Actor Charles Denner, best known for his leading role in Francois Truffaut’s “The Man Who Loved Women,” died Sept. 10 in Dreux, France, at age 69.

Denner died at Dreux General Hospital “following a long illness,” the usual French euphemism for cancer. He had been ill since 1984.

Born May 29,1926, in Tarnow, Poland, Denner worked under some of France’s best-known directors, including Louis Malle, Claude Lelouch andTruffaut.

He began studying in Paris with Charles Dullin in 1945. Four years later, he joined the National Popular Theater. In 1962, Denner was offered his first big film role, in Chabrol’s “Landru.”

He made some 30 films after that, notably with Lelouch and Truffaut.

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