French Actor Victor Lanoux, Star of 'Cousin Cousine,' Dies at 80

The Hollywood Reporter | 5/4/2017 | Mike Barnes
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The Paris native also played an antique dealer who solves crimes in his spare time on the long-running TV series 'Louis la Brocante.'

Victor Lanoux, who starred in the lovely 1975 French romantic comedy Cousin Cousine, which was nominated for three Academy Awards, has died. He was 80.

Lanoux - Thursday - Hospital - Royan - Charente-Maritime

Lanoux died Thursday in a hospital in Royan, Charente-Maritime, France, his agent told the Agence France-Presse wire service.

A very popular actor in his home country, Lanoux also starred as Louis Roman, an antique dealer who works as a private detective in his spare time, on the 1998-2013 TV series Louis la Brocante.

President - Francois - Hollande - Lanoux - Actor

President Francois Hollande called Lanoux a "beloved actor of the French," and Minister of Culture Audrey Azoulay said the Paris native "embodied the vitality of postwar France and this magic of cinema."

American audiences might recognize Lanoux as the thief in the Rome travel office who gives the Griswolds cash and keys to a rental car that has a hostage in the trunk in National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985).

Cousin - Cousine - Lanoux - Marie-Christine - Barrault

In Cousin Cousine, Lanoux and Marie-Christine Barrault portray cousins by marriage who meet at...
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