Julien Guiomar, 1928 - 2010

Le Monde and Le Figaro are among the French papers reporting on the death of Julien Guiomar on Monday at the age of 82. Among the first roles mentioned in nearly every story are his Colonel Vincent in Jean-Marie Poiré's Papy fait de la résistance (Gramps Is in the Resistence, 1983) and his Commissaire Bloret in Les Ripoux (My New Partner, 1984) and Jacques Tricatel in L'Aile ou la Cuisse (The Wing and the Thigh, 1976), both directed by Claude Zidi. International audiences will probably know him best as the Colonel in Costa-Gavras's Z (1969); that same year, he played a Spanish priest in Luis Buñuel's The Milky Way. He also worked with Jean-Paul Rappeneau, André Téchiné, Claude Sautet and Jean-Claude Lauzon. All of the French obits mention Guiomar's deep background in the theater and his popular performances in television comedies.

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