Harry-Krimer, 94, French actor who played the role of Rouget de Lisle in Abel Gance’s 1927 epic “Napoleon,” committed suicide Jan. 4 at St. Josse-sur-Mer, France. He was born Felix Rosenthal March 10,1896.
Although he devoted the majority of his 69-year acting career to the theater, with a notable success in a 1935 version of “William Tell,” Harry-Krimer considered his role as the creator of France’s national anthem in “Napoleon” a landmark moment in his life.
He also acted in Diamant-Berger’s “20 Years After” (1922), Luitz-Morat’s “La Course du Flambeau” (1925), E.A. Dupont’s “Atlantic” (1929) and “Deux Fois Vingt Ans” (1930).
During World War II, Harry-Krimer, who was Jewish, fought in the Resistance, operating between France and Switzerland. His Russian mother died in a concentration camp.
When peace came he worked in radio and taught acting.