André Maranne, Pink Panther Actor, Dies at 94-Years-Old

by Keeli Parkey

André Maranne, an actor famous for his work in the “Pink Panther” films, reportedly passed away last month.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Maranne was 94 years old at the time of his death on April 12. Fans of the “Pink Panther” film series will recognize the actor as Sgt. François Chevalier.

He played the role in six such films. These included “A Shot in the Dark” from 1964, “The Return of the Pink Panther” in 1975, “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” in 1976, “Revenge of the Pink Panther” in 1978, “Trail of the Pink Panther” in 1982, and “Curse of the Pink Panther” in 1983.

In addition to his role in the “Pink Panther” series, Andre Maranne was also famous for a role he played in a 1975 episode of the popular BBC comedy “Fawlty Towers” that was titled “Gourmet Night.”

In that episode, he played a French chef who prepared a duck for his friend. That friend was Basil Fawlty, who was played by the famous John Cleese of “Monty Python” fame.

“Fawlty Towers” was not the only popular British show André Maranne shared his talents with. He also appeared on an episode of the wildly popular science fiction series “Doctor Who.” In fact, he appeared on the show during the 1960s. In this episode, he played a physicist named Roger Benoit, who was based on the moon.

Maranne also appeared in the BBC show “Bonjour Françoise.” This was a language program for children.

According to, the actor was born in Toulouse, France. Even though he was known for his television work, he did have success in the film other than the “Pink Panther” series. These roles also included appearances in films such as “Darling Lili” and “The Nelson Affair.”

He is survived by his wife, Moira.