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Jean Marais is a Actor French born on 11 december 1913 at Cherbourg-Octeville (France)

Jean Marais

Jean Marais
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Birth name Jean Alfred Villain-Marais
Nationality France
Birth 11 december 1913 at Cherbourg-Octeville (France)
Death 8 november 1998 (at 84 years) at Cannes (France)
Awards Honorary César

Jean-Alfred Villain-Marais, also known as Jean Marais ([ʒɑ̃ maʁɛ]; 11 December 1913 – 8 November 1998), was a French actor, director and sculptor.


Though he was engaged during World War II to the actress Mila Parély, the couple split after around two years.

Marais, who was gay, was the muse and lover of Jean Cocteau until Cocteau's death. After Cocteau's death, Marais wrote a memoir of Cocteau, L'Inconcevable Jean Cocteau, attributing authorship to "Cocteau-Marais". He also wrote his own autobiography, L'Histoire de ma vie, published in 1975. From 1953 until 1959, his companion was the American dancer George Reich.

Marais died from cardiovascular disease in Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, in 1998. He is interred there at Vallauris cemetery.

In the early 1960s, Marais learned that he had a biological son, Serge Ayala, whom he recognized in 1962 and who eventually took the name Serge Villain-Marais. This son, who became a singer and an actor, committed suicide in 2012 at age 69.

Best films

Royal Affairs in Versailles (1954)
Fantomas vs. Scotland Yard (1967)
Train d'enfer (1965)
Captain Blood (1960)
The Count of Monte Cristo (1954)
Fantomas Unleashed (1965)

Usually with

Jean Cocteau
Jean Cocteau
(12 films)
Sacha Guitry
Sacha Guitry
(4 films)
Georges Auric
Georges Auric
(9 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jean Marais (94 films)

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At World's End, 1h35
Directed by Tomas Villum Jensen
Origin Danemark
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Actors Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Steven Berkoff, Ulf Pilgaard, Matthias Hues
Rating59% 2.9515152.9515152.9515152.9515152.951515
During the filming of a nature programme in the Indonesian rain forest, a British TV crew discover a rare white flower, but are attacked and killed by a Danish hermit, Severin Geertsen (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Severin, who is sentenced to death for the crime, claims he is 129 years old and that it is the leaves of the flower that have kept him young. Criminal psychiatrist Adrian (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and his assistant, Beate (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen) are sent to Indonesia by the Danish authorities to mentally examine Severin. Although the claim that the flower gives eternal life sounds like a hoax, within hours Adrian, Severin and Beate are fleeing from international fortune hunters and the Indonesian army, who all want to acquire the flower.
Milice, film noir, 2h8
Directed by Alain Ferrari
Origin France
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about war, Documentary films about historical events, Political films, Documentary films about World War II
Actors Michel Bouquet, Jean Marais
Roles himself

