Thursday, July 16, 2015

RIP Jacques Thébault

Jacques Thébault, the voice of Steve McQueen, has died

Le Figaro
July 16, 2015

He was the voice of Steve McQueen, of Clint Eastwood but also Bill Cosby, Patrick McGoohan and Lucky Luke.  Jacques Thébault, French actor specialized in dubbing, died at Saint Arnoult Normandy, Wednesday 15 July, following a pulmonary embolism.  He was 90 years old.

1950 to 1980, he was one of the best voices of the small and big screen. He was Steve McQueen in Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958-1961) before accompanying the actor in his major roles: Bullitt (1968), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) The Getaway (1972), Papillon (1973), The Towering Inferno (1974) and The Hunter (1980).

He also embodied with perfection phlegm Patrick McGoohan, the famous Prisoner Number 6.  It was he, moreover, who had the idea of ​​the word, remained famous: "Hello world."  In English, Patrick McGoohan said, "Be seeing you."

Among his great voice acting, also include: Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, Robert Conrad in The Wild Wild West, John Cassavetes in The Dirty Dozen, Paul Newman in The Left-Handed Gun, Clint Eastwood in Coogan’s Bluff, Christopher Lee in The Man with the Golden Gun, Roy Scheider in Jaws, Bill Cosby in The Cosby Show.  In Doctor Zhivago David Lean, he dubbed both Alec Guiness and Klaus Kinski.

He often played hard. In Alien (1978), he is the voice of Ian Holm, the interpète the android Ash.  In Star Wars episodes IV and V, he remains on the dark side with Admiral Piett.  Just like in Tron, where he doubled the villain Ed Dillinger, aka Sark, and Blade Runner, where he is the creator of Eldon Tyrell Replicants.

After doubling Steve McQueen, Robert Conrad and Paul Newman in many westerns, Jacques Thébault voiced westerner Lucky Luke in The Daltons: Escape from Grumble Gulch in 1983 and in two cartoon TV series dating from 1984 and 1991.

Jacques Thébault appeared in several films, including The Tricycle with Darry Cowl.  He was also at a time approached by Jean-Pierre Jeunet to lend his voice to the narrator of Amelie Poulain, with this role is entrusted to André Dussollier.

Born: 1924, France
Died: 7/15/2015, Saint Arnoult, Normandy,

Jacques Thébault’s westerns – voice dubber:
God Forgives… I Don’t – 1967 [French voice of Terence Hill]
Escape from Grumble Gulch - 1983 [French voice of Lucky Luke]
Lucky Luke (TV) – 1983-1984, 1992 [French voice of Lucky Luke]

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