Gérard Filippelli, Jean-Guy Fechner and Gerard Rinaldi (from left to right), members of the Charlots, in 1984. -


Gérard Filippelli passed away on Tuesday.

The great Éhalas des Charlots, a schoolboy and popular group that brightened up French comedy cinema in the 1970s, died at the age of 78, one of his accomplices on screen, Jean Sarrus, told AFP.

“It's a huge page that is turning.

We were more than a bunch of friends.

We were a family.

We saw our children grow up.

From our 20s to our 40s, we have known total recklessness in the cinema or on stage through our songs, ”said Jean Serrus, specifying that the actor had succumbed to cancer at the Argenteuil hospital ( Val d'Oise).

Filippelli, the guitarist of this musical band (

Paulette, the queen of paupiettes


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, reused by François Ruffin in his film ...) and humorous, has appeared in all their films including Les

Bidasses en Folie

, released in 1971 and which has attracted 7 million spectators.

Parodies and bawdy songs

Les Charlots had six main members, one of the best known, Gérard Rinaldi, died in 2012. At first accompanying singer Antoine under the name of “Problèmes”, they became “Les Charlots” in 1966 and became get to know the general public with parodies and bawdy songs, before launching on the big screen.

It is the director Philippe Clair who will make the Charlots the stars of his second film

La grande java

 marking their debut in the cinema where they will collaborate on numerous occasions with Claude Zidi.

From the Grand Bazaar

, from the

Madmen of the stadium

 to the

delirious Charlots by 

Alain Basnier or the

Charlots against Dracula

 by Jean-Pierre Desagnat, the group will make around fifteen films.

Actor Gérard Rinaldi is dead


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