The 78-year-old actor Yves Rénier died on Saturday April 24, his family announced.
The actor and director Yves Rénier, an unforgettable interpreter of “Commissar Moulin”, which was founded in 1976 and broadcast on TF1 until 2008, died on the night of April 23rd to 24th. He died of a heart attack at his home in Neuilly-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine), his wife said.
The 78-year-old actor had directed the past few years, particularly the television film about Jacqueline Sauvage (“It was him or me”) starring Muriel Robin, which was a huge hit on TF1. He has also recently made a name for himself on television with La Traque, a television film he directed about Michel Fourniret. The TF1 channel paid tribute to him on his Twitter account. He “was often part of the great fictional successes of TF1,” tweeted the broadcaster, remembering that he was still on screen this Thursday in “Léo Mattéi, Brigade des mineurs”.
A fan of various facts
Yves Rénier was born on September 29, 1942 in Bern (Switzerland) to the French actor Max Régneier and an English mother. He began his film career in 1961 in “Le Comte de Monte-Cristo” by Claude Autant-Lara. After this first experience, he meticulously combines several films with no real success. In 1965 he had public success in the miniseries “Belphégor” by Claude Barma, in which he shared the bill with the singer Juliette Gréco. He will also appear in the series “The Globe-trotters” (1966), in which he plays alongside actor Edward Meeks, an adventurer who travels the world with his savings.
As a matter of fact, it is his character of “Mill” that gives him fame. In this series created by Paul Andréota and Claude Boissol in 1976, he plays a police officer who pursues murderers, molesters and criminals with a relaxed look. The television series was suspended in 1982 before being resumed in 1989 by Yves Rénier and Georges Moréas, the former retired commissioner.
“Commissioner Moulin”, a public and critical success
“Commissioner Moulin” was the first French police series “new generation” compared to series like “The investigation of Commissioner Maigret”.
Yves Rénier himself writes a dozen scenarios and the series welcomes many celebrities like Johnny Hallyday.
“Moulin is not perfect, he sometimes makes borderline gestures for a commissioner, but he is a person. He is not politically correct,” he confided in the daily Le Parisien in 2004.
After a record lifespan, the series ended in 2008 amid controversial controversy over the violence of the main character. “I’ve always had the reputation of a violent man. It’s so ‘faux-derche’ to watch American films,” he said to the Parisian earlier this year.
Record the audience for her TV movie about Jacqueline Sauvage
At the same time, he interpreted several small roles in the cinema before deciding on the realization. So he realized “Flic very simply” in the Guy Georges affair with Mathilde Seigner and “Chief Medical Officer for Health”. Above all, however, his two-part television film “Jacqueline Sauvage, he or I” achieved the best audience of 2018 for a French fiction with almost 9 million viewers on TF1. The television movie, inspired by the book by Jacqueline Sauvage, who killed her husband before receiving a presidential pardon, had even broken an audience record for a French fiction since 2015.
He then directed “La Traque”, a fiction that repeats the hunt for serial killer Michel Fourniret and his wife Monique Olivier. “The public is more numerous when it comes to true stories,” he told AFP in 2019, stating that the television channels are just as sophisticated. Yves Rénier also dubbed Burt Reynolds, Chuck Norris (“Walker Texas Ranger”), Paul Hogan and Tommy Lee Jones in French.
He was the father of four children, two of them with his last wife Karin. In the early 1980s he was in a relationship with American actress Goldie Hawn.