Director, “Asterix” actor Pierre Mondy dead at 87

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Pierre Mondy

Pierre Mondy

French film and the­atre actor and direc­tor Pierre Mondy, heard in two 1980s Asterix car­toon movies, died Sat­ur­day morn­ing at Pitié-Salpêtrière hos­pi­tal in Paris from a relapsed lym­phoma. He was 77.

Mondy had been ill for three years and had been hos­pi­tal­ized since late August.

He voiced Caius Obtus in Asterix et la Sur­prise de Cesar (Asterix vs. Cae­sar; 1985) and Cetinlap­sus in Asterix Chez Le Bre­tons (Asterix in Britain; 1986).

Born Pierre Cuq in Neuilly-sur-Seine on Feb­ru­ary 10, 1925, he first appeared on screen in Jacques Becker’s Rendez-vous de juil­let (1949). Dur­ing his career, he was seen in over 140 films.

He received inter­na­tional recog­ni­tion in 1960 for por­tray­ing Napoléon Bona­parte in the movie Auster­litz, directed by Abel Gance. Between 1992 and 2005, he appeared in the French TV series Les Cordier, juge et flic.

Mondy directed over 60 the­atre pro­duc­tions, includ­ing many at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris. In 1973, he directed the first pro­duc­tion of La Cage aux folles, star­ring Jean Poiret and Michel Ser­rault (it was adapted into the English-language movie The Bird­cage).

He directed four films and 13 tele­vi­sion episodes, in addi­tion to writ­ing two TV screen­play adaptations.

His first three mar­riages, to actresses Claude Gen­sac, Pas­cale Roberts and Annie Fournier, all ended in divorce.

Pierre Mondy is sur­vived by his wife since 1991, actress Cather­ine Allary. He had two chil­dren with Fournier, includ­ing writer Lau­rent Mondy.

Ser­vices will be held Thurs­day after­noon at Saint-Honoré-d’Eylau church in Paris.

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