Jacques Perrin, a French artist who appeared in huge blockbusters such as The Choristas and Cinema Paradiso over his lengthy cinema career, died on Thursday, 21 April 2022, in Paris at the age of 80.
Perrin’s résumé includes roles in almost 70 films, as well as participation in plays and documentaries, as well as production of many feature films by Costa Gravas and Jean-Jacques Annaud.
He was born in Paris in 1941 and made his first film when he was five years old. In the late 1950s, he began a professional career that would see him become a familiar face on French screens over the years.
Costa Gavras, Vittorio de Seta, Jacques Demy, Pierre Schoendoerffer, Giuseppe Tornatore, and Agnès Varda used him in films like Le Crabe-tamour, L’honneur du capitaine, The Little Ladies of Rochefort, Peau d’âne, Cinema Paradiso, and The Choristas, which had a huge worldwide box office success. For the documentary Microcosmos: People of the Grass, he won the César Award for Best Producer in 1997.
“It is with great sadness that the family announces the death of director Jacques Perrin, who passed away on Thursday, April 21 in Paris. His family said in a statement issued to the AFP agency by his son, Mathieu Simonet, that he died peacefully.