Very unfortunate, but if there's one thing George Lucas has done well, it is to give an international audience the chance to see these fine non-Hollywood actors, such as Ronny or Amrish Puri in Temple of Doom. Mr. Puri was a huge star in India. In Star Wars he used several English actors like Ian McDiarmid, Sir Alec Guinness, and Peter Cushing.
Ronny Coutteure was born on July 2, 1951 in Werwik, in Belgium. The year 2001 was his 30th year in the career of an actor, author, director and realizer, a career which began as clown. Ronny Coutteure worked for the cinema, the radio, television, the opera and the theatre. He is the author, the director and the interpreter of the Carnaval full-length film.
He is the author and interpretor of several one man shows: Belgians stories, Praise of beer, the entry of Christ with Fretin, and regularly played the Farm of the Swallows.
He was a celebrity in his home country and in France and is most famous internationally for his supporting role of Remy in the The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. In France, he presented different TV-programmes and was one of the symbols of the culture of the fronteer region with Belgium.
According to his imdb.com listing, Ronny committed suicide on June 21st of 2000 in Fretin, France. That's all I can find about it anywhere. I was just wondering if anyone knew anything more specific about the sad end to this wonderfully jolly actor's life? He's greatly missed. Why did he do this?
Has anyone seen any of his other work? It'd be great to hear about it here.
What are your favorite Remy moments from Young Indy?
So far the only information on Ronny Coutteure's death comes from several very short French news articles. He died on June 21 at his home in Fretin, near Lille in northern France. He committed suicide. He is survived by his wife Dianne and two children.
Dianne read this statement to journalists (translated by an Indy fan): He gave fully in the rise of his career, with all his strength, but he was very afraid of the descent. He had carefully chosen to remain with you in his greatness. I know that these last days, sometimes he had a sad air, but basically he was already preparing for the end of his life.
The death of mr. Coutteure was a terrible loss...
Still, he left us a great performance as Remy in the Young Indy Chronicles among many other roles he played...
I'm terribly proud a Belgian actor had such a big impact on the Indiana Jones canon.
Personally I think its a good thing that we fans will never know, I'm sure the Cotteure family have their ideas or certainties . Thank goodness the reasons haven't been aired in public. Not sure how I'd deal with a public forum if one of my family members committed suicide.
It is of course tragic. But we know so little of Ronny, so we can't even guess
I wasn't aware of Ronny Coutteure before I watched the Young Indy series, and I'm not aware of anything else he was in before or after. Which is really the sad part, he was destined to be in Indy's shadow, and in his career didn't find the international success that his talent promised.
Learning the manner of his death will certainly make re-watching the series a different experience.
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Ronny Coutteure Interview Translated – Page 1 of 4
Didn't know if I should post this here or in the thread: Ronny Coutteure. The exact same topic but this one has more meat. Maybe they can be merged?
Giving a BIG thanks to Raider.net staff member, Sakis, who generously posted his scans of a rare interview from a French magazine in the “Digital Versions” thread, I’ve started translating them into English for all to read. (I don’t know the name of the magazine but this is the interview where the late Ronny Coutteure revealed that Remy was supposed to die in an unproduced episode!)
Since Indy news is rather slow these days, the pages will be posted one at a time over the next while. Enjoy...
--- Ronny Coutteure - The Friend of an Adventurer
Born in Belgium close to the French border, Ronny Coutteure turned up in France with his family in the 1960s. He began his career with different, small roles and became known in France thanks to programs such as “Merci Bernard” and “Palace”. But the first film which revealed him to the public was “Mimi Trip”, where he shared the starring bill with Agnès Soral. In 1992, Ronny Coutteure’s career took a new turn. He was contacted to play the role of Remy Baudoin in the series “Adventures of Young Indiana Jones” which can be seen, in France, on Channel Jimmy and TFI.
Here, Ronny Coutteure portrays an old Belgian sailor who becomes a companion on Indy’s adventures starting with the first episode. It’s a high-coloured character, very lively, someone who loves women and who often pushes Indy to have fun. But it’s equally someone who groans all the time and who always ends up doing that which is asked of him.
Ronny Coutteure gave us the pleasure of granting his time during his last pass through Paris in order to talk to us about the exceptional adventure he lived over three years.
-What was your first reaction to reading the script?
Right away I compared Remy Baudoin to Captain Haddock because just like him, I had quite a lot of swear words to say.
-Do you have an anecdote from filming the first season of the series?
The filming which was supposed to be done by 15 February 1992, didn’t finally stop until the 15 March, delayed for the most part by a boat accident in Africa. Furthermore, they added an episode: the one from Africa December 1916 January 1917 which at the start was only supposed to be one but they managed to make it longer.
-What type of sensation is experienced in a production of such a wide span?
We catch ourselves shooting a film series like one would dream of doing when one was a child. I used to go the cinema a lot in my youth, I had a real passion for Sergio Leone’s first films. And it’s evident that, when I found myself in Almeria in the south of Spain shooting the Mexican episode with western villages like those used by Sergio Leone, for me it was the film within the film. That will remain a marvelous experience. In Africa, I felt the same thing when we crossed the jungle with columns of 300 people.
-What did you think of the means implemented to shoot the series?
George Lucas used all the technical means at his disposal so that television viewers will have the impression of seeing on the small screen a cinematographic film and not an episode from a television series. It’s truly exciting to take part in this adventure, but on the other hand it’s also very physical, and very testing, we did numerous hours. They have the art of discovering places and landscapes which have never been seen and that sometimes obligated us to shoot in places that are not always easy to access.