Thursday, February 5, 2009

RIP Jean Martin

French actor Jean Martin died in Paris, France on February 2, 2009.

Martin was born in France on March 3, 1922. He served in the French Resistance during World War II and as a paratrooper in Indochina. He was active on both stage as in “Waiting for Godot” and "Endgame” and in films where he is probably best remembered as Colonel Mathieu in 1965's “The Battle of Algiers”. He would also go on to play a villain in 1973’s “Day of the Jackal”. He is probably best remembered by Spaghetti Western fans as Sullivan in “My Name is Nobody” and as Colonel Pembroke (pictured) in “The Genius”, both Terence Hill films. A staunch left wing activist he was blacklisted for awhile in the late 1950s for his criticism of the Algerian War.

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