michael’s bouquetreferent of theater and french cinema and double winner of the César for best actor, died this Wednesday at the age of 96, as announced by his environment to the local press.
Bouquet was one of the acting giants of his generation, known both for his work on stage and in film, where he worked with directors such as Henri-Georges Cluzot, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Nadine Trintignant and Robert Guédiguian.
In 2002 he was awarded the César for best actor for “How I killed my father”, by Anne Fontaine, and again in 2006 when he got into the skin of the socialist president François Mitterrand in “Le promeneur du Champ de Mars” (” President Mitterrand”, in Spanish), directed by Guédiguian. One of his last jobs on the big screen was playing the painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in a film by Gilles Bourdos about the last years of the artist.
Born in Paris in 1925, Bouquet died in a Parisian hospital, according to his press agents on the France Info radio station, without specifying the reasons for his death. Bouquet began his career at the age of 17 at the Chaillot Theater in Paris in the role of politician and leader of the French Revolution Maximilien Robespierre.
The actor goes out in the year of the 400th anniversary of the birth of the best-known playwright of French letters, Molière, one of his fetish creators, since in his 75-year career he has participated in adaptations of “Tartuffe”, “Don Juan” and “ The imaginary patient”, among others. “The perfection he achieved with the theater is such that century after century people continue to come en masse to listen to his words,” said Bouquet about his favorite creator.
The actor said goodbye to the theaters in 2017 due to exhaustion. His last performance was precisely “Tartufo”, in which he embarked at the age of 91.