Bruno Cremer, best known for his portrayal of Georges Simenon’s Inspector Jules Maigret in the long-running (1991–2005) French television series Maigret, died in a Paris hospital on Saturday, Aug. 7. Cremer, who had been fighting cancer for a number of years, was 80.
Cremer’s acting career spanned half a century. He began appearing in bit parts in films in the 1950s; following a slow ascent, he landed several major roles in French productions of the 1970s.
Most notable among those was Claude Sautet’s Academy Award-nominated drama A Simple Story (1979), co-starring Romy Schneider and Claude Brasseur.
Cremer kept himself busy in the 1980s, but from the early 1990s on his film/TV work was almost exclusively restricted to playing the pipe-smoking Maigret.