1903 - 1971

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Fernand Joseph Désiré Contandin (8 May 1903 – 26 February 1971), better known as Fernandel, was a French actor and singer. Born near Marseille, France, to Désirée Bedouin and Denis Contandin, originating in Perosa Argentina, an Occitan town located in the province of Turin, Italy. He was a comedy star who first gained popularity in French vaudeville, operettas, and music-hall revues. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fernandel has received more than 268,277 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Fernandel is the 220th most popular actor (down from 156th in 2019), the 497th most popular biography from France (down from 400th in 2019) and the 17th most popular French Actor.

Fernandel was a French actor and comedian who is most famous for his comedic roles in French cinema.

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  • 270k

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  • 75.13

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  • 66

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  • 4.42

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  • 5.08

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among actors, Fernandel ranks 220 out of 10,030Before him are Dianne Wiest, Franco Nero, Susan Sarandon, Anna Magnani, James Caan, and Nicole Kidman. After him are Julia Roberts, Ernest Borgnine, Bryan Cranston, Jack Lemmon, Lauren Bacall, and Jennifer Aniston.

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Among people born in 1903, Fernandel ranks 15Before him are Mark Rothko, Vladimir Horowitz, Habib Bourguiba, Marguerite Yourcenar, Andrey Kolmogorov, and Galeazzo Ciano. After him are Yasujirō Ozu, C. F. Powell, John Dillinger, Alec Douglas-Home, Jiro Horikoshi, and Anaïs Nin. Among people deceased in 1971, Fernandel ranks 10Before him are Louis Armstrong, Jim Morrison, György Lukács, Hermann Hoth, Audie Murphy, and Lawrence Bragg. After him are François Duvalier, Arne Jacobsen, Wilhelm List, D. B. Cooper, Harold Lloyd, and Igor Tamm.

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In France

Among people born in France, Fernandel ranks 497 out of 5,234Before him are Marius Petipa (1818), William Wyler (1902), Pérotin (1160), Claude Chabrol (1930), Maurice de Vlaminck (1876), and Charles Richet (1850). After him are Stephen, King of England (1095), Jacques Le Goff (1924), Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (1636), Gustave Caillebotte (1848), Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707), and Alaric II (458).

Among ACTORS In France

Among actors born in France, Fernandel ranks 17Before him are Anouk Aimée (1932), Philippe Noiret (1930), Jeanne Moreau (1928), Jean-Louis Trintignant (1930), Gérard Philipe (1922), and Michel Piccoli (1925). After him are Marcel Marceau (1923), Mireille Darc (1938), Isabelle Huppert (1953), Pierre Richard (1934), Isabelle Adjani (1955), and Sophie Marceau (1966).

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