French actor Michel Duchaussoy was voice of Aramis

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Michel Duchaussoy

Michel Duchaus­soy

French actor Michel Duchaus­soy, the voice of Aramis in John Halas’ 1974 car­toon movie The Glo­ri­ous Mus­ke­teers, died Mon­day from a heart attack. He was 73.

He also voiced Archibald in 2006’s Arthur Et Les Min­i­moys (Arthur and the Invis­i­bles), repeat­ing the role in the sequels Arthur Et La Vengeance de Mal­tazard (Arthur and the Revenge of Mal­tazard; 2009) and Arthur et la Guerre Des Deux Mon­des (Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds; 2010).

The deep-voiced actor dubbed Mar­lon Brando in the French ver­sion of Fran­cis Ford Coppola’s The God­fa­ther.

In 2010, he co-starred with Sophie Marceau in Yann Samuell’s L’age de rai­son (The age of rea­son).

He had a great sense of humor and was always laugh­ing. And that’s a les­son for many of us, that he did not take him­self too seri­ously,” direc­tor Patrice Leconte said Tues­day. “This form, not of mod­esty, but this form of calm tal­ented dis­cre­tion, it utterly charmed me,” he added.

He was born Michel Rene Jacques Duchaus­soy in Valen­ci­ennes, France on Novem­ber 29, 1938. At first a the­ater actor, he worked for many years in the Comédie Française, where he started his career in 1964.

Duchaus­soy per­formed in many French clas­sic plays includ­ing those by Molière, Mari­vaux, Corneille and Ionesco. He received the pres­ti­gious Molière award for best sup­port­ing actor in 2003.

Direc­tor Patrice Chéreau praised the “mag­nif­i­cent” actor, “some­one of great strength, of great inner truth… secre­tive, soli­tary, whom I loved a lot.”

France has lost “an immense actor, one of the most pop­u­lar, an actor who, over the years, stamped him­self on the pub­lic imag­i­na­tion,” said a state­ment from the French president’s office.

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