Partner Marcel Carné, buried together
Promenade Roland Lesaffre, Bd de Clichy, 75018 Paris
Cimetiere St. Vincent, 6 Rue Lucien Gaulard, 75018 Paris, France
Roland Lesaffre (born 26 June 1927 - died on February 3, 2009 at the Val-de-Grâce hospital in Paris) is a French actor.
He was born in the elevator of the hospital of Clermont-Ferrand. After an adventurous youth, where he joined the Resistance and then in the marines and met Jean Gabin, he was, after having followed courses of Maurice Escande, from the1950s a favorite actor of Marcel Carné. He played a large number of secondary roles, on a recurring basis with a number of renowned directors (Marcel Carné, Sacha Guitry, Alfred Hitchcock, Jean-Pierre Melville, Henri Decoin, etc.). He won the populist cinema prize for his role in L'Air de Paris, alongside Arletty. It was less present on the screens from the 1970s. He had a romantic relationship with Marcel Carné, although he himself nuanced it: he considered that the links between the filmmaker and him were "homosensuality" and not homosexuality. He published his autobiography under the title Mataf (1991). He was married from 1956 to 1962 to actress Yoko Tani, whom he met in 1955 at the Cannes Film Festival, then with actress Tania Busselier. The central median of the boulevard de Clichy in Paris, between rue Caulaincourt and place Blanche was named in his honor in 2014, Promenade Roland-Lesaffre. He is buried in the Saint-Vincent cemetery in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, at the foot of the Montmartre hill, in the same grave as Marcel Carné.
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