1933-03-30

JEAN-CLAUDE BRIALY, French actor and director, born (d: 2007); a French actor, director and socialite who starred in French films, Brialy moved to mainland France with his family in 1942, to Paris in 1954, and appeared in his first film in 1955. He became a star in the late 1950s when he was one of the most prolific actors of the French “nouvelle vague.”

He made films with such important nouvelle vague filmmakers as Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, Francois Truffaut, Agnes Varda and Jacques Rozier; and with other filmmakers such as Roger Vadim, Claude Lelouche and Luis Bunuel. He was also himself a director of a number of films, including Eglantine (1971). In his autobiographies, Le Ruisseau des singes (River of Monkeys) (2000) and J’ai oublié de vous dire… (I Forgot to Tell You …) (2004) he revealed that he was bisexual.