Jean Claude Gilles Colson
Colson was as the son of a portrait-painter. He initially studied fine art, then began acting under the name of Bellecour. After playing in the provinces he was called to the Comédie-Française, but his debut, on the December 21, 1750, as Achilles in Iphigénie was not a great success. He soon turned to comedy roles, and acted primarily in comedies over the next thirty years. He wrote a successful play, Fausses apparences (1761), and was useful to the Comédie-Française in editing and adapting the plays of others.