Jacques Perrin, actor and producer of "Microcosmos" and "Les Choristes", died at the age of 80

Jacques Perrin, actor and producer of “Microcosmos” and “Les Choristes”, died at the age of 80

It is one of the most secret and discreet figures of French cinema who has left us. Jacques Perrin nevertheless had a central place: actor and above all producer of ambitious films. The Monkey People, Microcosmos, Himalayas, the childhood of a chef, The migrating people, oceans. Without forgetting The chorists by Christophe Barratier.

The family has the immense sadness to inform you of the disappearance of the filmmaker Jacques Perrin, who died on Thursday April 21 in Paris. He passed away peacefully at the age of 80“, announced his family in a statement sent to AFP by his son, Mathieu Simonet.

As an actor, Jacques Perrin, born in Paris on July 13, 1941, appeared in more than 70 films from the 1950s. His soft voice and his gray hair turned white were familiar to the general public, who saw him in particular at Pierre Schoendoerffer (The Drum Crab in 1977, A Captain’s Honor in 1982). He is also known for his interpretations of a romantic young man in the films of Jacques Demy: The ladies of Rochefort and Donkey Skin.

Jacques Perrin has also been the co-producer of some fifteen films since the end of the 1960s, including “Z” by Costa-Gavras (1968) or “Les Choristes” (2004) by his nephew Christophe Barratier, in which he played also (8.6 million admissions).

A committed defender of nature, he has co-produced several documentaries on this theme, including “The Monkey People” (1989), “Microcosmos: the grass people” (1996) or “Himalaya: the childhood of a chief”. (1999). Subsequently, he himself co-directed notable documentaries, including “Le Peuple migrateur”, devoted to birds (2001, 2.8 million viewers in France), then “Oceans” (2010, 2.9 million viewers ), awarded the César for best documentary in 2011).

His last film role, in “Goliath”, released in March, echoes his environmental fights: in this thriller around pesticides, he teams up with a formidable lobbyist from the phytosanitary industry, camped by Pierre Niney.

Jacques Perrin has also been the co-producer of some fifteen films since the end of the 1960s, including Z by Costa-Gavras (1968) or The chorists (2004) by his nephew Christophe Barratier, in which he also played (8.6 million admissions).

A committed defender of nature, he has co-produced several documentaries on this theme, including The Monkey People (1989), Microcosmos: the grass people (1996) or Himalayas: the childhood of a chef (1999). Subsequently, he himself co-directed acclaimed documentaries, including The migrating peopledevoted to birds (2001, 2.8 million spectators in France), then oceans (2010, 2.9 million viewers), awarded the César for best documentary in 2011).

His last film role, in Goliath, released in March, echoes his environmental battles: in this thriller around pesticides, he teams up with a formidable lobbyist from the phytosanitary industry, camped by Pierre Niney.

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