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Fernandel (1903 - 1971)

Fernandel arrives from his native South of France to Paris in 1928 and he rapidly becomes a successful music-hall comic performer. In 1930, he appears in his first film, Sacha Guitry and Marc Allégret's Le Blanc et le Noir and his career is instantly launched. He then stars in Jean Renoir's On Purge Bébé, in 1931, Le Schpountz, in 1938 and La Fille du Puisatier, in 1940 – all films in which he demonstrates his comic abilities, often incarnating the stereotyped role of innocent peasants. In the meantime, he has also performed various successful musical hits with timeless tunes such as Félicie Aussi. During the 1950s, he earns an immense recognition with the Don Camillo series in which he incarnates a hilarious irascible Italian priest. With his horsey grin as he described himself and his expressive use of the hands, face and voice, Fernandel became ultra-popular in France and the world- so much that even the Général De Gaulle claimed the actor was the only French to be as famous as he was.

Tags / Fernandel - 1940s - Cinematic Men - Muses - French Actor - Humour - Song - Popular
Fernandel in Angèle directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1934
Fernandel in Angèle directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1934
Fernandel in Ali Baba et les 40 Voleurs directed by Jacques Becker, 1954
Fernandel in Ali Baba et les 40 Voleurs directed by Jacques Becker, 1954
Fernandel in Ali Baba et les 40 Voleurs directed by Jacques Becker, 1954
Fernandel in Ali Baba et les 40 Voleurs directed by Jacques Becker, 1954
Fernandel in Ali Baba et les 40 Voleurs directed by Jacques Becker, 1954
Fernandel in Ali Baba et les 40 Voleurs directed by Jacques Becker, 1954
Fernandel in L'Auberge Rouge directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1951
Fernandel in L'Auberge Rouge directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1951
Fernandel and André Dubreuil in Barnabé directed by Alexandre Esway, 1938
Fernandel and André Dubreuil in Barnabé directed by Alexandre Esway, 1938
Fernandel  in Barnabé directed by Alexandre Esway, 1938
Fernandel in Barnabé directed by Alexandre Esway, 1938
Fernandel and Oriane Demazis in Angèle directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1934
Fernandel and Oriane Demazis in Angèle directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1934
Portrait of Fernandel, 1960's
Portrait of Fernandel, 1960's
Portrait of Fernandel, 1950's
Portrait of Fernandel, 1950's
Fernandel in Le petit monde de Don Camillo directes by Julien Duvivier, 1952
Fernandel in Le petit monde de Don Camillo directes by Julien Duvivier, 1952
Fernandel in Le petit monde de Don Camillo directes by Julien Duvivier, 1952
Fernandel in Le petit monde de Don Camillo directes by Julien Duvivier, 1952
Fernandel and Françoise Rosay in L'auberge rouge directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1951
Fernandel and Françoise Rosay in L'auberge rouge directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1951
Portrait of Fernandel, 1950's
Portrait of Fernandel, 1950's
Portrait of Fernandel, 1950's
Portrait of Fernandel, 1950's
Portrait of Fernandel, 1930's
Portrait of Fernandel, 1930's
Michel Simon and Fernandel in Fric-Frac directed by Maurice Lehman, 1939
Michel Simon and Fernandel in Fric-Frac directed by Maurice Lehman, 1939
Fernandel in La vache et le prisonnier directed by Henri Verneuil, 1959
Fernandel in La vache et le prisonnier directed by Henri Verneuil, 1959
Fernandel and Leon Belières in Le Schpountz directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1938
Fernandel and Leon Belières in Le Schpountz directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1938
Fernandel, Gino Cervi and Giovannino Guareshi on the set of Camillo, 1950's
Fernandel, Gino Cervi and Giovannino Guareshi on the set of Camillo, 1950's
Fernandel and Françoise Arnoul in Le mouton a cinq pattes directed by Henri Verneuil, 1954
Fernandel and Françoise Arnoul in Le mouton a cinq pattes directed by Henri Verneuil, 1954
