The French actor first appeared on stage in 1924 alongside his first film, Jean Renoir's La Fille de L'Eau.
Pierre Brasseur and Jean Gabin in Les Grandes Familles directed by Denys de La Patellière, 1958Pierre Brasseur and Michele Morgan in Rencontres directed by Philippe Agostini, 1962 -
However, for many years he was mostly given the roles of sighing lovers in such features as Le Sexe Faible. In 1935, he met Jacques Prévert who helped him demonstrate his talent in such films as Un Oiseau Rare and essentially, Quai des Brumes, in 1938. When he reunited with Marcel Carné, in 1945 for Les Enfants du Paradis, he became one of France's most acclaimed actors and he stars in further films such as Les Amants de Vérone, in 1949 and La Porte des Lilas, in 1957 while he pursued a successful career on stage with Jean-Paul Sartre's Le Diable et Le Bon Dieu and he himself wrote pieces such as Un Ange Passe. As he got older, the actor embodied more cruel and disturbing characters in such films as Barbe-Bleue, in 1951 and Les Yeux Sans Visage, in 1960. Pierre Brasseur who got the occasion of playing opposite his son, Claude, in Lucky Jo, in 1964, continued acting until near death, disappearing just before the shooting of Ettore Scola's La Plus Belle Histoire de ma Vie.