Jean Marais

Actor who played Simon Templar, alias The Saint, in the Movies

Jean Marais as The Saint Jean Marais as The Saint Jean Marais played The Saint in a 1960s French film.

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Jean Marais was a popular French cinema actor and director who played over 100 roles in film and on television, and was also known for his many talents as a writer, painter and sculptor.

He was born Jean Alfred Villain-Marais on December 11, 1913, in Cherbourg, France. His father practiced veterinarian medicine, then fought in the World War I, and eventually left the family. Young Jean Marais was taken to Paris at the age of 4. There he was raised by his mother and grandmother. He attended the Lycee Condorcet, a prestigious private school, where also studied his future film partners such as Louis de Funes and Jean Cocteau, and the faculty had such figures as Jean-Paul Sartre. At the age of 13, Marais dropped out of Lycee Condorcet, he tried several other schools, albeit he did not complete his college education, instead he was placed in a Catholic boarding school. At 16, he left school and became involved in amateur acting. After being rejected from drama scools, he took a job as a photographer's assistant and also worked as a caddy at a golf club.

In 1933 Marais made his film debut in Épervier, L' (1933) (aka.. Les Amoureux), by director Marcel L'Herbier. In 1937, at a stage rehearsal of 'King Aedipus', Marais met Jean Cocteau, and they remained close friends until Cocteau's death. Cocteau had a major influence on life and career of Jean Marais who appeared in almost every one of Cocteau's films. Together they made such classics as Belle et la bête, La (1946), Orphée (1950) and Testament d'Orphée, ou ne me demandez pas pourquoi!, Le (1960), to name a few.

During the World War II, Marais was an actor in the occupied Paris. After liberation of Paris in 1944, he became a truck driver for the French Army, he was decorated for his courage. During the war Marais was married to his film partner, actress Mila Parély, and their marriage was blessed by Cocteau, who wanted Marais to be happy. Marais and Mila Parély divorced after two years of marriage, and shortly after their divorce, they worked together again in 'Beauty and the Beast' (1946), under directorship of Jean Cocteau. During the 1950s, Marais shot to international fame, after starring in films directed by Cocteau, Visconti, and others.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Marais went on to star in several popular comedies, such as the Fantômas (1964) trilogy by director André Hunebelle. He co-starred with many major French actors of the time, including such stars as Louis de Funès and Mylène Demongeot in the Fantomas trilogy, and also Jean Gabin, Guy Delorme, Bourvil, Danielle Darrieux, Michèle Morgan, and Yves Montand.

Jean Marais was also a remarkable stage actor known for his association with Théâtre de Paris, Théâtre de l'Atelie, and the Comédie Francaise, among others. Marais received numerous international awards and recognitions for his contribution to film art, including the French Legion of Honour (1996). He spent his later years living in his house in Vallaruis, in the South of France where he was involved in painting, sculpture and pottery, and was visited by Pablo Picasso and other cultural figures. Jean Marais died of a heart failure on November 8, 1998, in Cannes, France, and was laid to rest in the small Cemetiere de Vallauris, France.

