The actor and director Yves Rénier, unforgettable interpreter of the television series of the “Commissioner Moulin” for more than 30 years, died in the night from Friday to Saturday of a heart attack at his home in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near from Paris, his wife told AFP. Aged 78, the actor had moved on to directing in recent years with in particular the TV movie dedicated to Jacqueline Sauvage, with Muriel Robin, a great audience success.
Born in Switzerland (in Bern) in 1942 of a French father and an English mother, Yves Rénier began his film career in 1961 in “The Count of Monte-Cristo”, by director Claude Autant-Lara. After this first experience, he painstakingly connects several films without real success. It was in 1965 that he met public success in the mini-series “Belphégor” by Claude Barma, where he shared the bill with singer Juliette Gréco.
A commissioner who makes audience summits
Keen on various facts, it is his character of Commissioner Moulin who definitely gives him notoriety. Created in 1976 by Paul Andréota and Claude Boissol, the television series was interrupted in 1982 before being resumed in 1989 by Yves Rénier and Georges Moréas, author of detective novels and retired ex-commissioner.
“The character had to ring true,” he told Le Monde in 1994. The series, which ended in 2008, was a public and critical success. In parallel, he interpreted several roles in the cinema, before moving on to directing.
In 2018, her two-part TV movie “Jacqueline Sauvage, it was him or me”, with Muriel Robin in the title role, achieved the best audience of the year for a French fiction, close to 9 million viewers on the TF1 channel.