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    (May 8, 1903-February 26, 1971)
    Born in Marseilles, France
    Birth name was Fernand Joseph Desire Contandin
    French comic actor in vaudeville, music halls and films
    Best known for portraying Don Camillo in a series of French-Italian films (1952-65)
    Appeared in the Hollywood films 'Around the World in 80 Days' (1956) and 'Paris Holiday' (1958)
    He went by a single pretentious name.
    He began performing as a cafe singer and comedian at age 10.
    He had large, horse-like teeth.
    A lot of his later movies were forgettable.
    He was a beloved icon of French cinema.
    He was named a Knight of the Legion of Honor.
    He was mentioned in Albert Camus's novel 'The Stranger.'
    He did a memorable wordless interview with Philippe Halsman in which the answers were photos of his facial expressions. (The profile pciture shows his response to 'As a Frenchman, what do you think of the American sweater girls?')

Credit: C. Fishel

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