Fernandel and  Gino Cervi Le petit monde de Don Camillo directed by Julien Duvivier, 1952
Fernandel and Gino Cervi Le petit monde de Don Camillo directed by Julien Duvivier, 1952
Fernandel and  Gino Cervi Le petit monde de Don Camillo directed by Julien Duvivier, 1952
Fernandel and Gino Cervi Le petit monde de Don Camillo directed by Julien Duvivier, 1952
Portrait of Fernandel for Le Schpountz directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1938
Portrait of Fernandel for Le Schpountz directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1938
Fernandel and Toto in La loi, c'est la loi directed by Christian-Jaque, 1957
Fernandel and Toto in La loi, c'est la loi directed by Christian-Jaque, 1957
Fernandel in La vache et le prisonnier directed by Henri Verneuil, 1959
Fernandel in La vache et le prisonnier directed by Henri Verneuil, 1959
Fernandel and his son Franck, 1960's
Fernandel and his son Franck, 1960's
Fernandel in Barnabé directed by Alexandre Esway, 1938
Fernandel in Barnabé directed by Alexandre Esway, 1938
Fernandel and Marguerite Moreno in Barnabé directed by Alexandre Esway, 1938
Fernandel and Marguerite Moreno in Barnabé directed by Alexandre Esway, 1938
Fernandel in Boniface le somnanbule directed by Maurice Labro, 1951
Fernandel in Boniface le somnanbule directed by Maurice Labro, 1951
Fernandel and his son Franck, 1968
Fernandel and his son Franck, 1968
Michel Simon, Fernandel and Arletty in Fric-Frac directed by Maurice Lehman, 1939
Michel Simon, Fernandel and Arletty in Fric-Frac directed by Maurice Lehman, 1939
Arletty, Fernandel and Michel Simon  in Fric-Frac directed by Maurice Lehman, 1939
Arletty, Fernandel and Michel Simon in Fric-Frac directed by Maurice Lehman, 1939
Fernandel in Angèle directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1934
Fernandel in Angèle directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1934
Fernandel and Françoise Rosay in Lee Rosier de Madame Husson directed by Bernard Deschamp, 1931
Fernandel and Françoise Rosay in Lee Rosier de Madame Husson directed by Bernard Deschamp, 1931
Fernandel, Josette Day and Raimu in La fille du puisatier directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1940
Fernandel, Josette Day and Raimu in La fille du puisatier directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1940
Fernandel in François 1er directed by Christian-Jaque, 1936
Fernandel in François 1er directed by Christian-Jaque, 1936
Fernandel in Ignace directed by Pierre Colombier, 1937
Fernandel in Ignace directed by Pierre Colombier, 1937
Oriane Demazis and Fernandel in Regain directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1937
Oriane Demazis and Fernandel in Regain directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1937
Fernandel  in Le Schpountz directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1938
Fernandel in Le Schpountz directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1938
Gil Baladou, Fernandel, and Rellys Mag April, reenact a scene from cult film The Schpountz, 1969, photo by Jean Claude Pierdet
Gil Baladou, Fernandel, and Rellys Mag April, reenact a scene from cult film The Schpountz, 1969, photo by Jean Claude Pierdet
Fernandel  for Le Schpountz directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1938
Fernandel for Le Schpountz directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1938
Fernandel  for Le Schpountz directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1938
Fernandel for Le Schpountz directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1938
Fernandel in Barnabé directed by Alexandre Esway, 1938
Fernandel in Barnabé directed by Alexandre Esway, 1938
Fernandel in Barnabé directed by Alexandre Esway, 1938
Fernandel in Barnabé directed by Alexandre Esway, 1938
Michel Simon and Fernandel in Fric-Frac directed by Maurice Lehman, 1939
Michel Simon and Fernandel in Fric-Frac directed by Maurice Lehman, 1939
Fernandel and Raimu in La fille du puisatier directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1940
Fernandel and Raimu in La fille du puisatier directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1940
