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Jean-Claude Brialy (30 March 1933 in Aumalemarker, now Sour El-Ghozlane, Bouïra Province, then French Algeria – 30 May 2007 in Monthyon, Seine-et-Marnemarker, Francemarker) was a French actor, director, and socialite.


Brialy was born in Aumale, Algeria, where his father was stationed with the French Army. A disciplinarian, his father was appalled when he learned that his son wanted to be an actor.Brialy moved to mainland France with his family in 1942, moved to Paris in 1954, and appeared in his first film in 1955.

He became a star in the late 1950s when he was one of the most prolific actors of the French "nouvelle vague". He made films with such important nouvelle vague filmmakers as Claude Chabrol, Éric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, François Truffaut, Agnès Varda, and Jacques Rozier; and with other filmmakers such as Roger Vadim, Claude Lelouch and Luis Buñuel. He was also, himself, a director of a number of films, including Églantine (1971). In his autobiographies, Le Ruisseau des singes (River of Monkeys) (2000) and J'ai oublié de vous dire... (I Forgot to Tell You ...) (2004) he revealed that he was bisexual.

He was an alumnus of Prytanée National Militairemarker.

He owned a restaurant, L'Orangerie, on the Île Saint-Louismarker, worked as a TV presenter, a singer and a radio host.

Selected filmography

As actor

Years 1956-1959

Years 1960-1969

Years 1970-1979

Years 1980-1989

Years 1990-1999

Years 2000-2007

As director



  1. Tim Weiner, "French actor Jean-Claude Brialy dies at 74", New York Times (June 1, 2007) accessed 23 October 2009
  2. Têtu, July-August 2007 issue, page 22

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