This Friday August 5, 2022, M6 broadcasts a classic: “The gendarme gets married”. A cult film starring the irreplaceable, unforgettable, irreplaceable Louis de Funès. If the actor left us a few years ago, his loved ones will continue to live in his memory. In particular by revealing some aspects of his personality that are not yet known to the general public. Like his role as a father, which is not always easy to handle…
On January 27, 1983, Louis de Funès succumbed to a heart attack. France has lost one of its best ambassadors, a famous actor with a confusing filmography because it is so attractive. Louis de Funès, the favorite French actor with a comic power that is still unmatched, even years after his death. But behind the success and costumes hides a man with a strong character, and a father caught in the crossfire…
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A son who has been separated for years
With his wife Jeanne, Louis de Funès had two sons: Patrick, born in 1944 and Olivier, born in 1949. This story, everyone, or almost, knows it well. But what has been ignored by the public for a long time is the story of the actor’s eldest child, Daniel, who was born from their love affair with his first wife, Germaine Carroyer. Born in 1937, he was only two years old when his parents separated after only three years of marriage. Louis de Funès left to live his dreams on the big screen, mother and son will stay together. When he remarries Jeanne, the tension rises. In 2011, in his book “Louis de Funès, L’oscar du cinema”, Daniel looked back on his childhood with no one else, and this often absent father. “He lives not far from our apartment. And one day, passing in front of our house, he raised his head while I was on the balcony. He went up” he detailed in Gala pillars.
“Louis came to see me secretly. He took me to the record players to listen to jazz. Without taking any lessons, he was an amazing pianist, a great dancer and a skilled designer. He must have given me this side artist.” A complicit relationship… but almost a secret. It is out of the question that we know more about this first child, the oldest of all. So in 1983, when his father gave his last breath, Daniel de Funès learned the terrible news… on the radio. “I wasn’t informed or invited to the funeral. I’m hurt! Louis left me nothing. It doesn’t matter! I still manage the life I want”, she confessed to Gala, while declaring that she has never seen her two half brother Olivier and Patrick again. Daniel de Funès died on January 23, 2017 at the age of 79.
A “very authoritarian” father
As for the other two sons of Louis de Funès, their childhoods were very different. In 2013, it was in a book called “Don’t talk about me, kids!” that Patrick and Olivier de Funès shared their memories with their famous father. With their mother, Jeanne, and the actor, they live in the rhythm of the bright life of the actor, who still finds time to look after his sons. “He was an authoritarian father, very present. Too much, even. He was boring. He was involved in everything, followed my medical studies very closely”, said Patrick de Funès in the Parisian columns.
Video. Louis de Funès, “very authoritarian” father: the sad confessions of his son Patrick
In Olivier, his youngest son, Louis de Funès saw a career on the big screen, like his. And all the means are good to achieve his goal. In 1970, in Serge Korber’s film, “The Orchestra Man”, he did not hesitate to add a drum scene so that his son, who knew how to play it, appeared on the screen. In total, Olivier will shoot six films with his father. But his happiness was in a career as an airplane pilot that he would find it a few years later. In the Parisian, Patrick and Olivier return to the real Louis de Funès, the one who is “very correct” in politics: “If he is very good in Bourvil, he does not like Yves Montand nor his positions . In La Folie des majesty, his great pleasure was to dine with Gérard Oury… without Yves Montand.”
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