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Hahn, Jess Biography




biography of Hahn, Jess

Jesse Beryle Hahn
29 October 1921, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA
29 June 1998, Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, France (natural causes)
Indiana-born Jess Hahn never played in an American movie, at least shot on American soil. On the other hand, this friendly giant with a nice sense of humor was a fixture in French movies where he often landed roles as a tough gangster or a Yankee (whether an army officer, a C.I.A./F.B.I. agent or an expatriated John Doe). Adored by French and (unfortunately) by campy Italian directors, he was in more than ninety movies and appeared twenty-odd times on French television. He could have made it in art film thanks to his wonderful performance as the tramp in Eric Rohmer's "Le Signe du Lion" but was ignored by other "serious-minded" directors. On the contrary, and oddly enough to be sure, the quality of the film he was in declined dramatically after 1966, which was not doing justice to his wonderful screen presence. He also acted in ten theater plays. Whatever the case, the public loved him, although not knowing his name. In the mid seventies, a bit disappointed with his career, he preferred working on his farm near Dinan in Brittany, acting only occasionally. He died in Saint Malo hospital, forgotten by the film profession but not by TV or DVD viewers who still nowadays worship Nénesse from "Les grandes Gueules" or "La Douceur" (quite a misnomer!) from"Cartouche".
Guy Bellinger



-   Played in "Le fêtard" in Daniel Costelle's short "Coups de feu à 18 heures" (1963).


-   "Dictionnaire du Cinéma/Les Acteurs" (France), 1996, pg. pgs. 483, 484, by: Jean Tulard, "Jess Hahn"

