French actor Michel Robin, unforgettable in “Les Petites Fugues” by Yves Yersin, died at the age of 90 as a result of Covid-19. He is known for his endearing supporting roles in theater and cinema and a former member of the Comédie-Française.
“This time sorely tests us and we will hate it for suddenly depriving ourselves of the most fragile and the best of us,” responded Eric Ruf, general administrator of the Comédie-Française. He recalled the “tenderness” and “devastating humor” of the comedian who died Wednesday.
The bald-headed actor won the Grand Prix for interpretation at the Locarno festival in 1979 for “Les Petites Fugues” by Yves Yersin. He played Pipe, an old farmhand, who retires to explore the world on his moped.
He later embodied old men with worried gentleness, in particular in “The fabulous destiny of Amélie Poulain” and in “A long engagement Sunday”. In 1990, he won the Molière for Best Supporting Actor in 1990 for Yasmina Reza’s “The Crossing of Winter”.
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“Michel has always played the old ones”
“Michel has always played the old, very early in his career. He recently conceded that he was finally old enough to play the role and that this upset him,” recalls Eric Ruf. “I do not understand why I am always distributed against the job in these roles of old minions when I am made to play the Cid!”, He joked in 2003 in Le Monde.
A student of Cours Dullin, he spent six years in Roger Planchon’s troupe at the National Popular Theater in Villeurbanne (1958-1964). The actor with an enormous theatrical career, from the end of the 1950s until 2014, joined the Comédie-Française in 1997 and remained there until 2010.
On small and big screen, the actor born November 13, 1930 in Reims was wonderful in the French version of “Fraggle Rock” (1983), in the series “Boulevard du Palais” or in “La Chèvre” by Francis Veber (1981) where his character employs Gérard Depardieu and Pierre Richard to find his kidnapped daughter.
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