Hubert de Lapparent, dean of French actors, died at 102

Eternal supporting role of French cinema and television from the 50s to the 70s, the actor died Tuesday, at the age of 102.

He is a figure of the post-war small and big screen who died this week. Hubert de Lapparent was born in 1919, the last born of the Cochon de Lapparent family, ennobled in the middle of the 18th century. Son of the eminent geologist Jacques de Lapparent and nephew of the painter Paul de Lapparent, he entered the conservatory in the 1930s, before participating in the resistance during the Second World War.

The war ended, he made his film debut in 1948, thanks to Henri-Georges Clouzot, who gave him a small role in his film. Manon, alongside Cécile Aubry and Serge Reggiani. Three decades followed in the service of French cinema. Among his notable appearances, the one in Dad, mom, my wife and me alongside Bourvil and Louis de Funès, or in the Adventures of Arsène Lupine by Jean Becker.

Although an eternal supporting role, he also appears in An idiot from Paris, The Crossing of Paris or Fantômas vs. Scotland Yard. For one of his last films, he plays the pharmacist Aubert in the unforgettable Army of shadows by Jean-Pierre Melville.

Very active on television, he plays in several series of the 70s and 80s, such as Arsène Lupin, The count of Monte Cristo Where Fantômas. It is also on the small screen that he bows out, in a TV movie dedicated to the Seznec Affair, in 1993.

Artist touches everything

To his appearances in cinema and television, we must add the fifteen plays in which he played in the 60s and 70s. On the stage, he participates in plays by Racine, Boris Vian, Eugène Ionesco, and Jean Anouilh.

At the end of his acting career, Hubert de Lapparent devoted himself mainly to sculpture, but also to watercolor. His sculptures and paintings have in common clean and minimalist forms, and an extensive use of black and white. A taste for artistic creation that he had to quickly give up, handicapped by an eye accident that caused him to lose his sight. In 2007, he confided in a site specializing in the work of Louis de Funès, and reviewed this brutal end of his career: “I had a decent career, although I also acted in bad movies, let’s not hide it (laughs)! In 1991, I suffered an eye accident which forced me to end my career prematurely. I could no longer indulge in my passion: sculpture. There is my main regret. “

A religious ceremony will be held on Monday, September 20, before his burial in Saucats in Gironde.


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