Bourvil, whose real name André Raimbourg, was born on 27 July
1917 to Prétot-Vicquemare in Seine-Maritime (France). His father
was killed during the Great War and his mother married a farmer
from the village of Bourville. This is where Bourvil will grow
later draw his pseudonym the name of this village. Apprentice
baker, he dreams of following a career like he admires Fernandel.
It becomes comical troupier and participates in several shows
for the army then it engages in the radio brackets. The war put
a stop to his early career and Bourvil occurs in nightclubs for
a living. In 1943, he married Jeanne Lefrique and settled in Vincennes.
Bourvil honed his kind of character, sometimes silly or naive,
but always simple and that the audience can identify.