Fernandel in Casimir directed by Richard Pottier, 1950
Fernandel in Casimir directed by Richard Pottier, 1950
Fernandel in Casimir directed by Richard Pottier, 1950
Fernandel in Casimir directed by Richard Pottier, 1950
Fernandel in Casimir directed by Richard Pottier, 1950
Fernandel in Casimir directed by Richard Pottier, 1950
Fernandel in Topaze directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1951
Fernandel in Topaze directed by Marcel Pagnol, 1951
Fernandel and Françoise Rosay in L'auberge rouge directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1951
Fernandel and Françoise Rosay in L'auberge rouge directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1951
Director Claude Autant-Lara, Fernandel and Françoise Rosay on the set of L'auberge rouge, 1951
Director Claude Autant-Lara, Fernandel and Françoise Rosay on the set of L'auberge rouge, 1951
Fernandel in L'auberge rouge directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1951
Fernandel in L'auberge rouge directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1951
Fernandel in L'auberge rouge directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1951
Fernandel in L'auberge rouge directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1951
Fernandel in L'auberge rouge directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1951
Fernandel in L'auberge rouge directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1951
Fernandel in L'auberge rouge directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1951
Fernandel in L'auberge rouge directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1951
Fernandel in Coiffeur pour dame directed by Jean Boyer, 1952
Fernandel in Coiffeur pour dame directed by Jean Boyer, 1952
Fernandel and Blanchette Brunoy in Coiffeur pour dame directed by Jean Boyer, 1952
Fernandel and Blanchette Brunoy in Coiffeur pour dame directed by Jean Boyer, 1952
Fernandel in L'ennemi public numéro 1 directed by Henri Verneuil, 1953
Fernandel in L'ennemi public numéro 1 directed by Henri Verneuil, 1953
Fernandel  in Le mouton a cinq pattes directed by Henri Verneuil, 1954
Fernandel in Le mouton a cinq pattes directed by Henri Verneuil, 1954
Fernandel and Françoise Arnoul in Le mouton a cinq pattes directed by Henri Verneuil, 1954
Fernandel and Françoise Arnoul in Le mouton a cinq pattes directed by Henri Verneuil, 1954
Fernandel in L'auberge rouge directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1951
Fernandel in L'auberge rouge directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1951
Fernandel in Le couturier de ces dames directed by Jean Boyer, 1956
Fernandel in Le couturier de ces dames directed by Jean Boyer, 1956
Fernandel and Henri Crémieux in Honoré de Mardeille directed by Maurice Regamey, 1956
Fernandel and Henri Crémieux in Honoré de Mardeille directed by Maurice Regamey, 1956
Fernandel in L'homme a l'imperméable directed bu Julien Duvivier, 1956
Fernandel in L'homme a l'imperméable directed bu Julien Duvivier, 1956
Fernandel in Sénéchal le magnifique directes by Jean Boyer, 1957
Fernandel in Sénéchal le magnifique directes by Jean Boyer, 1957
Maria Mauban, Fernandel and Ginette Leclerc in Le chomeur de Clochemerle directed by Jean Boyer, 1957
Maria Mauban, Fernandel and Ginette Leclerc in Le chomeur de Clochemerle directed by Jean Boyer, 1957
Maria Mauban and Fernandel  in Le chomeur de Clochemerle directed by Jean Boyer, 1957
Maria Mauban and Fernandel in Le chomeur de Clochemerle directed by Jean Boyer, 1957
Fernandel and Ginette Leclerc in Le chomeur de Clochemerle directed by Jean Boyer, 1957
Fernandel and Ginette Leclerc in Le chomeur de Clochemerle directed by Jean Boyer, 1957
Fernandel in Cresus directed by Jean Giono, 1960
Fernandel in Cresus directed by Jean Giono, 1960
Fernandel and Marcel Bozzuffi in Le caïd directed by Bernard Borderie, 1960
Fernandel and Marcel Bozzuffi in Le caïd directed by Bernard Borderie, 1960
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948 © Philippe Halsman
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