Jean Marais  

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Jean Marais, born Jean-Alfred Villain-Marais (December 11, 1913November 8 1998), was a French actor. Born in Cherbourg, he starred in several movies directed by Jean Cocteau, most famously Beauty and the Beast (1946). In the 1950s, Marais became a star of swashbuckling pictures, enjoying great box office popularity in France. He performed his own stunts. In the 1960s, he played the famed villain of the Fantômas trilogy. After 1970, Marais's on-screen performances became few and far between, as he preferred concentrating on his stage work. He kept performing on stage until his eighties, also working as a sculptor. He was featured in the 1995 documentary "Screening at the Majestic", which is included on the 2003 DVD release of the restored print of Beauty and the Beast.

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