Saturday, July 31, 2010
RIP Raoul Billerey
His last appearance on stage at the Theatre de Serres, last year, in "Jesus II" as Joseph Delteil, had not gone unnoticed. Raoul Billerey who died July 28, 2010 at the age of 90, played the role of Adam, with Jean-Claude Drouot and Serge Lelay, the role of the patriarch who returned to earth to encourage his fellow inhabitants to transcend their differences and to move forward. "I am happy to have associated with this show," says Jean-Claude Drouot, and very saddened by his departure, we had maintained an unwavering friendship for 50 years. Since filming the television series "Thierry La Fronde" in 1963. "Raoul, who was master of arms, stuntman and actor, was asked to do the fighting. We worked together several times thereafter: "Astrance", "Cyrano de Bergerac" and in other films such as, "The River of Hope" where he played the role of the priest. He had been at the school of Pierre Renoir's brother John, the filmmaker and son of painter Auguste Renoir. "With more than thirty films to his credit, his rich career in films he often made a detour to television and theater, expanding his sphere of action, the measure of a fiery and full actor, working with leading actors and directors of the era. "People were stunned by his generosity and his natural enthusiasm, the quality of his stories, says Jean-Claude Drouot. As in “Shanghai” alongside Marshal, a Chinese version of "3 Musketeers". After living twenty years Lacassaigne near Fanjeaux he retired in Limoux with his wife Claudine, in a house facing the Basilica of Our Lady of Marseilles, which was dear to the heart of Delteil and pilgrims from around the world who visit the Black Madonna. Billerey appeared in the 1956 Euro-western "Fernand Cowboy" and the 1967 French TV western series "Fortune".