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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 314,483 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Fernandel is the 174th most popular actor (up from 220th in 2019), the 385th most popular biography from France (up from 496th in 2019) and the 13th 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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  • 310k

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  • 68.98

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  • 68

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  • 5.62

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  • 4.34

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Among actors, Fernandel ranks 174 out of 9,996Before him are Irene Papas, Giulietta Masina, Jean Seberg, Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, and Jeremy Irons. After him are Silvana Mangano, Natalie Wood, Anna Magnani, Sandra Bullock, Jet Li, and Anouk Aimée.

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Among people born in 1903, Fernandel ranks 14Before him are Ernst Kaltenbrunner, John Dillinger, Vladimir Horowitz, Mark Rothko, Kane Tanaka, and Habib Bourguiba. After him are Galeazzo Ciano, Marguerite Yourcenar, Rudolf Abel, Andrey Kolmogorov, Yasujirō Ozu, 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 Theodor Svedberg, Rudolf Abel, Paul Karrer, Lin Biao, Mátyás Rákosi, and Wilhelm List.

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In France

Among people born in France, Fernandel ranks 385 out of 6,011Before him are Pierre Beaumarchais (1732), Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark (1934), Adolphe Thiers (1797), Odilon Redon (1840), Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633), and Dagobert I (611). After him are Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran (1845), Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645), Philip the Bold (1342), Robert Delaunay (1885), Louis-Nicolas Davout (1770), and Ernest Renan (1823).

Among ACTORS In France

Among actors born in France, Fernandel ranks 13Before him are Gérard Depardieu (1948), Jean Marais (1913), Jean Gabin (1904), Marcel Marceau (1923), Jean Renoir (1894), and Jeanne Moreau (1928). After him are Anouk Aimée (1932), Jean-Louis Trintignant (1930), Philippe Noiret (1930), Gérard Philipe (1922), Mireille Darc (1938), and Annie Girardot (1931).

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