Jean-Laurent Cochet had devoted his whole life to the theater, first as an actor then as a director and teacher, teaching to the greatest French actors.
Jean-Laurent Cochet, a theater monument that has trained the greatest French actors, from Isabelle Huppert to Gérard Depardieu, died on April 7 at 85, his agent announced to AFP. “He had been hospitalized for five days at Bichat hospital”, clarified Laurent Grégoire. According to the actor’s entourage, he died of the Covid-19.
“This morning, my theater teacher, Jean-Laurent Cochet, whose teaching changed my life, left us (…) his teaching was amazing “, tweeted actor Fabrice Luchini, one of his “nuggets”.
This morning, my theater teacher, Jean-Laurent Cochet, whose teaching has changed my life, left us. I was still talking about him the day before yesterday for an interview on the Fountain. His teaching was amazing #fabriceluchini pic.twitter.com/YSWzea2Rj3
– Fabrice Luchini (@LuchiniOfficiel) April 7, 2020
Born on January 28, 1935 in Romainville, Cochet went up on stage very early and became a boarder at the Comédie-Française in the early 1960s. In 1966 he created his own theater school.
He played more than 300 roles, signed more than 150 stage productions directing Jacques Charon, Jean le Poulain, Danielle Darrieux, Jeanne Moreau …
IHe also taught the biggest French actors for over fifty years, transmitting his passion for dramatic art, forming Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Huppert, Richard Berry, or even Mélanie Thierry, thanks to the course which bore his name.
Actors who gave him infinite recognition. Gérard Depardieu never refused an interview if it was a question of paying homage to his former professor, who had immediately identified his gifts as an actor.