The essential Jacques Frantz, actor, comedian and French voice of Robert De Niro, died this Wednesday March 17th at the age of 73.
He was the French voice of Robert De Niro for half a century: the actor and comedian Jacques Frantz died on Wednesday at the age of 73 “of a dazzling disease,” said his daughter in a statement sent to AFP.
Jacques Frantz made his theater debut in 1969 with “Romeo and Juliet” and appeared in around thirty plays. This former student of the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts has also had a career in cinema in around thirty films with Claude Chabrol, Gérard Oury or Claude Zidi.
“A synchronous giant”
He was a dubbing character who gave Robert de Niro his husky and warm French voice in 67 films, including Martin Scorsese’s greatest classics, from “Mean Streets” in 1973 to “The Irishman” in 2019 to “Les Affranchis”.
He has also voiced other Hollywood stars such as Mel Gibson (34 times, most notably in “Lethal Weapon”), John Goodman, Nick Nolte and Steve Martin, and has appeared in numerous animated films (“Arthur and the Minimoys”).
“He was a voice actor, but above all a great actor,” Rémi Caremel, film dubbing specialist, told AFP.