Jean Martin

Jean Martin

  • Born on
    • March 6th, 1922
  • Died on
    • February 2nd, 2009
​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Jean Martin (March 6, 1922 – February 2, 2009) was a French actor of stage and screen. Martin served in the French Resistance during World War II and later fought with the French paratroopers in Indochina. Theatrically, he is perhaps best-known for originating two roles in Samuel Beckett's most famous plays: Lucky in Waiting for Godot, and Clov in Endgame. During the 1950s, he was a performer at the Théâtre National Populaire and also worked for radio plays. Making over eighty film and television appearances, Martin is best remembered by international audiences for his role as the French paratroop commander Col. Mathieu in The Battle of Algiers (1965), as well as villainous roles in My Name is Nobody and The Day of the Jackal (both 1973). He was one of the protagonists in Les Compagnons de Baal (1968). Most of his other screen work was in French or European cinema, and his stage performances have gained him much more recognition and acclaim than his film work. Martin was also an active political leftist, and was fired from the Théâtre National Populaire for signing the manifesto of the 121 against the Algerian War. He was also blacklisted from radio work and remained unemployed for a time as a result. Martin was hired for The Battle of Algiers because director Gillo Pontecorvo was looking for a little-known professional actor to play the part of Col. Mathieu. Martin had by then worked extensively on stage, but had done just a few appearances on screen. Enjoying to work in movies and wishing to develop his film career, Martin applied for the part and was hired. Martin later explained that his working relationship with Pontecorvo on the set of The Battle of Algiers was often difficult, as the director otherwise hired non-professional actors for the film. Martin, as the film's only professional actor, was sometimes uncomfortable working with untrained performers, while Pontecorvo was worried that their acting styles might be too different from each other and work against the picture. Martin was ultimately very happy with the film. Jean Martin continued working on stage and on screen, playing a variety supporting roles in French films and television productions. He also provided the voice of the bird in the French animation feature Le Roi et l'oiseau. Martin died from cancer in Paris on 2 February 2009, aged 86. Description above from the Wikipedia article Jean Martin, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Acting (16 Credits)

1997Lucie Aubrac as Paul Lardanchet
1980The King and the Mockingbird as L’oiseau (voice)
1978Dossier 51 as Vénus
1977Judge Fayard Called the Sheriff as Le docteur
1976The Wing or The Thigh? as Doctor
1975Peur sur la ville as Commissaire divisionnaire Sabin
1975La course à l'échalote as Le directeur de la banque
1975A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe as Colonel Pembroke
1974I'm Losing My Temper as Headmaster
1974Successive Slidings of Pleasure as The Priest
1973My Name Is Nobody as Sullivan
1973The Inheritor as Mgr. Schneider
1973The Day of the Jackal as Victor Wolenski
1968I Love You, I Love You as Un responsable d'édition
1966The Battle of Algiers as Col. Mathieu
1966The Nun as Monsieur Hébert


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