French cinema has just lost a new monument. Revealed by the film Manon des sources in 1952, Jean Panisse passed away on the night of this Thursday, December 31 to this Friday, January 1. He was 92 years old with Covid-19.
Bad news never comes alone. The French have learned their lesson at the end of 2020. There was first the death of Claude Brasseur, December 22, that of the Israeli singer Rika Zaraï, occurred the next day, then that of Robert Hossein, disappeared on December 31. But while sorrow is still in order, a new name has just been added to this funeral list. It is about Jean Panisse, that the public had discovered for the first time in the film Manon des sources, where he played the peasant Eliacim. Living with Covid-19, the 92-year-old actor had been admitted to the IHU by Professor Didier Raoult ten days earlier. Wednesday, December 30, he had finally returned to his retirement home located in Marseille, the residence La Joliette, before dying there on the night of December 31 to January 1. A death which obviously arouses emotion in the microcosm of French cinema.
Jean Panisse had played in Plus belle la vie
Revealed by the cult feature film by Marcel Pagnol released in 1952, Jean Panisse had played in nearly 50 films during his career, often through supporting roles. In The gendarme of Saint-Tropez, published in 1964, he had played a restaurateur verbalized by Cruchot, played by the inimitable Louis de Funès. The two actors had met in 1970 on the set of Sur un arbre why, where Jean Panisse had interpreted a brigadier. It was finally in 1991 that he left the film sets, after Mayrig by Henri Verneuil. That hadn’t stopped him from making a cameo appearance on the show, however. More beautiful life in 2004.
“He was one of those people from Marseille in the 1950s who had suffered a lot and who were always smiling, for whom there was never a problem even if they lived in sometimes a little difficult conditions. But nothing was a concern for him “, testifies Jean-Baptiste Rivoallan, who had been very close to it for 32 years, near France 3 Alpes Côte d’Azur. His funeral will take place at the Saint-Victor Abbey, Thursday, January 7.