Selected Filmography of Jean Marais

Jean Marais as The Saint
  • L'Épervier (1933), directed by Marcel L'Herbier
  • Étienne (1933), directed by Jean Tarride
  • Dans les rues (1933), directed by Victor Trivas
  • Le Scandale (1934)
  • L'Aventurier (1934), directed by Marcel L'Herbier
  • Le Bonheur (1935), directed by Marcel L'Herbier
  • Les Hommes nouveaux (1936), directed by Marcel L'Herbier
  • Nuits de feu (1936), directed by Marcel L'Herbier
  • Abus de confiance (1937), directed by Henri Decoin
  • Drôle de drame (1937), directed by Marcel Carné
  • Le Pavillon brûle (1941), directed by Jacques de Baroncelli
  • Le Lit à colonnes (1942), directed by Roland Tual
  • Carmen (1942), directed by Christian-Jaque
  • L'Éternel retour (1943), directed by Jean Cocteau and Jean Delannoy
  • Voyage sans espoir (1943), directed by Christian-Jaque
  • La Belle et la Bête (1946), directed by Jean Cocteau and Jean Delannoy
  • Les Chouans (1946)
  • Ruy Blas (1947), directed by Pierre Billon
  • L'Aigle à deux têtes (1947), directed by Jean Cocteau
  • Aux yeux du souvenir (1948), directed by Jean Delannoy
  • Le Secret de Mayerling (1948), directed by Jean Delannoy
  • Les parents terribles (1948), directed by Jean Cocteau
  • Orphée (1949), directed by Jean Cocteau
  • Coriolan (1950)
  • Le Château de verre (1950), directed by René Clément
  • Les Miracles n'ont lieu qu'une fois (1950), directed by Yves Allégret
  • Nez de cuir (1951), directed by Yves Allégret
  • La Maison du silence (1952)
  • L'Appel du destin (1952), directed by Georges Lacombe
  • Les Amants de minuit (1953)
  • Dortoir des grandes (1953), directed by Henri Decoin
  • Julietta (1953)
  • Le Comte de Monte Cristo (1953)
  • Le Guérisseur (1954)
  • Si Versailles m'était conté (1954), directed by Sacha Guitry
  • Futures vedettes (1955), directed by Marc Allégret
  • L'Amour sous l'électrode (1955), directed by Jean Cocteau
  • Napoléon (1955), directed by Sacha Guitry
  • Goubbiath (1955)
  • Toute la ville accuse (1955)
  • Elena et les hommes (1956), directed by Jean Renoir
  • Si Paris m'était conté (1956)
  • Typhon sur Nagasaki (1957), directed by Yves Ciampi
  • SOS Noronha (1957)
  • Amour de poche (1957), directed by Pierre Kast
  • La Vie à deux (1957)
  • Nuits blanches (Le Notti bianche) (1957), directed by Luchino Visconti
  • La Tour, prends garde ! (1957), directed by Georges Lampin
  • Chaque jour a son secret (1958)
  • Le Bossu (1959), directed by André Hunebelle
  • Austerlitz (1960), directed by Abel Gance
  • Le testament d'Orphée (1959), directed by Jean Cocteau
  • Le Capitan (1960), directed by André Hunebelle
  • La Princesse de Clèves (1961), directed by Jean Delannoy
  • Capitaine Fracasse (1961), directed by Pierre Gaspard-Huit
  • Ponce Pilate (1961), directed by Gian Paolo Callegari
  • Le Miracle des loups (1961), directed by André Hunebelle
  • Napoléon II l'Aiglon (1961)
  • L'Enlèvement des Sabines (1961)
  • Le Masque de fer (1962), directed by Henri Decoin
  • Les Mystères de Paris (1962), directed by André Hunebelle
  • L'honorable Stanislas, agent secret (1963)
  • Patate (1964), directed by Robert Thomas
  • Fantomas (1964), directed by André Hunebelle
  • Thomas l'imposteur (1964), directed by Georges Franju
  • Le gentleman de Cocody (1965), directed by Christian-Jaque
  • Pleins feux sur Stanislas (1965)
  • Train d'enfer (1965)
  • Fantômas se déchaîne (1965), directed by André Hunebelle
  • Le Saint prend l'affût (1965)
  • 7 hommes et une garce (1966), directed by Bernard Borderie
  • Fantômas contre Scotland Yard (1966), directed by André Hunebelle
  • Le Paria (1968)
  • La Provocation (1969)
  • Le Jouet criminel (1969), directed by Adolfo Arrieta
  • Peau d'âne (1970), directed by Jacques Demy
  • Jean Marais artisan du rêve (1975), documentaire
  • Vaincre à Olympie (1976), documentaire ?
  • Chantons sous l'Occupation (1976), documentaire directed by André Halimi
  • Chirico par Cocteau (1981), directed by Pascal Kané
  • Ombre et secret (1982)
  • Parking (1985), directed by Jacques Demy
  • Les Enfants du naufrageur (1991), directed by Jérôme Foulon
  • Les Misérables du XXe siècle (1994)
  • Beauté volée (Stealing Beauty) (1995), directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

    The Saint Against Agent 001Le Saint Prend L'Affut movie poster #1 Le Saint Prend L'Affut movie poster #21966 Le Saint Prend L'Affut
    1966 The Saint Against Agent 001

    Intermondie Prods, France. 90 minutes.

    Le Saint Prend L'Affut translates to 'The Saint Lies in Wait' in English. This film was not distributed in any English-speaking country.

    This film was distributed in Italy by Medusa Distribuzione as The Saint Against Agent 001.

    Directed by Christian Jaque. Screenplay by Jean Ferry and Henri Jeanson.

    Starring Jean Marais as Simon Templar, and Jess Hahn as Hoppy Uniatz


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    Other Actors Who've Played The Saint

    Portrals of Simon Templar on Film in Movie Motion Pictures:

    Louis Hayward, George Sanders, Hugh Sinclair, Jean Marais, and Val Kilmer

    The Saint Radio shows on Old-Time Radio:

    Vincent Price, Barry Sullivan, Brian Aherne, Edgar Barrier, Felix Marten, Lawrence Dobkin, Paul Rhys, Terence De Marney, Tom Conway, and Tom Meehan

    Actors who played The Saint on Television TV Programs:

    Roger Moore, Ian Ogilvy, Andrew Clarke, Simon Dutton, and Adam Rayner

    Starring as The Saint in Photoplay:

    Leslie Charteris


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