Michel Galabru

  1. Helmut Qualtinger, Der Name der Rose/The Name of the Rose, France-Italy-West Germany, 1986.     Galabru was in the loop when the early casting was tres français: Yves Montand, Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Mathilda May, etc.   This was the 53rd and final film of the Austrian journalist-turned actor. In immense pain during shooting, often having to stop his scenes, “Quasi” died a few hours after completing his role of Remigio da Varagine.
  2. Bernard Farcy, Iznogoud (Iznogoud – Caliph Instead of the Caliph), France, 2004.   The Grand Vizir of the Caliph of old Baghdad was co-created in French comicbooks by René Goscinny (of Asterix fame). He also co-wrote the first movie script with auteur Pierre Tcherina in 1972 – “no deal – just for fun” – aimed at everyone from Vittorio Gassman to Peter Sellers.  With Galabru up for Sultan Pullmankar (or Streetcar in English!). The 2004 version aimed much lower.


 Birth year: 1922Death year: 2016Other name: Casting Calls:  2