The son of French parents, Algerian-born actor Roger Hanin went on stage in Paris after a tentative stab at studying law and pharmaceutics. Most of Hanin's appearances in European productions were imitations of American "film noir" melodramas, in which he usually played hardbitten Robert Mitchum types. Few of Hanin's films were widely released in the United States, though filmgoers might remember such titles as Rocco and His Brothers (1960), The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966), They Came to Rob Las Vegas (1968), and the American-financed western The Revengers (1972). Roger Hanin's most sustained term of prominence occured in the mid '60s, when he played a secret agent known as the Tiger in several espionage spoofs directed by Claude Chabrol.
by Hal Erickson biography