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Louis de Funès is a Actor, Director and Scriptwriter French born on 31 july 1914 at Courbevoie (France)

Louis de Funès

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Birth name Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza
Nationality France
Birth 31 july 1914 at Courbevoie (France)
Death 27 january 1983 (at 68 years) at Nantes (France)
Awards Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur

Louis de Funès ([lwi də fy.nɛs]hear; 31 July 1914 – 27 January 1983), born Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza, was a popular French actor of Spanish origin and one of the giants of French comedy alongside André Bourvil and Fernandel. His acting style is remembered for its high energy performance, wide range of facial expressions and engaging, snappy impatience and selfishness. A big part of his most famous work was in collaboration with director Jean Girault, and together, they wrote and directed the French classic L'avare (1980) in which he also starred.

He was a household name in several countries of Europe (Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Romania, USSR and Yugoslavia in particular) for many years, yet remained almost unknown in the English-speaking world. He was seen only once in the United States in 1974 with the release of The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, which was nominated for a Golden Globe. According to a 1968 poll he was France's favourite actor. Funès played over 130 roles in film and over 100 roles on stage.


Louis de Funès was born on 31 July 1914 in Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine to parents from Seville, Spain. Since the couple's families opposed their marriage, they settled in France in 1904. His father, Carlos Luis de Funès de Galarza, a nobleman and his mother side from family marquesses de Galarza, had been a lawyer in Spain, but became a diamond cutter upon arriving in France. His mother, Leonor Soto Reguera, was of Galician extraction, daughter of a prominent politician from Galicia, senator Teolindo Soto Barro.

Known to friends and intimates as "Fufu", de Funès spoke French, Spanish and English well. During his youth, he was fond of drawing and piano playing. He was an alumnus of the lycée Condorcet in Paris, a distinction he shared with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Valéry, Paul Verlaine, Marcel Proust, Jean Cocteau, Serge Gainsbourg, and Claude Lévi-Strauss, amongst others. He later dropped out, and was not successful in his early life; as a youth and young adult, de Funès held modest jobs, from which he was repeatedly fired. He became a pianist, working mostly as a jazz pianist at Pigalle, Paris, famous as a touristic red-light district. There he made his customers laugh each time he made a grimace. He studied acting for one year at the Simon acting school. There he made some useful contacts, including Daniel Gélin, among others. In 1936 he married Germaine Louise Elodie Carroyer, with whom he had one child, a son named Daniel; the couple were divorced in late 1942.

During the occupation of Paris in the Second World War, he continued his piano studies at a music school, where he fell in love with a secretary, Jeanne Barthelémy de Maupassant, a grandniece of the famous author Guy de Maupassant. She had fallen in love with "the young man who played jazz like god"; they married in 1943 and remained together for forty years, until de Funès' death in 1983. They had two sons: Patrick (born on 27 January 1944) and Olivier (born on 11 August 1949). Patrick became a doctor who now practices in Saint-Germain en Laye. Olivier became an actor for a brief while. He became known for the roles he had in his father's films (Les Grandes Vacances, Fantômas se déchaine, Le Grand Restaurant, and Hibernatus are the most famous). At the time, he was an aviator for Air France Europe.

Through the early 1940s, de Funès continued playing piano at clubs, thinking there was not much call for a short, balding, skinny actor. His wife and Daniel Gélin encouraged him until he managed to overcome his fear of rejection. His wife supported him in the most difficult moments, while helping him to efficiently manage his career.

Best films

The Exchange Student (1967)
The Gendarme Gets Married (1968)
Oscar (1967)
The Wing or the Thigh? (1976)
The Gendarme Takes Off (1970)
The Gendarme and the Gendarmettes (1982)

Usually with

Jean Girault
Jean Girault
(14 films)
Albert Michel
Albert Michel
(29 films)
Noël Roquevert
Noël Roquevert
(23 films)
Max Montavon
Max Montavon
(16 films)
Paul Faivre
Paul Faivre
(19 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Louis de Funès (165 films)

