Death of actor Jean-Pierre Bacri, at the age of 69

French actor, screenwriter and playwright Jean-Pierre Bacri died on January 18, 2021, at the age of 69.

Here in 2017 during the Francophone Festival of Angoulême.


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Very appreciated by the French public, he left his mark on French theater and cinema as an actor, screenwriter and playwright.

Jean-Pierre Bacri died on Monday January 18 from cancer.

Born in 1951, in Castiglione, Algeria, he was 69 years old.


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There is this scene where a character is in charge of leading a deceased to his last resting place, but the cemetery cannot be found… Today, after a long illness, the actor takes death differently and in a way joins his satirical character embodied in

Gérard Pautonnier's

road movie


Grand froid


A postman and cinephile father

Born May 24, 1951 into a Jewish family in Algeria, Jean-Pierre Bacri is the son of a postman father.

As the latter is also active on weekends as an opener in a movie theater,

Star of the city

, Jean-Pierre discovers his fascination with the big screen at an early age.

After the independence of Algeria, the family landed in Cannes before Jean-Pierre chose to go to Paris, at 23, to become an advertiser.

Like his father, he also makes a living as an usher at the Olympia, and finally decides to realize his dream and to train in parallel at the Cours Simon to become the actor full of empathy that we know.

Crowned later by five Césars, several Molières and even, with Agnès Jaoui, a Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival for

Comme une image

, he initially remained for a long time confined to supporting roles both disillusioned and deeply human, but still selected by the masters of French cinema: Claude Lelouch, Luc Besson, Tony Gatlif, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Yves Robert ...

The Big Pardon

His real breakthrough with the general public occurs with his role as a pimp in

Le Grand Pardon

, in 1981. It is from the 1980s that he also begins to take the leading roles, at the cinema in

Death on a rainy Sunday


Summer in a gentle slope

, at the theater in Harold Pinter's flagship piece,


, in 1987. This production by Jean-Michel Ribes also made him meet Agnès Jaoui with whom he soon composed “JaBac”, a duet legendary in life, on stage, on screen and also for scriptwriting.

It is with comedies that he enters the hearts of the public.


Smoking / No Smoking

, by Alain Resnais, he ensures, with Agnès Jaoui, the writing of the screenplay and receives a César.

Three years later, the couple did it again with

Un air de famille

, adapted by Cédric Klapisch for the cinema.

The taste of Others

And he continues to populate the big screen with his stories or as an actor with colorful characters including his fetish role of great grumbling, for example in 


, by Alain Chabat, 

We know the song

, by Alain Resnais ,

Le Goût des autres

, by Agnès Jaoui, before giving the reply to Catherine Deneuve in

Place Vendôme

, the drama directed by Nicole Garcia.

He is not afraid to tackle with Alain Chabat the script of

Asterix and Obelix

: Mission Cleopatra

”and also works alongside Jamel Debbouze to tell the story of ordinary racism in

Parlez-moi de la forêt

, directed by Agnès Jaoui with whom he remains very close, even after their separation in 2012.

Family photo

, shot in 2018, among others with Vanessa Paradis, under the direction of Cécilia Rouad, remains one of his last films.

And, the irony of the story is that he finds himself there again to take up the challenge of a funeral ...


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