Henri Garcin  

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Henri Garcin (1929 – 2022) was a Belgian actor. He appeared in France as a character actor in more than 100 films from 1956 to 2022. In the context of this wiki, his collaborations with Alex van Warmerdam (Abel, (1986), The Northerners, (1992) and The Dress, (1996), Grimm (2003) and Schneider vs. Bax (2015)) are especially of note. He also starred in two films by Jos Stelling: No Trains No Planes (1999) and Het Meisje en de Dood (2012).


Of Dutch origin yet born as Anton Albers in Antwerp, Belgium, Henri Garcin came to Paris in 1950 at the age of 22. Very soon his show made the tour of Parisian cabarets, where he met the "beginners" of the time: Jacques Brel (they speak to each other in Dutch), Barbara, Serge Gainsbourg, Georges Moustaki, Jean Poiret and Michel Serrault... In 1964, he had a success at the Théâtre La Bruyère, where he played alongside Monique Tarbès and Romain Bouteille, during 250 performances, L'Échappée belle.

Followed, from 1965 to 1995, the plays and roles in G.B. Shaw, Pirandello, Strindberg, Albee, Ayckbourn, Oscar Wilde, Obaldia, Guitry, Poiret... ; as well as with Saunders, in his play La prochaine fois je vous chanterai (1966) at Théâtre Antoine, with Delphine Seyrig, Claude Piéplu, Jean-Pierre Marielle and Jean Rochefort, and with Jean-Claude Carrière in L'Aide-mémoire (1968) created in duet with Delphine Seyrig at Théâtre de l'Atelier.

He appeared in many "dramas" on television, including the 333 episodes of Maguy, for eight consecutive years (1985-1993).

In the cinema, he was directed by Marguerite Duras, Michel Mitrani, Romain Gary, Michel Deville, Henri-Georges Clouzot, André Cayatte, Agnès Varda, Yves Boisset, Patrice Leconte, Jean-Paul Rappeneau with La Vie de château, François Truffaut with La Femme d'à côté (in 1981) and with his compatriot Alex van Warmerdam with Abel (1986), The Northerners (1992), The Dress (1996).

Selected filmography

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