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Animal Kingdom: Let's Go Ape, 1h53
Directed by Jamel Debbouze, Frédéric Fougea
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes La préhistoire
Actors Jamel Debbouze, Enzo Ratsito, Arié Elmaleh, Youssef Hajdi, Louis de Funès, Patrice Thibaud
Roles Vladimir
Rating49% 2.489942.489942.489942.489942.48994
Édouard est le fils aîné du roi des simiens. Mais en raison de son aspect chétif, il est rejeté par sa tribu à sa naissance. Il grandit donc loin des siens. Auprès de Ian, qui devient son ami, il découvre le feu, la chasse, l’habitat moderne, l’amour et même… l’espoir… Généreux, il ira jusqu'à mener son peuple avec éclat et humour vers la véritable humanité.
The Gendarme and the Gendarmettes, 1h40
Directed by Jean Girault
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller
Themes French war films, Fiction sur la gendarmerie, La provence, The Troops of St. Tropez
Actors Louis de Funès, Michel Galabru, Claude Gensac, Maurice Risch, Guy Grosso, Michel Modo
Roles Ludovic Cruchot
Rating61% 3.094383.094383.094383.094383.09438
Four young beautiful female police officers come to learn from the "masters" but it turns out they are coping much better with the problem than their teachers. But things heat up when the "gendarmettes" are kidnapped one by one.
The Cabbage Soup, 1h38
Directed by Jean Girault, Michel Leroy
Origin France
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Cooking films, Vieillesse, Films based on science fiction novels, Comedy science fiction films, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Louis de Funès, Jean Carmet, Jacques Villeret, Claude Gensac, Christine Dejoux, Henri Génès
Roles Claude Ratinier (Le Glaude)
Rating64% 3.244143.244143.244143.244143.24414
Claude Ratinier (Louis de Funès), known as Le Glaude, is an old man who lives on a small farm across the road from his long-time friend Francis Chérasse (Jean Carmet), known as Le Bombé. The two are described as the last surviving members of their breed, still living in a rural fashion while the rest of the world has modernized. They spend their days getting drunk and eating cabbage soup, while they spend their nights getting drunk and farting.
The Miser
The Miser (1980)
, 2h
Directed by Louis de Funès, Jean Girault
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays, Molière au cinéma
Actors Louis de Funès, Michel Galabru, Claude Gensac, Hervé Bellon, Franck Cabot-David, Georges Audoubert
Roles Harpagon
Rating65% 3.290173.290173.290173.290173.29017
Le riche et avare Harpagon n'aime que son argent. Il voit des voleurs partout et soupçonne tout le monde de vouloir lui voler son argent.
The Gendarme and the Creatures from Outer Space, 1h27
Directed by Jean Girault
Origin France
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Comic science fiction
Themes French war films, Fiction sur la gendarmerie, La provence, The Troops of St. Tropez, Comedy science fiction films, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Louis de Funès, Michel Galabru, Maurice Risch, France Rumilly, Jean-Pierre Rambal, Guy Grosso
Roles Ludovic Cruchot
Rating61% 3.097133.097133.097133.097133.09713
The actions once again take place in the small French town of Saint-Tropez. While driving with one of his gendarmes, Cruchot (Louis de Funes) has to stop in order to fix the car. The gendarme wanders away and sees a flying saucer in a field which then flies away. He tries to tell Cruchot and the rest of the station, but they don't believe him. Shortly after, the same occurs with Cruchot and the chief of the gendarmes. This time it is Cruchot who wanders away and sees the saucer, however the chief does not believe him. Later on, when the same gendarme is doing paperwork in the office, a young man appears in front of him and says that he is a part of an alien expedition which has arrived to Saint-Tropez in order to examine humanity as people from all around the globe go to Saint-Tropez during the summer. The alien demonstrates its shapeshifting ability by transforming into the same gendarme it is talking to. The gendarme runs and tells Cruchot, who doesn't believe him. In the midst of the racket, the chief comes and sends the gendarme away. The chief reveals that he is actually an alien disguised as the chief, and when Cruchot doesn't believe him the alien becomes agitated and uses laser vision to cause damage to Cruchot's room. He relents when a watch on his hand flashes red and drinks something out of a flask. The alien begins coughing and upon hitting it on the back, Cruchot discovers it makes a metallic sound. Later on when the real chief arrives, Cruchot stabs him with a screwdriver thinking that it is the alien. The chief orders Cruchot out, since the supervisor will come in tomorrow to check up on the station. During the check up, Cruchot notices the same watch on the supervisor as on the alien he saw last night and attempts to attack him. The gendarmes hold him back while the alien supervisor flees, and the real supervisor arrive. Cruchot once again stabs the real supervisor thinking he is an alien. He is arrested, but escapes the station.
