French actor and singer (1903-1971)

Fernand Joseph Désiré Contandin was a French actor and singer. He is usually called Fernandel.

Giovannino Guareschi (left) with Fernandel (right), 1951

He was born on 8 May 1903 in Marseille, France. He acted in comedies for vaudeville and operettas. He was best known for his role in the Don Camillo series of motion pictures. His first Hollywood movie was Around the World in Eighty Days.

Fernandel died 26 February 1971 from lung cancer. He is buried in the Cimetière de Passy, Paris, France.

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