Lafont, Pierre Cheri
LAFONT, PIERRE CHERI (1797-1873), French actor, was born at Bordeaux on the 15th of May 1797. Abandoning his profession as assistant ship's doctor in the navy, he went to Paris to study singing and acting. He had some experience at a small theatre, and was preparing to appear at the Opera Comique when the director of the Vaudeville offered him an engagement. Here he made his debut in 1821 in La Somnambule, and his good looks and excellent voice soon brought him into public favour. After several years at the Nouveautes and the Vaudeville, on the burning of the latter in 1838 he went to England, and married, at Gretna Green, Jenny Colon, from whom he was soon divorced. On his return to Paris he joined the Varietes, where he acted for fifteen years in such plays as Le Chevalier de Saint Georges, Le Lion empailU, Une derniere conquete, etc. Another engagement at the Vaudeville followed, and one at the Gaiete, and he ended his brilliant career at the Gymnase in the part of the noble father in such plays as Les Vieux Carbons and Nos bans villageois. He died in Paris on the igth of April 1873.
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