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Road Accident, Political Murder Is Suspected
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Tchao, pantin!, La Femme De Mon Pote, Inspecteur la Bavure
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Michel Colucci (October 28, 1944 Paris – June 19, 1986 Opio, Alpes-Maritimes), better known as Coluche, was a French comedian and actor, famous for his irreverent sense of humour. Coluche won the Cesar Award for "Best Actor" for his role in Tchao pantin (So Long, Stooge, 1983), one of his very few dramatic roles. He also won the Prix National des Euphemismes de Charente-Maritime (National Prize for Understatements of Charente-Maritime) in 1978, at the third try.
Colucci adopted "Coluche" as a stage name at 26, when he began his entertainment career. He became known for his disrespectful attitude towards politics and the “Establishment,” and he incorporated this into much of his material. He was one of the first major comedians to regularly use profanities as a source of humor on French Television. He attempted to run in the French presidential elections in 1981, but ended up dropping out of the race because of political and media lobbying following polls that showed a significant part of the electorate might vote for him. Some threats to his life were also mentioned. He created the "Restos du cœur" charity in 1985. They collect food, money and clothes for the needy and the homeless. Each year, a fund-raising concert series is presented by various singers and celebrities, collectively known as les Enfoires ("the dumbasses"). The same year Coluche set a world motorcycle speed record. Coluche loved fast bikes and the following year was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident. Coluche died in 1986 at the age of 41, when his motorcycle crashed into a truck on a road in the commune of Opio in southeastern France. This event provoked national grief and inspired the album Putain de camion ("fuckin` truck") by close friend Renaud Séchan. Some conspiracy theories have since surfaced, mainly in the book Coluche, l`accident : contre-enquete, alleging that Coluche may have been murdered.
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Michel Gérard Joseph Colucci (born October 28, 1944 in Paris, France; died June 19, 1986 in Opio, Alpes-Maritimes, France), better known as Coluche was a French comedian and actor famous for his irreverent sense of humour.
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Active - 1971 - 1985 | Born - Oct 28, 1944 in France | Died - Jun 19, 1986 in France | Genres - Comedy
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Known for his keen social satire, Coluche was among the most popular standup comedians in France and at one time was the country's number one film comedian. He appeared in 15 films, the best known of which is Tchao Pantin, where he dramatically portrayed an alcoholic gas jockey who befriends a troubled young drug dealer and works to solve his murder. A committed anti-racism activist, Coluche announced in 1981 his intent to run for the Presidency and polls showed he had 15 percent of the vote, but pressure and criticism from rivals forced him to withdraw. He began a free meals program for the poor in 1985, the same year he set a world motorcycle speed record. Coluche loved fast bikes and the following year was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident.
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