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.