|ACTOR, DIRECTOR (FRANCE)|
BORN 9 Oct 1908, Le Pecq, Yvelines - DIED 4 Nov 1982, Paris|
BIRTH NAME Tatischeff, Jacques
CAUSE OF DEATH pneumonia
GRAVE LOCATION Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines: Vieux Cimetière (Carré H)
His father was Russian and his mother Dutch. He was fond of sports like rugby, tennis and boxing. He often mimed his sporting activities. After a while he took his act to the stage and soon he was successful all over Paris.
He started making comical movies during the thirties. There usually was little dialog in his films and Tati used sound effects instead. He worked with inexperienced actors, preferring to train them himself. In 1944 he married Michelle Winter and the marriage lasted until his death.
He is best known for his movie "Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot" (1953). It was a huge success in Europe as well as in the USA. He was the writer and the director of that movie and also played Monsieur Hulot. He used the Hulot characters for several more movies, like "Mon Oncle" (1958) and "Playtime" (1967). But "Playtime" (1967) was a commercial failure and eventually led to his bankruptcy. In 1971 Hulot returned for the last time in "Trafic".
Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des Cimetières en France, Le Cherche Midi Éditeur, Paris, 1994