Paris – Etienne Chicot, French singer and comedian who excelled in the supporting roles, suddenly died at 69 in Paris, on the night of Monday to Tuesday, announced to AFP Wednesday his agent.
After a few small roles in the cinema, including that of a policeman in "Monsieur Klein" (1976) by Joseph Losey alongside Alain Delon, Etienne Chicot, born in Fécamp on May 5, 1949, met with success in 1979 with the 'rock opera' Starmania 'by Michel Berger and Luc Plamondon and his role as billionaire Zero Janvier. His song "The blues of the businessman" becoming a standard. This spotlight brings him back to the 7th Art. That same year, he won a second role of cop that will call others, in "The War of Fonts", then plays in 1980 in "A Bad Son" with Patrick Dewaere and in "The Choice of Weapons" (1981) Alain Corneau. Actor and composer, he has, on several occasions, been able to mix his two passions as in André Téchiné's "Hôtel des Amériques" (1981) where he plays a guitarist or in "Death a Sunday of rain" (1986) where he plays a record company manager. He will also play a manager in "Disorder" (1986) the first film by Olivier Assayas and a host of a radio station in "Fréquence meurtre" (1988). Some first roles are offered thereafter, among others in "The Wind of All Saints" in 1991. But the 90s see him devote more to television, especially in the series "Louis the Brocante". In the 2000s, Etienne Chicot returned to supporting roles in the cinema, but more often in a comic register, as in "The Doors of Glory" with Benoît Poelvoorde, "Gomez & Tavares", "Royal Palace!" of Valérie Lemercier. He also returns with troubled characters to whom he lends his big deep voice in "L'Empire des loups" (2005) or "Les Lyonnais" by Olivier Marchal (2011). The actor with more than 100 films, also seen alongside Tom Hanks in "Da Vinci Code", also met with success in the theater, with a Molière in 1989 for "An absence", a play by Loleh Bellon. Minister of Culture Françoise Nyssen paid tribute on Twitter to "the diversity of talents and generosity of the man to the more than 120 films" that "have nourished and marked our popular culture".