Philippe LEOTARD

Philippe Léotard (Ange Philippe Paul André Léotard-Tomasi; 28 August 1940 – 25 August 2001) was a French actor, poet and singer. He was born in Nice, one of seven children - four girls, then three boys, of which he was the oldest - and was the brother of politician François Léotard. His childhood was normal except for an illness (rheumatic fever) which struck him and forced him to spend days in bed during which time he read a great many books. He was particularly fond of the poets - Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Lautréamont, Blaise Cendrars. He met Ariane Mnouchkine at the Sorbonne and in 1964 they formed the théâtre du soleil.
He played Philippe, the tormented son of a woman with terminal illness, in the 1974 drama film La Gueule ouverte, by the controversial director Maurice Pialat.[1] He won a César Award for Best Actor for ...

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