Jean Marais

1913 - 1998

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Jean-Alfred Villain-Marais (11 December 1913 – 8 November 1998), known professionally as Jean Marais (French: [ʒɑ̃ maʁɛ]), was a French actor, film director, theatre director, painter, sculptor, visual artist, writer and photographer. He performed in over 100 films and was the lover, muse and friend of acclaimed director Jean Cocteau. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Marais has received more than 824,395 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Jean Marais is the 74th most popular actor (up from 86th in 2019), the 206th most popular biography from France (up from 242nd in 2019) and the 8th most popular French Actor.

Jean Marais is most famous for his portrayal of the title character in the Jean Cocteau classic "Beauty and the Beast."

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  • 820k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 73.45

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 67

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 8.00

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.25

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among actors, Jean Marais ranks 74 out of 13,578Before him are Kirk Douglas, Alan Alda, Henry Fonda, Johnny Depp, Ian McKellen, and Maggie Smith. After him are Steven Seagal, Tom Selleck, Roger Moore, John Wayne, Denzel Washington, and Hedy Lamarr.

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Among people born in 1913, Jean Marais ranks 8Before him are Albert Camus, Gerald Ford, Vivien Leigh, Menachem Begin, Willy Brandt, and Rosa Parks. After him are Robert Capa, Josef Bican, Claude Simon, Jesse Owens, Klaus Barbie, and Gustáv Husák. Among people deceased in 1998, Jean Marais ranks 4Before him are Pol Pot, Akira Kurosawa, and Frank Sinatra. After him are Halldór Laxness, Todor Zhivkov, Carlos Castaneda, Ernst Jünger, Octavio Paz, Jean-François Lyotard, Niklas Luhmann, and Yang Shangkun.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean Marais ranks 206 out of 6,770Before him are Guy of Lusignan (1150), Charles the Bold (1433), François Truffaut (1932), Alexis de Tocqueville (1805), Letizia Ramolino (1750), and Nicolas Sarkozy (1955). After him are Jean-Luc Godard (1930), Roland Barthes (1915), Margaret of Valois (1553), Charles IV of France (1294), François-René de Chateaubriand (1768), and Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663).

Among ACTORS In France

Among actors born in France, Jean Marais ranks 8Before him are Brigitte Bardot (1934), Sarah Bernhardt (1844), Louis de Funès (1914), Jean-Paul Belmondo (1933), Catherine Deneuve (1943), and Gérard Depardieu (1948). After him are Jean Gabin (1904), Jean-Louis Trintignant (1930), Philippe Noiret (1930), Gérard Philipe (1922), Jean Renoir (1894), and Fernandel (1903).

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