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Acting in movies

  1. La route des 'Grandes gueules' (2001) (TV)
  2. Le retour de Lemmy Caution (1989) (TV)
  3. Overdose (1987)
  4. "Cinq filles à Paris" (1986)
  5. La galette du roi (1986)
  6. Maestro (1986) (TV)
  7. Vivre pour survivre (1984)
  8. "Great Performances" (1970) {The Innocents Abroad (#11.11)}
  9. "L'adieu aux as" (1982)
  10. Ultimatum (1982) (TV)
  11. "Les cinq dernières minutes" (1958) {L'impasse des brouillards (#3.27)}
  12. Tegeran-43 (1981)
  13. Treize (1981) (TV)
  14. "Les cinq dernières minutes" (1958) {L'écluse du temple (#3.23)}
  15. "Les enquêtes du commissaire Maigret" (1967) {Maigret en Arizona (#1.49)}
  16. "Salut champion" (1981) {Le bon couloir (#1.6)}
  17. Mama Dracula (1980)
  18. "Achtung Zoll!" (1980) {La bataille de l'or (#3.3)}
  19. "Au théâtre ce soir" (1966) {La prétentaine 1980}
  20. "Les 400 coups de Virginie" (1979) {(#1.5)}
  21. La raison d'état (1978)
  22. "Brigade des mineurs" (1977) {Tête de rivière}
  23. "Les brigades du Tigre" (1974) {L'ange blanc (#4.6)}
  24. Johnny West (1977)
  25. Le point de mire (1977)
  26. Le Ricain (1977)
  27. "Recherche dans l'intérêt des familles" (1977) {Le P.D.G. (#1.3)}
  28. "Les cinq dernières minutes" (1958) {Le fil conducteur (#3.5)}
  29. "Les cinq dernières minutes" (1958) {Le pied à l'étrier (#3.7)}
  30. "Les compagnons d'Eleusis" (1975)
  31. Jackpot (1975)
  32. Les Rosenberg ne doivent pas mourir (1975) (TV)
  33. "Des lauriers pour Lila" (1974)
  34. "Les faucheurs de marguerites" (1974)
  35. Tough Guys (1974)
  36. Un linceul n'a pas de poches (1974)
  37. "Aux frontières du possible" (1971) {Le dernier rempart (#2.1)}
  38. "Docteur Caraïbes" (1973)
  39. Dio, sei proprio un padreterno! (1973)
  40. La isla misteriosa (1973)
  41. "L'île mystérieuse" (1973) {L'abandonné (#1.4)}
  42. "L'île mystérieuse" (1973) {L'évasion (#1.1)}
  43. "L'île mystérieuse" (1973) {Le drapeau noir (#1.5)}
  44. "L'île mystérieuse" (1973) {Le secret de l'île (#1.6)}
  45. "L'île mystérieuse" (1973) {Les naufragés de l'air (#1.2)}
  46. Afyon oppio (1972)
  47. Decameron proibitissimo - Boccaccio mio statte zitto... (1972)
  48. Il grande duello (1972)
  49. L'ingénu (1972)
  50. Boulevard du Rhum (1971)
  51. Captain Apache (1971)
  52. Die Sonne angreifen (1971) (TV)
  53. El hombre de Río Malo (1971)
  54. Laisse aller... c'est une valse (1971)
  55. Supergirl - Das Mädchen von den Sternen (1971) (TV)
  56. L'ardoise (1970)
  57. Le mur de l'Atlantique (1970)
  58. Les novices (1970)
  59. "Les saintes chéries" (1965) {Eve réussit (#3.12)}
  60. "Les saintes chéries" (1965) {L'augmentation (#3.7)}
  61. "Les saintes chéries" (1965) {Ève débute (#3.4)}
  62. "Au théâtre ce soir" (1966) {L'amour des 4 colonels}
  63. L'ombre dans la glace (1968)
  64. Le démoniaque (1968)
  65. Rapporto Fuller, base Stoccolma (1968)
  66. The Night of the Following Day (1968)
  67. L'homme qui valait des milliards (1967)
  68. La feldmarescialla (1967)
  69. Troppo per vivere... poco per morire (1967)
  70. "Au théâtre ce soir" (1966) {La prétentaine 1967}
  71. Il ladro della Gioconda (1966)
  72. Le facteur s'en va-t-en guerre (1966)
  73. Le Saint prend l'affût (1966)
  74. Les grandes gueules (1966)
  75. New York chiama Superdrago (1966)
  76. Triple Cross (1966)
  77. Cent briques et des tuiles (1965)
  78. Les tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine (1965)
  79. Vergalade (1965) (TV)
  80. What's New Pussycat (1965)
  81. Les Barbouzes (1964)
  82. Les gorilles (1964)
  83. Que personne ne sorte (1964)
  84. Topkapi (1964)
  85. Les veinards (1963)
  86. Une blonde comme ça (1963)
  87. Verspätung in Marienborn (1963)
  88. Cartouche (1962)
  89. Coup de feu à dix-huit heures (1962)
  90. Le procès (1962)
  91. Mandrin (1962)
  92. Mon oncle du Texas (1962)
  93. Dynamite Jack (1961)
  94. Le Sahara brûle (1961)
  95. The Big Gamble (1961)
  96. Ce soir on tue (1959)
  97. La femme et le pantin (1959)
  98. La valse du gorille (1959)
  99. Le fauve est lâché (1959)
  100. Le signe du lion (1959)
  101. Le vent se lève (1959)
  102. "En votre âme et conscience" (1954) {L'affaire Rorique}
  103. Chéri, fais-moi peur (1958)
  104. Le désert de Pigalle (1958)
  105. Le sicilien (1958)
  106. Action immédiate (1957)
  107. Le coin tranquille (1957)
  108. Le colonel est de la revue (1957)
  109. Le triporteur (1957)
  110. Nathalie (1957)
  111. Quand la femme s'en mêle (1957)
  112. The Happy Road (1957)
  113. The Vintage (1957)
  114. "Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion" (1955) {Ring of Steel (#2.18)}
  115. "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" (1951) {French Provincial (#7.14)}
  116. Ces sacrées vacances (1956)
  117. Fernand cow-boy (1956)
  118. La châtelaine du Liban (1956)
  119. La puce à l'oreille (1956) (TV)
  120. Rencontre à Paris (1956)
  121. L'impossible Monsieur Pipelet (1955)
  122. La Madelon (1955)
  123. La meilleure part (1955)
  124. Les hussards (1955)
  125. Sophie et le crime (1955)
  126. Tant qu'il y aura des femmes (1955)
  127. Ça va barder (1955)
  128. "Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion" (1955) {Double Jeopardy (#1.23)}
  129. "Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion" (1955) {Revenge (#1.15)}
  130. "Paris Precinct" (1955) {Police Headquarters}
  131. Father Brown (1954)
  132. Les corsaires du Bois de Boulogne (1954)
  133. Deux de l'escadrille (1953)
  134. L'ennemi public n° 1 (1953)
  135. La môme vert de gris (1953)
  136. Un acte d'amour (1953)

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