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Pierre Tcherniakowski (29 January 1928 – 8 October 2016), better known as Pierre Tchernia, was a French cinema and television producer, screenwriter, presenter, animator and actor. In France he was known as "Magic" Tchernia and Monsieur Cinema.


A good friend of René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, the creators of Asterix, he narrated many of the Asterix films in the original French, and wrote the screenplay for four of them. He was also caricatured numerous times in the series:

  • initially in Pilote 306 he is shown interviewing Asterix about the upcoming story Asterix in Britain
  • in Asterix the Legionary he is pictured as one of the Roman officers around Caesar's map table
  • in Pilote 556 the announcement page for Asterix in Switzerland has him hosting a game show with Asterix as guest and Goscinny & Uderzo as contestants
  • in Asterix in Corsica he is "Centurion Hippopotamus" of the Roman camp of Totorum (same character is used in "Asterix Versus Caesar" animated movie)
  • in Asterix and Caesar's Gift he appears as one of the soldiers being demobbed
  • in Obelix and Co. he is part of the demoralized troop being replaced at the start of the story—drinking from an amphora of wine, he is seen being carried out by caricatures of Goscinny and Uderzo
  • in Asterix in Belgium he is a legionary who has no problem with being beaten up by Obelix after having been stationed in Belgium
  • in The Twelve Tasks of Asterix he is the Roman Prefect in a bureaucratic office known as "The Place That Sends You Mad."

His caricature can also be found in the Lucky Luke animated film La Ballade des Dalton (1978), where he is depicted on a picture on the wall, when Luke visits the character Thaddeus Collins.

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