Anges by Bernard Borderie in 1964 and Claude Chabrol's Chicken with Vinegar in 1985.[2] His last on-screen film was the 2000 comedy, Les Acteurs, directed by Bertrand Blier.[2]

Topart died in Le Port-Marly, Yvelines department, France, on 29 December 2012, at the age of 90.[1] He was survived by his two daughters and five grandchildren.[1] French Minister of Culture Aurélie Filippetti released a statement following Topart's death calling him, "one of the inimitable voices of French cinema."[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1949 Le Sorcier du ciel Paul Malray adulte
1958 Les Misérables Récitant / Narrator Voice
1962 Le Combat dans l'île Récitant Voice, Uncredited
1962 Le Chevalier de Pardaillan Le duc Henri de Guise
1964 Hardi Pardaillan! Le duc Henri de Guise
1964 Angélique, Marquise des Anges Maître Bourié - le chef de l'accusation
1966 Trap for the Assassin Luversan
1966 Soleil noir Bayard
1967 Action Man Monsieur Henri
1968 Coplan Saves His Skin Lieutenant Sakki
1968 The Black Hand Zanror
1969 Maldonne Frank Herman
1970 Cold Sweat Katanga
1972 Justine de Sade Récitant / Narrator Voice
1972 Bonaparte et la révolution Récitant / Narrator Voice
1973 Fantastic Planet Master Sinh Voice
1974 Dis-moi que tu m'aimes
1975 Speak to Me of Love Le quinquagénaire
1976 Monsieur Klein La voix du speaker Voice, Uncredited
1981 La puce et le privé Nicolas Octave Marcellin, le pharmacien
1985 Chicken with Vinegar Docteur Philippe Morasseau
2000 Actors Le cinéaste manière 'Jean-Pierre Melville'
2006 The Serpent Récitant du documentaire animalier à la télévision Uncredited, (final film role)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Jean Topart, 90, was familiar voice on French TV". Big Carttoon Forum. 2012-12-31. Archived from the original on 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-01-11.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Décès de Jean Topart, voix mythique de la télévision française". Le Parisien. 2012-12-30. Retrieved 2013-01-12.

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