Director, “Asterix” actor Pierre Mondy dead at 87

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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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