The Discord, 1h37
Directed by Claude Zidi
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about the labor movement
Actors Louis de Funès, Annie Girardot, Maurice Risch, Julien Guiomar, Geneviève Fontanel, Jean-Jacques Moreau
Roles Guillaume Daubray-Lacaze
Rating63% 3.198243.198243.198243.198243.19824
Guillaume Daubray-Lacaze, maire libéral-conservateur d'une ville de province, est un industriel au bord de la faillite quand son usine, spécialisée dans la lutte anti-pollution, obtient d'un groupe japonais une commande énorme qui peut sauver son entreprise : 3 000 appareils de dépollution de l'air, les CX‑22, à livrer sous 90 jours. Mais il manque d'espace pour produire et stocker ces appareils car l'usine est sous-dimensionnée.
The Wing or the Thigh?, 1h50
Directed by Claude Zidi, Jean-Jacques Beineix
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes Circus films, Cooking films
Actors Louis de Funès, Coluche, Julien Guiomar, Claude Gensac, Ann Zacharias, Martin Lamotte
Roles Charles Duchemin
Rating71% 3.59913.59913.59913.59913.5991
Charles Duchemin (Louis de Funès) is the editor of an internationally known restaurant guide. After being appointed to the Académie française, Duchemin decides to retire as a restaurant critic and trains his son Gérard (Coluche) to continue the family business. However, Gérard Duchemin is more interested in his true passion—the circus—than high cuisine. Soon, however, Charles' plans to retire are complicated by the arrival of Jacques Tricatel (Julien Guiomar), the owner of a company of mass-produced food. Fearing for the future of high cuisine, Charles and his son strive to ruin Tricatel's company in any way they can. This movie is an allegory of the antagonism between USA culture and French culture as it was seen by French people in the 70s.
The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, 1h31
Directed by Gérard Oury
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Adventure
Themes Films about racism, Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Louis de Funès, Claude Giraud, Suzy Delair, Marcel Dalio, Claude Piéplu, Henri Guybet
Roles Victor Pivert
Rating73% 3.699113.699113.699113.699113.69911
Rabbi Jacob (Marcel Dalio) is one of the most loved rabbis of New York. One day, the French side of his family, the Schmolls, invite him to celebrate the bar mitzvah of the young David. Rabbi Jacob boards a plane to leave America for his birthland of France after more than 30 years of American life. His young friend Rabbi Samuel comes with him.
Delusions of Grandeur, 1h48
Directed by Gérard Oury, Jacques Besnard
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Historical
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Louis de Funès, Yves Montand, Karin Schubert, Alberto de Mendoza, Venantino Venantini, Gabriele Tinti
Roles Don Salluste de Bazan
Rating72% 3.6092653.6092653.6092653.6092653.609265
Based on Victor Hugo's play Ruy Blas, a tax collector of the 17th century Spanish court (Louis de Funès) tries to retrieve his job with the help of his valet (Yves Montand).
Perched on a Tree, 1h30
Directed by Serge Korber
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Louis de Funès, Geraldine Chaplin, Alice Sapritch, Roland Armontel, Hans Meyer, Paul Préboist
Roles Henri Roubier
Rating62% 3.130993.130993.130993.130993.13099
Henri Roubier, un promoteur français, et Enrico Mazzini, un Italien, viennent de conclure un accord leur assurant la mainmise sur les autoroutes européennes. Alors qu'il roule sur les routes du midi, Roubier prend deux jeunes auto-stoppeurs, mais une malheureuse embardée précipite la voiture d'Henri et ses occupants sur la cime d'un pin parasol accroché à la paroi d'une falaise.
Jo (1971)
, 1h25
Directed by Jean Girault
