France votes Gabin tops

Thesp edges out Chaplin for title

PARIS — Jean Gabin was voted actor of the century, ahead of Charlie Chaplin, in a French opinion poll Wednesday.

The Gallic actor scored 36% of the votes, while Chaplin finished second (32%) and Louis de Funes third (21%).

Gabin, who died in 1976, starred in dozens of French films in a career spanning 40 years, including classics like Renoir’s “La Grande Illusion” (1937), Marcel Carne’s “Quai des Brumes” (’38) and “Le Jour se leve” (’39).

The highest-ranking living actor on the list was Gerard Depardieu (17%). He polled equal votes with John Wayne, ahead of Robert De Niro, Alain Delon and Marlon Brando.

The poll, part of a series to mark the end of the millennium, was carried out by the French company CSA among a sample of 1,016 French people.

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