“I am 88 years old, I can’t stand up anymore, thank God, I have five years of mental age, which will perhaps help us” he said, mischievously, to the public of the Comédie-Française there. a little more during a Grand interview devoted to the actors and available on the net https://youtu.be/F1xn4gqDYZE
Born in Reims in 1930, Michel Robin enrolled in Charles Dullin courses and very quickly joined the Planchon troop. He will play Molière, Shakespeare, Gogol, Brecht at the theater of the City of Villeurbanne (which will become the TNP). In 1964, he played in “The Imaginary Life of the garbage collector Augusto G.” by Armand Gatti, directed by Jacques Rosner. It will be directed by Gabriel Garran at the Théâtre de la Commune d’Aubervilliers; will integrate the Renaud-Barrault troupe and will excel in the repertoire of Beckett. He will play under the direction of Claude Régy, Roger Blin, Sacha Pitoëff, Pierre Debauche, Guy Rétoré, Lucian Pintille, Marcel Maréchal, Alain Françon, Jean-Pierre Vincent or most recently, in 2014, under that of Denis Podalydès in “les Méfaits tobacco”. He will receive the Molière for best supporting role in 1990 for “La Traversée de hiver” by Yasmina Reza.
In the meantime, he will have joined the Comédie-Française troupe in 1994, of which he will be the 495th member from January 1997 to December 2010. He will be a memorable “Bourgeois gentilhomme”, will burst into laughter, in distant memories, in “ the Révizor ”against a joyfully excessive Roland Bertin.
In cinema, he went from William Klein (“Who are you Polly Magoo?” In 1966) to Rappeneau, Oury, Doillon, Veber, Zulawski, Costa-Gavras, Jeunet, Chabrol, Jacquot or Resnais. Always supporting roles, but always noticed by his play, sober, his face, his look, his smile, this way of detaching words.
We could say the same thing for television as its appearances are numerous. From the middle of the sixties until 2015, his name will be in the credits of many soap operas, some more popular than the others (“Ubu enchaîné d’Averty;“ la Porteuse de pain ”by Marcel Camus;“ Ardéchois coeur fidèle ”by Jean Cosmos; “the Grand Inquisitor” by Raoul Sangla or a “Murder A”, that of Collioure, where he plays the character of an old Spanish Republican of great ambiguity).
A prolific and impressive career, Michel Robin was an actor of great discretion. He leaves us silently, victim of this virus which, decidedly, spares no one.