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Louis de Funès, Claude Gensac, Michel Galabru, Bernard Blier, Ferdy Mayne, Florence Blot
Roles Antoine Brisebard
Rating71% 3.550643.550643.550643.550643.55064
Antoine Brisebard, a famous comedy playwright, is struggling with financial difficulties and is preparing to sell his country villa to an English couple. What no one knows, however, is that Brisebard is actually a victim of blackmail since his wife Sylvie, a famous actress, is the daughter of a notorious robber-murderer. His extortionist is a malevolent criminal only known as Jo, who visits him often to pick up his hush money. But faced with certain ruin, Brisebard is preparing to do away with Jo once and for all, planning his deed under the guise of him trying to write the script for a crime play and consulting his friend, attorney Colas, for ideas of how to efficiently get rid of the body. He finally takes up the offer of one Tonelotti to erect a garden pavilion, whose foundation would provide the ideal hiding place for the corpse.
The Gendarme Takes Off, 1h36
Directed by Jean Girault
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller
Themes French war films, Fiction sur la gendarmerie, Medical-themed films, La provence, The Troops of St. Tropez, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities
Actors Louis de Funès, Michel Galabru, Claude Gensac, Yves Vincent, Guy Grosso, Jean Lefebvre
Roles Ludovic Cruchot
Rating64% 3.246633.246633.246633.246633.24663
Changes are coming for the Gendarmerie Brigade of Saint Tropez. The gendarmes are forced into retirement to make way for a younger breed. Even so, when they learn that one of them has had an accident and has become amnesiac, they reunite to help him get his memory back. Along the way, they have to stop juvenile delinquents to put a nuclear warhead on a rocket said youths built, while being pursued by their younger colleagues.
The One Man Band, 1h25
Directed by Serge Korber
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical
Actors Louis de Funès, Paul Préboist, Noëlle Adam, Franco Fabrizi, Micheline Luccioni, Martine Kelly
Roles Evan Evans
Rating62% 3.1455753.1455753.1455753.1455753.145575
On entre dans la compagnie de danse contemporaine d'Evan Evans (Louis de Funès) comme on entre en religion. Chez lui, la prise de poids et la vie sentimentale sont interdites ; les danseuses doivent se vouer corps et âme à la danse et sont dirigées d'une main de fer.
Hibernatus (1969)
, 1h18
Directed by Édouard Molinaro, Philippe Monnier
Origin France
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about families, Théâtre, Comedy science fiction films, Films based on plays
Actors Louis de Funès, Claude Gensac, Bernard Alane, Michael Lonsdale, Martine Kelly, Claude Piéplu
Roles Hubert de Tartas
Rating66% 3.305053.305053.305053.305053.30505
A man frozen for 65 years is found in the ice of the North Pole by a scientific polar expedition. While he is brought back to life by professor Edouard Lauriebat (Michael Lonsdale), the man is identified as Paul Fournier, who was exploring the pole in 1905 and is now, thanks to hibernation, a 90 years old young man. Edmée de Tartas (Claude Gensac), born Fournier, is identified as the granddaughter of Paul and convinces her husband, Hubert Barrère de Tartas (Louis de Funès), that Paul must be given back to his family, while the government wishes to treat Paul as a research subject. After a kidnapping and a pursuit, the authorities reluctantly agree, but impose, for the sake of Paul's mental health, that his environment be the same as in 1905. As Paul thinks Edmée is his mother, Hubert must play the role of a man courting Edmée and Didier (Olivier de Funès), the son of Edmée and Hubert plays the role of a student living with the family. First under control, the situation gradually deteriorates especially when Paul's actions become a threat to Hubert's plan to marry his son to the daughter of Crepin-Jaujard, one of his business partners.
The Gendarme Gets Married, 1h32
Directed by Jean Girault
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller
Themes French war films, Fiction sur la gendarmerie, La provence, The Troops of St. Tropez
Actors Louis de Funès, Geneviève Grad, Michel Galabru, Jean Lefebvre, Christian Marin, Claude Gensac
Roles Ludovic Cruchot
Rating67% 3.391053.391053.391053.391053.39105
The gendarme Cruchot meets the widow Josepha. They quickly fall in love. But Cruchot's daughter doesn't like Josepha and is determined to prevent the wedding by all means necessary.