The documentary film about French militia, active under the Vichy regime in occupied France, during the World War II. Interviews with former militia men and their victims. It demonstrates that the militia's ruthless persecution of Jews and resistance movements exceeded even the Gestapo's requirements.
Stealing Beauty, 1h48
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about virginity
Actors Liv Tyler, Joseph Fiennes, Jeremy Irons, D. W. Moffett, Sinéad Cusack, Rachel Weisz
Roles M. Guillaume
Rating66% 3.300283.300283.300283.300283.30028
Lucy Harmon, an American teenager, arrives in the lush Tuscan countryside to be sculpted by a family friend who lives in a beautiful villa there. Lucy visited there four years earlier and exchanged a kiss with an Italian boy with whom she hopes to become reacquainted. Lucy's mother, who lived in the villa, has committed suicide since then. Lucy also hopes to discover the identity of her father, who her mother hinted was a resident of the villa. Once there, Lucy meets and befriends a variety of eccentric locals who were companions of her mother, and begins to form relationships and connections with each of them, specifically with Alex Parrish.
Les Miserables, 2h54
Directed by Claude Lelouch
Origin France
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Political films, Histoire de France, L'Occupation allemande en France
Actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Michel Boujenah, Alessandra Martines, Philippe Léotard, Annie Girardot, Salomé Lelouch
Roles Mgr Myriel
Rating74% 3.745733.745733.745733.745733.74573
As the film opens, Henri's father, a chauffeur, is falsely accused of the murder of his boss. During his trial and imprisonment, Henri's mother finds a job in a tavern on a Normandy beach. There Henri sees a movie version of Les Misérables. His father dies attempting to escape from prison, and upon hearing the news Henri's mother commits suicide. Henri grows up an orphan and learns to box.
Shipwrecked Children, 1h39
Directed by Jérôme Foulon
Origin France
Genres Adventure
Actors Jean Marais, Jacques Dufilho, Brigitte Fossey, Michel Robin, Amandine Dewasmes, Bernard Freyd
Roles Marc Antoine
Rating55% 2.763592.763592.763592.763592.76359
Huit enfants d'un naufrageur vivent ensemble sur une île étrange, dans un bonheur surnaturel. Jusqu'au jour où leur petit paradis est troublé lorsqu'une vieille dame y est découverte assassinée. Ils se lancent alors dans l'enquête à la recherche de la vérité.
Cher menteur, 1h45
Origin France
Genres Drama
Actors Jean Marais, Edwige Feuillère
Roles George Bernard Shaw

My American Uncle, 2h5
Directed by Alain Resnais
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Philosophie, Psychologie
Actors Gérard Depardieu, Roger Pierre, Nicole Garcia, Pierre Arditi, Nelly Borgeaud, Danielle Darrieux
Rating78% 3.94393.94393.94393.94393.9439
The didactic film is built around the ideas of French physician, writer and philosopher Henri Laborit, who plays himself in the film. It uses the stories of three people to illustrate Laborit's theories on evolutionary psychology regarding the relationship of self and society.
Chantons sous l'Occupation, 1h30
Directed by André Halimi
Origin France
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about war, Documentary films about historical events, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Musical films, Political films, Documentary films about World War II, Histoire de France, L'Occupation allemande en France
Actors Pascal Mazzotti, Jean Marais, Maurice Bardèche, Michel Audiard, André Pousse
Roles himself
Rating62% 3.117513.117513.117513.117513.11751
On le sait, les stars de la chanson française, en général, n'ont pas été trop intimidées - ni inquiétées - par l'occupant allemand. Certaines, d'ailleurs, se sont empressées de séduire les oreilles pétainistes et nazies. Fallait-il, ou non, continuer à chanter? Cette activité pouvait-elle passer pour une forme de collaboration? A questions dérangeantes, réponses ambiguës! Quoi qu'il en soit, et comme le montre ce film, les années sombres ont été plutôt fertiles pour la chanson française.
Jean Marais, artisan du rêve, 11minutes
Origin France
Genres Documentary
Actors Jean Marais, Silvia Monfort
Roles lui-même

Documentaire sur les œuvres de Jean Marais : sa peinture et ses poteries.
Donkey Skin, 1h29
Directed by Jacques Demy, Alain Franchet
Origin France
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Cooking films, Films about magic and magicians, Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, Transport films, Aviation films, Films about birds, Les fées, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Catherine Deneuve, Jacques Perrin, Jean Marais, Anne Germain, Delphine Seyrig, Micheline Presle
Roles le roi
Rating71% 3.552243.552243.552243.552243.55224
The King (Jean Marais) promises his dying Queen that after her death he will only marry a woman as beautiful and virtuous as she. Pressed by his advisers to remarry and produce an heir, he comes to the conclusion that the only way to fulfil his promise is to marry his own daughter, the Princess (Catherine Deneuve). Following the advice of her godmother, the Lilac Fairy (Delphine Seyrig), the Princess demands a series of seemingly impossible nuptial gifts, in the hope that her father will be forced to give up his plans of marriage. However, the King succeeds in providing her with dresses the colour of the weather, of the moon and of the sun, and finally with the skin of a magic donkey that excretes jewels, the source of his kingdom's wealth. Donning the donkey skin, the Princess flees her father's kingdom to avoid the incestuous marriage.