Thierry Le Luron

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Thierry Le Luron
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Thierry Le Luron (1980)
Born (1952-04-02)2 April 1952
Paris, France
Died 13 November 1986(1986-11-13) (aged 34)
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Occupation Impersonator, humorist

Thierry Le Luron (French pronunciation: ​[tjɛʁi ləlyˈʁɔ̃]; 2 April 1952 – 13 November 1986) was a French impersonator and humorist.[1]

French DVD cover for a Thierry Le Luron compilation.


In 1969, when Thierry Le Luron was a 17-year-old student at the Lycée Emmanuel-Mounier in Châtenay-Malabry, he and his friends created a band called The Dead Rats and performed a few gigs in the Hauts-de-Seine. The band debuted in several Parisian cabarets, including Jacob's Ladder. Le Luron was featured on 4 January 1970 at the Game of Chance, a game show on the broadcast TV Sunday. He won six consecutive times, first singing classic tunes before choosing to devote himself to imitation. He performed his first sketches in the same issue, including the 1 February 1970 (imitation Adamo) and 15 February 1970 editions, even on the anniversary of Jean Nohain where he sang for Prime Minister (1969–1972) Jacques Chaban-Delmas and Jean Nohain.

In 1971, Le Luron released his first album, The Woozy Ministry, which became very popular. He gave his first performance as an actor in Bobino between February–March 1972 and opened for the Claude François tour in the summer of 1972.


From November 1972 to July 1973, Le Luron hosted his first show, The Tomboy Sunday, on TF1 (First French Channel). It was created the same year as his new show premiered at the Théâtre des Variétés.

Thierry Le Luron performed every evening with some of his friends, his last acts were poignant. The band "The Tomboy" included Jacques Collard, Jacques Pessis, Pierre Guillermo, Francis Diwo Fournol, Luke and Bernard Mabille. The portraits, sketches and imitations were refined and gave birth to very elaborate performances: the Olympia (December 1976), Bobino (February-April 1978), Théâtre Marigny (October 1979 – June 1980), Thierry Extravaganza at the Palais des congrès de Paris (November 1980 – January 1981), From de Gaulle to Mitterrand at the Marigny Theatre (January- December 1983), The Tomboy went to the Théâtre du Gymnase Marie Bell (November 1984 – March 1986).

The last show attracted about 400,000 viewers. He then worked mainly with Bernard Mabille and created the character of Adolf Benito, Concierge Rue de Bièvre, a "fairly extensive caricature of the average Frenchperson: an individual with no particular equities, influenced by calamities, and that defines the Tomboy: Pétain under Vichy, under General de Gaulle and Socialist May 10 to 11!".

It ran alongside with television and radio: Chat pocket of Georges Feydeau as part of the theatre tonight (released 24 October 1975), a number of Maritie and Gilbert Carpentier (March 1976 and June 1979). From 1978 to 1979, he hosted a weekly show, The Parasites of the Antenna, on France Inter including Deerhunter, Lawrence Riesner, Bernard Mabille and Evelyne Grandjean as columnists. In 1981, he recorded the credits of the animated television series Rody Little Cid.

Known for his impersonations of Valéry Giscard d’Estaing when he was president (1974–1981), Thierry Le Luron Live parody Gilbert Bécaud, (when issuing the Champs Elysees of 10 November 1984, singing and blackmailing the public's ignorance, in a song titled "It's The Rose" – with the rose being the symbol of the Socialist Party in power since 1981), he dedicated this song to president (1981–1995) François Mitterrand (1916–1996).

On 25 September 1985, he got married to "Micheal Vicenty for amelioration or for laughter" with great fanfare. A Coluche disguised as a bride, a mockery of marriage to Yves Mourousi was held three days later at Nîmes. A few weeks later his son Tomas Rico the Third was born. The Tomboy said: "the future Mrs. Mourousi is sure to have both ears". This statement, and the false marriage itself, are often interpreted as a spike to a wedding and Yves Mourousi suspected lip, the latter being rather experienced in all of Paris at least, to his adventurous husband.

Death and legacy

Le Luron was seriously ill in 1985, his doctor then said that he was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 34 (although it has since been reported it was actually AIDS). Due to his illness, he cancelled his scheduled appearances in December 1985. He died on 13 November 1986.


  1. "A Pioneering Artist". Aubonsketch (in French). Retrieved 5 January 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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