/zRqCT6pRUqhvRQP4gD7FcWD2kbT.jpgCharles-Marie Vanel (21 August 1892 – 15 April 1989) was a French actor and director. He made his screen debut in 1912, in Robert Péguy’s Jim Crow, and is perhaps best remembered for his role as a desperate truck driver in Clouzot’s acclaimed. The Wages of Fear, a film that won both the Golden Bear and Palme d’Or in 1953.


In Hitchcock’s 1955 film, To Catch a Thief, he played a restaurateur who had served in the French Resistance with Cary Grant. Later in his career he would act alongside Jean-Paul Belmondo (Magnet of Doom) and Klaus Kinski (Golden Night).
In his 77-year career he appeared in more than 200 films.
Selected filmography

La p’tite du sixième (1917)
Miarka (1920) as Mario, le garde-chasse
Crépuscule d’épouvante (1921) as Guillaume Brohan
La fille de Camargue (1921)
Possession (1922) as Dimitri
Tempêtes (1922) as Raoul Mauduit
Tillers of the Soil (1923) as Bernard Larade
The House of Mystery (1923) as Henri Corradin
Calvaire d’amour (1923) as Georges Brémond
L’autre aile (1923) as Gaston Lager
Du crépuscule à l’aube (1923)
In the Spider’s Web (1924) as Stephen Powers
La mendiante de Saint-Sulpice (1924) as Gilbert Rollin
La Flambée des rêves (1924) as Lucien Réneval
Le vol (1924) as Favier
Heart of an Actress (1924)
Pêcheur d’Islande (1924) as Jan
Le réveil (1925) as Le Prince Jean
Barocco (1925) as Barocco
L’Orphelin du Cirque (1926) as Garment, le traitre / Legru
The Flame (1926) as Boussat
600,000 Francs a Month (1926) as John Durand
La Nuit de la revanche (1926)
Nitchevo (1926) as Captain Cartier
Charité (1927)
The Prey of the Wind (1927) as Pierre Vignal
Feu! (1927) as Le lieutenant Frémiet
Queen Louise (1927-1928) as Napoleon
The White Slave (1927) as Dr. Warner
Martyr (1927)
Die Apachen von Paris (1927) as Bécot
Da hält die Welt den Atem an (1928)
The Crew (1928)
Da hält die Welt den Atem an (1928)
The Passenger (1928)
Waterloo (1929) as Napoleon
Drei Tage auf Leben und Tod – aus dem Logbuch der U.C.1 (1929) as Der Steuermann
Die Liebe der Brüder Rott (1929)
An Ideal Woman (1929)
Les Fourchambault (1929)
Chiqué (1930) as Francois
Dans la nuit (1930) as L’ouvrier carrier
Accused, Stand Up! (1930) as Henri Lapalle
L’Arlésienne (1930) as Mitifio, un gardian
Le capitaine jaune (1930) as Le capitaine
Dance Hall (1931) as Ramon
La maison jaune de Rio (1931) as King-Fu / Scalpa
Montmartre (1931) as André Marco, dit Dédé
Wooden Crosses (1932) as Caporal Breval
In the Name of the Law (1932) as Lancelot
Daïnah la métisse (1932) as Le mécanicien Michaux
Gitanes (1932) as Léon
Les Misérables (1934) as Inspecteur Javert
Au bout du monde (1934) as Georges Laudy
Le Grand Jeu (1934) as Clément
Roi de Camargue (1935) as Rampal
L’Équipage (1935) as Le lieutenant Maury
The Green Domino (1935) as Nebel – un sculpteur
L’impossible aveu (1935) as Fred
Les Bateliers de la Volga (1936) as Le colonel Goreff
Michel Strogoff (1936) as Ivan Ogareff
La Peur (1936) as Robert Sylvain
The Flame (1936) as Victor Boussat
They Were Five (1936) as Charles Billot aka Charlot
Jenny (1936) as Benoit
Les Grands (1936) as Henri Lormier
Port Arthur (1936) as Commander Vassidloff
L’Assaut [fr] (1936) as Alexandre Mérital
Southern Mail (1937) as L’ambassadeur Herlin
Police mondaine (1937) as Salviati
Troïka sur la piste blanche (1937) as Michel Steinberg
Abused Confidence (1937) as Jacques Ferney
Les Pirates du rail (1938) as Henri Pierson
La Femme du bout du monde (1938) as Durc, l’officier mécanicien
The West (1938) as Jean Cadière
Légions d’honneur (1938) as Captaine Dabrau
Bar du sud (1938) as Le capitaine Olivier
S.O.S. Sahara (1938) as Loup
Carrefour (1938) as Roger de Vétheuil
La Brigade sauvage (1939) as Général Kalitjeff
Yamilé sous les cèdres (1939) as le chef maronite Rachid el Hamé
La Loi du Nord (1939) as Le caporal Dalrymple
