Sunday, May 8, 2016

RIP Robert Roanne

Death of Belgian actor Robert Roanne

Le Vif

The Belgian actor Robert Roanne died Saturday afternoon at the age of 86 after a long and painful illness, told to Belga by his son, Eric Beysens.  The Galleries Theatre lost its dean, a man who will be remembered as particularly humble, said David Michels, director of the cultural institution.

His real name Robert Beysens, the actor starred in hundreds of pieces, including the Théâtre des Galeries.  The most famous is likely to remain the "Wedding Beulemans miss" in which he played Mr. Meulemeester.

The dean of the Theatre, whose career was long over fifty years, was a regular supporting roles.  "It was a real chameleon," recalls David Michels.  "He had the ability to interpret a multitude of characters."  The two men, who lived side by side for decades, were still in touch.  "We were called at the theater and back to the end of year festivities," says the director.  "It's a double emotion, both professional and affective."

Robert Beysens played for the company Galeries before arriving in Brussels Theater, where performances are still opened on the boards of Beersel.  During his long career, he has interpreted Mr Coppenolle in the famous play "Bossemans and Coppenolle".  A role "he loved playing" and probably the one that has most marked, says Michels.

One we knew as Robert Roanne has also participated in several international tours, including Congo and Germany.

ROANNE, Robert (Robert Beyens)
Born: 9/28/1929, Antwerpen, Flanders BElgium
Died: 5/7/2016

Robert Roanne’s western – actor:
Far West - 1973

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