/9mkdvvPhJfjeZM0hnZYxMxiPacz.jpgJean Servais (French: [sɛʁvɛ]; 24 September 1910 – 17 February 1976) was a Belgian film and stage actor. He acted in many 20th century French cinema productions, from the 1930s through the early 1970s.
He was married to Gilberte Graillot, and later actress Dominique Blanchar.
Selected filmography
Mater dolorosa (1932)
 
Criminel (1932) – Bob Graham
 
Youth (1933) – Pierre
 
The Faceless Voice (1933) – Gérard
 
Les Misérables (1934) – Marius Pontmercy
 
Angèle (1934) – Albin
 
Amok (1934) – Jan
 
La Chanson de l’adieu (1934) – Frédéric Chopin
 
Dernière heure (1934) – Jean Benoit
 
Bourrasque (1935) – Marcel Bardet
 
Rose (1936) – Jean Sergent
 
Valse éternelle (1936) – Pierre Kramer
 
Une fille à papa (1936) – Henri Guiraud
 
Les réprouvés (1937) – Prieur
 
Gigolette (1937) – Docteur Jacques Bernais
 
Police mondaine [fr] (1937) – l’ingénieur Philippe Dancourt
 
Terra di fuoco [fr] (1939) – Maxime / Massimo
 
L’Étrange Nuit de Noël [fr] (1939) – Le docteur Maire
 
Quartier sans soleil (1939) – Jo
 
La vie est magnifique [fr] (1940) – Paul
 
Ceux du ciel [fr] (1941) – Monval
 
Fromont jeune et Risler aîné (1941) – Fromont jeune
 
Patricia (1942) – Fabien
 
Tornavara [fr] (1943) – Anders
 
Finance noire (1943) – François Carré
 
Mahlia the Mestiza (1943) – Henri de Roussière -le fils des parents adoptifs de Mahlia
 
La vie de plaisir [fr] (1944) – Le vicomte Roland de la Chaume – un oisif
 
Amanti senza amore [fr] (1948) – Enrico Miller – il violinista
 
La septième porte (1948) – Le chauffeur du car
 
The Dance of Death (1948) – Kurt
 
Une si jolie petite plage (1949) – Fred
 
Mademoiselle de La Ferté (1949) – Lord Osborne
 
Le furet (1950) – Stadler
 
The Glass Castle (1950)
 
Une si jolie petite plage (1950) – Laurent Bertal (French version)
 
Le Plaisir (1952) – L’ami de Jean / La voix de Maupassant (segment “Le Modèle”)
 
Mina de Vanghel (1953) – Ruppert
 
Rue de l’Estrapade (1953) – Jacques Christian
 
Tourbillon (1953) – Fred Maurin
 
Le Chevalier de la nuit (1953) – Le châtelain
 
Les crimes de l’amour (1953) – Ruppert (segment 1 : ‘Mina de Vanghel’)
 
Rififi (1955) – Tony le Stéphanois
 
Heroes and Sinners, Les héros sont fatigués (1955) – François Séverin
 
Le couteau sous la gorge (1955) – Marc Hourtin
 
The Lebanese Mission (1956) – Maj. Charles Hobson
 
Akinek meg kell halnia – Celui qui doit mourir (1957) – Priest Fotis
 
La roue (1957) – Pierre Pelletier
 
Quand la femme s’en mêle, He Who Must Die (1957) – Henri Godot
 
Tamango (1958) – Doctor Corot
 
Cette nuit-là (1958) – André Reverdy
 
Les Jeux dangereux (1958) – Fournier, le détective privé
 
La Fièvre Monte à El Pao (1959) – Alejandro Gual
 
Murder at 45 R.P.M. (1960) – Maurice Faugères
 
Le Sahara brûle (1961) – Wagner
 
World in My Pocket (1961) – Gypo
 
Les Menteurs (1961) – Paul Dutraz
 
Le jeu de la vérité (1961) – Jean-François Vérate
 
Korzikai testvérek – The Corsican Brothers – I fratelli Corsi (1961) – Gerolamo Sagona
 
Le Crime ne paie pas (1962) – Ernest Vaughan (segment “L’affaire Hugues”)
 
The Longest Day (1962) – Rear Admiral Robert Jaujard
 
The Cage (1963) – Rispal
 
La soupe aux poulets [fr] (1963) – Commissaire Beronnet
 
Un soir… par hasard [fr] (1963) – Piort
 
Una spia sulla città, Rififi in the City (1963) – Maurice Leprince
 
That Man from Rio (1964) – Prof. Norbert Catalan
 
Sursis pour un espion [fr] (1965) – Dr. Roussel
 
Thomas the Impostor (1965) – Pasquel-Duport
 
Lost Command (1966) – General Melies
 
Avec la peau des autres (1966) – Wegelt
 
Qualcuno ha tradito (1967) – Jean
 
Coplan Saves His Skin (1968) – Saroghu
 
Black Jesus (1968) – Commander
 
Better a Widow (1968) – Baron Misceni
 
They Came to Rob Las Vegas (1968) – Gino
 
Peau d’âne (1970) – La voix de (voice)
 
The Devil’s Nightmare (1971) – Baron von Rhoneberg
 
Le Seuil du vide [fr] (1972) – De Gournais, le directeur de la galerie
 
L’Affaire Crazy Capo (1973) – Joseph Marchesi, dit Crazy Capo
 
Le Protecteur (1974) – Ancelin
 
Un tueur, un flic, ainsi soit-il… (1977) – Forzi (final film role)
Career
 
Servais trained at the Brussels Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, where he won the Second Prize. His acting skills came to the attention of Raymond Rouleau, and he was hired at the Théâtre du Marais, where he acted in Le mal de jeunesse, which was successful in Brussels and in Paris. He was also a member of Jean-Louis Barrault’s theatre company.
His first film role was as the simple country dweller who was the victim of an error by the justice system in the film Criminel (1932), directed by Jack Forrester. Servais’s film career continued in the 1930s with roles in films such as La Chanson De L’Adieu (1934) and La Vie Est Magnifique (1938). After a break in acting during World War II, he returned to the screen with roles in films such as La Danse De Mort (1948).
In the 1950s, he appeared in the crime drama Rififi  (1955), which François Truffaut ranked as the best film noir, directed by American Jules Dassin, in which he played a leader of a gang of jewel thieves.
He appeared in another film directed by Jules Dassin in 1957, He Who Must Die (Celui qui doit mourir). He also appeared in a film written and directed by Luis Buñuel, La fièvre monte à El Pao (1959).
In the 1950s and 1960s, Servais rejoined the Renaud-Barrault theatre troupe for several plays, including La Répétition ou l’Amour puni (1950), Volpone (1955), and Marat/Sade (1966).
In the 1960s, Servais took small character roles in popular international fare such as The Longest Day (1962), an epic recreation of the Allied invasion of Normandy, and That Man from Rio (1964). Other films in which he acted include Le Sahara brûle (1961), Un Soir Par Hasard (1964), and Avec la peau des autres (1966).
He had roles in several films in the early 1970s, such as The Devil’s Nightmare (1971), an Italian horror series, and Le Protecteur (1974), about a recently released prisoner who tries to find his daughter who has fallen into the underworld of prostitution.
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