Actor, theater director

Born in Paris on 26 December 1912 son of Henri Casadesus and Marie-Louise Beetz
Died on 6th of march 2014.

He started his acting career at 20 and participated in several films, including "Hotel des Etudiants" of W. Tompansky (written by Henri Decoin) and "L'Etoile de Valencia" with Jean Gabin and Brigite Helm. After studying with Fernand Ledoux, he entered, under the stage-name of "Casades", the "Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique" of Paris, in Louis Jouvet's class. There he was awarded, in 1938-39, the first prize for diction and the second prize for comedy. Between August 39 and July 40, he was mobilized. After this, he resumed his acting career, appearing in several Parisian plays, including "Borgia, famille étrange" by André Josset (Théatre du Vieux Colombier) , "Le rideau de Paris" (Théatre des Arts), "La mégère apprivoisée"(Théatre Montparnasse) and "Hamlet"(Théatre des Arts-Hébertot ).

In 1941, Christian Casadesus was hired by Gaston Baty at the "Théatre Montparnasse" to act in "La mégère apprivoisée ", with Maguerite Jamois and Lucien Nat. In 1941, he founded the "Compagnie du Regain" which, despite the Occupation and until 1946, defended the French heritage of dramatic art , performing, among other things, "Dom Juan" (Molière), "Les Caprices de Marianne" and "Lorenzaccio " (Alfred de Musset). In 1948, he participated in the creation of the "club Saint-Germain des Prés", one of the most famous cabarets in Paris. In 1954, he became director of the "Théatre de l'Ambigü" which put up plays of several contemparary authors (including Billedoux and R.Vitrac). In 1966, after the theater was closed down and demolished, he took part in several cultural programmes that focused on dramatic art in France and were sponsored by the Culture Ministry and the Nord-Pas de Calais and Poitou-Charentes regions.

One son : Frédérick (historian).

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