French actor Gaston Modot appeared in scores of films over his more-than-50-year career in film and he appeared in many distinguished films. Modot got his start painting at Montmartre and was a friend of Modighani and Picasso. He made his film-acting debut in 1908. In 1928, Modot directed his first feature film, La torture par l'Esperance. Later, Modot also worked as a collaborator on a number of scripts.