MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –
The French did not always know his name, but they recognized his face which lit up the stages and screens. The actor Michel Robin, a superb supporting role in the cinema and a leading figure at the Comédie-Française, passed away the day before yesterday at the age of 90.
Born in 1930 in Reims, in a city still scarred by the Great War and which will soon experience the horrors of the Occupation, the young Michel begins the theater very young, at the age of 7, as if to play in other worlds, in other times, in other lives. On the stage of the family living room or around the scout campfires, with the fraternal troop, in decorations of crepe paper, he adapts pranks of the Middle Ages and trifles for entertainers.
For this young man who loves nothing more than the game, we nevertheless advise studying law. He complies with regret, thinking that he lacks the beauty of Gérard Philippe to make the stage his profession. He thus loses a few years not believing in it, not daring. However, in Bordeaux, he spends less time on the benches of amphitheatres than on the boards of his theater club. His teacher detects in him a singular fire and, while she always tells her students that we do not live to play, she urges him to try his luck in Paris.
He enrolled in Cours Dullin, spent six years in Roger Planchon’s famous troupe at the Théâtre National Populaire in Villeurbanne, then joined the equally famous Renaud-Barrault company. It brings to life the characters of the greatest French and foreign playwrights, yesterday and today, Musset and Molière, Shakespeare and Gogol, Dumas and Brecht. He is living his dream at the cost of a daily life torn by poverty, cramped rooms and meager meals.
But over the course of this bohemian existence, his game refined and his passion grew. In 1970, Roger Blin orchestrated his meeting with Beckett, and entrusted him with the role of Lucky in Waiting for Godot. A revelation. Forever his favorite author. Ten years later, he plays Clov in Endgame. Contrary to her title, it is the play of her life and the role of her heart, of those who confirm a vocation and consecrate a talent.
Cinema and television set their sights on this gentle and facetious face. He toured with Costa Gavras, Doillon, Zulawski, Chabrol and Jeunet. He is the priest of the Adventures of Rabbi Jacob by Gérard Oury, he is Pipe, the old peasant thirsty for freedom who travels the roads of his country on his moped in Les Petites Fugues by Yves Persin, he is the CEO whose daughter is kidnapped and who instructs a whimsical accountant to find her in Francis Veber’s La Chèvre, he is the grocer’s old father in Amélie Poulain or even Isy in the successful series Boulevard du Palais.
The honors arrive, first the Grand Prix for Interpretation of the Locarno Festival in 1979, then a Molière for her role in Yasmina Reza’s Winter Crossing the following year. At over 60, at the age when others were retiring, he experienced a new consecration: he was enlisted in the Comédie-Française troupe. In the house of Molière, for fifteen years, he shines with Marivaux, Ionesco, Hugo and Feydeau, Rostand, Jarry and Tchekhov, and at the age of 70 he paints an unforgettable and touching Bourgeois gentleman in his quest for knowledge and youth.
The President of the Republic and his wife greet an actor who has brought hundreds of great texts and beautiful characters to life with talent, and send their sincere condolences to their family, loved ones, and all their acting partners.
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