[These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be given and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]
Auguste Louis Magnien was born in Vimoutiers, Orne, France on December 21, 1904. He started very young since as a child where he performed alongside Max Linder. Armontel performed in quite a bit of theater such as “Le Train pour Venise” by Louis Verneuil, “Les Jours heureux” by Claude-André Puget, “Bichon” by Jean de Létraz, “La Bonne Soupe” by Robert Thomas, “Messieurs mon mari”, “Mon bébé”, “Il faut marier maman,” and “Une femme par jour”. He also directed three plays
In his film career, he appeared in more than 110 films and TV series between 1932 and 1979.
He appeared in two Euro-westerns playing Judge Thatcher, Becky’s father, in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and the sequel “Death of Injun Joe” both 1967. This was actually a TV mini-series entitled ‘Tom Sawyers und Huckleberry Finns Abenteuer’ which was converted into two films and released later that year.
Roland Armontel died in Paris on March 8, 1980. He was 75.
ARMONTEL, Roland (aka Armontel) (Auguste Louis Magnien) [12/21/1904, Vimoutiers, Orne, France – 3/8/1980, Paris, Île-de-France, France] – theater, film, TV actor.
Tom Sawyers und Huckleberry Finns Abenteuer (TV) (1968)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – 1968 (Judge Thatcher)
Death of Injun Joe – 1968 (Judge Thatcher)