He sure was. Its great that such great actors have been forever immortalized in your favourite movies, but its also sad when you are so enthusiastic about these classic movies but you realise so many of these people have sadly passed on, yet it just goes to show how much they affected our lives in their work, no matter how big or small their part may have been.
I was told he died by Herb Tanney. Dr. Tanney has been Blake Edwards' personal physician for over forty years. Along with appearing in nearly every Blake Edwards film, Mr. Tanney can be seen as the Nice Police Chief in RETURN ("Does Sir Charles Litton have a swimming peul?"), as the assassin in drag at the Oktoberfest in STRIKES AGAIN who gets impaled on the giant pretzel, as the Hong Kong police chief with Herbert Lom in REVENGE, as the assassin who plants the time bomb on Ted Wass' taxi in CURSE, and as the Deputy Police Chief in SON who does the memorable spit-take. When I interviewed him via email a few years ago, I asked why Mr. Maranne did not return as Francois in SON and was told he had died just prior to the film entering production.
he was in the battle of britain and the james bond film thunderball
I found this website after watching Fawlty Towers (1975, episode 5 of 6) on BBC2 earlier this evening and wondering if Andre Maranne was still alive. He used to live in my town, Hove, East Sussex, during the 90s.
Andre occasionally walked through St. Ann's Wells Gardens accompanied by a lady who may have been his carer because he did look a little frail and aged. (That's the park where I regularly played tennis).
I remember once bumping into him (in around 1999) in Ship Street, Brighton. On recognising who he was, I shook his hand and excitedly exclaimed: " I remember you in 'The Battle of Britain' film". He amusingly replied with a broad smile: " I played more famous roles than the radio operator ( in B.of B.) !".
As to exactly when he passed away, I cannot say - or even find the answer. R.I.P.