Gérard
Giroudon

Sociétaire honoraire

Gérard Giroudon was appointed as a pensionnaire at the Comédie-Française on September 1, 1974. He became the 469th sociétaire on January 1, 1981 and Doyen of the Troupe on July 2013.

After training in Pierre Casari’s class in Lyon, he joined the Conservatoire d’art dramatique (Conservatory of Dramatic Arts) in 1969. He made his début in Roger Planchon’s staging of La Mise en pièces du Cid before Jean Meyer chose him to play in The Marriage of Figaro and La Vie parisienne (The Parisian Life) at Théâtre des Célestins.
In Paris, after trying The Petit cirque for children, he enrolled in le Centre de la rue Blanche where he followed Daniel Lecourtois’class. He performed at the Théâtre national populaire and at the Théâtre de la Ville and made an appearance with actors of the Comédie-Française at the Petit-Odéon in Calaferte’s Chez les Titch. Having studied under Maurice Jacquemont and Jean-Laurent Cochet at the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique (National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts of Paris), he was awarded the second prize in comedy in 1974.
For his début at the Théâtre-Français, he played the roles of Billetdoux, O’Neill, Pinget, mainly embodying those of Marivaux’s Arlequins, valets and naïve characters. He notably embodied Tognino in Goldoni’s The Villeggiatura Trilogy directed by Giorgio Strehler, Tonino in Goldoni’s La Locandiera (The Mistress of the Inn) staged by Jacques Lassalle, Rodet in Chekov’s Three Sisters, La Vallée in Marivaux’s La Commère put on stage by Jean-Paul Roussillon. He played as well the roles of Maffio in de Musset’s Lorenzaccio staged by Franco Zeffirelli and Pierrot in Molière’s Don Juan directed by Jean-Luc Boutté. He was named a sociètaire after playing brilliantly the role of Pasquin in Marivaux’s The Game of Love and Chance staged by Jean-Paul Roussillon.

As a sociétaire, he has been directed by Lluis Pasqual, Dario Fo, Jean-Louis Jacopin, Jacques Lassalle, Otomar Krejca, Jean-Luc Boutté, Roger Planchon, Jean-Louis Benoit. During the years 2000, he interpreted the roles of Harpagon in Molière’sThe Miser staged by Andrei Serban, of the Vieillard carnatif in Valère Novarina’s L’Espace furieux (The Furious Space), of the Donkey, the Cockerel and the Rooster in La Fontaine’s The Fables put on stage by Robert Wilson, of Madame Pernelle in Molière’s Tartuffe staged by Marcel Bozonnet, as well as of Vosmibratov in Alexander Ostrovski’s The Forest staged by Piotr Fomenko, of Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night directed by Andrzej Seweryn, and of the Shepherd in Shakespeare's _The__Winter Tale_ staged by Muriel Mayette-Holtz.

During the 2007/2008 season, he performed Monsieur Purgon in Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid staged by Claude Stratz. In 2007, under the direction of Galin Stoev, he played the role of the Father in Spiro Scimone’s La Festa.



In the movies, his major performances were, in 1999, in Le Voleur de Saint-Aubin directed by Claire Devers and, in 1998, in Bertrand Tavernier’s It all Starts Today. On TV, he has appeared in many series, namely in Jeanne d’Arc by Péguy, Molière pour rire et pour pleurer, Les Amours de la Belle Époque : Mon amie Nane.

Gérard Giroudon was conferred the title of an Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters.

At the Comédie-Française

2015-2016

  • Gérard Giroudon

    Actor School

    Studio

  • Les Rustres

    The Boors by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Canciano, bourgeois vénitien

