Actor who played Simon Templar, alias The Saint, in the Movies
played The Saint in a 1960s French film.
IMDb Mini Biography By Steve Shelokhonov
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
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
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
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
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
1966 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
Other Actors Who've Played The Saint
Portrals of Simon Templar on Film in Movie Motion Pictures: