Maurice Nasil in 1954


Maurice Nasillski was born on July 7, 1913 in Algiers, Algeria, then a French colony. He is the voice of Bashful in the second French dubbing of Snow White.

It seems he made his debut at the Théâtre Marigny in “Margot” with Yvonne Printemps and Pierre Fresnay, which premiered on November 26, 1935. He played a lord “with the best sincerity in the world”, according to L’écho de Paris. He followed this up in April 1936 with George Feydeau’s “Feu la mère de Madame” with Jacques Deschamps. In the summer, he went to Vichy to play the young Fontanges in Bichon. In the summer of 1937, he reprised the role of Vicomte Doudou, created by Jean Tissier, in “La fessée” at the Théâtre de Paris. Back at Marigny in December 1938, he played a politician in “Le nez de Cléopâtre”, directed by Jacques Baumer. On January 1, he is one of the winners of the Radio-37 auditions and takes part in the 7.35pm program. In February, the Théâtre de la Michodière offers a revival of the successful operetta “Trois Valses” with Yvonne Printemps and Pierre Fresnay, in which Maurice plays a small role.

In Movies

Perhaps it was because of his origins that Sacha Guitry first gave him a small role as a Persian merchant in 1937’s The Pearls of the Crown. He followed this up with Maurice Cammage’s Bouquets from Nicholas alongside Noël-Noël in 1938. His next role, in 1939’s Night in December, was not released in France until 1941, and Maurice made no further films during the war.

Humberto Catalano and Maurice Nasil in The Pearls of the Crown (1937)
Jacques Varennes and Maurice Nasil in The Eagle with Two Heads (1947)

Word War 2

Maurice was mobilized to Toulon, where he and other young actors staged Molière’s “Le Misanthrope”. During the occupation, he played Courteline’s “Les Boulingrin” with Jean Témerson in April 1941. On May 21, on the radio, he played “Les sept mensonges de l’Impératrice ou ça c’est du cinéma!”, a fantasy by André Lang with Simone Renant as Rita Hayworth, and Maurice as the director. Little more is known about his activities at the time, but his Jewish origins inevitably forced him to stop working.

After the War

He returned to the Théâtre des Mathurins in 1946 in “Divines paroles”. And he landed a few small film roles, sometimes credited. These included Jean Cocteau’s The Eagle with Two Heads in 1947 and Henri Jeanson’s Lady Paname. But Maurice was not a young actor anymore, and never came close to the top of the bill. So he became a recurring supporting actor on screen, on stage and in dubbing.

Maurice Nasil with Jean Brochard and Marguerite Moreno in A Lover’s Return in 1946
Maurice Nasil dubbing Bashful in Snow White in 1962


After the war, he was asked to dub Flower, the little skunk in Bambi. A shy character that foreshadowed his future role in Snow White. In Dumbo, he also dubbed the distracted stork who delivers the famous elephant to his mother. He is the voice of the scarecrow played by Ray Bolger in the classic The Wizard of Oz. He also became a recurring voice for Danny Kaye, as in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty in 1947. In the summer of 1962, he was asked to dub Bashful in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He also recorded the role of the vulture Ziggy in The Jungle Book and additional voices in Tintin and the Lake of Sharks. It’s worth noting that he actively participated in the radio dramas for the Tintin albums as early as 1959.

End of career

He also made a name for himself in The Cow and I, playing one of Fernandel’s companions at the start of the film. In the 1950s, he also took to the small screen, appearing in several episodes of the courthouse show En votre âme et conscience. He also appeared in the series Vidocq and Les rois maudits. Most of his time, however, was spent at the radio and in the theater, where he performed under the direction of Yves Robert, Robert Hossein and Raymond Rouleau until the 1980s.

He died on January 6, 2003 in the ninth arrondissement of Paris.

Maurice Nasil in 1959 in The Cow and I