He was for a quarter of a century one of the great names of the Comédie-Française before going to seduce with always as much success other audiences on other Parisian stages.

Jean Piat seemed to bring together in himself all the assets that make a born-comedian an immense actor: the presence, the seduction, the intelligence of the texts, and the voice, of course, to serve them admirably, A voice with a recognizable tone that from the first words captivated its audience.

The one who was a wonderful Figaro and, more than 350 times, an unforgettable Cyrano remains, more than 40 years later, for millions of viewers, the fascinating Robert d'Artois of the «Cursed Kings» resurrected by the work of Maurice Druon.

Jean Piat, who knew so well how to speak the verses of our great classics, and read the prose of the modern, was also himself a writer of great talent. In all things a servant of the word, a man of the word and a man of letters, a man so gifted who knew how to respond to compliments by reminding us that “the secret, as in so many other successes, is work, always work”.

My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.