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23 September 1970, Paris, France
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Le passe muraille / Mr. Peek-a-boo
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Andre Bourvil, a French actor and singer best known for his roles in comedy, most notably in his collaboration with Louis de Funès in La Grande Vadrouille (1966), was born Andre Robert Raimbourg (July 27, 1917, Pretot-Vicquemare, France). He died September 23, 1970 in Paris, of Kahler`s syndrome.
Bourvil wasn`t born when his father was killed at war, and he spent his entire childhood in the village of Bourville, the name of which inspired his stage name. He married Jeanne Lefrique on January 23, 1943. After a battle with Kahler`s syndrome, which attacks the bone marrow, he died at the age of 53. He is buried in Montainville (Yvelines).
In his comic performances Bourvil principally played roles of gentle and well-meaning characters who were often a bit obtuse or naive, such as his roles opposite the energetic Louis de Funes. Bourvil`s well-meaning characters not only managed to make us laugh but also to save themselves from the Machiavellian designs of adversaries played by de Funes.
Bourvil was, however, also capable of more dramatic roles such as the handyman in L`Arbre de Noel (1969). In this role he observes the relationship between a man he works for and the young son who has fallen ill. The audience can identify with the character played by Bourvil, just as they can in his comic roles, so often as a simple man. One can also note his role of Thenardier in the film adaptation of Miserables (1958).
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André Robert Raimbourg
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André Bourvil, born André Robert Raimbourg (27 July 1917, Prétot-Vicquemare, France – 23 September 1970, Paris), often known mononymously as Bourvil, was a French actor and singer best known for his roles in comedy films, most notably in his collaboration with Louis de Funès in the films Le Corniaud (1965) and La Grande Vadrouille (1966). For his performance in Le Corniaud, he won a Special Diploma at the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.
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