Pierre ETAIX

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Actor, Director

FrenchBorn Pierre ETAIX

French clown, comedian and filmmaker

Born on November 23, 1928 in Roanne, France , France

Died on October 14, 2016 in Paris, France

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Born and raised in Roanne, France, Pierre Étaix moved to Paris in 1954. to work as an illustrator and cabaret performer He met the filmmaker and clown Jacques Tati, and began to help Tati work on the project that later became Mon Oncle, on which Étaix served as assistant director. Two years later, Étaix made his first short films: Rupture and Heureux Anniversaire; the latter won Étaix an Academy Award for Best Short Subject. The films also marked the first produced screenplays of Étaix's co-writer, Jean-Claude Carrière, who would go on to an acclaimed career as the favorite collaborator of Luis Buñuel's late period.

Étaix continued making films throughout the 1960s before resuming his career as a clown in 1971, when he joined the touring company of the Pinder Circus. Since then he has authored several plays and books, including writing on film and clowning.


Étaix was married to the Algerian-born clown and actress Annie Fratellini until her death in 1997.

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