Cristobal’s Gold (1940) as Le Coronel – le chef de la police
The Marvelous Night (1940) as Le fermier
The Black Diamond (1941) as François Mitry
Les affaires sont les affaires (1942) as Isidore Lechat
Promesse à l’inconnue (1942) as Bernard Parker
Haut-le-Vent (1942) as François Ascarra
Le soleil a toujours raison (1943) as L’homme du mas
Les Roquevillard (1943) as Maître François Roquevillard
The Woman Who Dared (1944) as Pierre Gauthier
Hanged Man’s Farm (1945) as François
Gringalet (1946) as Ravaut
Le Bateau à soupe (1946) as Le capitaine Hervé
La Cabane aux souvenirs (1947) as Lauragais
Le diable souffle (1947) as Laurent
La Femme que j’ai assassinée (1948) as François Bachelin
In the Name of the Law (1949) as Massaro Turi Passalacqua
Vertigine d’amore (1949) as Mugnaio Resplanton / France: Emile Resplandin
The Fighting Men (1950) as Don Salvatore Sparaino
Hearts at Sea (1950) as Nostromo Norus
The Crossroads (1951) as Lubiani
Tragic Spell (1951) as Bastiano
The Last Sentence (1951) as Giudice Marco Valsetti
Malaire (1952) as Noguère aîné
The Wages of Fear (Le Salaire de la Peur, Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953) as M. Jo
Royal Affairs in Versailles (1954) as Monsieur de Vergennes
Maddalena (1954) as Giovanni Lamberti
L’affaire Maurizius (1954) as Wolf Andergast
The Cheerful Squadron (1954) as Il capitano Hurluret
Les Diaboliques (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955) as Alfred Fichet, le commissaire
To Catch a Thief (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955) as Bertani
Tom Toms of Mayumba (1955) as Carlo Leonardi
A Missionary (1955) as Père Gauthier
Sunset in Naples (1955)
Difendo il mio amore (1956) as Verdisio
Death in the Garden (1956) as Castin
Burning Fuse (1957) as Albatrasse
Les Suspects (1957) as Commissaire Perrache
Rafles sur la ville [fr] (1958) as Léonce Pozzi, dit “Le Fondu”
Le Piège (1958) as Caillé
The Mask of the Gorilla (1958) as Colonel Berthomieu
Les Naufrageurs (1959) as Marnez
Prisoner of the Volga (1959) as Ossip Semjonowitsch
La Valse du Gorille [fr] (1959) as Berthomieu dit ‘Le Vieux’
Pêcheur d’Islande (1959) as L’armateur Mével
The Truth (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1960) as Maître Guérin
Maria, Registered in Bilbao (1960) as El viejo
Tintin and the Golden Fleece (Tintin et le mystère de la Toison d’or, Jean-Jacques Vierne, 1961) as Père Alexandre
La steppa (1962) as Pére Christophore
Lo sgarro (1962)
Rififi à Tokyo [fr] (1963) as Van Hekken
Symphonie pour un massacre [fr] (1963) as Paoli
A King Without Distraction (1963) as Le procureur du Roi
Magnet of Doom (1963) as Dieudonné Ferchaux
Le Chant du monde (1965) as Marinau, le matelot
Shock Troops (1967) as Passevin
La prisonnière (1968) as L’invité au vernissage qui dit ‘Oui, ça correspond au schéma du bonhomme’ (uncredited)
Ballade pour un chien (1969) as Viachet
Sébastien et la Mary-Morgane (1970, TV) as Louis Maréchal
Ils (1970) as Le professeur Swaine
Comptes à rebours [fr] (1971) as Juliani
La nuit bulgare (1972) as Bohringer
Gang War in Naples (1972) as Don Mimo De Ritis
The Most Wonderful Evening of My Life (1972) as Il Presidente, Giudice Dutz
Par le sang des autres (1974) as Le curé
Sept morts sur ordonnance (Jacques Rouffio, 1975) as Old Brézé
Es herrscht Ruhe im Land (1976) as Großvater Parra
Illustrious Corpses (1976) as Procurator Varga
Boomerang (1976) as Me Ritter
Golden Night (1976) as Charles Fournier
À l’ombre d’un été (1976) as Jean Landot
Alice or the Last Escapade (1977) as Henri Vergennes
Ne pleure pas (1978) as Le grand-père
Le chemin perdu (1980) as Léon Schwarz
La Puce et le Privé (1981) as Mathieu Fortier
Three Brothers (1981) as Donato Giuranna
Si le soleil ne revenait pas (1987) as Anzevui
Les Saisons du plaisir (1988) as Charles Van Bergh (final film role)

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