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Andre Maranne Dies, the Pink Panther and Fawlty Towers Star Was 94

Andre Maranne Dies, the Pink Panther and Fawlty Towers Star Was 94

Veteran actor André Maranne, best known for playing Sgt. François Chevalier in the Pink Panther movies, has sadly passed away. The Times of London reports that the actor died on April 12, though the news of his passing is just recently making the rounds in the press. He was 94 years old.

As Sgt. François Chevalier, Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus' (Herbert Lom) assistant, Maranne first appeared in his most famous role in A Shot in the Dark (1964). He'd wind up reprising the role in five Pink Panther movies over the next two decades: The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), the Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), Trail of the Pink Panther (1982), and Curse of the Pink Panther (1983).

Before his work in the Pink Panther movies, Maranne played a French officer in The War Lover (1962). He also appeared in the classic James Bond movie Thunderball in 1965 as a Spectre senior member.

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