Guy Bedos, Who Made France Laugh at Itself, Is Dead at 85


Mr. Bedos described his stepfather as a racist and an anti-Semite and said his mother, Hildeberte Verdier, had beaten him. At 12, he said in interviews, he considered suicide until an attentive doctor advised Ms. Verdier that Guy should consider taking theater lessons.

“I went to the theater on a medical prescription,” he liked to say.

Mr. Bedos enrolled in a theater school in Paris and befriended Jean-Paul Belmondo, among other soon-to-be-famous actors.

His first successes came in the 1960s with Sophie Daumier, his onstage partner and second wife. They performed in notorious sketches like “The Flirt,” a slow dance with a back-and-forth inner dialogue revealing the characters’ contradicting understandings of their encounter. In another, “Holidays in Marrakesh,” a racist couple just back from Morocco report on their vacation.

In movies, Mr. Bedos had credited roles in more than 40 movies. He was best remembered for his role as Simon, a tennis player smothered by his Jewish mother, in the 1976 comedy “Pardon Mon Affaire,” and a sequel, “Pardon Mon Affaire Too!” (1977). Each film was nominated for three César Awards, France’s highest film honor.

Mr. Bedos’s first two marriages, to Karen Blanguernon and Ms. Daumier, ended in divorce. He married Joëlle Bercot, who survives him, in 1978. In addition to her and his children Victoria and Nicolas, he is survived by two other children and four grandchildren.

Nicolas Bedos became a prominent humorist, actor and author in his own right, while Victoria Bedos became an actress, scriptwriter and author.

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