- Category : 1869-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Split - Small (6,22)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Sleeping Phoenix 2
French comic singer, music hall, stage and film actor.
In 1895, he performed with fellow newcomers Félix Mayol and Max Dearly in the "Concert Parisien" from where he went on to become a leading music hall entertainer in his own comic absurdist genre. In 1899, he was signed to perform at the famous Eldorado Club where he appeared regularly for the next twenty years.
Active in variety shows, café-concerts, and as a performer in operettas, Dranem also acted and sang in live theatre and in film. He made his screen debut in the 1902 Gaumont silent film "Bonsoir m'sieurs dames" directed by Alice Guy. Although he appeared in two more silent films, as well as two 1905 Phonoscènes (an early Sound-on-disc system) the advent of synchronized sound film in the late 1920s made him much in demand for screen roles featuring his singing routines. In 1932 alone, he appeared in six films and another six over the next three years.
Dranem died in Paris on 13 October 1935 at the age of sixty-six.