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Henri Charrière (1906–1973)

Henri Charrière was born in 1906. He grew up in the south of France where his father was the master of a village school. After completing his military service in the navy, Charrière moved to Paris. His acquired nickname "Papillon" soon became a respected one in the underworld. At the age of twenty-five Charrière was sentenced to imprisonment for ... See full bio »


(age 66) in Madrid, Spain

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Papillon Writer
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 2017/I Papillon (based upon the books "Papillon" and "Banco" by)
 1973 Papillon (book "Papillon")
 1971 The 21 Carat Snatch (original story) / (screenplay)
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 1971 The 21 Carat Snatch
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 1973 The Magnificent Rebel (Documentary short) (thanks)
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 2001 Devil's Island: Hell on Earth (TV Movie documentary)
 1973 The Magnificent Rebel (Documentary short)
 1971-1972 Samedi soir (TV Series)
- Episode dated 2 December 1972 (1972) ... Self
- Episode dated 13 March 1971 (1971) ... Self
 1971 Pour le cinéma (TV Series)
- Episode dated 3 January 1971 (1971) ... Self
 1970 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Self - Author
- Episode #10.45 (1970) ... Self - Author
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 2016 History's Greatest Hoaxes (TV Series documentary)
- Papillon: Fact or Fiction (2016) ... Self
 2000 Devil's Island (TV Movie documentary)

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Novel: "Papillon" (filmed as Papillon (1973))


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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Charrière insisted that he and his agent and publisher Robert Laffont fly first class to the US to negotiate the rights to Papillon. Despite the cost, Laffond had had his staff upgrade the tourist class tickets to humour the author. During the flight, Laffont struck up a conversation with the passenger sitting next to him. He happened to be an American movie executive returning from Europe. The ... See more »


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