Laurent Terzieff  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Laurent Terzieff (27 June 1935, Toulouse, France - 2 July 2010, Paris, France) was a French actor


Laurent Terzieff was the son of a plastician and a Russian sculptor who emigrated to France during the First World War. The spectacle of the bombardments had a dramatic effect on nine-year-old Laurent Terzieff. As an adolescent, he was fascinated with philosophy and poetry. He assisted with a representation of the "La Sonate des spectres" by Strindberg, directed by Roger Blin; while there, he decided he wanted to become an actor.

Terzieff made his debut in 1953 with the Theatre of Babylon of Jean-Marie Serreau in Tous contre tous of Adamov. After several more roles, Marcel Carné offered him a lead role in 1958's Tricheurs, a tale about existentialist youth. He then appeared in the late works of "French quality" scenario writers such as Claude Autant-Lara, with whom he appeared in three films including Tu ne tueras point in 1961. Other collaborators included Henri-Georges Clouzot with "La Prisonnière", in which he interprets an artist manipulator.

Other film appearances include "A cœur joie", in which he appeared with Brigitte Bardot, Les Garcons by Mauro Bolognini in 1959, Vanina Vanini, Desert of the Tartars, and Medea. In the 1980s, he primarily acted on stage. Appearances during this era include Rouge Baiser, Germinal in 1993, and The Raft of the Medusa in 1998. In 2005, he appeared in Mon petit doigt m'a dit.

Awards and nominations

Molière Awards

Year Group Award Play Result
1988 Molière Awards Best Director Fall Won
1993 Molière Awards Best Director Another Time Won
2010 Molière Awards Best Actor The Dresser and Philoctetes Won
Year Group Award Play Result
1989 Molière Awards Best Actor Henry IV Nominated
1993 Molière Awards Best Actor Another Time Nominated

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