A great voice of the theater is silent. It was with great sadness that I learned yesterday of the death of actor, director and theatre director Didier Bezace at the age of 74.

Didier Bezace began his career with the promising collective adventure of the Cartoucherie. With Jacques Nichet, recently disappeared, and Jean-Louis Benoît, they co-founded the Théâtre de l'Aquarium in 1970. After 27 years during which he co-leads the venue and participates as an actor or director in all the shows, he leaves this exceptional site of the Bois de Vincennes to join the city of Aubervilliers. At the head of the Théâtre de la Commune, Centre Dramatique National d'Aubervilliers, which he directed for 16 years, Didier Bezace was tirelessly the ardent defender of a demanding and popular public theatre.

At the same time as this exceptional career, rewarded in 2005 by two «Molière» for his adaptation and his direction of Browning’s La Version, he has always continued his activities as an actor in cinema and television. He has distinguished himself in a wide variety of registers, from the films of Bertrand Tavernier (L.627, Ca commence aujourd'hui) to the comedies of Jeanne Labrune. His warm and deep voice, recognizable among all, is probably what marks our memories the most.

Since 2014, he has been pursuing his theatrical creation activities within his company L'Stubbornness amoureux with the support of the Ministry of Culture. A tireless defender of the verb, he never ceased to testify to his love of words, as he did recently with the texts of Louis Aragon and Elsa Triolet, which he shared with delight alongside his accomplice Ariane Ascaride.

Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, sends his deepest condolences to his family, friends and loved ones.