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Patrick Dewaere

Patrick Dewaere
Born Patrick Jean Marie Henri Bourdeaux.[1]
(1947-01-26)26 January 1947
Saint-Brieuc, Côtes-d'Armor, France
Died 16 July 1982(1982-07-16) (aged 35)
Paris, France
Other names Patrick Maurin

Patrick Dewaere (26 January 1947 – 16 July 1982) was a French film actor. He was born in Saint-Brieuc, Côtes-d'Armor, son of French actress Mado Maurin. His five siblings, Jean-Pierre Maurin (1941-1996), Yves-Marie Maurin (b. 1944), Dominique Maurin (b. 1949), Jean-Francois Maurin (b. 1957) and Marie-Veronique Maurin (b. 1960), all became actors, with varying degrees of success.


  • Career 1
  • Legacy 2
  • Family 3
  • Selected filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Dewaere attended the Cours Hattemer, a private school.[2] He was a promising and popular French actor in the late 1960s and 1970s. In 1968, he joined Café de la Gare, the troupe of performers which also included such future stars as Gérard Depardieu and Miou-Miou. After initially appearing under the pseudonym Patrick Maurin, he finally opted for Dewaere, which was his grandmother's maiden name. Onscreen from 1971 in various bit parts, Dewaere made the breakthrough with his first major role in Bertrand Blier's anarchic comedy Les Valseuses (1974) where he and Depardieu starred as two young delinquents. He teamed up again with Depardieu in Blier's Oscar-winning comedy Préparez vos mouchoirs (1978). Despite Dewaere's obvious talent for comedy, he was often successfully cast as a fragile, neurotic individual. Shortly after the release of Paradis Pour Tous (1982), a black comedy where his character committed suicide, the actor shot himself in his house,[3] possibly due to drug abuse[4]

The actor was the subject of the French documentary Patrick Dewaere, which was shown at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.[5]


  • The Patrick Dewaere Award was established in France in 1983.
  • Raphaël, a French singer, wrote a song in his honour, "Chanson pour Patrick Dewaere", which appeared on Raphaël's 2005 album Caravane.


For eleven years Dewaere was married to French actress Sotha. In early 1970s, Patrick Dewaere became companion of French actress Miou-Miou until they broke-up in 1976.[6] They had one daughter. He committed suicide in 1982 by shooting himself with a rifle in Paris; he was 35 years old. He was survived by his wife and two daughters (one of whom was from a prior relationship).

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Director Notes
1956 Je reviendrai à Kandara[7] the little boy Victor Vicas credited as Patrick Maurin
1965 Paris brûle-t-il ? uncredited René Clément playing a young resistance fighter who gets executed
1971 Les Mariés de l'an II a volunteer Jean-Paul Rappeneau the film was entered into the 1971 Cannes Film Festival
1973 Themroc a police officer Claude Faraldo the film received a prize at the 1973 International Film Festival of Avoriaz
1974 Les Valseuses Pierrot Bertrand Blier the 3rd highest grossing film of the year 1974 in France
Lily aime-moi Gaston Maurice Dugowson nominated for best film at the 25th Berlin International Film Festival
1975 Catherine et Compagnie François Michel Boisrond English title: "Catherine & Co."[8]
Adieu poulet Lefevre Pierre Granier-Deferre the film was nominated for two Césars (editing and best supporting actor)
1976 La Meilleure façon de marcher Marc Claude Miller winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography in 1975
F... comme Fairbanks André Maurice Dugowson also credited as co-composer of the music
Marcia trionfale Lt. Baio Marco Bellocchio English title: "Victory March"
1977 Le Juge Fayard dit Le Shériff Jean-Marie Fayard Yves Boisset
La stanza del vescovo Marco Maffei Dino Risi adapted from the novel of the same name by Piero Chiara
1978 La Clé sur la porte Philippe Yves Boisset based on the novel of the same name
Préparez vos mouchoirs Stéphane Bertrand Blier Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 51st Academy Awards
1979 Traffic Jam the young man Luigi Comencini entered into the 1979 Cannes Film Festival
Coup de tête François Perrin Jean-Jacques Annaud César Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Jean Bouise
Série noire Franck Poupart Alain Corneau entered into the 1979 Cannes Film Festival
Paco l'infaillible Pocapena Didier Haudepin
1980 Un mauvais fils Bruno Calgagni Claude Sautet César Award for Best Supporting Actor for Jacques Dufilho
1981 Psy Marc Philippe de Broca film score by Mort Shuman
Plein sud Serge Laine Luc Béraud released as "Heart Of Desire" in the USA[9]
Beau-Père Rémi Bertrand Blier entered into the 1981 Cannes Film Festival
Hotel America Gilles Tisserand André Téchiné playing Catherine Deneuve's lover
1982 Mille milliards de dollars Paul Kerjean Henri Verneuil International title: A Thousand Billion Dollars[10]
Paradis pour tous Alain Durieux Alain Jessua Patrick Dewaere's last film


  1. ^ Official "Acte de décès" N°2081 (death) recorded the 16th of july 1982 from "État civil de la mairie de Paris, 14e arrondissement" official copy established the 18th of january 2010
  2. ^ "Quelques Anciens Celebres". Hattemer. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  3. ^ German, Yuri. "Patrick Dewaere". All Movie Guide. Retrieved July 8, 2009. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Patrick Dewaere". Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Je reviendrai à Kandara". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  8. ^ "Catherine & Co.". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  9. ^ "Heat of Desire". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  10. ^ "Mille milliards de dollars". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 

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