Lemaître, Frédérick

Lemaître, Frédérick

(frādārēk` ləmĕt`rə), 1800–1876, French actor, originally named Antoine Louis Prosper Lemaître. First known in pantomimes and melodramas, he gained fame (1823) for his creation of the part of Robert Macaire in L'Auberge des Adrets. Equally at home in comedy and tragedy, he was especially popular in the plays of Victor Hugo and other romantic dramatists. He wrote the play Robert Macaire (1834). His early years at the Funambules with DeburauDeburau or Debureau, Jean Gaspard
, 1796–1846, French pantomime performer, whose original name was Jan Kaspar Dvorjak, b. Bohemia.
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 are described in the Marcel Carné film classic Children of Paradise (1944).
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