Saturday, October 29, 2011

Remembering Jess Hahn

Jesse Beryle Hahn was born on October 29, 1921 in Terre Haute, Indiana. Although born in the U.S.A. he only appeared in a few U.S. TV shows before moving and living in France in the mid-1950s. He became a fixture in French films often playing American military roles, C.I.A. and F.B.I. agents or expatriates. He was well liked by French and Italian directors and therefore appeared in over 90 European films and television appearances. During this time he appeared in five Euro-westerns including three with Lee Van Cleef, such as "Dynamite Jack" (1960), "Captain Apache" (1970), "Bad Man’s River" (1972) and "The Grand Duel" (1972). When his film career declined he became a theater actor. In the 1970s and his career in further decline he bought a farm near Dinan, Brittany, France and acted only occasionally. On June 29, 1998 he died in Saint-Malo, France basically forgotten by the film industry but thanks to video and DVD he’s well remembered by film fans. Today we remember Jess Hahn on what would have been his 90th birthday.

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