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Jean Richard (actor)

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Jean Richard
Born18 April 1921
Bessines, France
Died12 December 2001(2001-12-12) (aged 80)
Senlis, France
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian, entrepreneur

Jean Richard (18 April 1921 – 12 December 2001) was a French actor, comedian, and circus entrepreneur.[1] He is best remembered for his role as Georges Simenon's Maigret in the eponymous French television series, which he played for more than twenty years, and for his circus activities.[2]

Richard was born in Bessines, Deux-Sevres. In the 1970s–1980s, he owned and managed three major circuses, two theme parks near Paris, La Mer de Sable and La Vallée des Peaux-Rouges, and a private zoo in his property of Ermenonville, Oise. He died on 12 December 2001 in Senlis, aged 80.[2]



  1. ^ Harris M. Lentz (1 January 2002). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2001: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland, Incorporated Publishers. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-7864-1278-5.
  2. ^ a b "Maigret star Richard dies". BBC News. 12 December 2001. Retrieved 23 December 2019.

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