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Claude Brasseur
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Brasseur in 2013
Claude Pierre Espinasse

(1936-06-15)15 June 1936
Died December 22, 2020 (aged 84)
Occupation Actor
Notable work
Bande à part
Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me
The Police War
La Boum
Spouse(s) Peggy Roche
(1961-?, divorced)
Michèle Cambon
(1970.11.14 - 2020.12.22)
Children 1
Parent(s) Pierre Brasseur
Odette Joyeux
Awards Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur

Claude Brasseur (15 June 1936 – 22 December 2020) was a French actor.

Life and career

Claude Brasseur was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine as Claude Pierre Espinasse, the son of actor Pierre Brasseur and actress Odette Joyeux and grandson of Jules Brasseur. He was the godson of Ernest Hemingway and the father of Alexandre Brasseur.

He was a member of the French bobsleigh team in the 60s and also a winning Paris-Dakar rally competitor, as co-pilot of Jacky Ickx.

From the late 1950s until two years before his death, Brasseur appeared in overall 150 film and television productions. He was a famous character actor in France. One of his first well-known film roles was as Arthur in Jean-Luc Godard's Bande à part. Brasseur played the title role in the early 1970s historical crime television series The New Adventures of Vidocq. A big commerical success were the comedies La Boum (1980) and La Boum 2 (1982), in which he played the father of Sophie Marceau's teenage character.

He died on December 22, 2020, at the age of 84.

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