London – November 29, 1919. René Cresté, the popular French actor, was born in Paris. Early in his career he showed that he had the making of a great dramatic actor, and in a very short space of time he was playing leading parts in the many numerous plays founded upon Victor Hugo’s works.
He is a great favourite on the Continent, especially in Italy and Switzerland, where his characterisations of Romeo and Hamlet ere very much appreciated.
He has also acted in Egypt, and other distant parts of the globe.
René Cresté started playing for the Gaumont Company in 1913, at their Paris studio. He acted in the studio in the daytime and on the legitimate stage in Paris at night.
He is a man of great industry and versatility.
His career was interrupted by the declaration of war in 1914, when he was called to the French colours; but in 1915 he received his discharge through illness on war service, and immediately afterwards appeared in Maeterlinck’s ‘Pelleas and Melisande’.
In this fine play he added more laurels to his stage career.
Later, René Cresté returned to the Gaumont Studios and acted in several more film productions, many of which have been seen in the country, such as “Monica’s Past,” and “The Broken Bond.”
When the first “Judex” serial came to be written, the producer pounced upon M. Cresté as the very man to impersonate the leading character, and his great success in this country is already well known.
The part he was called upon to play was a difficult one, but he came out of the ordeal with flying colours.
This was a great personal triumph for René, for the majority of Continental artistes do not generally please British audiences. René Cresté is careful, painstaking, and uses wise restraint in his acting, and he is, above all, an ideal lover on the screen.
He is young, tall and handsome, and will, undoubtedly, be seen in many more photo-plays in the future.
René Cresté added to his screen success by his appearance in “The Further Exploits of Judex,” and now, of course, he many be seen in Gaumont’s latest serial, entitled “Tih-Minh.”
(from The Picture Show)