Gérard Philipe

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Gérard Philipe
Gérard Philip

(1922-12-04)4 December 1922
Died25 November 1959(1959-11-25) (aged 36)
Paris, France
Cause of deathLiver cancer
Years active1944–1959
SpouseNicole Fourcade (1951–1959) 2 children
Gérard Philipe Street in Paris

Gérard Philipe (4 December 1922 – 25 November 1959) was a French actor who appeared in 34 movies between 1944 and 1959.

Career[change | change source]

Gérard Philipe was born in Cannes, France.[1] He had Czech ancestry from his maternal grandmother.[2] When Philipe was a teenager, he took acting lessons. He done this before going to Paris to study at the Conservatoire of Dramatic Art. When Philipe was 19, he made his stage debut at a theater in Nice. The following year, he performed in the Albert Camus play, Caligula.

Philipe made his movie debut in Les Petites du Quai aux Fleurs (1943). After a few other minor roles, he became famous in his performance in Claude Autant-Lara's Devil in the Flesh (1947). Philipe was popular among women because of his looks. He was also liked by his friends.

In 1951, Philipe married Nicole Fourcade (1917-1990). She was an actress and writer. They had two children. Fourcade was given the name Anne Philipe. She had also wrote about Philipe in two books. The first called Souvenirs (1960) and a second biography titled Le Temps d'un soupir (No Longer Than a Sign, 1963).

Philipe was recognized worldwide for his talent. At the time of his death, he was at his peak in his career. Philipe died of liver cancer while working on a movie project in Paris. It was several days before his 37th birthday. He was buried in the village cemetery in Ramatuelle, Var near the Mediterranean Sea.[3]

In 1995, the celebrate 100 years of the cinema, the French government issued a series of limited edition coins. One of which included a 100 franc coin with Philipe's picture. In France, Philipe is known as an important person in that country. In 1986, he was given a postage stamp with his picture on it. There is also a movie festival named after him. There are also a number of school's in France that were named after Philipe. In Germany, he is less respected as an actor. However, a cultural center is named after him in Berlin.

Selected works[change | change source]



  • Le Petite Prince (1954)

References[change | change source]

  1. Perisset, Maurice (1979). Alain Lefeuvre (ed.). Gérard Philipe ou la jeunesse du monde. Nice. p. 22.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  2. Gerard Philippe comedien francais tres aime des tcheques
  3. "Gérard Philipe". Find A Grave. October 25, 1999.

Books[change | change source]

  • Capua, Michelangelo (2008). Gérard Philipe. Alessandria: Edizioni Falsopiano.
  • Sadoul, Georges (1962). Gérard Philipe. Belin: Henschelverlag.
  • Le Coz, Martine (March–April 1997). "Gérard Philipe, héros stendhalien". Avant-Scène du Cinéma. Paris.
  • Stupková, Laurence (April 12, 2001). "Gérard Philippe : comédien français très aimé des Tchèques". Prague.

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