France: comedian and actor Guy Bedos dies

Actor and humorist Guy Bedos in October 2017 in Paris. JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP

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French comedian and humorist Guy Bedos, known for his fierce sketches, his commitment to the left and his roles in films like "An elephant is very wrong", has died at the age of 85, his son Nicolas announced on Thursday social networks.


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"He was handsome, he was funny, he was free and courageous. How proud I am to have had you as a father. Kiss (Pierre) Desproges and (Jean-Loup) Dabadie, since you are all in Heaven, ”he wrote on Instagram and Twitter.

The death of Guy Bedos comes a few days after that announced on Sunday of his friend, the lyricist and man of letters Jean-Loup Dabadie, who notably wrote for him the sketch "Bonne fête Paulette".

Black foot born in Algiers in 1934, Guy Bedos made himself known thanks to biting sketches, in duet first with Sophie Daumier whom he married, including that devoted to the dredge which reveals them to the general public at the beginning of the years 1960.

The consecration came in 1968, alone on stage at Bobino, then with roles on the big screen, very often in front of Yves Robert's camera.

His greatest successes are "An elephant that deceives enormously" (1976) and "We will all go to paradise" (1977). He also works for Marcel Carné, Claude Berri or Patrice Chéreau.

He has also appeared in many comic shows of which he is the author, goes to the Zenith, triumphs at the Olympia with Muriel Robin. They obtain Victory 93 from the humorist.

This anguished tall man, with hair turned white over the years and with mischievous black eyes, also loved to play editorialists, attacking men of power and defending the undocumented and the steelmakers of ArcelorMittal.

Married 3 times - with Karen Blanguernon, Sophie Daumier (deceased in 2003) and Joëlle Bercot -, he was the father of 4 children, Leslie, Mélanie, Victoria and Nicolas, who became a successful screenwriter and director.

(With AFP)

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