By twhalliii | THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall July 31, 2009 at 7:19AM
Sad news; The great actor Jean-Paul Roussillon has passed away in Auxerre, France after being hospitalized Thursday. He was 79. Roussillon had been suffering from lung cancer for years and finally succumbed to the disease, his family has announced. Roussillon won the César this past year for his portrayal of Abel in Desplechin's A Christmas Tale and also played funny, moving parts in the director's Kings and Queen and Léo: Playing In The Company Of Men. If you want to catch up with Roussillon's award-winning final role you can do so when A Christmas Tale makes its television debut next Thursday, August 6, at 11:45 PM on Sundance Channel. It will be time well spent with a great, humane face and that gruff, big hearted voice; it is a lovely performance by a terrific actor. He will be missed.