Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy 85th Birthday Robert Hossein

Robert Hosseinoff was born on December 30, 1927. He is the son of composer, conductor André Hossein and was trained at René Simon's acting school. Hossein labored away as an actor and director with the legendary Theatre Grand Guignol in Montmartre, then spent several years on the "legitimate" stage. His first film appearance was in “Sextette” (1948) and went on to appear in over 105 films and TV series. Hossein has been generally cast as jaded villains. Making his movie directorial debut with “The Wicked Go to Hell” (1955), Hossein went on to call the shots on such Film Noir fare as “Blonde in a White Car” (1958) and “Rasputin” (1967). He worked beside such famous actresses as Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Marina Vlady, Claude Jade, Stéphane Audran, Michèle Mercier. In the 1960s, Robert Hossein appeared regularly as Jeoffrey de Peyrac in the soft-core Angélique films. Robert appeared in four Euro-westerns: “The Taste of Violence” (1960), “Cemetery Without Crosses”, “Once Upon a Time in the West” (both 1968) and “Judge Roy Bean” (1971). Hossein also appeared in the TV Euro-western documentary “Denn sie kennen kein Erbarmen” (2005).  Robert has been married to actress Marina Vlady [1938-    ] (1955-1959), screenwriter Caroline Eliacheff [1947-    ] (1962-19??) and actress Candice Patou [1947-    ] (1976-    ). Today we celebrate Robert Hossein’s 85th birthday.

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