Dominique Paturel: the legend of dubbing dies at 90

He was the French voice of Michael Caine, JR in Dallas and Disney’s Robin Hood.

Dominique Paturel died earlier this week in Saint-Brieuc, at the age of 90, announced his nephew, before adding: “He was one of the last to have played under the direction of Jean Vilar (the founder of the Avignon festival, editor’s note). He had nearly 80 plays to his credit and around thirty films. He was part of that generation that knew how to do everything.”

Actor actually gifted for the theater, television (he was particularly acclaimed by the public thanks to the series The Knight of Maison-Rougein 1963, or D’Artagnanin 1969) and the cinema (we saw it in The kid, by Olivier Dahan, for example), he was also famous for his dubbing. In particular to be the French voice of JR Ewing (played by Larry Hagman) in dallasthe cult American series of the 1980s or by David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) in The invaders. He also repeatedly double-crossed Michael Caine (ofIpcressin 1965, at Youthin 2015), Terence Hill (especially in the 1970s and 1980s in his comedies opposite Bud Spencer), Robert Wagner or Robert Duvall, as well as Robin Hood in the eponymous cartoon from Disney studios released in 1973 at the cinema. He was also the voice of Papi Pépite in Toy Story 2. His last film appearance dates back to 2011 in White squareby Jean-Baptiste Leonetti.

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