You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Waguih Takla


Paris-based actor and interpreter Waguih Takla died Nov. 12 in Beirut from an opportunistic infection. He was 61.

For nearly three decades, the polyglot Takla conducted press conferences and facilitated junkets with the biggest names in showbiz visiting France.

While his major client in Gaul was Warner Bros., Takla also worked with UIP, Fox and others. Takla was known for his skill in diplomatically translating rambling or esoteric questions from the French press for the benefit of English-speaking talent.

Takla’s humor enabled him to keep up with even the daunting verbal improvisations of Robin Williams during the irrepressible comedian’s visit to the Deauville Film Festival, where Takla was chief interpreter for many years.

Born in Egypt to an Egyptian father and a French mother, Takla left for Lebanon with his family in 1956. Takla completed his university studies in math in France before moving to New York in 1969, where he opened a travel agency and performed in Off Off Broadway theater.

Takla later moved to Paris, where his interpreting talent led to a career as a year-round interpreter for filmmakers and actors passing through the capital and appearing at fests, particularly Cannes and Deauville.

Takla played both nice guys and villains, reaching huge national audiences with his role in Gallic miniseries “Caribbean Hearts.” He appeared earlier this year as the owner of a camera shop in contempo Algiers in Nadir Mokneche’s arthouse hit “Viva Laldjerie.” He is survived by his mother and a sister.

More Scene

  • Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce

    Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations

    Mj Rodriguez and Nico Santos are set to announce the nominees for the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards. The “Pose” star and “Crazy Rich Asians” funny man will make the announcement during a live-stream hosted by AT&T and from the AT&T Hello Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 25. “The images and stories recognized [...]

  • Emile Hirsch, Matt SmileyEmile Hirsch hosts

    Emile Hirsch Hosts Smiley Face Art Opening at Mondrian Hotel

    Despite the rain on Wednesday night in West Hollywood, there were plenty of smiles inside the Mondrian hotel thanks to artist Matt Smiley‘s Refresh exhibition. Not only is Smiley his real last name, but several of his paintings and other pieces in the exhibit feature smiley faces. “I’ve seen more smiley symbolism lately, and I’ve [...]

  • Randall Park, left, and Constance Wu

    Constance Wu Wants Her 'Fresh Off the Boat' Co-Star Randall Park to Host the Oscars

    While the Academy may have decided to go hostless for this year’s Oscars, that doesn’t mean the rest of Hollywood has stopped thinking about who would be a good choice for the emceeing gig. Former host Whoopi Goldberg recently suggested Ken Jeong. Jeong said, when he was a guest on “The View,” Goldberg told him [...]

  • 'Schitt's Creek' Stars Reveal Dream Guest

    'Schitt's Creek' Cast Reveals Dream Guest Stars: Oprah, Beyonce and ...

    “Schitt’s Creek” has big dreams. Dan Levy, who stars as David on the series, says his wish list of guest stars includes Oprah, Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Gwyneth Paltrow. “All for different reasons, none of whom we’ll get,” he cracked at the Critics’ Choice Awards. For those who haven’t caught on to the “Schitt’s Creek” [...]

  • Barbra Streisand and Gisele Bundchen

    Barbra Streisand and Gisele Bündchen to Be Honored at UCLA Science Gala

    Science can be very glamorous. It certainly will be during Oscar week on Feb. 21 when the UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability (IoES) honors Barbra Streisand and Gisele Bündchen for environmental activism at its annual Hollywood for Science Gala. “When I moved to LA, the air was unbreathable. Rivers were catching fire in [...]

  • Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells Black

    Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells Talk Snorting 'Coke' on 'Black Monday'

    “Black Monday” show creators David Caspe and Jordan Cahen divulged an intriguing detail to come later in the first season of the new Showtime comedy at its world premiere, held at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Monday night in Los Angeles. “The fourth or fifth episode opens with a sexual harassment seminar, which very well [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content