Laurent Terzieff

Laurent Terzieff (27 June 1935, Toulouse – 2 July 2010, Paris) was a French actor. Laurent Terzieff was the son of a plastician and of Jean Terzieff, a Russian sculptor who emigrated to France during the First World War. The original surname of his family was Russian: Чемерзин Čemerzin. 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 involved in the theater 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.


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