Michel
Aumont

Sociétaire honoraire

Michel Aumont belongs to the brotherhood of the actors of the comedy of discomfort, fully willing to and capable of interpreting the most challenging roles, straddling at the same time between the heartbreaking and the derisive, between the natural and the complex, and finally between the distressing and the entertaining.
At the Conservatoire national d’art dramatique (National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts) of Paris, he attended the classes of Denis d'Inès and of Jean Debucourt. In the 1956 competition, he was awarded a first prize for Modern Comedy in Chekhov's A Tragedian in Spite of himself and another first prize for Classic Comedy in the role of The Doctor in Molière’sThe Jealousy of le Barbouillé (La Jalousie du barbouillé).

On graduating from the Conservatoire, he was hired as a pensionnaire at the Comédie-Française on September 1, 1956, and was named a sociétaire on January 1, 1965, then a sociétaire honoraire in January 1994. His contract stipulated that he would play the roles specific to "character study," that is the old barons, which he brilliantly did in spite of his youth. He, therefore, was familiar with the miscellany of Géronte characters in Scapin the Schemer, in The Doctor in Spite of Himself, and in Regnard’s The Sole Heir (Le Légataire universel), but it was in Harpagon (Molière’s The Miser), a role heplayed for twenty years.
Among the chief roles he embodied, we can name numerous characters from plays by Molière, Shakespeare, Beaumarchais, Feydeau, Labiche, Courteline, Balzac, Becque, and even the characters of contemporary authors such as Giraudoux, Ionesco, and Beckett, whom he particularly liked. He gradually emerged from the character study thanks to his friend Jean-Paul Roussillon and set his true face free of the makeup and the hairpieces to emerge "without any adornment.” Simplicity and depth then take precedence over artificial makeup and design.

At the Comédie-Française, he mainly worked with Roger Blin, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Terry Hands, Antoine Vitez, Claude Régy, Jean-Pierre Vincent and Jorge Lavelli.
In 1972, he played the role played by Robert Hirsch in Richard III in Avignon, which earned him a triumphant success in a tragic role.
He created a host of roles at the Comédie-Française, at the Salle Richelieu or at the Odeon, most notably Amalric in Claudel's Partage de Midi (The Break of Noon) in 1975, Jean Puntila in Brecht’s Master Puntilla and His Valet Matti (1976), Berenger in Ionesco’s The King Is Dying (1975), Vladimir in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (1978), Trigorin in Chekhov's The Seagull (1980), Hamm in Beckett’s Endgame (1988), Garcin in Jean-Paul Sartre’sBehind Closed Doors (1990), Mercadet in Balzac’s Le Faiseur (1993).
His friendship with Jean-Paul Roussillon gave birth to spectacles of a memorable intensity, such as those ofAmorphe d'Ottenburg by Jean-Claude Grumberg, La Nostalgie, camarade... by François Billetdoux, and Abel et Belo by Robert Pinget.
In 2005, he played in Dieu est un steward de bonne composition by Yves Ravey directed by Jean-Michel Ribes at the Théâtre du Rond-Point. In 2007, he appeared in Vincent Delecroix’s At the Door (À la porte) directed by Marcel Bluwal at the Théâtre de l'Œuvre and in Woody Allen’s Puzzle directed by Annick Blancheteau and Jean Mourière at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal. In 2010, he played in Lionel Goldstein’s David & Edward staged by MarcelBluwal at the Théâtre de l'Œuvre.

In addition to his continuing career in the theater, Michel Aumont has led a stunning career in the cinema, taking on the roles of the "eccentric character," the reason why, not surprisingly so, the best amateurs of figures seek him as an actor, namely Michel DevilIe, Claude Chabrol, Bertrand Tavemier, Francis Veber, and Pascal Thomas.
He has played in Palais Royal! directed by Valérie Lemercier (2005), in The Valet (La Doublure) by Francis Veber (2006), in Park Benches (Bancs publics – Versailles Rive-Droite) directed by Bruno Podalydès (2009), and, in 2010, in Comme les 5 doigts de la main directed by Alexandre Arcady, in Imogène McCarthery directed by Alexandre Charlot and Franck Magnier, and in A View of Love (Un balcon sur la mer) directed by Nicole Garcia.
He gives to his characters this right dose of humanity and a unique presence, which make him stand out on all occasions, including in figuration.

