A Tribute to Serge Lhorca (1918-2012)
By: Rémi C.
He was one of our great "deans" the actor Serge Lhorca died January 13, 2012 in his sleep at the age of 93 years, it was learned from actor Patrick Floersheim.
Born on September 8, 1918 in Vergt, France, Serge Lhorca, it was difficult to find a picture of him and information on his theatrical career is quite rare.
We know that he started dubbing after the World War II. Originally from Spain, he imitates to perfection the Hispanic accent given by the artistic directors of the time dubbing a whole gallery of Mexicans in westerns. Because of his voice at once resonant and easily malleable he later plays numerous roles in the dubbing movies, series and cartoons, especially in the distributions of Jacqueline and John Porel-Pierre Dorat in the years 1970-1980 (Flaversham in “Basil Private Detective”, jingles in the first dubbing “The Black Cauldron”) but also the SND (Speedy Gonzales in the Looney Tunes, Master Yoda in the first Star Wars trilogy, Roddy MacDowall in “Planet of the Apes” and its sequels), the SOFI (Dr. Simon Wright Captain Future) and Synchro World. He also lends his voice to the crazy Uncle MacAllister of” Home Alone” and Oliveira de Figueira in the “Tintin” animated series of the 1990.
He doubled many important people, nevertheless lending his voice to the "stars", such as the notable Jack Lemmon (Mister Roberts, JFK), Mel Brooks (The Madwoman History of Space) and Gene Wilder (Transamerica Express). Although retaining a young man's voice, he dis not resume the role of Yoda in the new Star Wars trilogy, due to health concerns related to his venerable age. His last dubbing is certainly the character of Filch, the irascible caretaker of Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films. He then retired.
Serge was the French voice of Julian Mateos in "Return of the Seven" 1966 and he voiced undetermined actors in "Shalako" (1968), "Guns of the Magnificent Seven" (1969) and "Chato's Land" (1972).