Friday, December 21, 2018

Actor profile: Jacques Berthier

Jacques Berthier was a French actor with a career that began in the 1930s and ended in the 1980s. With 43 film roles to his credit, he only appeared in 3 PEPLUM films. He provided very good support, mainly playing the villain. His two stories set in Antiquity were directed by Gianfranco Parolini. Not a long list of titles like other actors I've previously profiled but I thought his two major PEPLUM roles were good enough to merit a mention.

Jacques had a small role in this excellent production. He had a special mention during the opening credit.


This movie has tons of characters and even with all of them, Berthier stands out from the crowded pack. Both he and Mara Lane (pictured below) were the villains and they were good in their roles. His first film with Brad Harris (not pictured here).

Berthier and his 'partner in crime,' played by Giuseppe Mattei (aka Pino Mattei)

When Berthier made this film, he was 46 years old. He didn't look like it.


Berthier was the villain in this episodic film. Without his presence, the movie would have been much less memorable. His performance basically grounds the somewhat convoluted story.

Berthier with Brad Harris. His second film with Harris and director Parolini

Berthier relished this role with some panache and vigour 

Previous Actor profiles:

Aldo Pini

Ursula Davis

Philippe Hersent

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