12 Facts About Pierre Fresnay


Pierre Fresnay was a French stage and film actor.


Pierre Fresnay joined the company at what later was the Theatre de Paris, only to shortly after at the Conservatoire, becoming a pensionnaire of the Comedie-Francaise in early 1915, returning to it after three years military service in 1919.


Pierre Fresnay produced a play in which Fresnay delivered his lines in French.


Pierre Fresnay took the title role of Marcel Pagnol's Marius, which ran for over 500 performances, taking this role in the 1931 film adaptation of the play.


Pierre Fresnay reprised the character in the next two parts of Marcel Pagnol's Marseilles Trilogy, Fanny and Cesar.


Pierre Fresnay took over the lead role in Noel Coward's Conversation Piece when the author moved on in April 1934.


Pierre Fresnay won excellent reviews, and his stage partnership with Printemps was greatly admired.


Pierre Fresnay's portrayal was described in Sight and Sound as "one of the most perfect pieces of work to be seen for many years in any clime".


Pierre Fresnay portrayed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Albert Schweitzer in Il est minuit, Docteur Schweitzer.


Printemps and Pierre Fresnay starred in Oscar Straus's Drei Waltzer, given in French as Trois valses on the Parisian stage and on film.


Pierre Fresnay continued to perform regularly in film and on stage through to the 1960s.


Pierre Fresnay died of respiratory problems, aged 77, on 9 January 1975, at Neuilly-sur-Seine and he is interred alongside Printemps in the local cemetery.