Jacques Dumesnil

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Jacques Dumesnil
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Dumesnil in 1943
Marie Émile Eugène André Joly

(1903-11-09)November 9, 1903
DiedMay 8, 1998(1998-05-08) (aged 94)
Bron, Rhône, France
Resting placeMiribel Cemetery, Miribel, Ain
Other namesJacques Joly
Years active1928–1980
Children Pierre Joly dit Dumesnil

Jacques Dumesnil (born Marie Émile Eugène André Joly; November 9, 1903 May 8, 1998) was a French film and television actor.


Early life

Jacques Dumesnil was born as Marie Émile Eugène André Joly on November 9, 1903 in Paris, France. Before becoming an actor, he received training as a mechanical engineer. After starting as a secretary at the aviation school, he became an industrial designer, a profession he left to devote himself to the theater.


He adopted the pseudonym Dumesnil because of the admiration he had to French actor Camille Dumény. [1]

He started out as a fanciful singer in a café located in Paris Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, he was paid in sandwiches and glasses of beer.

Dumesnil started on stage in 1927 and divided his career between theater and cinema. Having spent two years at the Comédie-Française, he played among other things in Les Tontons flingueurs and provided the French voice of Charlie Chaplin in Monsieur Verdoux (1947) and A King in New York (1957).

His role as Duke of Plessis-Vaudreuil in the television series Au plaisir de Dieu, earned him a resurgence of popularity and the 7 d'Or for best actor.

Personal life

Jacques Dumesnil had a son, Pierre Joly dit Dumesnil, who was a French swimming champion and participated in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. [2]


Jacques-Dumesnil street at Miribel, Ain. Rue Jacques Dumesnil a Miribel.JPG
Jacques-Dumesnil street at Miribel, Ain.

Dumesnil died on May 8, 1998 in Bron, Rhône. He was buried three days later in the Miribel Cemetery in Miribel, Ain, the town where his sister Odette Joly had been a teacher and where he had chosen to study. install at the end of its life. Since then, a rue de Miribel has also been called “rue Jacques-Dumesnil”.


1932 Mon amant l'assassin  [ fr ]Bondizi
1932 Danton Fabre d'Églantine
1933 Rivaux de la piste  [ fr ]Banz
1933 The Ironmaster Le duc Gaston de Bligny
1934La belle de nuitJean Fournier
1934 Gold MalescotFrench-language version
1934 Three Sailors Stephen Warren
1934 Le Roi des Champs-Élysées Un gangster
1935Un homme de trop à bordClay
1935 Lucrezia Borgia Giannino Sforza, Duke of Milano
1936 Bach the Detective Stefani
1937 Wells in Flames Garcia
1937Le coeur disposeLe baron Houzier
1938 Rail Pirates André Rolland
1938 Women's Prison L'avocat
1938 Return at Dawn Dick Farmer aka 'Keith'
1939 Behind the Facade Albert Durant, le jouer de poker
1939Yamilé sous les cèdresOsman Hel Hussein
1940 The Man from Niger Le lieutenant Jacques Parent
1940L'Empreinte du dieuGomar
1942 Bolero Georges
1942 Le mariage de Chiffon Max de Bray
1942 Twisted Mistress Guy Carbonnel
1943Les ailes blanchesGérard Clairval
1943 Malaria Jean Barral
1943 Pierre and Jean Le docteur Henri Marchat
1944 Sowing the Wind Le sculpteur Bruno Horp
1944Le bal des passantsClaude Amadieu
1944 Night Shift Pierre Jansen
1945 La Grande Meute Côme de Lambrefaut
1945 Father Serge Le prince Stéphane
1946 Women's Games Stanislas
1947 Rumours Jean
1947La dernière chevauchéeAndré Valérian
1947Les trafiquants de la merL'inspecteur principal Gardy
1949 56 Rue Pigalle Jean Vigneron
1949 The Farm of Seven Sins Paul-Louis Courier
1950 Julie de Carneilhan Léon de Carneilhan
1951 Anna Il professor Ferri
1954 Ulysses Alicinous
1954 The Count of Bragelonne d'Artagnan
1955 Napoleon Le maréchal Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte
1956 If Paris Were Told to Us Richelieu
1956 Plucking the Daisy General Dumont
1956Mitsou ou Comment l'esprit vient aux fillesEugène
1957 The Seventh Commandment Gilbert Odet
1958 Life Together Le professeur Henri Girane
1958La p... sentimentalePierre Berger
1960La tricheuseLe docteur Armand Merville
1961 Famous Love Affairs Maître Hans - le bourreau(segment "Agnès Bernauer")
1961¿Pena de muerte?Padre de Pablo
1962 First Criminal Brigade Commissar Masson
1962Dossier 1413Docteur Pira
1962La planqueGarnier - le directeur
1963 Les Tontons flingueurs Louis le Mexicain
1964Que personne ne sorteLe directeur de la police

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  1. Télé 7 jours n ° 920, week of January 14 to 20, 1978, pages 108 and 109, article by Philippe Andrieu: "Jacques Dumesnil:" In the street, people now call me M.le duc.
  2. Télé 7 jours n ° 920, week of January 14 to 20, 1978, pages 108 and 109, article by Philippe Andrieu, with a photo of Jacques Dumesnil where he poses alongside his son Pierre.