At the Comédie-Française

2008-2009

1993-1994

  • Le Faiseur

    by Honoré de Balzac Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Mercadet

    Richelieu

1992-1993

  • Le Faiseur

    by Honoré de Balzac Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Mercadet

    Richelieu

1990-1991

  • La Mère coupable

    by Beaumarchais Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Figaro

    Richelieu

  • Huis clos

    No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre Directed by Claude Régy

    Garcin

    Richelieu

1989-1990

  • Huis clos

    No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre Directed by Claude Régy

    Garcin

    Richelieu

  • La Mère coupable

    by Beaumarchais Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Figaro

    Richelieu

  • Comme il vous plaira

    by William Shakespeare Directed by Lluis Pasqual

    Jacques

    Richelieu

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Harpagon

    Richelieu

1988-1989

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Harpagon

    Richelieu

  • Fin de partie

    by Samuel Beckett Directed by Gildas Bourdet

    Clov

    Richelieu

1987-1988

1986-1987

  • La Ronde

    by Arthur Schnitzler Directed by Alfredo Arias

    l'Auteur

    Odéon

  • L'Éternel mari

    by Fiodor Dostoïevski Directed by Simon Eine

    Pavel Pavlovitch Troussotzki

    Odéon

  • Le Songe d'une nuit d'été

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare Directed by Jorge Lavelli

    Bottom, Pyrame

    Richelieu

  • Un chapeau de paille d'Italie

    An Italian Straw Hat by Eugène Labiche and Marc Michel Directed by Bruno Bayen

    Nonancourt, pépiniériste

    Richelieu

1985-1986

  • Un chapeau de paille d'Italie

    An Italian Straw Hat by Eugène Labiche and Marc Michel Directed by Bruno Bayen

    Nonancourt, pépiniériste

    Richelieu

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Alceste

    Richelieu

1984-1985

  • Les Corbeaux

    by Henry Becque Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Bourdon

    Richelieu

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Alceste

    Richelieu

1983-1984

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Alceste

    Richelieu

  • Le Suicidé

    by Nicolaï Erdman Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Aristarque Grand-Skoubnik

    Odéon

  • Intermezzo

    by Jean Giraudoux Directed by Jacques Sereys

    l'Inspecteur

    Richelieu

  • Les Estivants

    The Summer Folk by Maxime Gorki Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Souslov

    Richelieu

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Harpagon

    Richelieu

  • La Colonie

    by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    Mr Sorbin

    Richelieu

1982-1983

  • Les Estivants

    The Summer Folk by Maxime Gorki Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Souslov

    Richelieu

  • La Colonie

    by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    Mr Sorbin

    Richelieu

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Harpagon

    Richelieu

  • Intermezzo

    by Jean Giraudoux Directed by Jacques Sereys

    l'Inspecteur

    Richelieu

  • Les Corbeaux

    by Henry Becque Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Bourdon

    Richelieu

1981-1982

  • Les Corbeaux

    by Henry Becque Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Bourdon

    Richelieu

  • La Commère

    The Gossip by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    le Neveu de Mlle Habert

    Richelieu

  • Marie Tudor

    by Victor Hugo Directed by Jean-Luc Boutté

    Joshua Farnaby

    Richelieu

  • Le Voyage de Monsieur Perrichon

    by Eugène Labiche and Edouard Martin Directed by Jean Le Poulain

    Majorin

    Richelieu

  • La Dame de chez Maxim

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

    Mongicourt

    Richelieu

1980-1981

1979-1980

  • La Nuit des Rois ou Ce que vous voudrez

    Twelfth Night or What you will by William Shakespeare Directed by Terry Hands

    Malvolio

    Richelieu

  • La Commère

    The Gossip by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    le Neveu de Mlle Habert

    Richelieu

  • La Mouette

    The Seagull by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Otomar Krejca

    Trigorine

    Richelieu

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Harpagon

    Richelieu

  • La Tour de Babel

    by Fernando Arrabal Directed by Jorge Lavelli

    Cul-de-jatte - Basilio Carrera, "Cid Campéador"

    Odéon

1978-1979

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Harpagon

    Richelieu

  • La Puce à l'oreille

    A Flea in Her Ear by Georges Feydeau Directed by Jean-Laurent Cochet

    Augustin Ferraillon

    Richelieu

  • Le Triomphe de l'amour

    The Triumph of Love by Marivaux Directed by Yves Gasc

    Hermocrate

    Richelieu

1977-1978

  • Le Triomphe de l'amour

    The Triumph of Love by Marivaux Directed by Yves Gasc

    Hermocrate

    Richelieu

  • En attendant Godot

    Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett Directed by Roger Blin

    Vladimir

    Odéon

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Harpagon

    Richelieu

  • Le Roi se meurt

    by Eugène Ionesco Directed by Jorge Lavelli

    Bérenger

    Richelieu

  • L'École des femmes

    The School for Wives by Molière Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Arnolphe

1976-1977

  • Le Partage de midi

    by Paul Claudel Directed by Antoine Vitez

    Amalric

    Richelieu

  • Paralchimie

    by Robert Pinget Directed by Yves Gasc

    Mortin

    Odéon

  • Le Roi se meurt

    by Eugène Ionesco Directed by Jorge Lavelli

    Bérenger

    Odéon

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