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Pierre Dac

Pierre Dac was a French comedian and actor. During the Second World War, he was also a leading figure in the Resistance against the occupation of France by Nazi Germany through his contributions to Radio London.

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Pierre Dac

(1893-1975)

Hello, my name is Pierre Dac

I was born on August 15th, 1893, in Châlons-sur-Marne under my real name, André Isaac. My father was a butcher and my mother, a housewife. I was quite a good student and I liked to play a lot of jokes which I’m said to have had quite a talent for.

In 1913, at the age of 20, I was drafted into the 160th Infantry Regiment and injured my left arm with my own rifle during an exercise on 23 June 1914. This was 5 weeks before the war began. This meant that I had to spend several periods in hospital, the last of which ended on November 4th, 1918, one week before the Armistice. I then made a living by working odd jobs and became a song writer for cabarets in Paris where I would make fun of silly situations in everyday life.

On May 13th, 1938, I created the satirical newspaper “L’Os à Moelle” presented as “the official journal for the zany”. Up to May 31st, 1940, when the Germans entered Paris, I was publishing four broadsheet pages every Friday, with a circulation of 400,000 copies. An absolute record in the history of the pre-war press!

I also became familiar with the airwaves. My many sketches were broadcast on Radio-cité and Poste Parisien. I then joined, not without difficulty, de Gaulle and the BBC in 1943. I was one of the “French who speak to the French”. The zany humour of my puns was aimed at opposing the Vichy government, the collaborators and the Nazi regime. Every night for nine months, my editorials and songs were heard.

After the liberation, I returned to Paris and went back to cabaret and theatres. In 1949, I met Francis Blanche, which gave me a new lease of life. We created “Furax”, a funny radio soap opera which ran for over 1,000 episodes between 1956 and 1960. We were also performers on numerous radio programmes, more than 1,200 broadcasts on Paris Inter and, later, Europe 1, entertaining the French population for over 5 years.

Despite this success, I tried to commit suicide four times between 1958 and 1960. By a miracle, I escaped death. I remained a modest man, and 15 years later, suffering from lung cancer, I discreetly passed away.

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Where to find me today

Birthplace

70 rue de Marne
51000 Châlons-en-Champagne