Wednesday, July 20, 2011
RIP Jacques Jouanneau
King of the supporting role in French films and grand theatre actor, Jacques Jouanneau died yesterday July 19, 2011 at his son's home in Nimes, France. He was 84. Jouanneau was a familiar face in the films of Jean Renoir and René Clair. He was the essential partner of Jacqueline Maillan in the French theatre. Jacques lived for 15 years in Charente, in his moulin de Chollet, Villejésus. Jacques Jouanneau's career had stretched over half a century, from his first appearance in the theater in "Ubu Roi" in 1947. Jacqueline Maillan, whom he repeatedly told, replied, "He had a certain appetite for Theater for ("Folle Amanda" or "Peau de vache"). But also for the texts of Francis Blanche ("Les escargots meurent debout") and Sacha Guitry ("N'écoutez pas mesdames!")." Jacques Jouanneau received the rank of French Commander of Arts and Letters in 2005. Jouanneau appeared in one Euro-western "The Legend of Frenchie King" (1971) as Letellier and was the French voice of Jack Dalton in "Lucky Luke: Daisy Town" (1972). His last film appearance was in 1996 in "Fallait pas!..." directed and starring Gérard Jugnot.