BEJART, the name of several French actors, children of Marie Herve and Joseph Bejart (d. 1643), the holder of a small government post. The family - there were eleven children - was very poor and lived in the Marais, then the theatrical quarter of Paris. One of the sons, JOSEPH BEJART (c. 1617-16 59), was a strolling player and later a member of Moliere's first company (1'Illustre Theatre), accompanied him in his theatrical wanderings, and was with him when he returned permanently to Paris', dying soon after. He created the parts of Lelie in L'Etourdie, and Eraste in Le Depit amoureux. His brother LOUIS
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