Louis Seigner, 87, actor on the French stage and in films by Renoir, Clouzot and Antonioni, died Jan. 20 in Paris in a fire.
He was famous for his work, at the Comedie Franchise, in Feydeau, Labiche and Moliere comedies – notably in “The Imaginary Invalid” and “The Bourgeois Gentleman.” He became a member of the Comedie Francaise in 1939.
Born at Saint-Chef in the Alps, he studied at the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Paris and played at the Theatre des Celestins in Lyons before he was engaged by the Odeon, then the second theater of the Comedie Francaise. He taught at the Conservatory from 1960 to 1976.
He had great success in the tv adaptation of Maurice Druon’s novels, “The Hated Kings,” and began a film career in 1933 in Jean Renoir’s “Chotard And Company.” He had leading parts in Henri Georges-Clouzot’s “The Raven,” Jacques Becker’s “Groupi Red Hands,” Max Ophuls’ “The Pleasure,” Clouzot’s “The Truth,” Henri Verneuil’s “The President,” Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Eclipse” and Joseph Losey’s “Mr. Klein.”
Survived by his daughter, Francoise Seigner, a comedian and director at the Comedie Francaise.