    Vx-Colombier

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013

2011-2012

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Claude Stratz

    Argan

    Théâtre éphémère

2010-2011

2009-2010

2008-2009

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Claude Stratz

    Mr Purgon

    Richelieu

2007-2008

  • Fables de La Fontaine

    by Jean de La Fontaine Directed by Robert Wilson

    l'Ane, le Cochet, le Coq

    Richelieu

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Claude Stratz

    Mr Purgon

    Richelieu

2006-2007

  • La Festa

    by Spiro Scimone Directed by Galin Stoev

    The Father

    Vx-Colombier

2005-2006

  • L'Espace furieux

    by Valère Novarina Directed by Valère Novarina

    le Vieillard carnatif

    Richelieu

  • Fables de La Fontaine

    by Jean de La Fontaine Directed by Robert Wilson

    l'Ane, le Cochet, le Coq

    Richelieu

  • Tartuffe

    by Molière Directed by Marcel Bozonnet

    Madame Pernelle

    Richelieu

2004-2005

  • La Forêt

    by Alexandre Ostrovski Directed by Piotr Fomenko

    Vosmibratov

    Richelieu

  • Tartuffe

    by Molière Directed by Marcel Bozonnet

    Mrs Pernelle

    Richelieu

  • Fables de La Fontaine

    by Jean de La Fontaine Directed by Robert Wilson

    l'Ane, le Cochet, le Coq

    Richelieu

  • La Nuit des rois ou Ce que vous voulez

    Twelfth Night or What you will by William Shakespeare Directed by Andrzej Seweryn

    Malvolio

    Richelieu

2003-2004

  • Le Conte d'hiver

    The Winter Tale by William Shakespeare Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    le Berger

    Studio

  • Fables de La Fontaine

    by Jean de La Fontaine Directed by Robert Wilson

    l'Ane, le Cochet, le Coq

    Richelieu

  • La Nuit des rois ou Ce que vous voulez

    Twelfth Night or What you will by William Shakespeare Directed by Andrzej Seweryn

    Malvolio

    Richelieu

  • La Forêt

    by Alexandre Ostrovski Directed by Piotr Fomenko

    Vosmibratov

    Richelieu

2002-2003

  • La Forêt

    by Alexandre Ostrovski Directed by Piotr Fomenko

    Vosmibratov

    Richelieu

  • Une Visite inopportune

    by Copi Directed by Lukas Hemleb

    Professor Vertudeau

    Vx-Colombier

2001-2002

2000-2001

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Andrei Serban

    Harpagon

    Richelieu

1999-2000

  • Les Fourberies de Scapin

    Scapin The Schemer by Molière Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Scapin

    Richelieu

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Andrei Serban

    Harpagon

    Richelieu

  • Le Mariage forcé

    The Forced Marriage by Molière Directed by Andrzej Seweryn

    Sganarelle

    Richelieu

1998-1999

  • Les Fourberies de Scapin

    Scapin The Schemer by Molière Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Géronte and Scapin (alternating)

    Richelieu

1997-1998

1996-1997

1995-1996

  • Dom Juan ou le Festin de pierre

    Dom Juan or the Feast with the Statue by Molière Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Pierrot

    Richelieu

  • Occupe-toi d'Amélie

    Take care of Amélie by Georges Feydeau Directed by Roger Planchon

    Bibichon

    Richelieu

  • Le Prince de Hombourg

    The Prince of Homburg by Heinrich von Kleist Directed by Alexander Lang

    Hohenzollern

    Richelieu

  • Lucrèce Borgia

    Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo Directed by Jean-Luc Boutté

    Gubetta

    Richelieu

1994-1995

1993-1994

  • Le Prince de Hombourg

    The Prince of Homburg by Heinrich von Kleist Directed by Alexander Lang

    Hohenzollern

    Odéon

  • La Fausse suivante

    The False Servant by Marivaux Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Arlequin

    Richelieu

  • Dom Juan ou le Festin de pierre

    Dom Juan or the Feast with the Statue by Molière Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Pierrot ; the Ghost

    Richelieu

  • Antigone

    by Sophocle Directed by Otomar Krejca

    le Garde

    Richelieu

1992-1993

  • La Fausse suivante

    The False Servant by Marivaux Directed Jacques Lassalle

    Arlequin

    Richelieu

  • Elle est là et Le Silence

    by Nathalie Sarraute Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    H2 (Le Silence)

    Vx-Colombier

  • George Dandin

    by Molière Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Lubin

    Richelieu

  • Antigone

    by Sophocle Directed by Otomar Krejca

    le Garde

    Richelieu

1991-1992

1990-1991

  • La Fausse suivante

    The False Servant by Marivaux Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Arlequin

