Philippe Léotard

Philippe Léotard

Philippe Léotard, 1980s.
Born 28 August 1940
Nice, France
Died 25 August 2001(2001-08-25) (aged 60)
Paris, France
Spouse(s) Liliane Caulier (????—1972)
Nathalie Baye (1972—1982)

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 his role in the 1982 movie La Balance.

One of his few English-language roles was a cameo in the 1973 thriller The Day of the Jackal and he co-starred as "Jacques" in the 1975 John Frankenheimer movie French Connection II which starred Gene Hackman and Fernando Rey, (sequel to The French Connection).

Léotard died in 2001 of respiratory failure in Paris at the age of 60. He was interred at the Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes Director
1970 Bed and Board the drunkard Uncredited François Truffaut
1971 Max et les Ferrailleurs Losfeld Claude Sautet
Two English Girls Diurka François Truffaut
Le mot frère et le mot camarade
1972 Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me Clovis Bliss François Truffaut
To Be Twenty in the Aures Lt. Perrin René Vautier
1973 The Day of the Jackal the police constable Fred Zinnemann
Kamouraska Antoine Tassy Claude Jutra
1974 The Middle of the World Paul Alain Tanner
The Mouth Agape Philippe Maurice Pialat
1975 Le Chat et la souris Pierre Chemin Claude Lelouch
French Connection II Jacques John Frankenheimer
La guerre du pétrole n'aura pas lieu Padovani Souheil Ben-Barka
1976 The Good and the Bad the car salesman Claude Lelouch
Solemn Communion Jacques Gravet René Féret
1977 Le Juge Fayard dit Le Shériff Inspecteur Marec Yves Boisset
Shadow of the Castles Luigi Daniel Duval
1978 Va voir maman, papa travaille Vincent François Leterrier
Judith Therpauve Jean-Pierre Maurier Patrice Chéreau
1980 A Week's Vacation Doctor Sabouret Bertrand Tavernier
1982 La Balance Dede Laffont Bob Swaim
1983 The Pirate Number 5 Jacques Doillon
So Long, Stooge police officer Bauer Claude Berri
Winter 1960 André Thierry Michel
1984 Les Fauves Léandro Santini Jean-Louis Daniel
Farewell Blaireau Fred Bob Decout
1985 Tangos, l'exil de Gardel Pierre Fernando E. Solanas
Dawn Gad Miklós Jancsó
1986 Le Paltoquet The merchant Michel Deville
State of Grace Pierre-Julien Jacques Rouffio
1987 Si le soleil ne revenait pas Anzerul Claude Goretta
1988 South Roberto Fernando Ezequiel Solanas
The Abyss Henri-Maximilien André Delvaux
Snack Bar Budapest Sapo Tinto Brass
1989 Il y a des jours... et des lunes the singer Claude Lelouch
1990 Gavre Princip - Himmel unter Steinen[2] Dr. Levin Peter Patzak
1991 The Flesh Nicola Marco Ferreri
1994 Élisa cameo appearance Jean Becker
1995 Les Misérables Thénardier Claude Lelouch


  1. Megahey, Noel (April 28, 2009). "La Gueule ouverte (1974)". The Digital Fix. Retrieved August 24, 2010. External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. "Gavre Princip - Himmel unter Steinen". Retrieved 2012-10-20.

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