- Cresté, René
- (December 5, 1881, Paris, France - November 30, 1922, Paris, France)A stage performer since 1901, he made his film debut in 1910 (La Chatte métamorphosée en Femme, short, Michel Carré) and played in about thirty films until his death. His name is linked to Louis Feuillade, and he remains best remembered for his portrayal of Judex (1916 Judex, twelve episodes; 1917 La Nouvelle Mission de Judex / USA: The New Mission of Judex, twelve episodes). In 1918, he created his own production company, Les Films René Cresté. Unfortunately, the movies he produced, directed, and performed were commercial failures, and he tried to earn a living running a movie theater (Le Cocorico) and playing the role of Judex in a show at the Gaîté-Rochechouart. He was ruined when he died of tuberculosis at age forty.Filmography1919 ◘ Le Château du Silence (also producer, actor)◘ L'Aventure de René (also producer, actor)◘ Un Coup de Tête (also producer, actor)
Encyclopedia of French film directors . Philippe Rège. 2011.