Pierre Renoir

Pierre Renoir
Pierre Renoir in the American trailer for Children of Paradise (1945)
Born(1885-03-21)21 March 1885
Died11 March 1952(1952-03-11) (aged 66)
Spouse(s)Véra Sergine
ChildrenClaude Renoir

Pierre Renoir (21 March 1885 – 11 March 1952) was a French stage and film actor. He was the son of the impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and elder brother of the film director Jean Renoir. He is also noted for being the first actor to play Georges Simenon's character Inspector Jules Maigret.

Life and career

Pierre Renoir was born on 21 March 1885 in Paris, at 18 rue Houdon, about a hundred meters from place Pigalle, to painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Aline Charigot.[1] He was married to actress Véra Sergine from 1914 to 1925.

For his best remembered role, as Jėricho the ragman in Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis,1945), he was cast at short notice to replace the collaborator Robert Le Vigan; Jėricho's scenes had to be reshot after Le Vigan fled. Renoir was briefly the director of the Théâtre de l'Athénée in Paris, taking over after the death of Louis Jouvet in 1951. Pierre Renoir's son was the cinematographer Claude Renoir (1913–93)[2]—not to be confused with Pierre's brother Claude Renoir, known as 'Coco' (1901–69).[3]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Pharisien, Bernard (November 2003). Pierre Renoir (in French). Bar-sur-Aube: Némont. ISBN 978-2-913163-10-2. OCLC 70158287. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
  2. ^ Eric Pace "Claude Renoir, 79, A Cinematographer With a Painter's Eye", New York Times, 13 September 1993
  3. ^ "Renoir mss., ca. 1913-1968", Indiana University Online Archives

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