Étienne Draber, facetious actor of the Under-gifted, died of Covid

DISAPPEARANCE – From Zidi to More beautiful life, the comedian, who died at the age of 81, has had a prolific career in theater, television and film.

His apparent rectitude was smiling. The actor Étienne Draber, formidable supporting role in the cinema (The Under-Gifted, PROFS) and television (More beautiful life, Skinnyt) died of Covid-19 today, January 11, at the age of 81.

It is the photographer Jean-François Guyot who, the first on the social network, wanted to pay him a first tribute: “ Death of actor Étienne Draber, swept away by the Covid this morning, in Paris. A “figure” of supporting roles. Prolific career in theater, cinema and television, father of actress Stéphanie Bataille. He camped the censor in PROFS with Patrick Bruel, in 1985.

Father not too severe or censor

He was born on March 26, 1939 in Strasbourg. Laureate of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art, he crossed paths with one of the greatest figures on the scene, Jean-Louis Barrault, in the early 1960s. During the 1970s, he worked with renowned filmmakers such as Philippe Labro (The heir) or Jacques Rouffio (Seven deaths on prescription and Sugar). In 1980, he appeared in the cult The Under-Gifted by Claude Zidi, where he plays with a happy joke a father ready to do anything so that his son passes the bac successfully. School will be successful for him since in 1985 it is Patrick Schulmann’s turn to entrust him with the role of a censor in another memorable comedy, PROFS, where he will give the answer to Patrick Bruel.

A chameleon actor, capable of blending into all the characters, he especially made the heyday of television in the following decade. We see it in The Beach Boys, The Last Five Minutes, Maigret, Honey and Bees, The Cordier Judge and cop and even in the stainless soap opera Marseille More beautiful life. Étienne Draber had two children: Stanislas, who would become a florist, and Stéphanie Bataille, who would follow in her father’s footsteps, also choosing the profession of actress. In tribute to the talent of Etienne Draber, Le Figaro presents an excerpt from I lost Albert, film by Didier Van Cauwelaert, in which the actor was no less camped than Albert Einstein.

I lost Albert by Didier van Cauwelaert, in 2018, with Stéphane Plaza, Julie Ferrier, Josiane Balasko, Étienne Draber …


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