    Richelieu

  • Le Café

    by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jean-Louis Jacopin

    Eugenio

    Richelieu

1989-1990

1988-1989

1987-1988

1986-1987

  • Les Femmes savantes

    by Molière Directed by Catherine Hiegel

    le Notaire

    Odéon

  • Turcaret

    by Alain-René Lesage Directed by Yves Gasc

    Frontin

    Richelieu

  • La Parisienne

    by Henry Becque Directed by Paul Vecchiali

    Lafont

    Richelieu

  • Veuve !

    by Henry Becque Directed by Paul Vecchiali

    Lafont

    Richelieu

1985-1986

  • Rue de la Folie Courteline

    by Georges Courteline Directed by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser

    Hannibal, le Monsieur, Monsieur Ledaim, Premier Dragon, Choeur, Petin

    Richelieu

1984-1985

  • Rue de la Folie Courteline

    by Georges Courteline Directed by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser

    Hannibal, le Monsieur, Monsieur Ledaim, Premier Dragon, Choeur, Petin

    Richelieu

  • L'École des Femmes

    The School for Wives by Molière Directed by Jacques Rosner

    Horace

    Richelieu

1983-1984

1982-1983

1981-1982

  • Dom Juan ou le Festin de pierre

    Dom Juan or the Feast with the Statue by Molière Directed by scène Jean-Luc Boutté

    Pierrot

    Richelieu

  • Les Corbeaux

    by Henry Becque Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Gaston

    Richelieu

  • Le Jeu de l'amour et du hasard

    The Game of Love and Chance by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Pasquin

    Richelieu

  • La Commère

    The Gossip by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    La Vallée

    Richelieu

  • L'Épreuve

    The Test by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Louis Thamin

    Maître Blaise

    Richelieu

  • Les Femmes savantes

    by Molière Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Julien

    Richelieu

  • La Dame de chez Maxim

    The Girl from Maxim’s by Georges Feydeau Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Un Déménageur - un Officier

    Richelieu

1980-1981

  • La Locandiera

    The Mistress of the Inn by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Tonino

    Richelieu

  • La Commère

    The Gossip by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    La Vallée

    Richelieu

1979-1980

  • La Commère

    The Gossip by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    La Vallée

    Richelieu

  • Le Jeu de l'amour et du hasard

    The Game of Love and Chance by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    The Servant

    Richelieu

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    La Merluche

    Richelieu

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Pierre Dux

    Basque

    Richelieu

  • Les Fausses Confidences

    The False Confidences by Marivaux Directed by Michel Etcheverry

    Arlequin

    Richelieu

  • Dom Juan ou le Festin de pierre

    Dom Juan or the Feast with the Statue by Molière Directed by Jean-Luc Boutté

    Pierrot

    Richelieu

1978-1979

1977-1978

  • Le Triomphe de l'amour

    The Triumph of Love by Marivaux Directed by Yves Gasc

    Arlequin

    Richelieu

  • La Navette

    by Henry Becque Directed by Simon Eine

    Armand

    Richelieu

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    La Merluche

    Richelieu

  • Les Acteurs de bonne foi

    The Constant Players by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Luc Boutté

    Blaise

    Richelieu

  • L'Impromptu de Versailles

    The Versailles Impromptu by Molière Directed by Pierre Dux

    Un Nécessaire

    Richelieu

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Pierre Dux

    Basque

    Richelieu

  • Lorenzaccio

    by Alfred de Musset Directed by Franco Zeffirelli

    Maffio

    Richelieu

1976-1977

  • Les Fausses Confidences

    The False Confidences by Marivaux Directed by Michel Etcheverry

    Arlequin

    Richelieu

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Pierre Dux

    Basque

    Richelieu

  • Paralchimie

    by Robert Pinget Directed by Yves Gasc

    The Plumber

    Odéon

  • Lorenzaccio

    by Alfred de Musset Directed by Franco Zeffirelli

    Maffio

    Richelieu

  • La Commère

    The Gossip by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    La Vallée

    Richelieu

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